MEET IPU-UK

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Chairman, IPU-UK

The Igbos are people that speak the Igbo language. They constitute a large ethnic group in southern Nigeria. They are known for their rich cultural and high moral values with regard to the sanctity of life and the primacy of the common good. The Igbo are the second largest group of people living in southern Nigeria. They are one of the three major tribes in Nigeria. They consist of many subgroups and are known to be socially and culturally diverse. They are predominantly Christians and traditionalist beliefs. Igbo culture includes the various customs, practices and traditions of the people that speak the language in all dialects. It comprises ancient practices as well as modern concepts added into the Igbo culture either through evolution or Christian influences. These customs and traditions include the Igbo people’s visual art, religious beliefs, birth, marriage and death rituals, use of language, music, folklore and dance forms, as well as their attire, cuisine(food) and language dialects.

IPU-UK is in the process of acquiring charity status. Currently we engage the public enhancing knowledge of Igbo language, culture, arts and heritage including, but not exclusively, by providing opportunities for the public to experience the culture through community based festivals and activities; and The advancement of physical and mental health, with a focus on healthcare issues especially prevalent amongst those of African origin living in England and Wales, including, but not exclusively, by the provision of healthcare awareness programmes and seminars to the general public.

We have organized Healthcare Awareness Programme, monthly educational workshops, monthly Igbo Classes, periodic dance and drama sessions, yearly New Yam Festival, inviting health professionals and ministers of religion to undertake seminars, promoting healthy living and nutrition through our events.

I am fortunate and privileged to be the chairman of this cultural organization with executives dedicated to working towards increase knowledge and understanding of Igbo culture, language, traditions and history to the general public thereby promoting communal integration and identity.

I will conclude by mentioning our women and youth wing who by various ways contribute to the success of IPU-UK Objectives. God bless you all.

Mazi Uchenna Nwakuna
IPU-UK chairman

OUR OBJECTIVES

We aim to advance public education regarding Igbo language, culture, arts and heritage including, but not exclusively, by providing opportunities for the public to experience the culture through community based festivals and activities; and

The advancement of physical and mental health, with a focus on healthcare issues especially prevalent amongst those of African origin and other cultural ethnicity living in England and Wales, including, but not exclusively, by the provision of healthcare awareness programmes and seminars to the general public

WHAT WE DO

We improve health outcomes for those who receive information on healthy living and nutrition which is relevant to them and provided in an easily accessible way.
We increase knowledge and understanding of Igbo culture, language, traditions and history
We promote heritage, encourage communal integration and promote identity

Among promoting heritage and encouraging identity, we also

  1. Provide seminars and educational workshop on Healthcare Awareness aimed at risk factors for common diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Hypertension and Kidney failure and sexually transmitted diseases.
  2. Free advice by qualified healthcare professionals on healthy living.
  3. Community-based awareness programmes on obesity, healthy lifestyle and prostrate cancer awareness
  4. Evidenced-based literature and slide presentations by professionals who are in current clinical practice and accredited by statutory governing bodies. We also utilize professional expertise from doctors, nurses and mental health nurses within the organisation to disseminate information and seminars that will educate our members and the public.

Registration is Free