The Team

Administration:

  • Obiageli Okigbo - president
  • Linda Nwando Reneé Okigbo - treasurer
  • Okechukwu Okuzu – secretary
  • Patrick Okigbo – secretary (COF Nigeria)
  • Patrck Ogujeifor – treasurer (COF Nigeria)
  • Legal Representatives: White and Case, Limited Liability Partnership Belgium/ United Kingdom (Pro-Bono)
  • Website Development: Afolabi Lipede – www.igi-iroko.com
  • Graphic design: Normal Industries – www.normal-industries.com

Associations and Partnerships:

Institutions: UNESCO Paris, National Archives of Korea, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Belgium EU, UK, Korea and US, BBC World Service UK, Harvard University USA, Cornell university Ithaca, Wellesley College Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Boston, Open University UK, British Museum UK, London School of Oriental and African Studies UK, University of Ibadan Nigeria, University of Nigeria Nsukka Nigeria, University of Benin, Imo State University Nigeria, Royal Conservatory Brussels, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture NY.

Organizations:

Pearson Educational Publishers U.K, Pen Club UK, ProQuest Information and learning UK, OHANEZE Ndigbo Belgium EU, African Writers Association (AWA), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Nigeria, Bogobiri Arts Centre Lagos, COCOA Arts UK, Christopher Okigbo Society Abuja Nigeria, Asele Institute Nigeria, Achebe Foundation USA, KIND Foundation Nigeria, Ford Foundation office of West Africa Nigeria, British Council Nigeria, Instituto di Skriptura Brussels/Paris, Panafrica asbl Belgium, Chimurenga Zambia, Glendora Books Nigeria, APEX Books Nigeria, Ayebia Clarke Publishing UK, Red Sea Press USA, Kubani Royal African Society (RAS) U.K, Sentinel Poetry Movement UK,

Founding Trustees:

Amb. Judith Sefi Attah, Bede Okigbo, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Edouard Maunick, Torch Taire, Benedict Obumselo, Ben Osawe, Dennis Brutus, Lewis Nkosi, Michael Echeruo, Isidore Okpewho, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, DemasNwoko, Uche Okeke, Ulli & Giorgina Beier, Chike & Ethel Momah

Trustees:

Onwa John Okigbo , Ben Okuzu , Hamza Attah , Sefi Attah , Chief Joop Berkhout Prof. Obiora Udechukwu , Dr Emmanuel Omanukwue, Philip Uzoma Nnganyandi Adenike Williams

Consultants:

  • Chukwuma Azuonye, PhD
  • Francis Abiola Irele
  • Adewale Maja Pearce
  • Ifeanyi Menkiti, PhD
  • Olu Oguibe, Phd
  • Nduka Otiono PhD
  • Obinna Nwakanma
  • Oladele Kuku
  • Ogaga Ifowodo PhD
  • Odia Ofeimun

THE PASSAGE

BEFORE YOU, mother Idoto,
naked I stand;
Before your watery presence,
a prodigal

leaning on an oilbean,
lost in your legend.

Christopher Okigbo, Heavensgate, 1962

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