Dr. Segun Ige’s dream to contribute to the development of education in Africa became a reality in 2007 when Anike Foundation was established as a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation. This unique organization was created by enlisting volunteers from around the globe and establishing partnerships with like-minded organizations in order to achieve common goals.

Dr. Ige founded Anike Foundation in honor of his mother, the late Mrs. Marian Anike Gbenro, a woman who was responsible directly or indirectly for the education of many generations of Africans. Dr. Ige grew up in Nigeria, in circumstances similar to those of the people that Anike Foundation now helps. His mother was his guiding light, helping him complete his education under very difficult circumstances until he got his PhD in Mechanic Engineering and settled in the USA. Inspired by how much his mother had done for him, Dr. Ige started Anike Foundation. Naming the foundation after his mother, Dr. Ige says, “What other way could I honor her than to start a foundation that would give education to other Africans…”

Dr. Ige founded the organization with a simple mission. As he explains, “Education in Africa is very poor. Education in developed countries in very good. What can we do to bridge the gap? Move materials where they are plenty and abundant to where they are not.”

To achieve this goal and ensure Anike Foundation’s success, Dr. Ige established two pillars of strength:
partnerships and volunteers.

Anike Foundation thrives by forming partnerships with African grassroots nonprofit organizations (NGOs) and accredited institutions of learning whose mission and objectives are aligned with theirs. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, gender orientation or disability. To date, the Foundation has more than one hundred and fifty (150) partner organizations in 20 countries in Africa, two partner organizations in the US and two in Europe.

Equally important is the use of volunteers. The Foundation has no employees. All work is completed by the Board of Directors and approximately thirty volunteers in twelve countries, from various backgrounds and cultures.

While Anike Foundation has contributed to the improvement of education for thousands of Africans since its founding in 2007, Dr. Ige and his volunteers are determined to help more. Dr. Ige shares his big plans for the Foundation’s future: “1) Have at least one partner organization in every African country by the year 2020; and 2) “… attract more and more corporate donors to the extent that, by 2020, we would be a multi-million dollar operation.”

Congratulations! Anike Foundation received a Humanitarian Award at the 2017 D&Ksuomi Humanitarian Awards/International Women’s Conference on August 25 and 26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

D&Ksuomi selected Anike Foundation as a recipient of their Best Humanitarian Award for 2017. This honorary award was established to commend contributions and commitment of those who have made a difference in the lives of others through their work. Anike Foundation has certainly done this! Their goal to contribute to the improvement of education and, thereby, reduction of poverty in Africa is inspiring. Their passion and commitment specifically towards the development of women and young girls’ empowerment was brought to the attention of D&Ksuomi, and their hard work was recognized and celebrated publicly at the D&Ksuomi Humanitarian Awards/International Women Conference.

D&Ksuomi Foundation works to alleviate the struggles of African women and young girls by empowering them with resources (i.e. internet, workshops, mentoring programs) and needed guidance. This helps women gain instrumental tools and support to escape poverty stricken circumstances.

The 2017 International Women’s Conference also focused on the change and growth of women. The conference reflected upon issues from the woman’s perspective and provided training on different tools to implement in their own professional lives and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. The goal of the conference was to educate and inspire the participants to apply new concepts and practical tips and solutions in their work with women. This will hopefully help to eradicate poverty-stricken situations and stop domestic and family violence. The partnerships of non-profit organizations at the conference were there to unite and empower the masses.

Anike Foundation was excited to be a part of such a significant event.

We are grateful for this award and would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters throughout the world.

“When each of us realizes the potential they really have, and combines it with people around us, then we create small miracles!”

Kalli Roumeliotou- Spin The Wheel Project Coordinator and Cycling Member

Escaping their comfort zone and overcoming their fears, the Spin the Wheel team worked together to bring small miracles to Africa by cycling 700 km from Malawi to Tanzania over the course of a month to deliver school supplies, sports equipment, and other education tools to 15 schools and over 7,000 smiling children. The students’ warm welcome of songs, dance, and flowers touched the hearts of the eight cyclists, inspiring them to continue pedaling through eastern Africa.

Spin the Wheel is directly supported by Anike Foundation, a non-profit organization that fights for a world in which people in underdeveloped and developing countries have similar access to educational facilities and infrastructure as those in developed countries. The Spin the Wheel team consisted of eight cyclists from Greece: Alexandros Kataropoulos, Vassilis Dimitriadis, Nikos Fazos, Paul, Georgia Nikiforaki, Dimitra Mitsogianni, Dora Mavriki, and Kalli Roumeliotou.

These determined cyclists delivered over 7,000 pens, pencils and workbooks, 7,000 sharpeners and erasers, over 6,000 rulers and 3,000 color pencils. The team also delivered sports equipment, oil pastels, chalk, and blackboard dusters, supported a school library with books and painted four classrooms in two schools.

The team’s vision is to make the world an inspiring place to live. By distributing essential educational materials and sports equipment to thousands of young students, that vision is becoming a reality. The average African classroom lacks basic essential school supplies. This lack of supplies negatively affects the quality of education that children receive. Spin the Wheel’s determination and generosity will greatly assist and inspire the educational future of countless children.

By working together with Anike Foundation, the efforts of Spin the Wheel positively affect the lives of thousands of children from Malawi to Tanzania. Their 700-km journey along dusty roads through exotic landscape to deliver essential materials to students in need inspires not only the students who receive them, but also inspires the eight cyclists who were greeted with warm welcomes, delicious food, big hugs and beautiful smiles.

Spin the Wheel cycles towards a more promising future.