ICSN stands for the Igbo Cultural and Support Network and put simply we are a proud non-profit organisation that was founded in 1998 by the wonderful Umunne Olie as a forum to empower young Igbo people living in diaspora.
For those who don’t know diaspora refers to a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.
The term diaspora comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “to scatter about.” And that’s exactly what the people of a diaspora do — they scatter from their homeland to places across the globe, spreading their culture as they go. Dispersing or spreading of something that was originally localised (as a people or language or culture). It is often said that we the Igbo’s are born to travel, some will even go further by saying “In every corner of the world you will no doubt run into an Igbo man” and so far this is something we as a people are very proud of.
The challenge that most people (especially Igbo people) living in diaspora encounter is that over time and with the heavy influence of other cultures and creeds our own cultural values even our language suffers as a result.
We at ICSN are proud and passionate about our rich and vibrant Igbo cultural heritage and wanted to take a stand and show that we are committed to enhancing the cultural awareness amongst Ndi-Igbo (people of Igbo decent) as well as friends of Igboland.
Since 1998 ICSN has provided the opportunity for young people between the ages of 18-40 to learn about their culture, build professional and social relationships and to support one another in every aspect of life.
To date we have over 2,500 members, and still growing every single day. ICSN is the UK’s largest networking organisation for young adults of Nigerian Igbo descent and is well recognised amongst other Igbo and Nigerian organisations both locally and internationally.