A group of Igbos at home and abroad have come together to develop a strong technological ecology to leverage the abundant innovation, entrepreneurship and resilience of their people to drive rapid economic advancement and development in the region and across Africa.
The organization, Mgborogwu Ndi Igbo Development Initiative, a non-political and non-religious organisation also known as Advance Africa, fully registered in Nigeria as a Trustee, works to promote the flowing inventiveness and innovations in that region, to facilitate the incubation of startups to commercial levels, to advance local entrepreneurship and to help create uncommon opportunities that will drive rapid development and banish poverty and dependence across Africa within a short period of time.
Mgborogwu Ndi Igbo Development Initiative plans to employ the strategic pattern of the Silicon Valley – Stanford University model with local modifications where the organisation and a local university join forces to mentor innovators, work to encourage angel investors’ participation, help to promote conducive business climate and encourage the creation of enabling foundations for talents across Africa to flourish and for entrepreneurial habits to become the norm. Its area of focus include agriculture, STEM education, technological infrastructure, research, sustainability, science and technology entrepreneurship and manufacturing.
The organization which will be inaugurated in Enugu on October 9, 2021 at Toprank Hotel, Enugu was innovated by a cream of Igbo professionals and businessmen across the globe who consider that Africa must join the Fourth Industrial Revolution if it must compete favourably with other advancing continents including Barrister Ndubuisi Nwasike who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees; Mrs. Grace Okaro, the Vice President; Professor Val Ukachukwu, member of Board of Trustees; Mrs. Ogeh Emefiele, the National Director for Women in Technology; Mr. Gaius Ebere, the National Secretary; Professor Nnenna Obasi, the National Director of Technical Education, Dr Edwin Morah, the organization’s Chairman in Enugu, Mr. Cajetan Otuekere, President and former Vice Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Mr. H. C. Igwe who is their National Registrar and many others.