"The principal aim of the founding fathers was specifically to unite Ndigbo and speak with one voice"
After the Nigerian civil war, some prominent Igbos gathered to proclaim the need to unify Igbos under a common umbrella body. This initiative was much welcomed considering maximum displacement of the Igbos during the war and its aftermath. An organizational assembly was created, referred to as the Igbo National Assembly (INA). This organization was later banned by the Federal Military Government at the time, probably due to the Government’s fear of a grand suspicious agenda being cultivated by the Igbos via the organization; hence, the creation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in 1976.
Professor Ben Nwabueze, a foremost constitutional lawyer, assembled prominent Igbo leaders to form the organization of which he emerged the Secretary-General of the organization spanning a period of 20 years.
The organization was effectively championed and supported by Kingsley Mbadiwe, Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam, Dr. Michael Iheonukara Okpara, Dr. Pius Okigbo, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr Kelly Nkeli Nzekwe, and Chief Jerome Udorji (who served as the first Secretary General), among other notable Igbo personalities.
The principal aim of the founding fathers was specifically to unite Ndigbo and speak with one voice. The organisation later lost its principal focus and degenerated to a political tool in the hand of politicians. This led to formation of several Igbo organisations due to lack of confidence in the affairs of Ohanaeze.
On the 25th of November 2019, one of the founding fathers His Royal Majesty Eze Dr Kelly Nkeli Nzekwe organised notable Igbo stakeholders to discuss way forward on how to restructure Ohanaeze and give it a legal status instead of merely existing as a pressure group.
On the 21st day of February 2020, OHANAEZE NDIGBO GENERAL ASSEMBLY was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with the RC N0: 144918.
OHANAEZE NDIGBO GENERAL ASSEMBLY is not a factional Ohanaeze but the main Ohanaeze Ndigbo which has been restructured to exist legally as a lawful organisation, represent the interest of Ndigbo and be accountable to Ndigbo.
The organisation encourages all Sons and Daughters of Igbo origin to register online at our website www.ohanaezendigbo.org and be a registered member. This will enable us locate you anywhere in the world and attend to your needs within our statutory goal, objectives and activities.