Our Mission and Charitable Purposes

The Ikoku Foundations consist of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Foundation and the Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku Foundation. Both are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas, primarily by advancing education and research and by supporting creative ideas, civic communities, and emerging institutions.

The Foundations are funded by the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts. The Trusts were established by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku in honor of his parents, Professor Chinyere and Dr (Mrs) Chinelo Ikoku, with an endowment initially derived from their lives' work teaching in university, public, and private spheres. Subsequent enhancements to the endowment will occur via additional individual trusts, each dedicated to the Foundations' developing interests in the following: improving contributions to knowledge; rigor of social analysis and dialogue; quality of cultural and technological innovation; distribution of energy and infrastructure; stability of human and environmental health; sustainability of agriculture and modes of sustenance; strength and development of youth communities; ethics of civic participation and governance; and depth of humanistic inquiry and expression. 

The Foundations' overarching mission and emphasis of support is for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, and equitable. Our funded works therefore bear a substantive relationship to Africa. They deepen our collective knowledge of the full range of multiply ethnic, gendered, raced, and religious peoples of African descent. We are furthermore committed to illustrating and improving the ways such peoples live in and migrate to and from the continent. And we trace how they contribute to the material, cultural, and intellectual conditions of modern life — in both Africa and in societies in Asia, Europe, and especially the Americas.

This conception of the continent as a crucial source for present-day forms of global co-existence is central to the Foundations' efforts toward equity and justice. It guides our support for work in human and environmental health. And it is the founding basis for our endeavors in the arts, research, and education.