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“to teach so that you and others may learn, and to do research so that you and others may come to know”

Originating Trust in Education and Research


The Originating Trust in Education and Research was established by Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku to honor his parents, Professor Chinyere and Dr (Mrs) Chinelo Ikoku, with an endowment partially derived from their lifelong work obtaining educations, teaching students, and conducting research in university, public and private spheres.

Spanning Continents and Decades

Their work spanned three continents and over six decades. Primary through university education in Southern and Northern Nigeria. Graduate education and university teaching in the United States. Training and consultancy in Europe. Then a move back to Nigeria, at the request of the country’s Vice President, with the task of establishing and teaching in the earliest departments of engineering and finance, at the University of Port Harcourt, where they developed a generation of Nigerians to become highly trained in their respective fields.

An Enduring Source of Inspiration

Prof and Dr Ikoku’s work continues to serve as a source of inspiration for their communities of former students and three surviving children. But it also represents a wider history of teaching, research, and transformative work by peoples of varied African descent, who have substantively contributed to the material, cultural, and intellectual conditions of modern life in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

A Galvinizing Mission

The Originating Trust in Education and Research is thus dedicated to carrying out a central and galvanizing mission for recipients of support from The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations — namely to teach so that they and others may learn, and to do research so that they and others may come to know; in settings and on subjects pertaining to Africa and its global diasporas, as well as to the most regularly underserved, underrepresented, marginalized, stigmatized, and disenfranchised of the world’s communities.

The Trust’s Finances


The Originating Trust in Education and Research was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts. It is therefore subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the founding Declaration.

Annual Spending

These responsibilities include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust’s current principal.

Appropriated Spending I

The Declaration also stipulates that no less than half of such annual spending be dedicated to work on continental Africa.

Appropriated Spending II

It is also expected that such annual spending be overwhelmingly dedicated (greater than 75%) to being of direct benefit to low-income communities and individuals.

To Fund in Perpetuity

Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Reports: In Charts and Numbers

Child Looking Up Among Adult Celebrants
Child at Ceremony, Ikorodu, Nigeria, 2016 (Oshomah Abubakar)
Boy Smiling While Showing Hand String Game
Boy Playing Hand Game, 2017 (Alexander Radelich)
Child in Costume Looking at Camera
Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
Tatooed Map on Outstretched Arm
Map on Arm, Dayton, US, 2017 (Don Ross III)
Woman with Arm on Head, Smiling
Woman in Joy, Kolkota, India, 2017 (Loren Joseph)
Boy Among Chidlren in Class, Looking at Camera
Children in Classroom, Nakasaki District, Kampala, Uganda, 2017 (Bill Wegener)
Woman Seated on Mat on Floor, Holding Fan
Seated by Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
Girl Kneeling in Busy Street
Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

The Trust’s Works


Provided below is access to further information regarding good works conceived and funded under the rubric of this Trust. Note that the operations of said projects are typically the purview of The Ikoku Foundations, and so the links will often guide you to their sites.

The Database on Education and Research

The Distribution in Education and Research

The Core | Curriculum

The Core | Papers

The Core | Courses

The Core | Seminars

The Concentrations

The Report on Funding for Education and Research

The Report on Funding for Education and Research

The Fellowship in Education and Research

The Fellowship in Education and Research

The Grant in Education and Research

The Grant in Education and Research

The Ikoku Newsletter on Education and Research

Communities at The Trusts

As introduced above, the inspiration for and conditions surrounding the establishment of The Ikoku Charitable Trusts result in a set of core emphases reflected in more than the stated charitable mission. They go on to inform each instance of work and effort to achieve benefit, impact and success in the communities served by The Ikoku Charitable Trusts. And they further produce three features evident in its activities, operations, structure and most importantly, people:


Governace Suited to Local and Global Philanthropy

We have designed the governing structure of The Ikoku Trusts and Foundations in order to be attentive to needs and operations at the local and global level, as well as across the complex states and societies where our communities reside, living shared, interdependent lives.


With Respect Being Central to Our Ethics

At the core of our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is a commitment to the most robust conceptions of respect, dignity and humanity, including and beyond what the law has protected and provided for, as we fulfill our twin mottos: to serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas; and to account for the past while ensuring a shared and just future.


To Ensure a Just and Shared Future for Many

We are inspired by peoples who have contributed to the foundations and development of their societies, despite a history of systemic difficulties. Who maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved. . We draw from their example a vision of the public good and common community that is our hope and objective.

More About Us

The Ikoku Trusts

We are independent, private, non-profit organizations that serve the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic communities, and emerging institutions.

— About Us

Nature, Scope, Means

Our founding mission and ongoing emphases of support are for good works that help the public understand Africa's essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sound, and equitable, of deep benefit across communities in shared societies.

— Founding & Overview

Mission, Charitable Goals, Trusts Areas

To this end, we are governed by a Board of Trustees and two differently dedicated Advisory Boards of Directors — a three-board system set out and defined in the original Declaration of Trust, where our Founding and Governing Code of Ethics is also delineated.

— Governance

Leadership, Boards, Documents

The policies provided on these Sites collectively constitute our Corporate Code of Conduct and User Agreement, which govern all activity and work in and for, access to and use of, association with and reference to The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations. Please read them attentively.

— Policies

Terms of Use & Service, Code of Ethics

Take a look, and follow us, during media events we attend and the coverage that at times precedes them or ensues. You may also sign up for our newsletter, which will update you about news and events from the publics we serve.

— Press & Media

News, Events, Articles

Join us as a potential leader, staff, board or committee member, researcher or educator, contributor or volunteer. A career of doing good through The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Foundations may be the perfect fit for you.

— Careers at the Trusts

Jobs, Volunteer, Research