What is your Igbo name?Emeka
What is the meaning of your Igbo name? My name means God has done great things
What State are you from? Anambara
How long have you been a member of ICSN? I have been a member of ICSN for 5 years now
How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come? After a trip to Nigeria in 2010, I enjoyed being around Igbo’s my age. Something I did not have in London, so when I returned I did some online searching and found ICSN. I came because I wanted to socialise with other Igbo’s
What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why? My favourite event so far has been ‘Ogene & Chop 2016’. Being part of the team that organised the event and once it happened watching people enjoying the fruits of your labour, was a satisfying feeling
What Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve? I am the new Network Director, the role involves leading the team and making sure that we are working as a cohesive unit to reach our aims and objectives for the year. Part of it is networking with other organisations and making sure there are plenty of opportunities coming ICSN’s way.
What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year? I want to be able to inspire more people to learn and speak Igbo. That is one of my main goals.
What are you looking forward to most being in the exec? I am looking forward to leading a team that have the same goals that I do for the organisation.
What position did you hold before and when? I was the Assistant Network Director for the 2016/17 tenure
Why did you decide to run again? I decided to run again because I still have some gas in the tank. I have ideas that could help push the organisation forward. I also ran again because of job satisfaction, being in a position that enables you to bring people together and organise events that allows Igbo’s to network and grow.
What new/different will you bring to your role this time? As stated before I would love to focus on the Igbo language and our youth. Engaging them at a younger age so they can value and understand what it means to be Igbo.
What do you do for work? I am an author and a public speaker
How did you get into this line of work? Working with young people for more than a decade or so, I have picked up many skills in those years and ultimately ended up writing and speaking after I left a career in youth work and a career as a lecturer.
Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field? Do not procrastinate, just write. The passion of writing is what will keep you motivated when you feel like giving up. Never stop writing!
What are your plans for the future career wise? Writing more books and being able to influence people with my words on paper and verbally.
What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non Nigerian)? Can you make either of them? White rice, stew and plantain – Simple!
Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often? I love football and table tennis. I play football every Sunday and table tennis once a week when I volunteer at a youth project in Hackney.
Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself? I hate cheese. I just don’t understand people that eat cheese.
Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn? Yes I can speak Igbo – I would say I am semi-advanced. I need to work on my written Igbo though.
If you were to have a dinner party and could invite three people to join you, who would they be and why (can be people you know or famous people both dead / alive)?
- Harriet Tubman – An insightful conversation about her famous quote about freeing a thousand slaves
- Tupac – His vision for his music for the future
- Barack Obama – Talk about the real restriction of the office of the president