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This came as great Shock 

Innocent Chukwuma unexpectedly passed away on the evening of Saturday, 3rd April 2021 of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). This came as a great shock to us all as we were gearing up for Innocent’s next endeavours. We lost him at the time he was starting a post-retirement life ready to scale greater heights. We may not be able to explain the abruptness of the situation, but we can attest to his great accomplishments.

Innocent Chukwuma was a father, a mentor, a brother, a friend, a pioneer, a giver and he believed in all of the possibilities of making Nigeria a superpower through the lens of Impact Investing.

Innocent served diligently and resourcefully as the vice-chair of the Impact Investors’ Foundation (IIF) and a core member and leader in the establishment of the Nigeria National Advisory Board for impact investment (NAB). He played this role with great strength and innovation. He selflessly trained, impacted and supported each member of the IIF team whilst providing acute advisory on the development of Impact Investing in Nigeria through the IIF and the NAB.

As a firm human rights and good governance advocate, Innocent believed in bringing justice and help to the people. He aided in the development of international collaborations and support towards Nigeria. He was the chief pioneer in building strong non-profit and non-governmental organisations in Nigeria such as the CLEEN Foundation, Altus Global Alliance and so many others in order to promote public safety, security and accessible justice in the West African region. He was the recent past director for Ford Foundation, West Africa office.

Innocent was the recipient of numerous honours, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on the management of non-profits in the Global South. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.

Innocent was the recipient of numerous honours, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he designed and taught a course on the management of non-profits in the Global South. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.

With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Innocent Chukwuma was invited to be a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government to complete his autobiography where he shares his journey of humble beginnings to a life of purpose and fulfilment.

We relish this moment by taking time to honour and celebrate the life of Nigeria’s Impact Investment Hero. We choose to continue to live out his legacy by duplicating every footprint and milestone he achieved for West Africa.

May we ask that you also join us in the same endeavour by supporting the work being carried out in the Impact Investment space.