Port Harcourt KC Sister Cities

Our Story

The Sister Cities program has been a part of Kansas City’s international outreach since 1967, with the establishment of Port Harcourt, March, 1993, Port Harcourt Sister Cities Association became a 501(c)(3) membership organization in 1993. The organisation supports and promotes cooperation and understanding for innovative international bilateral exchange programs in education & technology, professional & technical services, culture & tourism, trade & investments, women empowerment & Childhood development, municipal government & leadership development, youth ambassadors Forum, and Health & Rehabilitation Services.

Our History

Port Harcourt is located on the southern South-east border of Nigeria abutting the Atlantic Ocean. It is both the Capital City -Seat of Government- of the Rivers State of Nigeria, and headquarters of the  Port Harcourt City Local Government Area (LGA), with a population of over 1.2 million cosmopolitan citizens from all over the world.

International visits from Port Harcourt to Kansas City include:

March, 1993: Mayor Nyeche Woluchor of Port Harcourt City, and Deputy Governor (Dr.) Peter Odili with wife, Justice Mary Odili and six State Commissioners of Rivers State, Nigeria; signed the Charter No. 932032 of the City of Kansas City, MO, March 11, 1993, USA.

June, 2006: Officials of the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Corporation (OMPADEC), represented by Prof. Songor Clifford Teme and Chief Mary Yanki from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria; renewed the Charter No. 932032 and signed Agreements on Educational Exchange Programs between the Rivers State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Kansas City, MO; visited the Water Resources, Universities and Petroleum Refineries of Kansas City, MO.

October, 2009: Deputy Governor Gabriel Toby & Wife; Professor Nimi D. Briggs of the University of Port Harcourt, Governor (Chief) Alamiesigha with nine Commissioners of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Visited the City Hall, Kansas City, MO; the Kansas University Medical Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine, the UMKC School of Nursing; and renewed/signed Agreements on Educational Exchange and Agriculture.

September, 2011: Abio Sokari, MD, PhD, Chairman, Kansas City-Port Harcourt Sister Cities, later Joined by wife, Mrs. Ineba Sokari, Director of Culture & Tourism, KC-PH Sister Cities, from Kansas City, MO to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Engaged in Water Project sponsored by P & G through the Sister Cities Association of Kansas City (now Kansas City Association of Sister Cities), Inc., KC, MO.

September, 2016: Prof. Raphael Oruamabo and Prof. (Mrs.) Akpaeze, Director of International Linkages, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Renewed all Agreements, and made Presentations on Medical Education in Nigeria at the UMKC School of Medicine, KC, MO..

Expected: Mayoral and other Officials’ Visit to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 (See more on KC Association of Sister Cities Web site)

Contact Port Harcourt Chapter Chair: Abio Sokari, MD, PhD: asokari@sbcglobal.net