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Our Ethos, our Core, Our Belief

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Efiwe is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organisation that drives the needed educational Change that a 21st century Africa demands. We arm the African youth by supplying adequate textbooks to Tertiary Institution Libraries in Africa."


Information is the gateway to a better future, No Continent needs light and Information more than Africa, We hope to show the light through supply of educational resources.


As a group of volunteers, we add value through our community effort. For the Donor, Volunteer and Beneficiary, Together we achieve.


We collect books from Professors and students alike and we use the books to educate a disadvantaged African.

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    Why They Do it? Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún

    The intent and the passion behind this project are inspiring and relevant. Thousands of university students across Nigeria (and around the continent) today are passing through the four or five years of their course of study without adequate texts or access to internet. This is not just unacceptable, it’s a disgrace. And while this goes on, thousands of unused books across America are discarded into bins and recycled every year. Harnessing the power of collaboration to make this “waste” in the West benefit African students to whom they are useful and important answer to their lack is a smart and admirable thing. For this, I’m excited to be a part of the project.

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    Why They Do it? Jodi Cox

     This organization has given me an outlet to help assuage the lack of relevant textbooks in African universities with surplus texts found in the United States.  I believe in the mission of Efiwe, a non-corporate, grassroots endeavor created by Nigerians, for Nigerians and greater Africa.  Efiwe is creating a new future for donated textbooks which were destined to languish in storage boxes, and the end result will empower African university students.  My experience as a part of this board has been deeply inspirational. This organization started with the vision of one person, and has rapidly grown.  Efiwe has established the possibilities available when a group of impassioned volunteers combine their efforts and work toward a shared goal.  I would recommend Efiwe to people who are in need of textbooks, people who are looking to re-home their textbooks, or volunteers and donors who strive to affect change throughout the world.

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    Why They Do it? Ayodeji Oluyemi

    Impacting lives and humanitarian service is a good. There is a shortage of books in public African institutions due to the population and inadequate funding from government. So, when Philip Alabi shared this idea with me at the inception, there was no doubting it because I know institutions and students will find this idea a great opportunity to get access to resources. Thanks to God and people who equally believe in working and supporting Efiwe to fly above the idea stage.

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    Why They Do it? Kerry Smith

    As a founding board member of Efiwe, I’m inspired by the successful 1,000-textbook drive that occurred in early 2017 at Philip Alabi’s home campus here at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It demonstrated the generosity of instructors, students, support staff and area businesspeople and residents in responding to the great need in Nigeria for up-to-date textbooks and related academic resources. Philip’s passion and commitment to continue fueling this effort is admirable. I’m proud to be associated with Efiwe and to see it grow, prosper and serve post-secondary campuses throughout Nigeria today and well into the future.”

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    Why they do it? Chike Chris

    I am one of those students who went through an academic institution that still include deprecated textbooks as part of their curriculum. As a Nigerian student, who always aspired to be a top-notch software developer, most of the books were both far fetched and expensive. Nigerian University Libraries suffer from a great dearth of quality and informative books, this was the main reason I got interested in contributing my quota to build the platform.

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    Why they do it? Sean Sullivan

    The reason why I am, and want to be a part of Efiwe, is for multiple reasons. The first being that it’s a wonderful idea that can help propel many people forward and possibly introduce a new way to handle old text books instead of scrapping them. The other main reason is I hope others will see what Efiwe is doing and be inspired to do something so good as well and make a change.

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2,642 Books

The very first drive that spurred this initiative saw the donation of over 1000books

One University

There is another book drive on-going in SIUE. A drive is coming to your College/University. Join us

Over 50 Volunteers

Many volunteers already working to make this idea work.

$ 1288

With the support of friends and colleagues I raised $1288 for the shipment of the books

We show skill, zeal and resolve.

Our Team

volunteers do not
necessarily have the time;
they just have the heart.

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In our team, There's a role for you.


Book Donors

Give your books, It is the donated books that keeps this engine running


Our volunteers are very involved in book collections in the US and logistics in Africa


The funds needed to send the collected books are gotten from generous donations and grants

African Institutions

Tertiary Institutions in Africa collaborate with us to send desired books to their libraries.


The media plays a huge role in telling our stories all over the world.


We will remain indebted to the team of Volunteers That has made this whole initiative possible.

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Cell Phone: +13123990694 | whatsapp: +16182160266 | +2347039818617

135 Springer Avenue, Edwardsville, IL. USA 62025


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