SGI-Côte d'Ivoire Holds Commemorative Meetings
From December 19-20, 2009, SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members held meetings commemorating the start of the 80th year since the establishment of the Soka Gakkai on November 18, 1930.
On December 20, a gathering took place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where approximately 1,700 representatives from throughout the country gathered.
SGI-Côte d'Ivoire General Director Andre Deazon and Women's Leader Martine Deazon encouraged those attending to advance with unity based on a spirit of "many in body, one in mind" and the shared commitment of disciple and mentor.
In the aftermath of their country's civil war, Côte d'Ivoire members determined to become a strong force for peace within their homeland. About half of the SGI-Côte d'Ivoire membership consists of youth—who are leading the way in strengthening peace and solidarity among the country's citizens.
On December 19, 1,500 SGI-Côte d'Ivoire members gathered in Yamoussoukro. SGI-Africa Advisor Takemi Sugai and SGI-Côte d'Ivoire leaders Andre Deazon and Victorine Massa attended. Mr. Deazon spoke about the importance of being excellent practitioners of Nichiren's philosophy of life, thereby sharing it with others.
[Adapted from an article in the December 25, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]