The Institute for Agulu Development (IAD) is a non-profit organization (501 C3) formed by the indigenes of Agulu (in Anambra State of Nigeria) who live in the USA.. We strive to eradicate illiteracy, improve the lives of women and children, and, generally help make this world better for people in need.
Institute for Agulu Development,
P. O. Box 21489,
Washington, DC 20009
lAD Mission Statement
· Identify and prioritize needs in the town of Agulu both immediate and long run. These needs encompass all aspects of lifestyle in Agulu but exclude religious and political issues.
Carry out such projects that will improve the lifestyles and conditions of Agulu citizens at home and abroad.
· Establish and maintain contact with Agulu Citizens (both members and non-members of the lAD) in the United States and elsewhere, realizing that the lAD objectives and actions should philosophically be inclusive rather than exclusive.
· Maintain close cooperation amongst the members of the lAD, with the understanding that our success in this endeavor can more readily come when we operate as a group rather than as individuals.
· IAD will guard against inactivity and dormancy by charging its National Secretariat to use ad-hoc and standing committees to operate on the goals and objectives on behalf of the lAD between the annual conferences.
Agulu is the biggest town in Anaocha Local Government area (county) and Anambra state. In terms of square miles, number of villages (20) and population it is one of the biggest towns east of the Niger River. It occupies an area of about 49 sq. miles in the South East of Awka (the state capital) and lies within the state capital territory. The neighbors of Agulu to the North are Nanka and Agulu Uz’igbo, to the East are Ogbu and Mbaukwu, to the South are Nise. and Agu Ukwu (Nri) and to the West Adazi Nnukwu and Obeledu.
In the extreme. North west of Agulu lies the largest lake in Anambra State. This lake is deified because of its mysterious origin and vast area which is roughly estimated to cover 200 acres and about a mile long. That the lake empties itself into the River Niger through Idemili stream of Obosi is still open to further investigations.
Erosion, a menacing feature of the town, takes its root in the south eastern part of Agulu. Like the lake, many superstitious beliefs are associated with the erosion. Its origin is unknown.
These two important features - Lake and erosion, not only attract many tourists but also pose many quest ions on the people which only native religion can answer. Like the rest of the Igbo, whenever an inexplicable phenomenon is encountered it will be attributed to an Unseen Power who is believed to be the author of all things.