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Founded in 2002 as the Nigerian Legal Defense Fund, with an original aim to render financial and legal assistance to immigrants, the Nigerian Cultural Association Inc. (NCA) took its present name in 2004, when it became a 501-C non-profit organization and effectively expanded its scope to promote cultural awareness and education and facilitate community engagement among Nigerian, African, and American families in Buffalo and Western New York. The Nigerian Cultural Association has become known for its diverse community development programs, including Youth Education and Empowerment, Community Care and Revitalization, Nigerian Summer Picnic, Juneteenth, and the Nigerian Annual Banquet & Lecture. The NCA is led by an Executive Board elected by annually-subscribed members. The Association warmly welcomes new members and distinguished visitors.

The Nigerian Cultural Association (NCA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural, and educational organization. We serve the Buffalo and Western New York community. We also organize and participate in cultural and family activities and festivals.

Executive Board

  • Barry Ifedigbo
    BARRY IFEDIGBO President
    Barry Ifedigbo has lived in Buffalo since the 1980s, when he left Nigeria. He completed his college education in Buffalo and has dedicated his entire professional career in education in Buffalo, New York. As a member of the Nigerian Cultural Association, Barry Ifedigbo strives to share and uphold the values he was raised with. He believes, “Ours is a village, and everyone participates in upholding its culture, tradition, and values while raising the young.”
  • Engr. Obi Ezenwa Vice President
  • Dr. Ndubueze L. Mbah
    NDUBUEZE L. MBAH, PhD. Secretary
    Ndubueze holds a baccalaureate from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a doctorate from Michigan State University. He held an assistant professorship at Davidson College, NC, and currently holds an associate professorship at SUNY-Buffalo. A fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, he is an award-winning scholar of African and Atlantic world history who is invested in youth education, gender and racial justice, and community development projects in Nigeria and Buffalo, New York. Ndubueze lives in Buffalo with his family.
  • mike ikpeze
    MIKE IKPEZE Treasurer
    Mike has been living in the Buffalo area since 1985. A graduate of SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Buffalo, with over twenty years of leadership, technical consulting, business analyst/systems analysis experience; in healthcare, banking, and IT Sectors. He has past employment careers with HSBC, Bombardier Capital, GE Capital Soft Bank Services Group, M&T Bank, Pediatrics Associates of Buffalo, and SUNY Erie. Mike is currently employed at Meritian Health (an Aetna Affiliate and a CVS Health Company). He is part of the Agile Transformation Program for Enabling Enterprise Business Integration and EDI Application Development. Mike is very active in the community and currently serves as an executive board member of Community Health Center of Buffalo.


  • Azubike Kalu-Nwiwu, PhD.
  • Ike Amobi
  • Tom Chukwuma Gabby
  • Emeka Okongwu
  • Fidelia Ejimadu
  • Austin Iheke
  • John Iheke
  • Justin Mgbenka
  • Rev. Fr. Chris Onuoha
  • Dennis Aikorioge
  • Obinna Obunadike
  • Emeka Okeke, PhD.
  • Rev. Fr. Robert Agbo
  • Emmanuel Agbo-Ito

The Nigerian  Cultural  Association maintains an open-door policy, and membership is open to all. For more details, please contact us today.