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Nzuko Ndi Igbo was formed to promote and foster love, unity and progress among Ndi Igbo in Northeast, Ohio. While cultural nucleus is defined by geographical boundaries, cultural heritage transcends such physical limitations. Cultural heritage is often passed from one generation to another. It is out of the desire to preserve these precious values of our ancestors, that the organization of the Igbos in Northeast Ohio was formed. Our mission includes promotion of Igbo culture, social, and business networking among members in Northeast Ohio. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Nzuko Ndi Igbo of Northeast Ohio (NNINO) is fully committed to providing educational and charitable services to the people of Northeast Ohio.

NNINO celebrates the harvest of the New Yam annually in August. This event which is known as Iri-Ji(New Yam) Festival is unique to the Igbos of the Southeastern region of Nigeria. The Igbos are known as hardworking, enterprising, and fiercely competetive ethnic group. Agriculture is an essential aspect of Igbo tradition and culture. The cutivation of yam requires skill, patience, and conducive soil. Its verasatility in usage and adaptability to the dietary life style of the Igbos, earned Yam the title of the "king of the crops" in Igboland. The new yam harvest which traditionally begins in August signals a period of plenty, sharing, and thanksgiving to God for His bountiful blessings on the community. It provides opportunity for those who are blessed to share with the less fortunate. This celebration unities Igbos in the Diaspora with our ancestral home in Nigeria.

NNINO continues the Igbo tradition of giving and sharing through the Iri-Ji Festival and other modalities. We have successfully organized free public lecture series in the areas of health care,Wills and Trusts, and Igbo language and culture. NNINO is also working with the area inner school system to motivate high school students by providing scholarships through essay writing contests.

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  • 115
  • Nigeria
  • Jan 30, 2009
  • English

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