We are Xn Foundation

A charity registered by guarantee in England and Wales (07157129) founded in May, 2006 by two young Nigerian Youth, Akanimo Odon and Benedict Okhumale. Since then, it has undergone growth, implementing projects in the UK, Nigeria and Canada.

Originally started to support Nigerian students in the UK we have organised the largest conference of Nigerian students in the UK, the International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS) which takes place yearly and is being hosted in partnership with top UK Universities.


Relationship with UK Universities


International Guest Speakers


Seminars Hosted


Network of Students & Alumni




Our Vision

Be an innovative forward thinking charity responding to the current needs of African youth using new innovative approaches, schemes and programmes.


Our Mission is to foster:

National Development: To urge African youths abroad to remember their fatherland and endeavour to contribute to national development.

Unity in Diaspora: Networking African youths to foster unity abroad and at home.

African Image Abroad: To challenge them to project Africa’s image abroad positively in everything they do.

Empowerment: To enlighten them about Job opportunities as well as help them secure choice jobs through partnerships with corporate bodies.

To give African youths in diaspora a true sense of belonging even away from home.

To recognise the outstanding achievements of distinguished African international students.

To show case the work of some distinguished African youths and international students.

To enable African students officially register with their diplomatic commissions in UK for documentation purposes and for easy access in future.

To share awareness on ways to cope with the British Education, while making an impact in their places of study.




The International Student Conference for Africa (TISCA) – Over the years, we have established a model for the hosting and organisation of ICONS as an event. Our clear strategy….Read more


The African Student Careers Programme (ASCP) – Our ten years experience dealing and interacting with Nigerian students in the UK as well as with UK Universities….Read more


NISA is an acronym for the Nigerian International Students Agenda, which is an initiative of the Xn Foundation. It is aimed at projecting the ambitions of Nigerian students….Read more


An innovative forward thinking charity responding to the current needs of African youth using new innovative approaches, schemes and programmes.


University Partners

De Montfort University, Leicester

ICONS 2016

Sheffield Hallam University

ICONS 2015

University of Central Lancashire

ICONS 2014

ICONS 2013

ICONS 2012

Lancaster University

ICONS 2007 & 11

university of kent

ICONS 2010

university of hull

ICONS 2008 & 09

Corporate Partners, Sponsors & Affiliates

british council
ioa consults
university of huddersfield
Nigeria High Commission UK
Nigeria High Commission UK
gloria arts & media
nottingham trent university
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe
Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe
Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK)
Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK)
University of Essex
waymaker learning
Teesside University
university of york
emerald infusions
London School of Business & Finance
Liverpool Hope University
University of Aberdeen
University of Leicester
Nigerian Students’ Union in the United Kingdom
Global Careers Company
Aberystwyth University
Kings College London
University of Greenwich
University of Salford
Anglia Ruskin University
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
University of Worcester
Swansea University
Oxford Brookes University


121 Cleveleys Avenue,
Lancaster, LA1 5HN
Lancaster, Lancashire,


Email & Telephone

+44(0)15 2488 8502

+44(0)7817 734663

XN Foundation is a charity registered in England & Wales (07157129)