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 caliber students many of whom have progressed to high positions in industry, renowned professions and in government, including the position of 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 itsfamous 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 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 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 collaboration 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 Mata

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.

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 SOBA:UK branded Newsfeed, exploring the symbiotic relationship 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 its 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 she operates in the UK and all our executive members are subject to appointment by the ballot box as prescribed in the SOBA:UK constitution, whilsthaving regards to all the UK regulatory environment governing Associations, Clubs and Charities.

The Sasse College Anthem
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 see.

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

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

Contact us:
Email: Soba@sobaintheuk.org
Tel: +447956311637
Tel: +447912607504
facebook.com/sobaintheuk
twitter:@sobaintheuk