Ndewonu! Young Igbo Women Association (YIWA) was founded in the summer of 2017 by Chisara Nkemakolam. This association’s primary purpose is to create a support network for umu nwanyi no obodo oyibo (Igbo women overseas). Short and long-term visions consist of uniting, honouring, empowering, celebrating, expanding our knowledge and supporting ndi Igbo (Igbo people) in diaspora.
YIWA targets young women from the age of 18 to 35 who reside in the U.K with indigenous Igbo heritage. Chisara envisioned bringing women together to collaborate and collate collective ideas that will promote our culture today. She wants to remove the social stigma of women hating on fellow women through setting an example for everyone by creating a forum of togetherness. Together women can do more, go further and change the world.
Igbo people are unique, strong and powerful, without being bias history shows that we have contributed so much in the Nigerian society. Chisara aims to celebrate and remember the powerful Igbo pioneers like Ada Priscilla Nzimiro (the first Igbo women from Igboland to qualify as a Doctor) who made an impact in our communities. With such insight and knowledge, we will be driven to achieve and make a difference.