Back to listNov 22, 2008

SGI-Nigeria Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Members Gather Throughout Africa

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On October 25, 2008, SGI-Nigeria members from throughout the country gathered in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. SGI-Nigeria now has eighteen local districts with around 500 members. The annual general meeting was titled "Becoming Capable People to Create the Century of Africa."

The gathering featured a combined Earth Charter, Dialogue and Century of Africa exhibit; a performance by the Young Lions group of “Myoho Is In Me;” an exercise on dialogue skills taught by a school director; discussions on creating capability; and an inter-tribal drama. Chapter Leader Dr. Bamgboye Afolabi delivered the keynote address and encouraged everyone to strengthen their basic practice and study of Nichiren Buddhism.

A message sent by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for the occasion called on the members to unite together and contribute to their communities as model citizens, as well as to expand their circle of friendship. The day's events reflected Mr. Ikeda's long-held vision of what the African cultural heritage can contribute to the world with regard to coexistence, wisdom and dialogue.

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In Benin, SGI members gathered for a prayer meeting on November 2 in Cotonou, the country's economic capital and largest city. On November 8-9, SGI-South Africa members met in Johannesburg. SGI members from neighboring countries, such as Mozambique and the Kingdom of Lesotho, joined the meeting. Together they studied Mr. Ikeda's 2008 peace proposal titled "Humanizing Religion, Creating Peace." To celebrate November 18, Soka Gakkai's Founding Day, some 1,200 SGI-Ghana members, their families and friends gathered on November 16 throughout the country, SGI-South Africa members met on November 16 in Cape Town, and SGI-Uganda members gathered in Kampala on November 22.

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[Adapted from a report from SGI-Nigeria and an article in the December 23, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]