Our Work


Founded in 2016 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria, the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora (OCI) Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organisation established with the aim of breaking down barriers to the attainment of excellence through a three-pronged action plan targeted on EducationHealth and Empowerment/Charity Activities.

The headquarters of the Foundation is at Awka, the capital city of Anambra State, Nigeria, West Africa. Even though the activities of the OCI Foundation will start with a focus on that State, it is expected that, with time, it will reach the entire states of Nigeria and perhaps, the African Continent.

Our ultimate aim is to create a better society through the aforementioned tripod of activities. We desire to make a difference in these areas, and the push to excel stems from our Founder’s belief that “education is a great leveller,” and that “health is wealth”.

The importance of education was concisely captured by Horace Mann, who, in 1848, said that "Education, beyond all other divides of human origin, is a great equaliser of conditions of men, and is the balance-wheel of the social machinery".

More recently in 2001,  Gerardo Gonzalez added that “Education is the great equaliser in a democratic society, and if people are not given access to a quality education, then what we are doing is creating an underclass of people who will challenge our very way of life".




The OCI Foundation aims to provide educational and financial facilities through:


i). Cyfed Scholarships:
Details of eligibility and application guidelines can be found here.

Our scholarships focus on brilliant, exceptional but financially challenged scholars, and the application and screening processes are designed to attract, identify and support these class of undergraduates. Eligible scholars will be awarded annual financial supports throughout the approved duration of their chosen programs in any university of their choice in Nigeria.

Recipients of the Cyfed Scholarships, also known as Cyfed Scholars, are expected to attend annual “Cyfed Dinners”, where the scholarship certificates will be doled out, and talks delivered by distinguished guests on topical leadership issues.

Over time, it is hoped that the associated event, talks and financial awards will create seasoned academics, technocrats and global leaders that will contribute to the development of the Nigerian Nation and Africa at large, and that they will form a “help chain” that will benefit many others in various capacities.


ii). THE IFOMSSA AWARDS:
The "Ifedioramma Okafor Memorial Secondary School Academic (IFOMSSA) Awards", was established in memory of the late Mr. Ifedioramma Isaac Okafor (1939 to 2016), who was the father of the OCI Foundation Founder, and was a firm believer that Education holds the key to limitless successes, not just for individuals, but for the society at large.

This annual programme is designed to grant a one-off financial (or equivalent) award to senior secondary school students (Senior IFOMSSA Awards) preparing for their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or the National Examination Commission (NECO), as well as junior secondary school students (Junior IFOMSSA Awards) preparing for the Junior School Certificate Examination.


The idea is to encourage the recipients and spur students from the eligible schools towards the attainment of greater academic successes. This will be achieved by awarding financial benefits to academically outstanding students towards their school certificate exams (mentioned above).  


For now, the IFOMSSA Awards will be limited to State Government-owned schools in the Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria, but it is hoped that the eligible schools will be expanded with time.

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iii). Cyfed Academic Donations:
The OCI Foundation, in collaboration with her partners, also hopes to make regular donations of academic materials to schools. These materials will include, but not limited to books, writing materials, library materials, recreational equipment, and so on.  



The OCI Foundation, in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, will work to foster a strategic, equitable, feasible and sustainable health system in the communities she serves.

We will aim to partner with local, national and international health agencies to promote health and prevent diseases at the Primary Care level through our activities, including, but not limited to: 


i. Free but targeted Health Outreaches and Enlightenment Programmes on topical and endemic health issues;

ii. Donation of basic, genuine, affordable and sustainable drugs and other health materials;

iii. Provision of cheap but affordable and sustainable health facilities like Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines, good and sustainable sources of potable water supply (wells and boreholes);

iv. Fostering capacity-building, and the provision of basic health equipment (kits) for community health care providers like Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and their likes.


 

The OCI Foundation would strive:


i. To reach out to the less privileged, including widows, orphans and other unfortunate members of the society through donations and charity visits;

ii. To sensitise the youth on proper conducts and discourage them from violence and other social vices;

iii. To empower and mobilise the youths and other targeted groups with the aim of achieving economic independence through feasible, cost-effective and sustainable means.