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Founding

Overview

The founding of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts has been at the behest and impetus of the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and has proceeded as follows:

History and Founder

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts was established:

Founding Corporation
in January 2017 by its sole Founder, President, and Chair, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku.
Founding Entities
as part of ongoing work he has carried out for over three decades, leading also to his founding of The Ikoku Foundations, The Ikoku Group, Publiks Inc, and Humana Sancta.
Founding Fulfillments
with the understanding that, where appropriate and authorized solely by the Founder, these distinct and independent entities will endeavor to coordinate efforts toward the fulfillment of their respective missions, purposes, and service to their respective communities.

Concerns and Commitments

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts was also founded and developed in response to the concerns below:

Concern for Africa
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to Africa.
Concern for Diasporas
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to the global diasporas of Africa, in the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Europe.
Concern for Common and Coexisting Societies
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to communities and societies of common structures with Africa and its global diasporas and those communities and societies that abide by principled ways of coexisting humanely.
Concern for Ethics
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to issues pertaining to ethics.
Concern for the Human and Humane
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to issues pertaining to the human and humane, with the Founder’s insights from such concern proving valuable during several periods, preceding and during the formation of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, where this Founder was subject to a set of inhumane behaviors that entailed violations of the autonomy, confidentiality, freedom, liberty, privacy, and sanctity of the Founder’s being, brain, mind, self, soul, and spirit.*

*for further regarding these discriminatory and inhumane behaviors, see Inhumane Behaviors

Concern for Difference
— the Founder’s abiding concern for and longstanding commitment to issues pertaining to difference, with the Founder’s insights from such concern proving valuable during the aforementioned periods, able to elucidate that — as also experienced by others — such inhumane behaviors depend upon and employ notions of human and perceived difference (including those pertaining to birth and citizenship, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex) to elicit active and passive support for persistent, pervasive and profound violations of a person’s humanness.*

*for further regarding these discriminatory and inhumane behaviors, see Inhumane Behaviors

Mission and Purposes

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s founding mission and purposes are therefore:

To Foster
— to foster charitable efforts and philanthropy concerned with Africa, its global diasporas, and common and coexisting societies of enduring concern to the Founder.
To Serve
— to serve a range of communities touched by the Founder, including through disciplines in which he has trained and practiced.
To Fulfill
— to fulfill its mission and purposes as a faith-based organization, abiding by the principles and practices of the Humana Faith.
To Succeed
— and to succeed in developing an institution — as well as communities — where the aforementioned behaviors are considered inhumane, as well as unnecessary, and so do not become or remain the means for any act or activity, benefit or good, product or service, and mission or purpose.
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Lekki Ikoyi Bridge, Lagos, Nigeria, February 2019 (Babatunde Olajide)

Focus

Provision

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts has also been developed, and its activities and administration focused, as follows:

Activities and Administration

All official activities, agents, arrangements, and assets of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts are administered solely via the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, and solely via the Founder’s authorization, as provided for in the Codes and Policies, and thus appropriately focused to ensure their alignment with the mission and purposes of the organization.

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s overall administration, as defined in the Codes and Policies, is similarly focused and conducted solely via means limited by The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s entity status as:

Faith-Aligned
a faith-aligned organization.
Independent
an independent organization.
Non-Governmental
a non-governmental organization.
Non-Political
a non-political organization.
Non-Profit
a non-profit organization.
Non-Public, Private
a non-public and private organization.

Areas and Efforts

As further described in the Trusts Areas, The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts administer, develop and fund philanthropic efforts under the auspices of the Trusts Areas of Public Benefit — in the twelve (12) areas below:

Education | Research
Agriculture | Sustenance
Civic Society | Governance
Energy | Infrastructure
Ethics | Research | Care
Human | Environmental | Health
Humanistic | Inquiry | Expression
Public Knowledge
Public Opinion | Civic Discourse
Quality | Innovation
Rights | Covenants
Youth Communities

Faith and Spirituality

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s faith-based commitments are focused in the following manner:

Humana Faith
that none of its activities, agents, or arrangements come in conflict, in any way, with the Humana Sancta Faith (also the “Humana Faith”) — as administered, defined, interpreted and governed solely by the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, serving as sole Founder and Presiding Fellow of Humana Sancta.
Sanctity of Human
that such nonconflict with the Humana Faith align with a belief in the sanctity of each human being as-is.
Sanctity of Individual
that such nonconflict with the Humana Faith align with a belief that the confidentiality and privacy, freedom and liberty, and sanctity of each human individual’s inner being, brain, and body, and self, soul, and spirit — as well as attendant rights to such — are inalienable, sacrosanct and thus absolute.
Sanctity of Mind
that such nonconflict with the Humana Faith align with a belief that the confidentiality and privacy, freedom and liberty, and sanctity of each human individual’s mind and its activities of the self, including cognition and conscience, perception and sensation, and speech and thought by, to or with oneself, in silence or in voice — as well as attendant rights to such — are inalienable, sacrosanct and thus absolute.
Sanctity of Protection
that such nonconflict with the Humana Faith align with a core purpose of the organization to always ensure that the Founder, Alvan Azinna Chibuzo Ikoku, enjoys the highest level of, provision for, and protection of the above confidentiality and privacy, freedom and liberty, and sanctity — as well as attendant rights to such — and the humane respect and treatment that fully recognizing his humanity requires.

Incompatibility with Founding

The activities, agents, and arrangements of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts are therefore focused and limited via determinations of incompatibility with the organization, as delineated below:

Notwithstanding Proviso
firstly, notwithstanding any provision of the Codes and Policies, or applicable law or regulation, no activity, agent, or arrangement of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts may, in any way, be or remain
Notwithstanding, In Conflict, Founding
(a) in conflict with the Founding of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts or the Governance of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as described in the Codes and Policies (the “Founding” and the “Governance”).
Notwithstanding, In Conflict, Faith
(b) in conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments.
Notwithstanding, Infringement, Policy
(c) an effector or facilitator of any infringement of the Codes and Policies.
Notwithstanding, Inhumane Behavior
(d) an effector or facilitator of any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors.
Adjudication of Incompatibility
secondly, any such activity, agent, or arrangement — as well as any advantage, benefit, information, or property attributed to it — is to be adjudicated solely by the Founder as incompatible with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts itself as well as its founding, governance, and overall administration.
Determinations of Incompatibility
so thirdly, each activity, agent, and arrangement relating to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is subject to the following determinations of incompatibility
Determination, Incompatibility, Activities
where the Founder determines that an activity has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Determination, Incompatibility, Agents
where the Founder determines that an agent has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Determination, Incompatibility, Arrangements
where the Founder determines that an arrangement has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Determination, Incompatibility, Persons, Natural
where the Founder determines that a natural person has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Example of Persons, Natural
as has been determined, among natural persons, in the cases of Eleanor Marie Brown (AB, Brown; JD, Yale) of Jamaica and the United States of America; Rafael Nadal Parera of Manacor, Mallorca, Spain; Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal; and Jeff Williams of Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California, United States of America;
Determination, Incompatibility, Persons, Legal
where the Founder determines that a legal person has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Example of Persons, Legal
as has been determined, among legal persons, in the cases of Leland Stanford Jr University of Palo Alto, California, United States of America and The New York Times Company of New York City, New York, United States of America;
Determination, Incompatibility, Persons, Political
where the Founder determines that a government, political, public or state authority, entity, office, or person has been, is or will be, in any way, an effector or facilitator of any conflict with the Founding or Governance, any conflict with the aforementioned faith-based commitments, any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors, or any intentional violation of the Codes and Policies.
Example of Persons, Political
as has been determined, among political persons, in the cases of appointed and elected officials and representatives at the city, county, district, state, and national levels and political organizations of San Francisco, California, and the United States of America;
Incompatible, Unauthorized, Unqualified
fourthly, subsequent to the Founder’s determination of incompatibility, such activity, agent, arrangement, or person is to be deemed unauthorized and unqualified — entailing, where applicable, the revocation of any authorization or qualification — to be an activity, agent, arrangement, or person of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, in any capacity, especially that pertaining to decision-making, leadership, membership, stakeholding, or voting, and in any way, including as part of its administration, or as a recipient of any assets, contract, funding, properties, support, work, or equivalent.
Reporting, Directly, Fully Informing Founder
and upon discovery by any person of any indication, instance, or possibility of incompatibility, such person must directly report to and fully inform the Founder of such issues.
Founder as Sole Adjudicator
with the understanding that the Founder is the sole person with powers to conduct inquiries, investigations, and other proceedings regarding such issues and make adjudications and determinations of compatibility or incompatibility, confirmed and executed only via the Founder’s authorization.

Inhumane Behaviors

The aforementioned inhumane behaviors – to be absent from any activities, agents, or arrangements of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts – include, but are not limited to, those delineated below, conducted, engaged, facilitated, fostered, or otherwise involved in any way or via any manner, means, method, or mode, or to any degree, that is discriminatory in effect or intent, harmful, unconsented, unethical, uninforming, unlawful, or without dignity, equality, reciprocity, or respect as to the human being, that is not done simultaneously to each and every human being, or that would not be done to oneself or one’s most loved one:

Broadcasting and Exhibition
the broadcasting, dissemination, exhibition, or transmission of a human being or of a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Care and Treatment
the care, medication, therapy, or treatment of, on or with a human being.
Communication and Meeting
the communication to or meeting with a human being.
Conservatorship and Wardship
the conservatorship, guardianship, oversight, supervision, or wardship of or over a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Education and Training
the education or training of, on or with a human being.
Experimentation and Research
the experimentation, observation, research, or study of, on or with a human being.
Harassment, Pervasive and Persistent
the pervasive and persistent harassment of a human being.
Interference and Intrusion
the interference with or intrusion into, as well as frustration and hinderance of, a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Monitoring and Recording
the eavesdropping, device detecting and listening, monitoring, recording, spying, or wiretapping of a human being or of a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physi-cal or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Prediction and Timing
the prediction or timing of a human being or of a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Stalking and Surveillance
the following, stalking, surveillance, or tracking of a human being or of a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Work and Servitude
the coercion, engagement, employment, forcing, indenture, or manipulation of a human being into bondage, labor, service, servitude, slavery, or work, or the rendering of such labor, service, or work as unpaid or unremunerated when it is agreed, expected, or typically done to be paid or remunerated.
Denial of Autonomy
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s autonomy, rights to autonomy, or protections of such.
Denial of Consent
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s consent, rights to consent, or protections of such.
Denial of Confidentiality
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s confidentiality, rights to confidentiality, or protections of such.
Denial of Dignity
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s dignity, rights to dignity, or protections of such.
Denial of Due Process
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of due process for a human being, rights to due process, or protections of such.
Denial of Equality
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s equality, rights to equality, or protections of such.
Denial of Liberty
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s liberty, rights to liberty, or protections of such.
Denial of Liberty of Thought
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s freedom and liberty of thought, rights to freedom and liberty of thought, or protections of such, including to thinking freely, by, to or with oneself, in silence or in voice, with absolute confidentiality and privacy, without detection or dissemination.
Denial of Privacy
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s privacy, rights to privacy, or protections of such.
Denial of Private Control
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s private control of life, labor or property, rights to private control of life, labor or property, or protections of such.
Denial of Private Labor
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s private labor or work, rights to private labor or work, or protections of such.
Denial of Private Life
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s private life, rights to private life, or protections of such, including to any private emotion, feeling, idea, moment, or thought.
Denial of Private Property
the denial, diminishment, infringement, or violation of a human being’s private property, rights to private property, or protections of such.
Coordination, Withholding of Information
the withholding of basic, fundamental and necessary access and information from a human being regarding the aforementioned inhumane behaviors as they are directed at, impact, or otherwise concern or relate to that human being; thus the denial of a human being’s opportunity to understand and undo these behaviors, prevent or reduce their effect, or seek redress; and the conduct of such withholding while providing other persons a surfeit of access and information regarding the human being and the aforementioned inhumane behaviors as they are directed at, impact, or otherwise concern or relate to that human being.
Coordination, Targeting
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to target a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Coordination, Sporting
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to sport with a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent, including betting, chasing, competing, gambling, gaming, hunting, toying.
Coordination, Retaliating
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to direct retaliation, revenge, scapegoating, or vigilante action or justice against a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent.
Coordination, Ostracizing
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to frustrate, hinder, impede, preclude, or otherwise prevent a human being from personal, social or work advancement or engagement, including banishing, banning, blackballing, blacklisting, blocking, cancelling, censoring, deplatforming, isolating, marginalizing, mass hysteria, moral panic, ostracizing, scaremongering, stigmatizing, vilifying.
Coordination, Meaningfulness
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to diminish, hinder or preclude meaningfulness as to confidentiality or privacy, consent, decision, intent, or will of a human being.
Coordination, Majoritarian Tyranny
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to collectively or publicly choose, decide, or vote to have a human being or a human being’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent, be subject to any of the aforementioned inhumane behaviors.
Coordination, Conditions
the coordination of activities, agents, or arrangements to effect or insist that the aforementioned behaviors become or remain conditions of affiliation, association, existence, life, service, support, or work for a human being, where they are not said conditions for other human beings.
Discrimination Based on Difference
and the reliance on notions of human and perceived difference (including those pertaining to birth and citizenship, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, or sex) in beginning or continuing the aforementioned behaviors and their ultimately discriminatory effects.

Intrinsic Refusals

In light, therefore, of all of the aforementioned, incompatibility with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts entails the following basic refusals, each intrinsic to the basic humanity, humanness, and humaneness of each human being, including the Founder, and to the reciprocity, recognition, and respect such humanity requires:

Basic Refusal of Aforementioned Behaviors
that The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts and the Founder resolutely refuse to give any agreement, authorization, consent, license, permission, or equivalent — or to waive any such decision or attendant rights — for any of the aforementioned behaviors, in any manner or way, via any means, method, or mode, to any degree, under any circumstances, for any period, or for any perceived benefit, end, goal, good, interest, mission, need, objective, purpose, reason, or equivalent.
Basic Refusal of Use as Means to an End
that The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts and the Founder resolutely refuse to give any agreement, authorization, consent, license, permission, or equivalent — or to waive any such decision or attendant rights — for any access or use of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts or the Founder, or any of the The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s or Founder’s activities, affairs, assets or properties, physical or physiological facets or functions, speech, thought, work, life, or any equivalent, with the effect or intent of construing, employing or otherwise using the Founder — or any human being — instrumentally or utilitarianly, or as a means or medium, toward the ends of any another person or any association, community, polity, public, or society of persons, in any manner or way, via any means, method, or mode, to any degree, under any circumstances, for any period, or for any perceived benefit, end, goal, good, interest, mission, need, objective, purpose, reason, or equivalent.
Basic Refusals as Principle
that these two basic refusals — at once human and humane — together constitute a fundamental limiting and restricting principle, and wherever there is conflict or question, legally override and supersede any conflicting clause or interpretation of any alleged, assumed, construed, presumed or otherwise made or understood agreement, arrangement, article, authorization, bylaw, code, consent, contract, guideline, law, license, permission, policy, principle, provision, regulation, right, term, or equivalent.
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Macbeth, Undated (New York Public Library)
Schoolgirl in Uniform at Doorway Looking Above
In Uniform, Liberia, March 2019 (Adrianna Van Groningen)
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Tibetan Girl, 2017 (Journey Yang)

Form

Provision

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts’s organizational form is as delineated below:

Formation

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is formally organized as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, as provided for in the laws of the State of California, the United States, and is registered and headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Names

The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts is also officially known under the business names, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts and The Ikoku Trusts. All three names, as used in official Ikoku Charitable Trusts documents, products, services, and sites, refer to the same aforementioned nonprofit entity.

Entities

As provided for by law and the Founder’s Declaration of Trust, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts administer, hold, and manage the assets for two private charitable foundations, resulting in a three-entity structure that includes the following:

Efforts

The Ikoku Charitable Trusts, via their work with The Ikoku Foundations and through the Trusts Areas, are thus structured to conduct and support charitable efforts in the aforementioned areas, and to ultimately fulfill their originating mission to promote philanthropy concerned with Africa, its global diasporas, and shared societies As always, the objective is the betterment of lives and societies.

Conditions and Terms

All of the above and aforementioned in this section constitutes the Conditions and Terms of Founding of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts (the “Conditions and Terms of Founding”) and forms an integral part of the Conditions and Terms of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, the Codes and Policies of The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, as well as The Ikoku Charitable Trusts Conduct and Service Agreement you may enter into with The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts.

Concluding

And as a concluding aviso and proviso, you are informed as well as reminded that by commencing or continuing any conduct or service relating to The Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts — in any way, either directly or indirectly, and via any manner, means, method, or mode — you enter into The Ikoku Charitable Trusts Conduct and Service Agreement and agree to abide by and be legally bound by the Policy conditions, principles, protections, and terms described above, and the Codes and Policies, in their entirety without modification or severability, as amended from time to time solely by the Founder.

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Sierra Leone, 2017 (Annie Spratt)
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Niño, Cusco, Peru, 2018 (Ben Ostrower)
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Seated, Kpone Katamanso District Assembly Office, Tema, Ghana, 2017 (Nathaniel Tetteh)
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Women's March, Boston, USA, 2017, (Alice Donovan Rouse)

Also at the Trusts

As stated earlier, The Ikoku Charitable Trusts is dedicated to fostering philanthropy and good works concerning Africa, its global diasporas and a range of shared societies — toward the betterment of lives across the globe. And so in accordance with the above, The Trusts provides the following:

I.

A Nonprofit Dedicated to Africa

An independent, private, non-profit organization that serves the public interest in Africa and its global diasporas — by advancing education and research and by also supporting creative ideas, civic endeavors and emerging communities, organizations and societies.

II.

Support for a Global and Just Future

A founding mission and ongoing emphases of support for good works that help the public understand Africa’s essential place in a global future, one that is to be more knowledgeable, environmentally sustainable, equitable and of benefit across communities in just societies.

III.

A Vision of the Public Good

A vision of the public good that accounts for the past while ensuring a just and shared future. That draws inspiration from peoples who, despite a history of systemic difficulties, maintain an unyielding belief that the betterment of their human condition will foster the betterment of those living around them and will enhance the present and futures of the regularly disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved.

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