Onyekachi Wambu

Director, African Foundation for Development

Mr. Onyekachi Wambu is Director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), a UK based charity with a mission to expand and enhance the contributions of Africans in the diaspora in order to advance Africa’s development. AFFORD is a pioneer and innovator in the field of policy and practice of ‘migration and development’. AFFORD’s advocacy work contributed to international recognition of the importance of the diaspora in African and international development, and in the subsequent initiation of new policies, programs, funds and schemes. AFFORD’s SCORE4africa project captured the development work of high net African footballers, while Africa-Gives created a platform for young Africans to give time, skills and money for African development.

Educated at the University of Essex, and Sewlyn College, Wambu worked previously as a print and broadcast journalist, spending time as a senior producer and documentary director at the BBC and for PBS. He has written extensively on Africa and the African diaspora. His publications include Empire Windrush – 50 Years of Writing about Black Britain and Under the Tree of Talking – Leadership for Change in Africa. Wambu has appeared as an expert contributor on migration and development issues to numerous high level panels and forums. He is on the board of Fahamu, the social action platform expert contributor on migration and development issues to numerous high level panels and forums. He is on the board of Fahamu, the social action platform and writes a monthly column “Back to the Future” in New African Magazine.