Project Memorial is an initiative in honor of Mrs. Maria Ewanfoh of blessed memory. Maria Ewanfoh was born in Idije, Uromi, Nigeria. At a young age, she married her husband, Ewanfoh Ohenbhen, from Idubhughulu, Amedokhian, Uromi.
With her last born yet to start primary school, her husband died, leaving her to carry the heavy load of raising her children with the support of her few grown-up children. It was challenging for her.
Like most Esan women, she was strong and extremely resilient in caring for the children. She did everything within her power to raise the children, including cutting logs of wood in the forest and walking several kilometers from Amedokhian to sell them in Uromi’s main town, all to provide food for her family.
Maria Ewanfoh passed away in July 2021 after experiencing the dream of every woman – seeing her children grow up and carrying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We love her and appreciate the sacrifices she has made for us. So, we decided to create this project in her name. What we intend to do with the project is to honor the people in our lives and history.
As a people, there is no way we can know where we are going until we first understand where we are coming from. And it doesn’t require so much to pause occasionally and reflect on the sacrifice of prominent individuals in our lives and our collective history.
The truth is that those before us have offered their shoulders for us to stand on so we can see far ahead of us. It’s natural, therefore, that we honor and remember them within the limit of our resources and capacities.
This is one of the two events that inspired Project Memorial. Another source of inspiration for project memorial is our Life & Legacy Series, a collection of experiences through interviews of people and about prominent members of our communities (both among African Diaspora and in Africa). The stories are just powerful that we thought we would better serve our community if we could have a way of helping more people to preserve their family history and heritage.
That is where we are coming from, and we are happy to make more people preserve their heritage and build good memories for the children yet unborn.
Our Mission with Project Memorial
Our mission through Life & Legacy Series is to preserve our collective memory to inspire the generation that will come after us. How we work is very simple and it’s as follows:
- We identify who among us we want to talk about,
- We carry out our research for basic knowledge,
- We interview those who have more knowledge of the individual we want to talk about,
- We do our own analyses of the content (video, audio, or text-based content) and we come up with a finished product, videos, or books that other people can consume.
We believe it is our duty to tell our stories so that the future generation will know where to start in shaping their own world. That is our goal, and you are welcome to join us.
See how we can help you create a captivating memory video and book for your family or organization.