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Back to listJan 26, 2008

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Commemorates SGI Day

On January 26, 2008, some 1,500 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members gathered for a general meeting in Abidjan to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the SGI's founding (January 26, 1975) and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 80th birthday (January 2, 1928). In his message, Mr. Ikeda lauded the SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members for providing hope and encouragement to their family and friends and for their positive contributions to society.

Since a civil war erupted in their country in September 2002, SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members have held continous prayers for the peace and stability of their country. With a shared commitment, SGI-Côte d'Ivoire youth have dauntlessly engaged in one-one-one dialogue among friends and family members, as well as taken initiative in SGI activities. Nearly half the membership, which has grown steadily in the past decade, consists of young people.

SGI-Côte d'Ivoire General Director Andre Deazon and Women's Leader Martine Deazon asked the members to contribute to the realization of happiness and flourishing of the African continent and its people by engaging in humanistic discussions inspired by their own inner, positive transformation resulting from their practice of Nichiren Buddhism.

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Following the meeting, youth members presented local dances and songs.

Mr. Sidiki Sijiri Bakaba, director of the Le Palais de la Culture d'Abidjan (Abidjan Palace of Culture), attending the meeting as a guest, said the joy emanating from the SGI youth's cheerful and vibrant performances was infectious, and expressed his hope that the SGI's humanistic ideals infused with optimism would spread throughout their country.

[Adapted from an article in the February 11, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]