Welcome to MMI Essex Chapter
Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, a socio-cultural organisation founded in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria, in 1987. The organisation comprises of chapters worldwide with the common aim of preserving and sharing the rich culture and heritage of the Ibibio people, fostering education and partnerships, as well as influencing social policies that strive for the economic freedom improving quality of life in the community.
MMI Essex Chapter, the 52nd chapter of the organisation and one of four in the UK. It was inaugurated on the 2nd of May 2014, and continues to strive and grow. MMI Essex is based in Harold Hill, Essex, UK. Our mission continues to be to support members of the community with social welfare issues, including integration. As a group, we use a place-based approach where we aim to build bridges, share best practice and experiences as well as develop networks in the community we live in. We also aim to promote Ibibio culture and heritage using our art, dance, and traditions to enhance community cohesion.
For a history of our Chapter
MMI is a membership organisation with an organisational structure that includes a management team (EXCO) and sub committees when the need arises. Membership is open to Ibibio indegenes and to non indegenes who may be related related through marriage.
Honorary membership can also be given to non-Ibibio of proven integrity. To become a full member of Essex Chapter, there is a meeting observation period, a registration and induction process.
We encourage anyone who would like to visit us, find out about membership or observe our meetings to contact the Publicity Secretary at mmiessex52@gmail,com.
Our Monthly Meetings and Events
Our monthly meetings hold on every third Saturday of the month at The Old School, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, Romford RM3 0QA.
The recent pandemic has moved our meetings online for now but we always look forward to a gathering of brothers and sisters, where we discuss community, progression, heritage and socio welfare issues.
It is usually a vibrant and inviting setting where there is the warmth and care of family. This is extended to anyone who cares to drop in.
We also look forward to “Item 6” (follow the link to find out more).
Our members enjoy the annual August Outing and Christmas Celebration which provides the opportunity for us to leave our centre setting on an all day outing with invited friends and family.
During the year, we engage in local community activities, projects supporting those in need both in the UK and in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. We also collaborate with our chapters in the Diaspora to organise an annual MMI Conference where our culture and heritage is showcased.
Click here to listen to the Mboho anthem
Abasi ibededem esed
Unwam k’ini iso
Itie Udibe nnyin k’uwem
Nsinsi idun nnyin
O God our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home