ICSN is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 1998 by Umunne Olie as a forum to empower young Igbo people. With over 2,500 members, and still growing, ICSN is the UK’s largest networking organisation for young adults of Nigerian Igbo descent.
MEANING OF OUR NAME
The Igbo people take naming very seriously and it is a major part of our culture. ICSN stands for the “Igbo Cultural and Support Network”.
Our tag Line is “Igwebike, Udo na Oganiru” which when translated into means “Unity is Strength, Peace and Progression”.
We are passionate about our rich cultural heritage and are committed to enhancing cultural awareness amongst Ndi-Igbo and friends of Igbo land. ICSN provides the opportunity for young people to learn about their culture, build professional and social relationships and to support one another in every aspect of life.
What do we do?
We meet every month and members are encouraged to partake in organised events.
We hold a general meeting every second Sunday of each month. Our normal activities at our meetings include cultural presentations, debates, quizzes, open mic sessions, health awareness discussions, business networking opportunities, book reviews and special guest speakers.
We provide a wide range of channels for our members to engage with the community and each other through our monthly meetings, quarterly newsletters, website, Kwenu blog, Kwenu TV, Facebook, Twitter and our annual events.
ICSN’s core aims and objectives are:
Cultural: To increase and enhance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Igbo culture
Social: To serve as a channel by which young Igbo people can meet one another, build friendships, socialise and identify affiliations.
Support: To build and maintain a strong community where we rejoice with one another during times of happiness and support and strengthen one another through difficult times and challenges that invariably come to us during our lives.
Network: To provide a forum where people can build networks that will promote and enhance their business