DAY 1 – Friday, 21 September 2018


3.00pm – Arrivals, check-in, use of venue amenities
7.30pm – Light buffet/dinner (On reservations only)

DAY 2 – Saturday, 22 September 2018


10.00am – 2.30pm: Arrivals, use of venue amenities
11:00am – 2:00pm AGM (Sobans only)
3:00pm – Hotel check-in open, Afternoon buffet
3.30pm – Keynote speakers on building stronger communities

6.00pm-4.30am: Gala Night
6:00pm – 7:00 pm Registration + Welcome drinks + photos
7.00pm – Gala Night program, Awards, Raffle Draw
8.00pm – 3 course meal (see menus)
10.00pm – Dance till 4.30am

DAY 3 – Sunday, 23 September 2018

(For residential guests only)
8.00am-10.30am: Breakfast and Use of Venue Amenities
Up to 12.00pm: Checking out
12.00pm-4.00pm: Afternoon Buffet, networking and close



Newborough Road, Burton upon Trent DE13 9PD

This exclusive 4 Star Hotel is the home of SOBA:UK’s 2018 Residential Convention


  • 228 rooms across 3 floors
  • Free parking at hotel
  • Health club with swimming pool – Free Gym & Spa
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Bedroom facilities – TV Tea and Coffee Making Facilities Wi-Fi Air Conditioning Hairdryer Non Smoking Rooms Ground Floor Rooms Direct Dial Telephone Cable/Satellite TV channels
  • Family facilities – Cots/cribs free
  • Restaurant and Bar in hotel, private Starbucks
  • Outdoor, landscaped gardens and state-of-the-art sporting park
  • Relax in a guest room or suite decorated in rich warm colours
  • Free Wi-Fi to high speed internet (arranged by SOBA:UK)
  • Enjoy the view from large windows and refresh in an elegant bathroom with separate bath and shower.
  • Enjoy the outdoor space Hilton St George’s Park has to offer, from walking, running and team building activities and much more
  • The workspace includes a comfortable ergonomic chair and a large desk with integrated US and UK power outlets. Upgrade to a deluxe or executive-level room for more services and amenities.
  • Admire the tranquil scenery of the forest or seek out the thrills at nearby Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Theme parks.


From the North: Follow the M1 Motorway to Junction 28 and then take A38 to Derby / Burton. Take the A516 signed for Uttoxeter, then join the A50 to Stoke on Trent. Leave the A50 at the sign for the A515. Continue on the A515 until you reach the crossroads for the B5234 (left turn – signed Burton B5017) Continue for approx 2 miles. The entrance to the St George’s Park hotel is on your right hand side.

From the South: Exit the M1 at Junction 22 signed Ashby/Coalville. Follow the A511 to Burton upon Trent. Follow the A5121 signs. Pick up the B5017 signed Abbotts Bromley B5234. Continue onto the B5234, the entrance to the St George’s Park hotel is approximately 200 yards on your left hand side.

Sat Nav: DE13 9PD

Nearest airports:

East midlands – 29miles,Exit Airport to the A50 (Stoke). A50 to A515 Lichfield. A515 to the crossroads for the B5234 (Left Turn – signed Burton B5017) Continue for approx 2 miles and the entrance to St George’s Park is on your left hand side.

Birmingham – 34miles, Exit Airport to the M42 North. Join M6 Toll. Exit at Junction 8 signed A38 Birmingham/Tamworth. Join A5206 Birmingham to A51 Lichfield then A515 Lichfield. Turn to B5234 signed Burton on Trent. The hotel is approx 2 miles on the right.

Nearest railway station: Burton upon Trent railway station – 6miles


Standard ticket price £70

  • Access to Gala Night and all night dance
  • Tables with wine, fruit juice, water
  • Saturday afternoon buffet
  • 3 course meal at gala – Bronze menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet, if staying at hotel
  • Buy before 23rd August 2018 for Early Bird discount

EXEC VIP Ticket Price £130

  • Access to Gala Night and all night dance
  • Tables with wine, fruit juice, water
  • Cognac and Champagne on tables
  • Saturday afternoon buffet
  • 3 course meal at gala – VIP menu
  • Sunday midday Buffet, if staying at hotel
  • Buy before 23rd August 2018 for Early Bird discount


This hotel is rated 4 star.
All rooms are deluxe double rooms with family rooms available.
Hotel rooms are discounted and purchased from SOBA:UK

Hotel rooms are limited and will be sold on a “first come first serve” basis.
Book your room before 23rd August 2018 to ensure availability 

Room prices are already discounted. Purchase before 23rd August 2018 to assure availability. 

Gala Tickets

Gala tickets are sold separately from accommodation.
As shown above there are three categories;

  • Standard tickets get the Standard Meal Menu
  • VIP tickets get the VIP Meal Menu

Children are not permitted at the Gala night.

Booking Tickets

Buy Online:
Book Gala tickets, Hotel Rooms and Raffle tickets online

For direct bank transfer:
Call +447956 311 637 or +44 7880 920 593, +447984 655 786

Book your tickets by 23rd August 2018 and get;

  • £10 discount per ticket
  • There is also a £10 discount if you purchase a table of 10 people.

A group of 10 people can save up to £60.

Tickets prices will increase after 23rd August 2018, subject to availability.


Raffle Draw


SOBA:UK brings you excellent raffle prizes this year with the top prize being an brand new HD television.

You can buy your raffle tickets online and we will post your lucky numbers to you.


Dance till 4.30am

The acclaimed deejay Eko is on the deck for another stellar dance night performance.

Our resident deejay brings you the best of popular African and Western music, which guarantees you an enjoyable all night dance till 4.30am!

Our Sponsors

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About SOBA:UK’s Brand Sponsorship

The SOBA:UK Annual Residential Convention is a prime event that is organised in some of the UK’s premier venues.

The attendance to these events has increased steadily year on year and in 2016 covers a broad spectrum of community organisations, young professionals, business people and prominent leaders in the UK Cameroonian community. This provides the perfect background for corporate sponsors to promote their businesses and organisations.

We help promote your business through giving you visibility at the event as well as presenting your business image, links and logo through online media and printed material. On the event day you can have a stand, be represented as an executive VIP guest and be given the honour of presenting our Recognition Awards to winning members of the community.

Below are the offerings for 2018:


What You Get Silver Gold Platinum
Logo on banner Yes Yes Yes
Logo on website Yes Yes Yes
Social Media Yes Yes Yes
Stand at event No Yes Yes
VIP Guest x 2 Yes No No
VIP Guest x 4 No Yes No
Executive VIP Guest x 5 No No Yes
Gala Night Intro Yes Yes Yes
Awards Honours No Yes Yes
Platforms at Gala No No Yes
1 Year’s Partnership No No Yes
For Sponsorship deals please contact on or call +447956311637

Who We Are

Our History

SOBA:UK is an alumni association in the UK whose members are ex-students of St Joseph’s College, Sasse located in Buea, Cameroon. The college was established in 1939 and it is a premier educational establishment in Western Cameroon. The college is a fee paying Catholic boarding school and is renowned for producing high calibre students many of whom have progressed to high positions in industry, renowned professions and in government, including the position of a former Prime Minister of Cameroon and Head of Government being an ex-student of Sasse College.

The college is located high above the Atlantic Ocean and near the foot of Buea Mountain from which its famous school anthem was derived.

In the UK, the association is dedicated to the furtherance of the social, economic and welfare development of its members and has set out five shared values.


Our Approach

Our values culminate in building and strengthening the SOBA:UK brand, which enables the association to build a stronger community in the UK.

SOBA:UK achieves her goals of establishing and delivering projects through task groups comprising of over 25 core project members and executives. Successful projects have been set up and delivered such as with the brand design project and development of a branded and dedicated email infrastructure for all members, with capability to outsource a dedicated email system to other associations. These projects have specifically used expertise available from our highly skilled membership cohort as appropriate.

Other projects are ongoing, such as hosting networking events and conventions, sponsoring projects overseas, publishing related research and news through our SOBA:UK branded Newsfeed, exploring the symbiotic relationships in the diaspora with SOBA America and SOBA Germany, as well as other Alumni and Cameroonian groups in the UK.

In 2015 and beyond, the association continues to focus on it’s members and looks to implement tangible benefit systems for members though creating a medium where members can fully exploits the synergies that such an association can bring. These will be centered on specific problems our members face such as overseas bereavement costs, migration issues and welfare in the UK.

SOBA:UK prides itself of having proper governance, strong management structure and transparent financial accountability. Full and detailed accounts of all its activities are published to members regularly, and financial accountability is at the heart of everything that the association does like no other.

SOBA:UK has a constitution with bye-laws that govern how we operates in the UK and all our executive members are subject to appointment by the ballot box as prescribed in the SOBA:UK constitution, whilst having regards to all the UK regulatory rules governing Associations, Clubs and Charities.


Our Values

Setting High Standards

The association has a vision to set high standards in all its activities and develop the brand for the benefit of its members.

Professional Excellence & Talent Development

SOBA:UK is a diverse and inclusive organisation that uses its position to build opportunities for its professionals.

Earn More Income

As a community group, SOBA:UK should exist within a business model that is sustainable, transparent and inclusive in ways that are responsive to members. Brand value and it’s development is a key part of the success and drive to earn more income through commercial ventures.

Community Collaboration

SOBA:UK views itself as a leading association in the UK and intends to collaborate with other community groups in partnership, share its experience and provide the platform and infrastructure, where possible, for other groups to grow for the greater good of the community at large.

Support to the Alma Mater

SOBA:UK has a mission to support the education, health and infrastructural development of Sasse College through engagement with the proprietors and with accountability to its members and stakeholders.

Team Members

The Sasse College Anthem

Verse 1

Near the Buea mountain
High above the sea,
Stands St. Joseph’s college a place for you and me
‘Tis here that we learn Biology’
And Geometry and chemistry
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Verse 2

Time will come for roll call
Time for us to start
Early in the morning, with strong and happy hearts
I still feel the fragrance of the air
The gardens fair and evening prayers
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Verse 3

Marching into study
Going down to dine
Resting in our billets when bugle’s gone at
We always remember Saturday nights
The Sunday white and Monday fights
In Sasse by the mountain
O Sasse by the sea

Recognition Awards

Sports Personality Award

This could be an established professional or young up and coming talent who is making assuring strides in their chosen discipline.

Best Artist Award

This could be individuals in fine art, music, film, fashion, theatre, author, blogger who is deserving of an award.

Humanitarian / Good Deeds Award

An individual or group whose philanthropy or humanitarian work has had impact on you or the wider community

Community Builder Award

This could be an individual, alumni group, social or cultural group that you feel has had beneficial impact to the community.

Professional Role Model Award

This could be a doctor, nurse, teacher, accountant, lawyer, actuary, IT professional etc who has shown exemplary professional achievement.

Business Role Model Award

This could be the owner of a business e.g restaurant, shipping, IT, online, financial, retail etc who has shown exemplary achievement.


Your Name:

Your Email:

Make a Nomination

Sports Personality Award:

Best Artist Award:

Humanitarian / Good Deeds Award:

Community Builder Award:

Professional Role Model Award:

Business Role Model Awards:

Contact Us

Tel: +447956311637
Tel: +447912607504
twitter: @sobaintheuk