The Muslim Association of Nigeria UK (MAN UK) was formally established in the UK in February 1961 by a group of Nigerian students in London.
Their aim was to promote religious and social interaction within the Nigerian Muslim community in London. In 1986 MAN UK became a registered charity with the Charity Commission.
Their main aims as a charity was to identify and tackle the many issues plaguing the local community whilst also acting as ambassadors of Islam.
Since its inception, MAN UK’s activities had been conducted from the London Central Mosque, The Nigeria High Commission and the East London Mosque.
In 1989 a committee was set up under the chairmanship of the late Alhaji Sadudeen Olasheni Daniju to address the issue of raising funds to acquire a befitting property for the Association and in 1993 after many rounds of fundraising, the Association acquired and renovated a former pub in Southwark, where the Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre has been established and located to this day.
The Muslim Association of Nigeria UK aims to support Muslims in the UK, providing a community space to reach out and help the most vulnerable.
This is achieved through the variety of services offered by the Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, which range from providing adequate prayer facilities for both men and women; advice sessions on legal, housing and health matters; community engagement and educational opportunities; as well as mental health and well-being support and counselling.
Above all, it provides a safe place where Muslims can cultivate their faith while integrating into London's multi-faith and multi-ethnic environment.