LEMA Community Library 

LEMA INSTITUTE to Establish a 30,000 Volume Community Library in Mbaitoli, Imo State, Nigeria | Press release April 2019


The LEMA Institute has completed plans to establish a modern community library at Ofekata, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.

The LEMA Community Library when completed will house over 30,000 hard cover books and over 100, 000 digital resources and E-books. The Community Library will have a children's section, youth section and general section, and will provide books for all kinds of knowledge, be it in Theology, Arts, Sciences and Technical  Education.

With diverse local and international books, and access to worldwide resources through the internet , the LEMA Community Library in Mbaitoli will be a center for research and development; a place of intellectual growth for learners of all ages and interests.

We are glad to announce that the books and materials for this Library are already on their way to Nigeria and will be fully installed and ready for commissioning before the end of 2019.


View the LEMA Community Library video at  https://www.lemainstitute.org/lema-community-library (recorded prior to packing/shipping).

The LEMA Institute would like to thank the Vine Institute (Formerly Salt Lake Theological Seminary), Utah for donating 27,000 Theological books. The LEMA Institute also thanks the Lawrence Memorial Public Library of Climax, Michigan for donating science and technology books and the numerous families that donated youth/children's books and books of diverse disciplines.   

The Library is being donated to and will be managed by One Degree Foundation, a leadership and community development NGO based in Imo State of Nigeria.

LEMA (Leadership Education Mission for Africa),

is a 501 (c) 3 NON-PROFIT organization. 

Your donation is tax deductible.

What the Snow Has in
Common With the Library

I was raised in Mbaitoli in Imo State of Nigeria. Mbaitoli is a community about the size of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, with a population of well over 200,000 residents. Like most American kids, I played with the sand, danced in the rain and occasionally picked a fight with my siblings.  I did not however play in the snow as a kid. My closest encounter with the snow was in psalm 51. “wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” and was a regular feature in our prayer for forgiveness of sins.