IDIA RENAISSANCE is a non-governmental, non-political, non-religious and non-profit organization working through Research, Education and Enlightenment towards the restoration of the dignity of the Nigerian women, youths and children
Idia Renaissance is a personal initiative of Mrs. Eki Igbinedion.
It started out of her determined effort to combat the disturbing scourge of human trafficking, prostitution, maternal mortality, drug abuse, cultism, youth restiveness, HIV/AIDS and other social and health problems prevalent especially among children, youths and women in the society.
Idia Renaissance in 1999 rejuvenated and spearheaded the campaign against human trafficking especially in Edo state where the trend assumed an unimaginable dimension. It is estimated that over 90% of trafficked persons in Nigeria are from Edo State - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Idia Renaissance adopts a "PREVENTIVE and a CURATIVE" approach in solving the problem of Human Trafficking and other related social, economic and health issues.
MOTTO: Restoring hope and dignity to humanity
OUR VISION: We seek to challenge society to be more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the less privileged with a view to restoring hope and dignity to the lives of children, youths and women
To promote positive cultural values and to restore human dignity through education, information, communication, advocacy, mobilization and counseling
Idia Renaissance was established on the 8th of July 1999
The organization was however, officially registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja on the 22nd October 2003
Idia Renaissance is also registered with the Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development
The Name - Idia
Queen Idia was the mother of Oba Esigie of the ancient Benin kingdom. She is no doubt the most celebrated heroine in the history of Benin kingdom. She alone holds the exclusive distinction of being the first woman to have led the Benin soldiers to war and returned victorious in her quest to protect the kingdom which her son, Oba Esigie reign from aggression. Idia symbolizes dignified womanhood. Her legacy continues to inspire Edo daughters of all generation.
This is the historic link from which Idia Renaissance draws inspiration, moral energy and cultural originality to prosecute its campaign for cultural reawakening. Idia Renaissance is a rebirth of the legacy of a dignified mother and Queen.
After the death of Queen Idia, a Brass Head (as on Home page) representing her was placed in her alter. It was said that Oba Esigie instituted the title "Iye Oba" (Queen Mother) and established the tradition of casting heads of this type in honour of her military and ritual powers.
Such heads were placed in alters and palace and in the Queen mother's residence.
This artistic presentation of Queen Idia represents our logo.
To eradicate human trafficking
Promote sexual health of women and children
Increase positive cultural practices and eradicate harmful traditional practices against women and children
Protect the fundamental human right of women and children to develop their capacity
Advocacy and mobilization of relevant organs to promote gender equity and equality
Sponsor and lobby for legislative framework to fight human trafficking
Rehabilitate and integrate victims of trafficking into society
Equip youths with information to guide against drug abuse, cultism, HIV/AIDS and trafficking