Express Igbo is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the Igbo language. Currently, our main initiative in doing this is offering low-cost Igbo language education to people in the diaspora.
EXPRESS IGBO MISSION STATEMENT
We, the EXPRESS IGBO ORGANIZATION, are a community of individuals dedicated to
promoting and preserving the Igbo language by providing comprehensive Igbo language
instruction to the global community. We are committed to: creating interactive social events,
language exchange programs, and cultural activities, increasing the appeal of Igbo culture and
history across the Igbo diaspora, and collaborating with related organizations that help promote
Igbo language, history, and culture.
The three foundational values of Express Igbo are:
a. ENGAGING with the lessons of Igbo history across the diaspora.
b. UPHOLDING inclusion through community-building.
c. CHAMPIONING the use of all human languages.
Okezie's family hails from Anambra state. He has been on the Express Igbo Executive Board since 2015. In that time, Okezie has led many initatives to help promote and preserve the Igbo language such as initiating the Express Igbo at Howard University program with Howard Intenrational Pals. He believes that teaching and learning Igbo is a powerful tool for healing and restoration.
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Deputy Director of Education and Product Development
Toochi is a New York and DC barred attorney. As an international trade associate, she counsels private equity firms and corporations and conducts due diligence related to their day-to-day operations. In the past, she co-chaired the Africa programs in the Association of Women in International Trade. Toochi received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, where she minored in Mandarin Chinese. She speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently.
Director of Funds Development
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Director of Education and Product Development
Obi is has been a member of the Express Igbo executive board since 2017 and has transitioned from deputy director to director of education and product development. In his time on the board he had helped to oversee the expansion of Express Igbo classes and help to develop a standardized syllabus. Obi is currently an MA candidate in the International Educational Development program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a Masters In Public Administration and dual bachelor degrees in Psychology and Asian Studies.
Director of Events
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Director of Marketing and Communications
Celeste’s family is from Abuja State and Anambra State. She has been on the executive board since 2019. Celeste is a college student attending the University of Maryland in College Park. She believes that with her position, she can really share the culture of Nigeria through the mission of Express Igbo.
Uche love most things Igbo and is really excited to serve as Historian on the executive board. She is a Washington DC native. She is currently working in healthcare leading practice improvement and healthcare transformation efforts.
The poeticism of the language and the strength of the Igbo culture keeps her going.
Director of Digital Initiatives
Nkiru has been a part of Express Igbo since 2014. Express Igbo and the preservation of the Igbo language is a passion of hers. She currently works as a Software Engineer.
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