In 2006, a group of friends formed the planning committee for the wedding of Chigbo Anichebe. And the event was a success. With time, the bond of friendship strengthened and more people became part of the informal group. And they participated in the social activities hosted or organized for their fold.
But Fred Ohwahwa championed the cause to put form and shape to the group and its activities. And so it happened in early 2013 when it was resolved to formalize the workings of the group. That gave rise to a five-member committee to draft a constitution in March 2013.
With the constitution in place and a name to boot, the club, Just Friends Club of Nigeria (JFCN), was born. The club was registered by Corporate Affairs Commission on 30th August, 2013 as non-profit socio-cultural and philanthropic association.
Elections were held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 and its principal officers emerged. The President of the Club is Chief J.N. Green-Amakwe; the Vice President is Mr. Fred Ohwahwa; and the General Secretary is Mr. Chukwuma Nwokoh. Others are: Mr. Ugo Ngene— Assistant General Secretary; Treasurer—Mr. Emeka Okeke; Financial Secretary—Mr. Amaechi Aloke; Social Secretary—Mr. Chika Okeke; and Publicity Secretary—Sir Isaac Chukwudi.
The Board of Trustees has the following members: Chigbo Anichebe (Chairman); Fred Ohwahwa; Godfrey Obinabo; J.N. Green-Amakwe; and Nebeolisa Anako.
At its monthly general meeting held on July 9, 2016, the elected officials were returned unopposed to their respective positions.
In the course of its philanthropic activities, the club visited the Children’s Home, Karu, Abuja in December 2014 and presented items to the orphanage during the festive period.
The same act was undertaken in December 2015 when JFCN visited the Mother Teresa Children’s Home, Gwarinpa, Abuja.
In December 2016, the club visited the City of Refuge Orphanage, Durumi, Abuja for its philanthropic activity.
In the wake of the insurgency in the North-East which created Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Just Friends Club of Nigeria visited a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)-organised IDP camp in Area 1, Abuja on March 21, 2015 and presented items to them.
On June 27, 2014, the club organized its first Annual Lecture and the inaugural guest speaker was Mr. Benjamin Ezra Dikki, then Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. Dikki spoke on “The Federal Government’s Privatization and Economic Reform Programme” at the event which held at Rockview Hotel, Abuja.