Introduction

Ndokwa Association in Birmingham popularly known as NAUK- Birmingham was formed in 2006, initially with a few families. We have grown steadily in numbers and now around 55 comprising adults and children and still growing.

We meet every other month and rotate venue from family to family. In this way, it gives us the opportunity to get to know where we all live. Perhaps this model will change as membership increases but it have been working for us so far.

Achievements

  • We have tried to take annual family holidays where practicable and have visited the following since inception:
  1. Drayton Manor
  2. National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham
  • Blackpool beach and seaside resort
  1. Skegness in Lincolnshire
  2. Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory
  • Annual Christmas party
  • Ukwuani Language Lessons
  • Active role in organising NAUK hub inaugural conference

Governance

Local Level

Our guiding principles:

1) NAUK Birmingham acknowledged from the outset that we are a family gathering and always have that at the fore whenever we conduct meetings. We decided to have the following essential officers and appoint committees as and where necessary.

  1. President/Chair Vincent Ugboh
  2. General Secretary Festus Aninze
  3. Treasurer Monday Madu
  4. Spokesman/ Ugo Dr Ben Olisemeke
  5. Women Affairs Mrs Daisy Nwabokei

2) We have been operating an unwritten constitution and now in a position to review our situation and formalise our practices to date. We are currently reviewing our draft constitution and hope to adopt it in the not too distant future.

Governance at National Level

We played very active role in giving birth to NAUK hub and hosted the inaugural meeting in Mar 2013 with the following five cardinal points:

i. Pooling of resources

ii. Speak with one voice

iii. Speed of response to issues

iv. Monitoring of projects

v. More authority

Perhaps it is worth mentioning that the need for an umbrella body came about following the big flood in Ndokwa nation in 2012. Very much unlike our brothers and sisters in the USA, response from the UK was fragmented and somewhat uncoordinated.

Future

  • Continue to work with NAUK National with view to ensuring that the collective voices of Ndokwans are heard
  • Deepen the love and affection among members here in the UK and encourage Ndokwa sons and daughters in the UK to join with us. (Igwe bu ike)
  • Harmonisation of the various Ndokwa Associations in the UK.
  • Work with individuals/groups determined to ensure our language is preserved by documenting it, teaching and speaking it.
  • Continue to encourage the younger ones, especially those born and brought up in the UK to imbibe our culture and be able to communicate in out local dialect.

We hope to continue to share the love, not only for our rich culture but also to share knowledge. Experts have said that the difference between the comfortable and not so comfortable is the quality of information at their disposal.

Vincent Ugboh

Meeting Venue: Activity Centre, Silver Jubilee Park, Mason Street, Cosleley, Bilston WV14 9SZ.

Email address: f.ozegbe@nauknational.org

Meeting Days: 3rd Saturdays