OUR STORY, HISTORY & CULTURE
The Queen Grace Foundation sister charity for the Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation (OIF) Nigeria, was birthed from the Founder’s personal experiences as a Princess of Agbor Kingdom, an orphan, and survivor of domestic violence in marriage. The loss of her parents (HRM. Obi Ikenchukwu I. and Queen Grace Ikenchukwu of Agbor Kingdom), at a young age created a void within her which she was aware could only be filled by their love and attention. She also experienced firsthand domestic violence during her brief marriage and as a result strongly advocates against violence (domestic and general) against women and girls who are usually the victims. As a daughter of Agbor, she is quite passionate about the Art and Culture of her people as well as her country, Nigeria. She strongly believes that the identity of an individual or a group of people is embedded in their culture.
The Queen Grace Foundation(QGF), under the premise of the Obi Ikenchukwu Foundation(OIF), was launched on the 20th November, 2015 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The aim of the Foundation is two fold:
- To promote the welfare of the orphan child and female victims of violence (domestic or general), especially the under-aged abused girls,
- To promote Art & Culture particularly amongst the youth.
Since inception, the Foundation has taken strong measures towards fulfilling its aims and objectives. These measures include:
Our Annual Seminar - “Our voice…the change”
Our Annual Seminar “Our voice…the change”, which has held yearly since inception in 2015 is an avenue through which we create awareness amongst the public of the ills in the society whilst also proffering solutions to same. We also promote Art and Culture and to this end, partner with organisations and individuals of like minds in both the public and private sectors such as the Lagos and Delta state governments and parastatals, Nike Art Gallery, OYASAF, DiDi Museum, Woodhall Foundation, Lagos and schools, public and private such as Edgwood College Lagos, Baptist Girls High School and the Obika Primary School Agbor, etc. So far we have held four annual seminars. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, covid19, we have had no seminars since 2019 but we hope to resume this year 2022 with the formal launch of QGF in the United Kingdom”.
Publication of the MINDS Magazine, CoAR and Newsletters: “Managing Intolerable Neglect and Domestic Situations”
Publication of the MINDS Magazine, CoAR and Newsletters: “Managing Intolerable Neglect and Domestic Situations” (MINDS) is one of the ways by which the QGF creates awareness on the menace “violence” as well as the plight and predicament of the vulnerable in our society at the hands of the perpetrators, namely – “the orphan child”, “the girl child” and “female victims of violence”.
It also aims to promote Art and Culture among the impressionable youths of our country and beyond. “Chronicles of the Agbor Royalty” (CoAR) is written in loving memory of the Founder’s parents. It traces the short but impactful lives they lived and the role of culture in their experiences. Our OIF Newsletters explore the various aspects of life as they affect our aims and objectives.
Scholarship Schemes: The Queen Grace Foundation operates several scholarship schemes for the education of orphans and girls/women. They include the QGF Scholarship which is specifically for the education of orphans within primary and secondary schools. We also have the GISSG) Genevieve Ikenchukwu Scholarship Scheme for Girls, which is solely for the university education of girls/women, especially orphan girls. Application for the current year is underway –Click here to find out more.
Campaigns: After learning of the unfortunate death of Sarah Ibikunle (victim of the Lekki Armed Robbery incident of March, 2015) the QGF created and propagated the Off the Street Into the Classroom awareness campaign for the removal of young girls hawking on the streets and putting them back in school. The aim is to remove one girl-child off the street yearly until child hawking in Nigeria becomes extinct
Community Visits: In furtherance of its aims, the Foundation also pays community visits to orphanages and under-privileged communities. Since inception, the QGF has organized Christmas parties for orphans in Agbor, Delta State as well as donated clothing and food items to Orphanages. On 21 December, 2018, the Foundation donated 50 bedsheets and pillowcases to the children’s wing of the General Hospital, Agbor Delta State. The Foundation paid a community service visit to Makoko Community School on Valentine’s day, 14 February 2018, in partnership with Woodhall Capital Foundation, where we fed and donated gift items to two hundred and fifty children.
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The OIF invites you to join us in making a difference by being a part of any or all of the above projects because with beautiful minds we can realize our dreams.