Talent and Skills Development Program

Children as young as six and older are receiving ongoing training in African Igbo language, crafts, music and dance, public speaking and leadership skills.

This program helps support the talent and skills development of youths, and the schools and teachers providing training for tomorrow’s leaders.

Ongoing Program Activities

Approximately 400 students receive daily, weekly and monthly teaching. Teachers use a variety of ways to make learning enjoyable for youths, including apps, educational videos and field trips.

The curriculum includes classes on: (1) Igbo language reading, writing and speaking; (2) customs and traditions; (3) arts and crafts; (4) performance arts and (5) leadership training.

Teachers and schools providing training include the following CISA members and their assistants:

Queenette Ohaya – Founder, Atlanta Igbo School and Focus Children Organization.
Kanayo Ntukogu – Founder, Progressive Igbo Leadership Association (PILA).
Ticha Akuma – Founder, Teaching Igbo Cultural Heritage in Africa and Diaspora (TICHAD).
Chioma Ogueri – Founder, SRG Events Management and Miss Igbo USA.
Lilycent Ogbuagu – Leader/teacher, Igbo cultural dance and drama.

Successes / Impact

Each year, hundreds of kids and young adults graduate from Igbo schools and programs, having acquired varying levels of skills in Igbo language, arts and culture.

Some graduates further their studies to the university and post graduate levels, leading to career and other opportunities to advance Igbo language, arts and culture.

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Testimonials

My Experience at Igbo Village -2

My favorite part of my trip to Igbo Village was getting to perform with my dance group, Focus Children School, at the Worldwide Igbo Cultural Festival. Getting to perform on such a large platform really boosted our sense of unity and friendship . . . We still talk about our experiences in Virginia.

Julian Ogbonna, Atlanta, GA, USA
Focus Children School

Virginia Trip Essay

My trip to Virginia was very fun, exciting, and educational. I got to learn more about where I come from and the way we dress and different things like that. I learned a lot at the Frontier Culture Museum [Igbo Village]. Read more “Virginia Trip Essay”

Ifenlota Ejikeme, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Igbo Village Virginia Trip -3

One thing I will not forget is how when we performed, everyone was on their feet and cheering us on and the crowd was so loud for us . . . More than anything, the dance performances, the masquerade, skits were my favorite part of the trip. Read more “Igbo Village Virginia Trip -3”

Elizabeth Orusa, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Igbo Village Virginia Trip -1

I like the Igbo Village because it actually looked like a real representation of how houses looked like in a village in Nigeria. From the sand, to the type of pots, to the instruments that were there all reminded me of the time I went to visit Nigeria with my own family. Read more “Igbo Village Virginia Trip -1”

Elizabeth Orusa, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

My Igbo Village Experience -1

We started having 2-3 hour practices every Sunday to ensure that we would be prepared to amaze everyone at Igbo Village. . . I had such a great time with my fellow youths and this experience made us all become even closer.

Chichi Ohaya, Atlanta, GA, USA
FCO/AIS

My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -2

This event really opened my eyes to see how beautiful our culture is. From the music to the dancing to the food and clothes, they all played an important role in Igbo culture. When we came back home from our trip I took it upon my self to learn more about our culture. Read more “My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -2”

Akumano Okafor, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -1

We met many other Igbo dancing groups from America. We mingled with them and ended up having a great time. . . and then we danced and got the best reaction from the crowd. That was an amazing experience for me. Right after our performance, our group was interviewed. Read more “My Trip to Virginia (Igbo Village) -1”

Akumano Okafor, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo Schoo

Igbo Village, Virginia

The visit to Igbo Village was very educational in many ways. The environments of the area was realistic, which helped when obtaining the facts given. It was entertaining, especially with the different dances presented from groups across the country.

Dumebi Ejikeme, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo School

Igbo Village Trip Summary/Opinion

When we performed our dance, we had the very best crowd reaction. Everyone in attendance loved Atlanta Igbo School. They shouted our name and the moment felt uplifting. I thank our Antie Queenette for including and teaching boys how to dance African dance.

Anthony Ogbonna, Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Igbo Sschool