Fonds de dotation NEVER FORGET BIAFRA

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Regina Ubanatu   © Opale / J. Foley www.opale.com

Regina Ubanatu

Chair and founding member of NEVER FORGET BIAFRA

Regina was born in Ihiala 1965 (Anambra State – Nigeria).

Beyond her handicap, Regina Ubanatu overcame personal and human challenges, which she narrates in her autobiographical narrative book : her autobiographical narrative « La Petite fille qui dansait dans sa tête » (prefaced by B. Kouchner, former French Foreign Affairs minister) – Archipel Editions

A graduate in Executive Master in Human Resources from Sciences-Po, Paris, Regina lives and works in the business district of La Defense. She is the founder of both the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Never Forget Biafra” and former Chair of the French association RIFH (Réponses Initiatives Femmes Handicapées) which works for the recognition and rights of disabled women.

Françoise Ugochukwu

Françoise Ugochukwu

Responsible of the Experts' Committee of NEVER FORGET BIAFRA

Francoise Ugochukwu, an Africanist born in Valence (France) in 1949, is currently affiliated to the Open University (UK) after 25 years at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she retired as a Professor. Her research field focuses on Igbo language, culture and literature, and Nollywood. She closely followed the twists and turns of the Biafran war in the late 1960s before moving to Nsukka in 1972 and witnessing the immediate post-war period. HDR, she authored several research books, two of them on the Biafran war, and many book chapters and scholarly articles. She is also a writer, a translator, a storyteller and a published poet; her novels for children and young adults are on school curricula in West Africa. Her pioneering work in the field and her longstanding contribution to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between France and Nigeria awarded her the national distinction of Chevalier des Palmes Académiques in 1994.

  Patricia Turquet de la Boisserie

Patricia Turquet de la Boisserie

Founding member of NEVER FORGET BIAFRA
Born in  Casablanca in Morocco in 1954, Patricia has been an english trainer and coach for in French companies for the past 20 years.
Of french origin, she spent most of her childhood adult life in the States before coming here to live in 1996. Thanks to her bilingual abilities she meets Regina who’s looking to perfect her english, when she was working on the her autobiography book on ex-Biafra. It’s also during that same time that Regina asks her to join on the project of’ Endowment Fund is beginning to emerge and becomes the Secretary general.
Patricia is now continuing her career in coaching as well as being active in humanitarian and educational concerns efforts dealing with missions primarily in the African continent. She is also active in visiting women prisoners in a prison south of Paris on a regular basis.
Bibiane Makoubi-Bokoko  

Bibiane Makoubi-Bokoko

Member of NEVER FORGET BIAFRA

Bibiane was born in Brussels. Originally from Gabon, she grew up between several countries (Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, United States, former Yugoslavia and Ivory Coast). She later moved to France where she obtained a degree in Accounting and Management and joined a major industrial firm.

In addition to her professional career, Bibiane is deeply involved with charities, and met Regina while participating in a project addressing human and community needs. Her migrant experience endowed her with strength and a cultural wealth which greatly benefitted from the Gabonese roots she inherited from her parents.

Bibiane is a mother and values the benefits of education and faith in the future – an opportunity which is not offered to all. She knows the importance of self-help for those with wounded childhoods and shattered identities, as a tool for them to use their past as a strength to build their future. The founding values of Never forget Biafra, and her determination to bring to the fore forgotten and broken personal histories shaped by war, have led Bibiane to join the Endowment Fund team.