Ichie Atty. Chuka Ukadike
Ichie Chris Orji
Ichie Bertrand Umeh
Assist. Publicity Secretary
Ichie Okey Okonkwo
In 2001, Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club achieved an important milestone with the inauguration of the Annual Masquerade and Cultural Festival here in Houston (now call Houston IgboFest). The event featured various cultural dance groups and authentic Igbo masquerades in a festival of competition to the cheer delight of hundreds of children and their families. Participants took home winning trophies and certificates of merit.
In 2002, a special edition of the festival, organized in honor of the World Igbo Congress convention in Houston, drew a record number of contestants and attracted standing-room only attendance. Fast forward 2012, record, standing-room only crowds came to the newly built Igbo Catholic Community Center in Houston to witness spectacular and exhilarating, show-stopping performances by youth dance troupes, masquerades, folklore and language contest, etc.
Historically, Ndi-Ichie are a Council of respected individuals that occupy a very high place in the Igbo society. They are well-regarded personalities; they are elected individuals of valued demeanor; honest, resourcefulness, with comprehensive moral reputations and other virtues. They are believed to command special connectivity with the ancestors, and at all times held in high regard.
Igbo as a tribe is well-known for her custom, engrained in a culture of esteemed values and characteristics. A culture is a way of life of a group of people--the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, most significantly represent.
In Houston, the fourth largest city in America where Igbos are densely populated, Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club has practically downloaded the philosophy of cultural attachment of the Igbos through art, literature, costumes, customs, education, fashion, and cultural festivals.
They organization parades selected elder statesmen of Igbo ancestry, organizing the cultural consolidation of the Igbo tradition among Igbo indigenes of all ages. Today, the Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club has initiated and facilitates various programs with tremendous accomplishments, including;
Social Control: They have inculcated the conservative Igbo moral values through education of the youth, thus influencing their philosophy of living with impeccable moral values and respect.
Social Identity: They have used the Igbo culture and the applicable values to project the unique Igbo identity. By rehearsing a set of traditions, they have given the population their Ancestral identity, teaching the true Igbo custom, and passing it on from the older generations to the newer ones, thereby keeping the culture alive and fresh.
Social Bonding: They have consistently initiated various cultural and educational programs to unite the Igbos of the Greater Houston, giving the opportunities to practice and follow traditional customs, and values of the Igbo tradition. In Houston, Igbos familiar with Ndi_Ichie are bonded together through festivals they celebrate, the kind of clothing they wear, and the food they eat.
Retention: In today’s competitive world, indigenes migrate from their other countries in the quest of a better living. Igbo land being thousands of miles away from Houston, a retention of the tradition becomes a challenge. This challenge dovetails the mission of Ndi-Iche to reclaim cultural capital where it’s been damaged or lost. This is why Ndi Ichie focuses on the Nigerian, African diaspora communities as well as the greater Houston where they stage annual cultural festivals, Igbo language competition, cultural dance, and folklore competition to mitigate possible loss of the Igbo tradition.
This is what Nid-Ichie represents; customary guidance with wisdom, through the cradle of elder statesmanship
Isi-Ichie Okey Nweke
Ichie Albert Oguejiofor
Ichie Aloy Agugor
Ichie Pius Ewulu
Ichie Tim Ifemedebe
Ichie Emma Odimgbe
Asst. General Secretary
Ichie Vincent Nweke
Isi-Ichie Ken Chinweze
At Ndi-Ichie Cultural Club and Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation, we aim, as a MISSION, to reclaim cultural capital where it’s been damaged or lost. We work with the children, young adults, those who are most impressionable, and those who are most in need to learn and practice. Our focus is on the Nigerian, African diaspora communities as well as the greater Houston metroplex, through staging annual cultural festivals, Igbo language competition, cultural dance and folklore competition, community awareness, and educational opportunities. We firmly believe it takes a village to raise a child, and if you work on creating the most well equipped society you can, so many problems simply work themselves out.
Isi-Ichie Chris Ulasi
Ichie Peter Offordile
Ichie Steve Nwajagu
Isi-Ichie Chris C. Ulasi
Cultural Director Ichie Okey Okonkwo
Assist. Cultural Director Ichie Ifeanyi B. Umeh
Ichie Aloy Agugo
Ichie Albert Oguejiofor, MD
Ndi-Ichie Youth Cultural Foundation is a Non-Profit 501(c) organization, and relies on donations and grants to sustain it programs. Donations, not matter how little goes a long way creating opportunities for cultural awareness and Nigerians, African diaspora communities as well as the greater Houston through annual cultural festivals, Igbo language competition, cultural dance and folklore competition and other community empowerment projects.
Ndi-Ichie members and leaders are well-regarded personalities; they are elected individuals of valued demeanor; honest, resourcefulness, with comprehensive moral reputations. Our leadership structure comprises of a governing board which oversee a thread of committees. Ndi-Ichie maintains a system of internal accounting controls designed to provide reasonable assurance that donations are safeguarded from misappropriation, and that transactions are executed and recorded in accordance with established procedures.
Ichie Uche Onuogu
Ichie Chalton Anyagafu
Board of Directors