Meet the Organizing Team behind the Igbo Conference .
Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo is a Digital Strategist & Co-Founder at T-One Technologies (www.t-onetech.com), an IT managed Services Company.
Previously a lecturer in IT at the University of Greenwich, London, Yvonne holds a Bsc in Digital Media, Postgrad in Higher Education and a Masters in eLearning and Information design. She is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy .
Yvonne is the author of the bestselling book Okowaokwu Igbo Umuaka : Igbo Dictionary for Children as well as other language learning books.
She initiated Kwado Igbo , a group currently updating the Igbo Language Dictionary. Yvonne has worked with Universities, Filmmakers, The UK Govt and so on in various Igbo Translation and transcribing projects.
Yvonne also owns Learn Igbo Now (www.learnigbonow.com), an online Igbo Language course. She was awarded the ‘Igbotic Person of the year’ at the 2014 and 2015 ICSN Awards , for her contribution to the Igbo Language and Culture. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Louisa Uchum Egbunike studied for her PhD in the Africa Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she has also lectured in Contemporary African Literature. Her thesis, entitled The Igbo Experience in the Igbo- Nigerian Novel examines literary representations of the changing Igbo identity vis-à-vis
colonisation, conversion, independence, civil war and migration. Louisa has published multiple academic papers and has been an invited guest lecturer at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA. She has presented her research at conferences across the USA, UK and Nigeria. She also lectures at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Ekene Oboko is a personal assistant and broadcast researcher at a television and radio production company. She has a Masters in Comparative Literature from University College London; her dissertation explored mami wata / water goddesses in works by Buchi Emecheta and Arundhati Roy.
Onyinye Iwu is a design educator and a freelance creative. She has a BArch in Architecture, a PGCE in Design and technology and has been freelancing for over 5 years. Her work focuses on illustration and design. She uses her work to create a more diverse landscape of the arts and literature in the diaspora, her work is targeted at children, young people and adults alike. She has worked with clients from Africa, USA, and Europe on branding, personal commissions and a wide range of book illustrations and covers, one of which was the UK edition of Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, commissioned by Cassava Republic for which she has branded and illustrated many books in particular the Ankara press imprint. She is currently working on writing and illustrating her own children’s books and graphic novels.