SGI Delegation Meet with Togo's Prime Minister; Some 1,000 Gather for SGI-Togo General Meeting
On May 22, 2008, an SGI delegation to Togo headed by SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi Sugai from France made a courtesy call on Prime Minister of Togo Komlan Mally at the Prime Minister's Office in Lomé. Mr. Sugai conveyed a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. Prime Minister Mally expressed his appreciation for SGI-Togo members' continuing efforts to build peace in the country. The meeting was covered by national television and radio news as well as by Togo Presse.
On May 18, SGI-Togo held a general meeting at an international conference center in Lomé. Some 1,000 attended including 200 guests and friends. SGI-Togo was established in 1985 as a district and became a headquarters in 2000. Through sincere one-on-one dialogue, the membership has doubled in the past several years, 70 percent of which are youth members. SGI-Togo General Director Ida Gbodossou-Adjevi called on everyone to study and apply the life-centered philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in their daily lives as they build a peaceful society. Mr. Sugai also attended the meeting and encouraged the participants to lead victorious lives with the conviction that they each can overcome any difficulties through deepening their faith. A video was aired introducing Mr. Ikeda's as well as the SGI's activities for peace, culture and education.
On May 19 and 20, Mr. Sugai and Ms. Adjevi traveled to the cities of Tsévié, Atakpamé, Amlamé and Kpalimé to attend discussion meetings.
[Adapted from an article in the June 15, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Togo]