Who We are
About the M&G Etomi Foundation
The twin brothers were born in Ilesha, Osun State and spent their early years in Okrika, Rivers State in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria. Michael left Nigeria to train and practice medicine in the United States while George attended post-graduate law studies in the United Kingdom and returned to Nigeria where he practices law.
The brothers returned to the Niger Delta in the year 2000 following the death of their mother.
They were struck by the abject poverty, environmental neglect and hopelessness among the community’s youth that had not existed in their childhood. The experience inspired Michael and George to be catalysts in breaking the cycle of despair, poverty and crime in their homeland.
M & G Etomi Foundation was born with the hope that the youth and community at large would get a second chance in this region of the world that has already seen so much turmoil.
MGE Solutions was later incorporated as a company limited by guarantee to act as the Nigerian arm of the Foundation, to bring the work closer home.
The idea of the Foundation was conceived by the twin brothers Michael & George Etomi
The Cycle of Poverty
The Communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, suffer from severe poverty. Despite being situated within a large oil reserve, a number of the communities have been decimated by unemployment, pollution, crime and virtually no access to adequate healthcare.
- Decades of oil exploration have polluted the waters and destroyed the fishing industry leaving the majority unemployed and untrained.
- Unemployment has created a population boom, overpopulating communities without adequate resources for family planning or financial improvement.
- Violent crime, theft and drug use among youth exist as a way to cope with the community’s declining situation.
- Insufficient healthcare has created a community with little knowledge of preventive care, chronic or infectious disease management, pre or postnatal care, HIV/AIDS prevention or family planning.
— Our Mission
To provide opportunities and resources to empower the Niger Delta community in breaking the cycle of poverty.
— Our Vision
To be the leading organization for facilitating change and developing and sustaining programs in the Niger Delta community.
In March 2015, M&G Etomi Foundation in partnership with Wakirike Development Coalition sponsored training for youths in various skills. Seventeen youths from the nine towns in Okrika benefited from this scheme, they have been trained in Fashion & Design, Safety & Electrical Installation and Catering & Hotel Management.