The Ijaw Nation Forum (INF) is a platform for Ijaws to exchange ideas and discuss issues of common interest to the Niger Delta Region and Ijaw people in particular. It was founded by the Late Col. Godfrey Ambakiderimo Okoro (1948-2012), who started a physical news mailing list service in the US in the mid-nineties. The physical mailing list service transitioned to an email distribution list for INF and was ultimately set up as a Yahoo Groups list service on 12 July, 2001. The Late Col. Okoro moderated the forum until his passage in 2012. The forum transitioned to a Google Groups List service in 2017 and that remains the primary medium for discussion. This website complements the list service and helps in dissemination, archiving and retrieval of information. The current membership of the forum stands at over 1700 subscribers.
The INF is a neutral and un-moderated forum where every Ijaw person of either paternal or maternal parentage shall have access to, irrespective of political, ideological, religious or organizational affiliations. The general theme of posts and discussions are intended to be focused on issues and are expected to be those that contribute towards enhancement of the socio-political and cultural quality of life, and empowerment for Ijaws.
Over the years since its formation, the INF has gone through several strategic debates on the Yahoo Groups and the Google Groups platforms covering a wide range of topics relevant to Ijaw People and the Niger Delta Region. It is considered by many as an informal Think Thank for the Ijaw Nation. The debates which are sometimes quite heated on the list service is enriched by the diversity of thought and the wide demography of its membership.