The Centre for Memories (CFM), a Nigerian based non-governmental organization with operational head office in Enugu, has marked its 3rd anniversary, highlighting major milestones it recorded during the period.
The Centre (also known as Ncheta Ndi Igbo) was founded in 2017 by a team of individuals driven by the common purpose â€˜to build an Igbo historical centre which will act as a repository of Igbo culture and history, and serve to document and preserve the collective memories, identity, history and traditions of the Igbo people of South Eastern Nigeria, for the futureâ€™.
With the core vision â€˜to be the leading hub for Igbo history, culture and excellenceâ€™ the Centre has, through various social empowerment programs since inception, been â€˜informing and empowering leaders to serve with excellence and integrityâ€™.
Beyond its popular distinguished personality monthly lecture, Nkata Umu Ibe, regarded as its flagship program, other significant activities of the Centre aimed at showcasing Igbo artistry, ingenuity and innovation include the Nigeria-Biafra war story, a monthly book club for adults, Nzuko Umuaka â€“ a monthly program for children featuring Igbo language classes, arts and craft classes, book club and use of traditional Igbo folklores as tools for teaching morals and civic engagement. These activities are structured to help in documenting the unique experiences of the Igbo nation.
In a message marking the anniversary, circulated via email to its partners and obtained by this magazine, the Centre shared its 3-year Impact Brief, highlighting its achievements over the years to include equipping more than 3,000 people with historical, cultural and leadership values through Nkata Umu Ibe Lecture Series; impacting 35 different groups during excursions to the Centre; hosting over 5,000 visitors and researchers; hosting nearly 4,000 exhibition guests; screening of the Biafra Documentary viewed by 2,500 persons in 10 viewing centres across the country; training of 43 teachers on story-telling skills; equipping 1,520 children with civic values, story-telling skills and morals through Nzuko Umuaka program, and raising 120 volunteers for civic education. The Impact Brief also stated that 5 Local Government Areas and 55 secondary schools benefited from CFM programs over the period.
Thanking its partners and associates, the Centre informed that in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, most of its programs are now delivered online and the trend is expected to continue until the situation significantly improves.