Wednesday, 18 May, 2022


It Begins With U

The IBWU Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated in Canada founded by people of like minds across North America, Europe & Africa who are brought together by a passionate and common desire to bring about positive changes in our communities. Their mission and values are inspired by simple acts of charity and by working in partnerships with communities as participants and encouraging social and community responsibility; beginning with each individual.

The chairman Michael Emeka Dibua is a lawyer and Notary who practices in Ontario Canada and mainly in Family, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation and non-litigation aspects of immigration law.

Michael had worked previously as an in-house counsel and has had extensive experience in relationship management, risk and compliance as well as credit and loan recovery litigation.

Michael is very involved in the community and has served and continues to be involved in various community-based initiatives centred on giving back to his community here in diaspora and in Nigeria as well as providing mentorship and guidance.

Michael and a group of Nigerian Lawyers in Canada founded the Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers “CANL” in 2013 and he served as President of the association from 2014 to 2016 and as a Member of its Board from 2016 to 2019.

Michael also founded the “It Begins With U” IBWU Foundation, with a group of friends and colleagues from Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Canada in 2019 and is presently the Chairman of its Board of Directors.

One of many key projects completed by IBWU was Clothe An Orphan programme in collaboration with JCI. They were able to provide folks with much-needed clothing items at Bab-es-Salam Orphanage Ikeja, The Destiny Trust, Bogije, Ibeju Lekki, RACO Orphanage, Ibeju Lekki and Road 12 Support Foundation, Ikota. All in Lagos State. The benefits of collaboration amongst organizations for social good cannot be overemphasised. In fact, we strongly believe that synergy should be encouraged consistently to achieve long-term sustainable impact.

There are many folks facing extreme social and economic challenges in both inner cities and rural areas. We also have a large population of children including those in orphanages. The greatest reward is the grateful smiles on their faces as they received these small tokens of kindness – IBWU.

The real truth is that beauty remains in the eye of the beholder and what one man views negatively is another’s treasure. Regardless of what we have made of them, clothes remain at their core, essential tools to cover us and put us right. When we reach out to the underprivileged in this manner we help to restore their dignity, covering them and putting them right. Perhaps we may become more intentional about our clothes when we realize our garments of style and entertainment mean necessity and survival for someone else.

IBWU is privileged to serve others with a slice of dignity. We hope to expand this simple initiative in the future by finding creative ways to dig into people’s closets so as to clothe more people. If you think about it, you will agree that these are not just clothes but ornaments of dignity said Dr Richard Olumide Oyefeso, a board member of IBWU.


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