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Central Association

of Nigerians in the UK


Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) is an umbrella body representing all Nigerians in the United Kingdom. CANUK’s mission is to Protect, Unify, and Empower Nigerians in the United Kingdom towards contributing to the growth and development of our host country, (the United Kingdom) and our motherland (Nigeria). 

The Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) was formed by the Nigeria High Commission in the United Kingdom in recognition of a clear need to unite the plethora of Nigerian societies, bodies, unions and associations under one umbrella organisation. This ensures that the welfare, views, and community interests of Nigerians in the United Kingdom are represented in a harmonious and organised manner; and creating a common forum through which the united voice of Nigerian community in the United Kingdom could be heard.

The founding patron of CANUK was His Excellency Dr Christopher Kolade CON, the former Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK. He was succeeded by H Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, OFR who sustained the vision of a united Nigerian Community under a strong CANUK. Under his leadership CANUK's membership grew across the UK regions.  Since his departure, The Nigeria High Commission has continued to play a vital role in the stability and growth of CANUK. We welcome the new High Commissioner His Excellency Ambassador George Adesola Oguntande CFR CON.


CANUK currently represents about 300 different associations. Its membership is growing at a very fast pace and we envisage it will soon embrace the estimated over 2 million plus Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom.

On the  May 2017, a new set of Executives was sworn in. One of the main plans of the new executives is to unite and work for the continued growth of the Nigerian community. We will continue to embark on new programmes to make CANUK more relevant to the community. We invite your comments and welcome new ideas on how to improve the lot of our community in the UK and Nigeria. For any information or assistance please contact

The current Chairman is Dr Boma Douglas. Past CANUK Chairmen are Dr Mark Abani, Chief Bimbo Afolayan and Mr Babatunde Loye.

Dr Boma Douglas

Dr Mark Abani

Chief Bimbo Folayan

Mr Babatunde Loye