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A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION FROM BISHOP ANDREW NKEA, MAMFE DIOCEASE, SOUTH WEST REGION, CAMEROON

 

 

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African Alumni and Cultural Associations in the diaspora, are very dynamic groups passionate about giving back to their various Alma Mater and communities. They hold fundraising events every year around the world in support of education and development, build water systems to provide clean water for drinking and sanitation, scholarships for brilliant but less privileged students, school infrastructure, computer labs to help students explore new technologies, expand their world view, and share their stories with the rest of the world.

Like most associations, there can be conflicting ideas that get resolved through an open process of deliberation with members voting to adopt best ideas. However, poor leadership discards the open process, is focused on personalities, creates divisiveness and competing camps, and slows the momentum toward desired results. 

Bishop Andrew Nkea of the Mamfe diocese in Cameroon, flew into the United States from Rome to in his words, "leave 99% of my flock behind to come after the 1% in the diaspora". More than a hundred OPSANS (Okoyong Past Students Association) from across the United States, and their families, attended this historic and very successful event.

His mediation and communication skills were in full display as conflicting parties agreed to rebuild a more robust association to continue their mission of educating young girls to become future leaders in their communities.   

 

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