“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

About Us

Illino Cultural Association is a youth-driven organization which aims to promote the study, preservation and innovative use of Nigerian culture. At Illino, we believe that the indigenous culture is invaluable in national development: we use cultural studies to mould nationalist ideals and therefore a united identity, as well as to inspire sustainable innovation. Through our work, we look to create a Nigeria where culture, unity and sustainable innovation work hand-in-hand.

Our Mission & Vision Statement

Illuminate, Inspire, Innovate

To use art to illuminate the beauty in Nigerian culture; to inspire Nigerian youth to engage themselves with the advancement of the country through cultural and leadership education; to work towards influencing culturally-informed sustainable development in Nigeria.

What we do


We are committed to the study, preservation and innovative use of Nigerian culture. Our team has created a research-based creative arts program, through which we create narratives that entertain youth while educating them on indigenous culture.

Educational Programming

We are launching our revised co-curricular program which allows youth to explore the interaction between indigenous culture, entrepreneurship and innovation.