Genevieve Obi Ikenchukwu
About The Founder
Genevieve is the second child of the late Monarch of Agbor Kingdom in Delta State – HRM, Obi Ikenchukwu I and his wife, HRH, Queen Grace Ikenchukwu (nee Isedeh) and sister to the current Monarch, HRM, Keagborekuzi I, Dein of Agbor Kingdom. She has five sisters and two brothers including the current Monarch.
Genevieve is the Founder of the Queen Grace Foundation (QGF) formerly known as the Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation (OIF), a charity she established to honour the memory of her parents. She is a practicing Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a Barrister/Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She holds an LLB from a Nigerian University, had her Masters Degree in International Commercial Law from the UK, attended the BPP Law School, Holborn in Central London and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor. She continues to practice as a solicitor in London.
In 2014, she decided to take a career break and in 2015, she returned to Nigeria to launch the QGF and further its cause. Having lost her parents as a child, she has developed a deep passion for the aims of the Foundation and appreciates the trauma that is associated with being an orphan and that accompanies every stage of their life. She appreciates the struggles and challenges that each passing day brings and the lack of parental care with its accompanying psychological effect that every orphan is forced to accept and becomes a reality as they get older. As a survivor of Domestic Violence following an abusive marriage, she can also relate to its victims. Being proud of her heritage as a Princess of Agbor Kingdom, it is her dream to be a part of the promotion of the Nigerian Art and Culture and taking it beyond the shores of the country.
Since the launch of the QGF, she has positively engaged the Foundation in fulfilling its aims and goals through awareness initiatives such as the QGF Annual Event “our voice…the change” and the publication of the “MINDS Magazine” as well as promotion of the welfare of orphans, women and girls alike through the QGF scholarship schemes i.e the QGF general Scholarship Scheme and the Genevieve Ikenchukwu Scholarship Scheme for Girls (GISSG) and generally touching lives through our various visits to communities and orphanage homes.
Genevieve is the writer and author of “Chronicles of the Agbor Royalty” (CoAR), a book that tells her story, her heritage and culture. An engaging and interesting book, CoAR tells the story of the Ika People and from her perspective, she paints a beautiful picture of the landscape of Agbor. She subtly touches on the rulership of the ancient Kingdom but focuses on the reign of the last three Monarchs – HRM, Obi Obika, HRM, Obi Ikenchukwu I (and his Queen, HRH. Queen Grace Ikenchukwu) and HRM, Keagborekuzi I (her grandfather, father and brother).
Genevieve is also the publisher of “Managing Intolerable Neglect and Domestic Situations” (MINDS), a bespoke magazine, focused on the plight of the less privileged in the society. With her legal background, she offers legal advice on violence towards children and women. She has writers from various fields including law, sports, etc. “MINDS” also has a segment for children’s articles called “the writers’ club” and another for the promotion of Art and Culture called “Royalty and Culture”. As Genevieve puts it, Culture is a very important aspect of life as “a person without culture, simply lacks identity”. She does not forget her spiritual heritage as a Christian as she introduces a new segment into the 4th edition of MINDS called “the OIF Word of Wisdom” which will now be known as “the QGF Word of Wisdom” from the next edition, following our name change. This is for the spiritual edification of our readers and the public in general”
The VISION for Genevieve and consequently that of QGF is to someday see the Orphan and girl child achieve the dreams and desires of their parents of becoming strong, independent, confident and successful members of their society, wherever that may be and wherever life may take them. She hopes to be an inspiration and a positive influence in the life of at least one girl child during her own lifetime.