EEF started unofficially in the 1970s, with the founder Eyisi Ebuluo supporting local culture and his community at Neni, Anambra state. In 1982, as the executive president of Umudioka Community in Neni, along with other members of the executive, he revived a neglected festival, the Nkadioka Festival, a traditional festival that had been forgotten after the Nigerian Civil War. Since then, the organisation has been part of several efforts to increase awareness of local culture in Neni and beyond.
In 2008, the organisation was officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Since then, EEF has been focused on spreading the love of culture. We do this through support for festivals, art exhibitions and more. Everything that we do has a root in a local tradition.
What we do
1979: Igbo Language Writing and Debate Competition started.
2005: Started the widowhood support.
2011: Support for the building of Umudioka Cultural Centre
2017: Co-sponsored the Nkadioka Festival
About the founder
Born March 13, 1934, Ozoekwe Udeze grew up in Umudioka community, Neni, Anambra state. Surrounded by family, he learned of the traditions of his people: greetings, proverbs, work, traditional marks, and more. His father who was an Nwadioka, an itinerant traditional herbalist and artist, travelled to several communities, spreading the traditional art of Igbo people through Igbu Ichi, traditional marks.
As a teenager, Ozoekwe had few opportunities and struggled to pay his way through primary education. However, he could not continue as a result of lack of funding. In 1953, he started learning business as an apprentice with an Uncle, even though he also had a side business selling kerosene. As a result of his challenges growing up without the needed financial support for his education, he has always supported indigent and intelligent students through scholarships.