We hope you all are doing well. We now have a DNA Descendants Branch of PILA (Progressive Igbo Leaders Association). This is an organization that the entire family can join!!
Membership is FREE
PILA DNA Descendants Branch Membership Requirements
1. Take an Autosomal DNA Test
2. Join Our Facebook Group
3. Have an Igbo DNA cousin match
4. Send an email with the name of your Igbo DNA cousin to the DNA Descendant Branch Coordinator
5. If you have not DNA tested and/or do not have an Igbo cousin, you can still join PILA ! Please send an email to the DNA Descendant Branch Coordinator and request Info.
Click the Image Below to Join PILA
🌺FOUNDER KANAYO I NTUKOGU 2013🌺
PILA is an Igbo socio-cultural non profit organization that promotes the social fabric and culture of Igbos as passed down from our ancestors. The Education Center is aimed at promoting the richness of Igbo language and culture via teaching and instruction, and provides an avenue of rich interaction among all Igbo children and others as well.
The continued existence of any language and culture depends on the ability to transfer them to the next and future generation. Our parents taught us what we seek to teach our children, who will transfer on the torch to their children. Our goal is not just to ensure that Igbo language is there for the future generation but also to ensure that the next generation will embrace the language and immensely rich culture of the Igbo with great pride.
The Mission of PILA is to
• Provide Igbo language and culture instruction to Igbo children and other interested individuals
• Serve as a socio-cultural support organization to Igbo Community
• Organize Igbo cultural activities and parties for Igbo children
• Organize seminars and workshops for all Igbo young adults and children
Activities of PILA
The following activities will be the focus of PILA:
• Instructions in Igbo Culture and Languages, including:
o Births / Deaths, etc
• Instructions in Igbo cooking and table manners
• Home making/Grooming
• Igbo social structure and customs
• Respect and social interactions
• Exposure to career/professional opportunities
To help meet this purpose:
• Promote lasting friendship, understanding, justice, honesty, and promote cordial and fun relationship among members
• Will solicit financial support to advance the activities listed above
• Membership is open to Ndi Igbo (all Igbos) and friends who are interested in Igbo language and culture
• Members shall participate and support the meetings and activities of PILA
Build long-term character development that nurtures decent and healthy living
Energize our young adults to make positive business decisions necessary for a successful and joyful life
Establish strong bonds among Igbo young adults – bonds that are borne out of social and economic networking with deep root in Igbo ancestral pedigree and affinity
Encourage national and international Igbo cultural exchange and programs
Champion Igbo language and culture among all Igbo in social and cultural gatherings
The Specific Goals of PILA include:
Teach Igbo language to all – promoting fluency in Igbo reading, writing, and speaking
Promote Igbo culture and heritage particularly among Igbo children
Stimulate active interactions among Igbo children and adult
Engage our scholars in extra-curricular activities that are geared towards college readiness and preparedness
Create one umbrella for all Igbos (Igbo Nke Anyị Ga-enwe Eze…Isee!)
Our language teaching, training and course curricula are structured to help students to not only understand the language but to speak and write it as well. Our lessons are designed to help beginners and advanced learners of Igbo language and culture to understand, speak, read, and write Igbo Language, and to experience Igbo culture. Our courses differ in their levels of complexity, from basic (level A), intermediate (level B), and tertiary (level C) offers a wonderful opportunity for proficient speakers to remain connected in the language and culture.
Lessons are available for FREE upon completion of registration.
**If you live in the Baltimore, MD area, please join the PILA language classes . They are FREE. **
A Message from the Founder and Baltimore Branch
Registration is now open for 2017 academic Session
Classes and cultural training activities hold every second Saturday of every month
Venue: 4410 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21206
Time: 5 -8 PM
PILA MEETING: 8-9PM
Registration is FREE
Every lover of Igbo language, Culture, traditional activities and Igbo drama are welcome.
Here's a recap from our last newsletter.....
We have a few events coming up and we have been asked about the family T-shirts. Well, here are the most recent designs.
The shirts are for our family gatherings. Please READ the terms and conditions BEFORE ordering your T-shirts.
Click on the link here or on the image below for details for this design.
We also have an Igbo Cousins ReUnited T-shirt for the Igbo Festival 27-29 Jul 2017 and ALL that have found they have Igbo ancestry. Click here or on the image below.
Festival Update as of 24 May 2017
Click the image below to download each document for the Festival program.
When the family gathers, try serving some Jollof rice. It is West Africa's most beloved rice dish.
Jollof rice is a West African dish made with rice, tomatoes, chili peppers, other seasonings and meat or fish. Some people include vegetables in the rice. Many west African countries claim to have the best recipe. It is believed to have originated among the Wolof people of the Jollof Empire. No one knows for sure. It is the ancestor of American dishes like jambalaya.
Jollof Rice Wars ~~ Almost every West African country says their rice is the best so there has been an ongoing fun competition among the countries.
World Jollof Rice Day ~~ The 21st of August is World Jollof Rice Day
There are many recipes online for making it. Just google and enjoy!
Enjoy an African Film
Until next time...