Who We Are
Ike Foundation for Autism (IFA) is a non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to serving all persons living with Autism in Africa and supporting them to live productive and fulfilling lives, irrespective of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, income levels or gender. IFA was established in 2008. It is registered in Nigeria and Maryland, USA respectively. Since its inception, IFA has evolved as an important Autism voice in Africa. It collaborates with local, African, and international NGOs to promote Autism awareness and advocacy across Africa. IFA has forged strategic partnerships with a number of other Autism NGOs in West Africa and plans to build such partnerships across all the sub-regions of Africa.
Raising awareness And Impacting Lives Everyday Through Quality Services
IFA’s vision is to eliminate Autism stigma in Africa while providing expert services.
IFA’s mission is to HEAL Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Africa and enable all persons living with ASD achieve their full potential and live productive lives.
IFA aims to HEAL ASD through dedicated support services in Health, Education, Awareness and Advocacy, and Learning (HEAL)
Many Autism cases in Africa go undiagnosed. However, through our public partnership with the government and other stakeholders, we have put in place a structure that makes assessment and diagnosis more accessible to persons who may be on the spectrum.
Autism does not have a cure but Early Intervention offers the best chance at a normal life. Our Early Intervention program offers intensive one-on-one therapy sessions to modify behaviour, enhance language and develop cognitive function using the latest methodologies.
Autism awareness in Africa is extremely low. A central aspect of IFA's work is to improve awareness around the condition in Africa, and to advocate for empathy rather than prejudice for persons living with Autism and their care givers.
There is a huge lack of general and research knowledge about autism in Africa. Our physical and online libraries hold vast collections of scholarly and other information about autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Nwanze OkidigbePRESIDENT & FOUNDER IFA
Dr. Nwanze Okidigbe is the president and founder of Ike Foundation For Autism.He was appointed Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria in July 2011.
Dr. Okidegbe obtained PhD in Economics (Howard University, 1980); Masters and Bachelors degrees in Economics from the same University. He also completed Masters in Business Administration (Accounting) from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dr. Ikemba Iweala,Chairman, IFA
His early medical training was at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
After training in General Surgery/Trauma and Neurosurgery at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, he practiced briefly at the UCH, Ibadan, and following further work at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore , he became a clinical instructor in Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.
Pro. Manny C. AniebonamPresident and CEO AFRIHUB
He is the Founder and National President of the Nigerian IT Professionals in the Americas (NITPA), a U.S-based organization of diverse Information Technology practitioners in the Diaspora.
He is a Doctoral degree graduate of The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and was an assistant professor of Info. System Technology at George Washington University, USA.He chairs the board of directors, AfriHUB Nigeria.
Dr. Aloysius Uche OrduBoard Member
Dr. Aloysius Uche ORDU has over three decades of executive experience and expertise in international development. He has led fund raising efforts and the design, appraisal and execution of policy-based and investment lending projects, and the formulation of policies and strategies.
He has PhD Economics (Sussex University), MSc Quantitative Economics (Bristol University), BSc Economics & Law (University of Wales, UK)
Dr. James ObiegbuBOARD MEMBER
Dr. James N. Obiegbu served as a Federal Permanent Secretary in the Public Service of Nigeria between 2012-2015. Earlier, he had worked as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Government of Nigeria in the period of 1999-2007.
He is the recipient of several awards and has also attended many senior executive courses in Crown Agents, RIPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School.
Joseph Makwaka WambaBOARD MEMBER
Joseph Makwaka Wambia is an international development finance expert.
He started his career as an economics professor at Nairobi University and worked at the World Bank for 26 years as a development finance expert.
He also served as Managing Director, Finance, Global Programs at AECOM. Joseph Wambia supports many charitable causes, especially autism spectrum disorder.
Chinyere EgbutaBOARD MEMBER
Chinyere Egbuta is a physician and board-certified in four medical specialties: Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesia. Chinyere Egbuta is an Associate in Critical Care Medicine and Perioperative Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine and an
Instructor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School. She is a wife and mother of two sons, one of whom has high-functioning autism.
Ngozi Okidegbe is a long time supporter of autism research and rights having been inspired by her brother who is autistic.
A former law clerk at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, she is a graduate of the McGill Faculty of Law. In 2015, she clerked for Justice Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Her legal interests include human rights advocacy, disability law, African Constitutionalism, internet law, and critical race theory.