The Philanthropy of Cecilia Ibru (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a series. Read the first article here.

Initially registered as a not-for-profit organization in 2006, the Michael and Cecilia Foundation has pledged to create “effective, innovative, and entrepreneurial human capital by providing educational opportunities in Nigeria and abroad.” Information about the Foundation’s efforts in disease prevention and higher education is shared below.

1. Helping Nigeria Stay Healthy. The Foundation’s programs that focus on the prevention of such diseases as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, and tuberculosis include seminars and flyers, counseling, and referral services. In addition, the Foundation has worked to educate Nigerians about preventable diseases, including poliomyelitis and other illnesses that can be eliminated through immunization.

2. A New University. Alongside its primary and secondary educational programs, the Foundation also seeks to create a new university for Nigerians in the Delta State region. The new university will include an innovative work-study program designed to help students achieve their educational goals while providing access to employers in the private and public sectors. The Foundation’s development plan expects the Michael and Cecilia University to eventually grow to an enrollment of 5,000 students.

About Cecilia Ibru: Before joining her husband Michael in creating their non-profit foundation, Cecilia Ibru served as one of Nigeria’s most prominent businesswomen and entrepreneurs. An alumna of London University and North East London University, Ms. Ibru currently resides in Nigeria with her family.