Igbo Women’s Association inaugurated in Ottawa

Igbo Women's Association with His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe

Igbo Women’s Association with His Excellency Chief Ojo Maduekwe

Saturday 27 June

The Igbo Women’s Association of Ottawa was launched last Saturday at St. Genevieve Church on Canterbury Avenue. Although in existence for over two years, the association’s inauguration was made official at this ceremony. Among the dignitaries present were Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, as well as Deputy High Commissioner Ambassador Onianwa and their spouses, as well as MPP for Orleans, Marie-France Lalonde. The Igbo population in Ottawa is a highly educated community  numbering over five thousand, with professionals in such diverse fields as: business, education, science, medicine, engineering, technology, law, military, social work and law enforcement. Many more are engaged in volunteer and philanthropic activities such as Black History Ottawa, International Charity for Africa, Community and Police Action Committee, Knights of Columbus and more. The Igbo is one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, with a population of over 15 million. Highly industrious, Ndigbo as they are popularly known, are particularly mobile and can be found in practically every corner of the globe.

For more information on the Igbo community in Ottawa, contact: president.igbo@gmail.com.

Photo credit: Joy Osiagwu, NTA

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