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Igbo Welfare Association France (IWAF) is a non-political, non-profit-oriented organisation of Igbos living in France. The organisation, which is headquartered in Paris, is governed by the French associations law of 1901.

Membership of the association is open to all Igbos and all persons of Igbo descent, living in France. Members generally register together with their family.

As its name indicates, the association is meant to cater for the welfare of Igbos in France. This includes enhancing the integration of newly arriving Igbos into French society, for instance by assisting them tackle the administrative hurdles inherent in staying in a foreign country. In case of "bad event", for instance if a member loses a parent back home, the association rallies round the member and supports him financially to enable him travel home (to Nigeria) immediately. The association also offers moral support to such a member by organising a wake-keeping night at his house. When a child is born, this is generally regarded as a "good event". In this case, the association organises "Ile Omugwo". This means that a day is set out for members of the assoication to go and "welcome" the new baby. This is generally a day of meriments, and an envelope is presented to the parents.

IWAF is equally a forum to promote and acquaint oneself with Igbo language and culture. Meetings are generally held in Igbo, but those who for one reason or the other are not proficient in the language may talk in English or French. Younger members also learn Igbo manners and sensitive aspects of Igbo culture such as breaking of kolanuts. The association also organises Igbo language lessons for Igbo children born in France.

IWAF general meetings are held once a month, on the second Sunday of each month. Members host meetings at their house on a turn-by-turn basis...




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