SGI-Africa Celebrates May 3
SGI-Africa members, determined to contribute to their respective societies and make the 21st century "Century of Africa," celebrated May 3, Soka Gakkai Day throughout the African continent.
In Côte d'Ivoire, 4,000 gathered at the Cultural Palace in Abidjan on May 8. At the occasion, Sijiri Sidiki Bakaba, a renowned actor, film director and writer, received the Ikeda Culture and Education Award of SGI-Côte d'Ivoire.
On May 1, SGI members in Uganda met at a home in the capital, Kampala, to celebrate May 3. The members studied the history of Soka Gakkai and the SGI, as well as shared their personal dreams and goals, including their hopes to contribute to peace and happiness of the Ugandan people.
In Nairobi, Kenya, local SGI-Kenya women hosted an introductory seminar to Nichiren Buddhism at the SGI-Kenya Center on April 24. Nineteen members and 12 guests attended. The program included an introduction on the SGI's activities, presentation on the meaning of happiness from the context of Buddhism, experiences about practicing Nichiren Buddhism, a skit on the Buddhist concept of the Ten Worlds and small group discussions.
In SGI-South Africa, 50 members and guests met in Capetown on April 27 in celebration of South Africa's Freedom Day. Those gathered expressed hopes to create a new era in which human dignity is respected and honored.
SGI-Cameroon members have been holding commemorative meetings by districts and chapters from the end of April through the end of May. To date, some 700 members have gathered.