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Umuada Ndi-Igbo in Diaspora joins in the campaign against the ambiguous section 29(4) of the Nigeria Constitution, a clause that recognizes women of less than 18 years old to be of full age thereby promoting and encouraging child marriage. Millions of girls in Nigeria are forced into marriage before they turn 15 years old. This is obviously a violation of the Child Right Act of 2003 and a total violation of the Human Right....

We are extremely concerned about the impact and consequences of child marriage on girl child such as the denial of childhood and adolescence, health problems, physical and sexual abuse, all of these and much more, have profound psychosocial and emotional consequences on girls. Therefore, we write to the Senate to let them know our stand on this issue and to make it known that Umuada in Diaspora will not relent until it is corrected.

Click on "Read more" for our letter to the Nigeria Senate President. You can read more about our fight against child marriage on Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper of August 13, 2013. Please visit our site often for more recent news.

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Chime Okafor


Licensed Master Social Worker – New York State Board Of Education, Feb. 2006
Masters Degree in Social Work – Yeshiva University , May 2000
Bachelors of Science (Marketing) – Touro College , June 1998


National Executive Secretary General for a very wonderful, Movement called UMUADA NDI IGBO, an organization that is family oriented with vision for peace and unity for the IGBO’S. Protocol Officer for New York Chapter for two years. I am very proud to be one of the founding members of this organization.

Igbo Organization NY

First female Vice President of -Igbo Organization, New York. An organization that holds the Igbo in Diaspora together till date:
Assisted with the daily running of the organizations events. Treasury for Igbo Organization for four years. Social Secretary for 3 years.

IMO Association NY

Currently Social Director (organizing yearly Summer events, monthly meetings and political events. Organizes other community affairs.
World Igbo Congress: Participated in World Igbo Congress Women’s Affairs.

Professional Organizations

Member Nigerian Social Workers Association:

  • Coordinator for West African Coalition for Community Affairs under Administration for Children Services
  • Organized community forums, social activities, and community education around children issues)

National association Of Social Workers:

I am a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with 25 years of experience working with mental health and substance dependent individuals. Ability to adjust professional skills to various management venues. Proven leadership skills, including organizational, supervision and community outreach.

Chime Okafor Odera Gburugburu

A mother of two beautiful daughters who are standing strong in their own rights.
A grand mother of five 4 girls and one son.
I am blessed by God which is the most important of it all.