Our history, the values and dreams that define us...

Our Vision:

To empower professionals of African heritage while promoting inclusivity and empowerment for individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds within the Canadian ecosystem. 

Our mission is to uplift and strengthen these professionals, enabling them to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of our society. Join us in our journey towards a more inclusive and empowered Canada.

Official date of incorporation

Council of Nigerian Professionals Inc (CNP Inc.) was officially registered as a not for profit on August 31, 2018.

How it all began

CNP was started out of the lived experiences of people in our community, with the intent of supporting each other in our career, settling in, and flourishing in Canada.

Most people came into the country with so much high hopes, great expectations and willingness to do what it takes to add value to Canada. The expectations quickly become a dream for a great number of people, as the culture shock and unforeseen obstacles takes over the initial euphoria.

The process of coming into the country is different for everyone, but the overarching idea is to contribute to the country and be an active and positive participant to it. In preparation to migrate to Canada, many people went through the vetting process of reviewing their skills, expertise, experiences, qualifications and more, but once in the country the dynamics changes. All the passion they came in with is suddenly doused either because of their lack and inability to even secure an interview, not to mention getting a job in their career.

Most are not aware of certain terminologies used, job search intricacies, nuances around the culture and workplace expectations. A lot of gaps that could impede their ability to be employed in a new country and a new culture seems more than most could bear, and so people go into survival mode.

Survival job

This is when you will witness a Lawyer or Surgeon driving UBER or working in a factory to survive. Once the survival mode is switched on, it becomes difficult to turn it off. It is now all about putting food on the table, and not about getting a foot in the door of their career anymore. Even if they eventually do have the opportunity to start that career journey, the hurdles they would have to go through, the additional qualifications, would not make financial sense because of the pay-cut they might experience. People are mostly under-employed and underpaid which leads to so many other negative feelings and experiences of physical, mental, and financial demotivation.

Our Founder

Our leader and visionary, Adejisola Atiba, fondly called Lady ABHA, found too many people in the community experiencing all these emotional traumas in different variations, and she was determined to do something about it.

She reached out to some of her friends and colleagues, had a meeting in her home to talk about her dream for a better future and experience for our Nigerian community members, which includes, existing residents, newcomers, and our children. Everyone present agreed the time was ripe to make the initiative come to life, and so Council of Nigerian Professionals Inc. was registered as a not for profit on August 31, 2018. This initiative birthed the beginning of a new era in the Nigerian community.

To support the holistic wellbeing of individuals, marriages, and families

  • Culture Shock Bridging
  • Family intervention and Reconciliation for Divorce Prevention
  • Understanding Parenting in Canada
  • Understanding Mental Health and Physical Wellness
  • Finance in Marriage
  • Equity in Marriage

To enhance the leadership, career, business, and professional development of members

  • 101 of Microsoft Office
  • Understanding how to use social media for career enhancement
  • Resume and cover letter writing workshop
  • Interview readiness workshop
  • Characteristics of an authentic Leader
  • Leading successfully
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Leadership Series 

To provide support to new Immigrants and international student

  • Mentoring and Career Coaching
  • Understanding Banking in Canada
  • Credit and Investment 101
  • Understanding Canada's Multiculturalism
  • Past University students mentoring
  • Big Brother, Big Sister

To provide trainings and information on socioeconomic, and professional empowerment

  • Finance and Estate Planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Understanding and creating generational wealth
  • Credit Management / Optimization Skills
  • Risk Management
  • Understanding various forms of investment (RRSP, RESP, RDSP, TFSA, renting vs Buying a home)

To provide programs that enhance children (Grade 2 to Grade 12) empowerment

  • STEM Programs for Grades 8 and 9
  • French as a Second Language 
  • Coding Classes
  • Music/ Art classes
  • Sports/ Wellness
  • Scholarships

Understanding Canada's Multiculturalism and interfaith

  • Getting to know and understand each other                
  • YOUME (UMI) Series                
  • Learning and unlearning the facts and myths
  • Story Telling

To provide support, seminars, events, and mentorship to business owners

  • Fundamentals of business planning
  • Bookkeeping 
  • Forms of business ownership in Canada and business registration
  • Understanding Business accounting and taxes
  • Business mentoring

  • CNP Life & Living Series: Socioeconomic, professional, and business empowerment
  • CNP Leadership Series: Encourage, motivate, build, and inspire existing and new leaders
  • CNP Newcomer Series: Land and Thrive
  • CNP Language Schools: French, Mandarin, Igbo, and Yoruba
  • CNP Virtual Summer Camps
  • CNP Coding Class
  • CNP Mentoring Programs

CNP has been in the community building business for over three (3) years and below are some of our impacts in the community:

  • We have supported people to get jobs
  • Matched over 200 mentees with mentors
  • We have supported local businesses to be better and scale
  • We have mentored our youths
  • Our Language school and Coding school has impacted over 150 students
  • We provided school supplies to over 250 students
  • We provided raw food to over 500 families in the heat of Covid-19
  • With our various series, we continue to empower our community
  • We donated funds to charitable organizations
  • We hired 12 community members and students
  • Many youths and students have shared testimonials on how our summer programs supported their various courses.
  • We had professionals advise us of the impact CNP mentoring has had on their professional careers.
  • CNP empowerment programs have been touted to help families settle into Canadian culture, system, and workplace. 
  • Members have advised us of how our events have supported their careers, home purchase and wealth accumulation.
  • We have had many members advise of the benefits of educating them about credit, and retirement planning and more.
  • Community members advised of the impact of volunteering and positive effects on them.

Our goal continues to be to provide the required support to Nigerians and people of African Heritage. We all know the maxim “He who seeks equity must do equity”, as we continue the conversation around inclusion, we must continue to be inclusive and so, irrespective of the background of all Canadians, if they need our support, we will give it, anytime and all the time. We will not turn anyone away.

We started as a Nigerian organization, but it has evolved to include volunteers from different parts of Africa, Caribbean, and Asia. 

We continue to evolve and support everyone that wants to learn the “Art of having a Career”, not just a job. Through our various seminars, events, and webinars. CNP will continue to equip our community, provide opportunities to learn from past mistakes, and make the best of successes by standing on the shoulders of pacesetters in the community.

We plan to have an increased focus in supporting our children and youth, by co-creating programs and events with our youth volunteers, to better align to their needs. 

Based on our experience in the community, we know that the federal and provincial governments are very supportive of our communities, but we know that there is room for community organizations to support all the government initiatives. We intend to do more with our children in the coming years. Some initiatives include:

  • Coaching
  • Homework support/ tutoring
  • Integration into the Canadian system
  • Provide support for new immigrants and their children
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Mentorship
  • Career mentors
  • Time with Industry leaders and mentors

2022 will see CNP continue with all our various programs and

  • Expand the children and youth programs
  • Support small businesses in the community with structure and planning
  • Increase mentoring
  • Increase partnering and collaboration with various organizations
  • Are you looking for a like minded community?
  • Are you exploring networking to Build Professional and Impactful Relationships?
  • Do you want to mentor Professional Immigrants, students, and youths?
  • Do you want to build and nurture a Positive Professional Image
  • Are you looking for an avenue for Timely and Relevant Information to live, thrive and flourish?
  • Do you want to showcase Role Models for the Youths and our Children, to Educate and Empower?
  • Are you interested in Community Outreach and Volunteering Initiatives?
  • Do you want to showcase and advertise your business and scale?

Then, Join CNP as we continue this journey to Empower, Equip and Build our community, and Impact Canada Positively and Collectively.


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