SOBA UK 2018 Convention – a touch of class and style

Uplifting” is the word that sums up the convention of the Sasse Old Boys Association in the United Kingdom (SOBA UK) that took place last on the 22nd of September 2018. It held at the magnificent Hilton at St. George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent, England and the Home of England national sports teams.

The two-day event was hosted under the theme “Together We Succeed” to which the community responded and raised funds for refugees of the crisis in Cameroon and to show strength in unity. A number of diverse community groups and alumni associations showed up in support, including OPSA UK (the UK alumni of Our Lady of Lourdes College, Cameroon), ExSSA UK (the UK alumni of Saker Baptist College, Cameroon) , CamDoc UK (Cameroon Doctors UK), BOBA UK (the UK alumni of Cameroon Protestant College, Bali), WCA (The West Cameroon Association Think Tank), CF (Cameroon Forum) community group and SOBA Ireland.

The SOBA UK President Mr. Ayuk Akoh-Arrey thanked the guests for their fantastic turn out and expressed gratitude on behalf of the association and their intent to continue to develop the brand and to deliver more value to members of the Cameroonian UK community. He also thanked the sponsors and Hilton staff and entertainers for all their hard work.

This year’s convention was by far the best in recent memories. We have collated our top nine most special moments from the Soban convention.

An exciting Friday night 21 September

Not bad from a lowly association of ex-students from St. Joseph’s College all the way in Cameroon, the alumni association staged a heartwarming event as guests congregated at St George’s Park, Home of England National Teams, set in several acres of national parkland. The 2-mile drive from the gates to the hotel is an impressive show of beautiful parks and modern sporting facilities. The hotel itself, owned by the English Football Association, is modern and well designed to deliver premier league standard facilities to England football stars, past and present, and guests alike.

We know SOBA UK has been upping its game but more than 100 punters on Friday night is a feat. Friday night was as exciting as Saturday night as scores of guests checked-in and the Hilton lobby was buzzing with relaxed re-union excitement as people took photos. Some of the guys from SOBA UK Events management team were seen hustling banners whilst other guests checked in as some discussed over wine and champagne after long journeys from Scotland, Europe and other parts of the UK. An open SOBA UK management meeting held around midnight with 37 Sobans in attendance to chip in ideas for the day ahead.

 

There is so much sporting history at St. George’s Park

The choice of venue really underscored SOBA UK’s intentions to fast track the development of the brand to greater heights and deliver more value to members of the Cameroonian community.

On Saturday 22nd September, around 12pm,  the SOBA UK Secretary General John Bawak proclaimed at the Annual General Meeting that he was sitting in the same seat as the England National football team manager for his press conferences. Where Mr. Southgate managed to transpire a winning spirit into the young English team that reached the last 4 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Sobans did not witness any magical powers as John chaired the Annual General Meeting, supported by the President Mr. Ayuk Akoh-Arrey and Vice President Mr. Bime Lafon. However, it was an inspiration walking through the corridors of this distinguished venue with English football greats plastered all over the walls. The technology in the meeting hall was modern and the AGM, the real business end of SOBA UK’s activities, delivered the goods that will see the brand step up another notch.

 

SOBA UK set new patrons on a mission

A new look and talented group of patrons were appointed by the Convention Assembly to take on the important role of helping to safeguard the good name of the association as ambassadors. Patrons are honorary positions that are awarded to persons who have been outstanding in their efforts and contribution to the business of SOBA UK. The whole Assembly applauded with unanimous acceptance to confirm the new patrons and wished them every success in their roles. The new patrons are Joseph Foncha (Class of 1962), Cyril Alima (Class 1973), AshuAkoachere (Class 1978), Maximus Ewane (Class 1979), Francis Shupo (Class 1980) and Thompson Egbe (Class 1982).

 

Oh, the Sacred SOBA UK blazer

18:00 at the Sir Bobby Robson Executive Ballroom was time for the champagne soiree, when the guys started walking out with embroidered blazers, we knew we were in for a treat. The blazer was impressive, traditional navy blue, 100% pure new wool, mid weight, tailored by British designer and retailing at £280. But of-course the Sobans got a good deal from a group discount. The word is that if you are an ex-student looking to elevate yourself to ambassador status then blazers can still be purchased. The blazers and uniform attire worn by the Sobans spoke a thousand words about the unflinching commitment to belong and express themselves. This unique identity of the Sobans drew in the 300 guests as they sang their Anthem and Sasse Song with composed music from Synergy Musical Band and artists.

 

The “Together We Succeed” community fundraiser

In a year in which Anglophone Cameroon has been rampaged with violence, displacement of hundreds of thousands of Anglophones in Cameroon and significant loss of lives, the hashtags #TogetherWeSucceed #SOBAUKConvention lambasted social media as the event streamed live on Facebook capturing the atmosphere for guests at home.

Later in the gala, the convention turned to the serious theme as the fantastic duo Security & Counter Terrorism expert Mr. David Otto and UK Businessman and WCA Think Tank Moderator Mr Richard Nfor, led the community fundraiser. This is the first of its kind which puts SOBA UK at the heart of the community to enable funds to be raised for community initiatives by members of the community.

A minute’s silence was respected in memory of those who have died as part of the crisis. Both hosts then proceeded to chair a fundraiser that generated just under £6000 in just 30 minutes to support the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) and the humanitarian work of Bishop Nkea of Mamfe diocese. Donations to this cause were received from CamDoc UK, WCA, SOBA UK Patrons, OPSA UK, SOBA Ireland, the SOBA UK President and many other guests including anonymous donors. A full report on the donations and support will be produced jointly by SOBA UK and Fundraisers in order to inform the guests.

 

Awards in appreciation of excellence and dedication

In an unprecedented turn of events, immediately after the Sasse Song and anthems led by the Synergy Music Band, Mr. Chrys Chikere and Dr. Humphrey led a series of surprise awards in appreciation of the association’s executive team by its members for the great service that they have given to SOBA UK and building of the brand.

Much of the community had witnessed nasty press articles and letters with fabricated allegations against the highly respected SOBA UK executive. These articles were largely purported by a small splinter group of Sobans who have sadly orchestrated various libelous activities and have chosen a wrong path in SOBA. Their approach has been rejected by the SOBA UK General Assembly and the UK community at large.

The initiative in the evening was a heartwarming recognition by SOBA UK’s members and ‘icing on the cake’ to the AGM resolutions as members awarded their executive team individual awards with inscriptions “for a meritorious service to SOBA UK”. Well done boys!

Other awards presented by Dr. Montio Morgan of CamDoc UK – “2018 Best Supporter of SOBA UK Award”  handed to Bernard & Sylvia Ntamack and “2018’s Most Engaged Soban” was awarded to Atem Akoh-Arrey for his stellar work on the SOBA UK blazers project.

 

The Community Representations

“We’ve got to do this again” retorted Cynthia Asuagbor, representative from EXSSA UK as she took the mic and insisted on leading a grander entrance dance by the ladies of EXSSA UK. EXSSA UK made their presence felt and showed support for SOBA UK.

OPSA UK represented by Miss Queenta Fombon announced their presence. CamDocs (Cameroon Doctors) was represented by their chairperson, Dr. Montio Morgan. WCA was represented by Mr. Richard Nfor. BOBA UK was represented by Mr. Moma Awah. SOBA Ireland was represented by Mr. Stephen Njonguo. These groups stood shoulder to shoulder with SOBA UK as they have always done. Other overseas guests included Mr. Edwin Ndoko and Mr. Jean Jacques Tayou from SOBA America.

 

The coolness and class, music & dance acts

All through the night, in Masterchef-esque fashion, Karen Eban, co-MC for the night announced the dishes “Ladies and gentlemen you are having a smoked salmon with a cream cheese topping and a prawn” as starters were ushered out by the Hilton kitchen staff.  Many thanks to the kitchen staff at Hilton St George’s Park, for the wonderful dishes served with delicious teas and coffee to finish off the meals.

SOBA UK Sponsors also weighed in with presentations on the large screens to engage the guests. CEO of SellamQuick, Leo Fonfe and Founder of Vic’s Kitchen, Victoria Dioh provided snippets of their businesses. Karen Eban confirmed that Vic’s Kitchen pepper source were supplied on all tables.

There were also jokes from Mr. Likambi and dance performance by JBanks.

 

The Synergy Music Band‘s light Makossa and soulful music had filled the airwaves as guests took to their seats for almost thirty minutes before the MC’s Kun Galega and Karen Eban’s grand entrances and through the night until Deejay Eko took over the dance section at midnight.

 

Sunday barbecue and retreat

Some guests took an early morning swim after a night of hard partying. For those who missed breakfast, a mouthwatering barbecue was served around 1pm as other guests strolled and enjoyed the grounds around St. George’s Park. An international football game between the England and Croatian under 21 teams was taking place at the main stadium at St George’s Park,as some guests departed, whilst Mr Likambi stole the SOBA UK President and Vice President for a 30mins interview to reflect on the Convention success and the state of SOBA UK.

Thank you and thank you again

The weekend of 22nd September 2018 confirmed the green shoots of an impressive SOBA in the UK under the theme of  “Together we Succeed”.

SOBA UK sends a special “Thank You!” to all guests, Sobans, community groups, the fundraisers, Synergy Music Band and to Hilton staff. The support was appreciated for this wonderful event and they look forward to seeing all again next year.

What’s ahead!?

SOBA UK has promised an exciting calendar for 2019. The next event is The St. Joseph’s Feast Day celebration, which will hold on 23rd March 2019. Further details on other events for 2019 will be communicated soon. One guest has posted on Facebook “300 days to the next SOBA, I’m not sure I can wait!

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2017/2018 Q2 brings big strides for the UK alumni

24 February 2018 at Dunchurch Park Hotel Rugby, the SOBA:UK General Assembly decided on its latest improvements.

In recent discussions, members agreed to consolidate the group’s structure, to improve rigour in the association’s financial practises and to improve the direct benefits received by members of SOBA:UK.

Key milestones were achieved and under the following specific areas

  • Increasing welfare payouts for long-standing members
  • The resolve to setup a trust to strengthen the organisation’s financial standing
  • The importance of protecting publication rights, and adopting a system for obtaining permission to use of the association’s brand and content
  • Further strengthening of the organisation’s status as a membership association with limited liability provided to its members and not individuals

The SOBA:UK General Assembly in the 2017 AGM voted to look inward at ways of increasing connections between its community of Sobans, to help create better lifestyle outcomes for its members here in the UK after contributing £18,000 in previous years to Sasse college.

“We are very pleased with recent steps to fortify the association legally. This change will set out the foundation for serious accountability. Also I like the way the association is run and governed by its members. I am also excited about the possibilities as our alumni group continues to grow into an exemplary community-run organisation.”

said Alfred Bawak, a long standing member of SOBA:UK

Attachments:
General Assembly Meeting 24 February 2018,
SOBAUK General Assembly Meeting 24 February 2018 – Summary of Minutes

 

SOBA:UK General Assembly Meeting Reminder

Date: 24th February, 2018
Start Time: 11am prompt
Finish Tine: 6pm
Buffet Dinner: 2pm

Venue:
The Draycote Suite
Dunchurch Park Hotel
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV22 6QW

The tentative agenda is as follows
a) Key Discussions and Resolutions (New and Existing)
b) Financial Review to close of 2017
c) Appointment of new Patrons
d) AOB
e) Breakout for Buffet Dinner
f) Motivational Speakers (Careers and Profession and still subject to availability)
g) Networking and drinks.

See you all there!

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SOBA:UK 2017 Annual Residential Convention: The Rock Stars gathered in Rugby

Another year and yet again another great Convention of pure style and class has been staged by SOBA:UK, unparalleled to any other Cameroonian event in the UK diaspora.

Within the Cameroonian Communities abroad, we are noticing some transformations in their life styles and preferences. As the matured wisdom sets in and push them towards making efforts to assist in the building of the brand name, so that they eventually can give back to members as well as to the institution that initiated their career goals in life. This is what SOBA:UK is all about and this was the message the SOBA:UK 2017 Annual Convention that was held in Rugby sent out to the world, indicating that SOBA:UK is a very unique, inclusive, non-ethnic, non-sectional association that brings together its membership and guests from across the UK, Ireland, USA, Europe and Africa.

What a novelty by the ex-students of Saint Joseph’s College, Sasse. What a smart move of getting support from Sobans and the whole community in the UK to be involved with this great SOBA:UK event, and it’s a family affair too. The Sasse Old Boys Rock Stars, their acronym SOBA:UK, residing in the United Kingdom and Ireland were appraising their responsibilities to the community in their theme of “Building a Stronger Community”.

The 2017 SOBA:UK Annual Convention in Rugby had a huge focus on the welfare of the SOBAN membership and how to restructure, assert and sustain the future of the associations. Headed by SOBA: UK’s “Frugal and Servant Leader”, Mr Ayuk Akoh-Arrey, SOBA:UK has joined the chains of reputable African associations that could be reckon with. In a good footing, the 2017 SOBA:UK Annual Residential Convention in Rugby has gone a long way towards internationising their Alma Mater.

We of the Cameroon Concord News Group observed that the SOBA:UK Convention was a huge success with a sellout crowd of circa 300 guests, including high-powered Sobans delegations from the Irish Republic, USA, Europe and Africa. The main sponsors namely Options International, Tamangwa Shipping and Sellam Quick who delivered excellent presentations of their companies were all accorded a VIP service. There was also strong support from the OPSA UK alumni represented by Dr Jacqui Lottin-Nfor and her team who presented the awards in the gala night for best supporter of SOBA:UK that was won by Ms Evelyne Aguen Dia, and the most dedicated Soban that was won by Soban Eko Ngwashi.


Best supporter of SOBA:UK award 2017

Most dedicated Soban award 2017

Award winner smiles for the camera at the SOBA:UK Convention gala night
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Why Rugby?

There are reasons why Rugby hosted the three day’s event, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November:

The Dunchurch Park Hotel in Rugby, Warwickshire was chosen because of the exclusive availability of all facilities only to SOBA:UK and the convenience of the location in a county that is known for its history as the birth place of the world renowned poet William Shakespeare.

It all started on Friday evening with a welcome buffet dinner for younger Sobans and a management board meeting with a champagne toast. Sobans went to work on Saturday during the AGM delibrations which lasted for five hours, before the well attended main Gala night event. The Sunday BBQ and Falconry display events concluded the historic 2017 come together.

Cameroon Concord News understands that the feedback from many of the guests has been positive. We have seen feedback from Dr Sylvia Forchap-Likambi on a Facebook video which gave a big thumbs up for the event in her special Power Couple message.

The AGM deliberations where very frank, candid and cordial. To be sure, it offered a thoughtful key to some big decisions that were taken to strengthen the association’s structures and brand name for the future. The plans to continue to make the SOBA:UK financially strong are very much on track which in turn will bring about great benefits to members, as well as the alma mater. The 2017 SOBA:UK Convention was indeed to build a stronger community

The SOBA:UK president has already sent a thank you message to all guests, along with a collection of the most amazing pictures of the event as a class act to finalise the 2017 year with SOBA in the UK and shared with Cameroon Concord News.


OPSA UK and representatives pose at the SOBA:UK Convention in Rugby, 11th November 2017
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The Tamangwa Shipping commercial, Tamangwa Shipping team and representatives after their  presentation

SOBA:UK President and a representative of Options International

A representative of Options International giving an inspirational presentation

A representative of Sellam Quick relaying news of the company’s growth and progress over the years





Rock stars of SOBA:UK and SOBAN Representation from Ireland, USA and Germany at the SOBA:UK Convention on 11th November 2017


Power couples at the SOBA:UK  Convention on 11th November 2017
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Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all the SOBA:UK members and their supporters.

By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai
Cameroon Concord News Group

Grooming For Confidence: Be Ready For Convention

Groom Tips For Men
Grooming Tips For Men

Gents and ladies welcome to Mammypi’s Fashion corner for the SOBA UK residential convention in Dunchurch, Rugby on the 11-12 November 2017. Here with some of my coolest fashion tips and tricks to look the dandiest for an evening of style and glamour.

Convention is drawing near which means a rigorous skin switch up routine should be on the cards. Today we look at fashion and beauty tips to help you look and feel your best for the next SOBA:UK convention gala while ensuring that your skin is getting the best treatment.

Grooming is crucial because people’s first impressions are pivotal: it will influence your chance of getting that job, that client or that girl. If you can’t be bothered to take an interest in your appearance, why should anyone take an interest in you?

But first off the list, have you got your tickets? Now let’s talk men’s grooming and some of the products to achieve a perfectionist style.

Nothing turns a lady on like a well groomed man with impeccable style. Self grooming is not only a thing for the ladies. Men also cleanse, moisturise wear mud mask and conceal. Trick! to keep your face looking younger and healthy, why not try applying face mask at least twice a week and using a deep rich moisturiser every night before bedtime to keep your face looking healthy and right throughout  the season.

How charming is your smile? A great dental care routine is essential for maintaining a healthy and charming smile. To ensure your smile remains charming, give your teeth and gum the best treatment by investing in the most effective toothpaste.

Do you belong to the beardgang or you love your skin smooth? Whether you clean shave or just shape your facial hair, the need for a solid razor and cream to soften facial hair  is always on the grooming routine. Tip, always remember to shave in the direction of hair growth to reduce irritation and the chance of ingrown hair.

These products are designed to make your look pop while you look and smell divine. Perfumes that can make you feel like you’ve just stepped off a boat in Capri. A Pair of socks that can help a man change his look, switch up the mood. So here with some of my favourite products for autumn that are not only transformative but can help express your best party mood.

Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino Eau De Parfum £230

5 Shoes Every Man Should Own

Gents Shoe Styles

Gents and ladies welcome to Mammypi’s Fashion corner for the SOBA UK residential convention in Dunchurch, Rugby on the 11-12 November 2017. Here with some of my coolest fashion tips and tricks to look the dandiest for an evening of style and glamour.

It goes without saying that women love shoes. However, what type of shoes should a well-dressed man own is the question we are asking our fashion readers. Being a shoe addict myself, I have put together five of my favorite footwear for men struggling with shoemaking decisions.

We are not by any means suggesting you should not own more than five pairs of shoes. However, these five show styles should be a guide to you’re shopping list and help you rotate depending on the outfit you are wearing-style


5 Shoes Every Man Should Own
The Boot- GUCCI

Web-striped leather Chelsea boots £645

When your urban look requires a smart finishing touch, the boot is a versatile choice. We salute this season’s key style. The boot comes up to size 11 for bigger feet.

5 Shoes Every Man Should Own

 Loafers £885

Christian Louboutin-

Ecupump logo-crest patent-leather

Ladies love a man in red bottoms. This loafer in the black patent will take your next black tie look a notch up. You are guaranteed a distinguished and polished finish paired with the right outfit. Wear with a tuxedo or a wool sweater and an overcoat to compliment the weather.

5 Shoes Every Man Should Own

 

ADIDAS ORIGINALS
Stan Smith low-top nubuck trainers
£100


5 Shoes Every Man Should Own

4ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
Lace-up leather brogues: Similar (HERE)
£680

 

 

HECHO
Grained-leather espadrilles: Similar (HERE)
£205

 

The great SOBA:UK alumni association for rock star ex-students

With excitement building amongst Sobans in the UK around the 2017 Annual Residential Convention slated from the 10th to the 12th of November in Rugby, it seems the organisation team headed by Ayuk Akoh-Arrey and his executive and event management teams, have ticked most boxes on the to do list, and are satisfied with the preparations.

The Association wants to continue to deliver on its theme of “Building A Stronger Community”. Festivities, which include the SOBA:UK’s AGM and ceremonies, will kick off formally at 11am on the 11th of November at Dunchurch Park Hotel and Conference Centre, Rugby Road, Dunchurch.

Pre-SOBA:UK events across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland are in full swing. These include media networking sessions, Sobans interactions with sponsors and local communities and dry runs of programs for the big day. During their address on Saturday the 11th of November, the SOBA:UK leadership team will highlight what has been achieved by so far since their recent inauguration in the 2017 executive elections. The AGM involves members discussing SOBA:UK priorities and programmes for the year ahead. Amongst many topics this year, extensions to the existing welfare structure to further support to Sobans in various challenging situations in the UK, as well as new proposals to partner with SOBA America in 2018 in giving back to their alma mater and encouraging academic and extra-curricular achievement in Sasse College.

The NewsFeed team sought to discover how SOBA:UK has come to occupy the number one spot of Cameroon alumni associations in the UK.

“It has taken a simple recipe, which is the sustained effort and commitment by many Sobans. Ever since Ayuk Akoh-Arrey became president in 2014, with his background in financial services, he has sought to make the association financially strong.” said Frankline Egbe, newly voted Treasurer.

 

 

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In 2014 SOBA:UK set a vision

A number of volunteers organized themselves into six strategic teams to drive growth.

“We were poised to set a long term plan to compete with the likes of the Eton college alumni at this meeting” says Secretary General John Bawak. “We believed the UK association deserved to boast of a big bank account and such a vibrant community that Sobans would feel comfortable talking about SOBA:UK at their places of work. That is the moment the SOBA:UK brand became crucial”.


SOBA:UK at a long term vision meeting in 2014 to identify a model for their community of volunteers . Photographer: Alex Quest

What’s more, is the potential for various people to take part in this growth by working in grand projects to drive the vision. This is how SOBA:UK gets people to participate in projects and activities that create the dynamic association that it is today. The Charity and Welfare team establishes and reviews systems for Sobans in need. The events management team undertakes strategic leadership in planning and executing all their events. A Liasons team is responsible for liasing with the executive team and Sobans and also with the wider Cameroonian community. A business and systems team manages offline and online coordination of the association, meanwhile a publicity and marketing team carries out the marketing.

Newly elected Vice Secretary General Usamatu Babangida said “It is an easy association to join, it only requires to pay membership and there is so much work in the various teams to keep you busy. There are many simple tasks from general administration to sensitization and marketing”.


The Welfare Team on road trip to Scotland in 2017 in support of a bereaved Soban family in Nov 2015

The main welfare scheme has paid close to £17,000 to bereaved Sobans since 2006 when the first bereavement was issued.

“Our bereavement scheme works not just because we pay out but because Sobans show up and see the families of those who are bereaved” says Financial Secretary, Batey Tako.

SOBA:UK members have been known to make long road trips to be with the families of bereaved Sobans at their time of need. This extra-ordinary commitment towards each other is reciprocated in SOBA:UK events where hundreds of guests turn out in support of the association. Similarly, the Welfare Team has also made over £20,000 in payouts to projects in Sasse over the last 10 years. The liaisons team reports that the membership is made up of categories that recognise the presence of younger people, retired Sobans and working professionals. The group has had a dynamic mix of people from various walks of life and a good balance of members in each category over the years. Members often get their registration money back in the form of discounts at the convention event.


The Events management team boasts of three of the association’s most successful conventions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which have seen sponsors of the likes of Lycamobile, Turkish Airways, SellamQuick.com, some other big businesses and media partners in Vox Africa, which won Channel of the Year at the African Pride Awards.

Lycamboile stand at the 2013 Annual Residential Convention in Wokefield Park, Reading

 

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The SOBA:UK Residential Convention is the highlight of the summer for many Cameroonians in the UK. Due to levels of demand, preparations include tight security for the guests, the media and members of the public, both inside and outside Dunchurch Park Hotel. SOBA:UK’s Event Management team for 2017 has also authorized a “Book-Early And Get Up to £60 off” discount [www.sobaintheuk.org] to purchase a table for 10 people, with additional discounts for registered members.

The AGM is the forum where Sobans with any grievances or suggestions can attend and put their issues so that continuous structural improvements can be achieved within SOBA:UK. The president was quoted as saying that members who have genuine grievances are encouraged to attend the official AGM in 11 November, and to put those to the General Assembly for deliberation. SOBA:UK we understand is financially very strong providing a good base to support its membership, which is at the heart of the Association.

Many other Sobans all over UK are also hard at work to ensure that people participate in activities and for the event to be a success as it was in 2016. As such, they have provided even greater public access to all SOBA proceedings. Sobans in other parts of the world and Cameroon who prefer to follow the event in the comfort of their homes can tune in to our live Facebook feed for updates.

“We are confident that this greater access will allow more Sobans to hear directly from President Ayuk Akoh-Arrey about their association and about issues that concern them” noted Dennis Angafor the Vice Financial Secretary.

 

 

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A digital SJFD 2015

2015’s celebration of St. Joseph’s Feast Day at Basildon, Essex saw an extra-ordinary level of digitisation.

Fr Dominic of Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Parish a rich service and later tweeted about the glorious singing. He pondered upon the spiritual aspect of being community service and welfare support as reflected in SOBA:UK. He lent his encouragement to the group in faith. 

It was amazing to witness all being read from a mobile device of some sort- no hymn books were necessary; a new age in the church.

Links
Twitter accounts for the Pope