I am pleased to welcome you to African Community Association (ACA), and excited to update you on our progress and planned activities going forward. The African Community Association has been a positive influence in North East Ohio for the past twenty years both in the African and various Northeast Ohio communities, and is an exemplar of a harmonious and focused organization featuring top African professionals from different fields. I am indeed humbled to lead this association of accomplished professionals. Along with Dr. Debo Adedipe (Vice President) this journey promises to be highly rewarding for me personally, and for all our stakeholders in our different endeavors.
ACA supports a central worthy cause of promoting and supporting scholarly accomplishment in our youth via the annual award of partial scholarships. As a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status, this means that your contribution to our scholarship drive is tax deductible, and we intend to expand our stakeholder pool this year i.e., raise more funds, so that we can in turn expand the scope and range of our work around North East Ohio.
We will continue to push forward in the education of people about conditions in Africa, following up on lecture series such as we had last year – an event to educate on the perils of Boko Haram and their threat of terrorism for Nigeria, Africa, the United States and the world at large. We will also continue to support student organizations at Kent State University and other non-profit agencies that regularly interact with us.
A crowning highlight of our annual endeavors is the annual dinner dance, and this year’s event promises to be as spectacular as in the past. We typically feature world renown persons with a direct interest in Africa as our keynote speaker, raise scholarship funds for African students in North East Ohio and most of all get to know our stakeholders better and have a great time. With your support, we are confident that we will experience significant growth this year and continue to project a positive image for Africa while supporting African students to accomplish their highest potential.
Thanks again for your continued support and interest in the African Community Association. I look forward to interacting with you all.
Dr. Debo Adedipe
The African Community Association (ACA) is an association of professional Africans in Northeast Ohio
who have a special interest in the progress of African students in area universities.
ACA was established in 1998 in Kent, Ohio, by a group of professors at Kent State University, who were particularly concerned about the support group and networking opportunities for African students and for African professionals who have made the USA their home. Their objectives then, as is now, was to provide ample opportunities for the students to succeed in the classroom and in the community-at-large, and to increase effective networking between African professionals and create linkages to their communities so as not to be insular but rather contributing at the highest levels possible to society.
ACA’s vision is to be a dynamic and vibrant driver of progress in the African Community, whose members may return to Africa or assimilate in the communities of the United States. ACA undertakes this with a strong sense of purpose, direction and determination to work with all members, supporters and affiliate organizations to stay relevant in tackling major development issues that affect the African Community.
ACA’s mission is reflected in our objectives, accomplished via our many activities, reflected in the following key objectives:
Our Board, Committed to The Highest Standards
God gave us the gift of life; It is up to us to
give ourselves the gift of living well.
Life is a mystery that was not given to us as a problem to be solved, but we can live and experience it’s reality.Dr. John Nworie CEO, Protem Healthcare Vice-President, ACA 2020-2022
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves
the gift of living well.
Onye kwe, Chi ya ekwe (If you say yes, your God will say yes)
A major lesson for leadership in the African Diaspora: “forest fortuna adiuvat” (fortune favors the brave)Christopher Williams Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies,
A family is like a forest, when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has it's place.Charles Mbanefo, MD Nephrologist and Professor of Medicine,
We show the light, inspire and lead by example.Buchi Offodile, Ph.D Chair, Management and Information Systems
Africa is a world in which all is related and integrated - Ubuntu - I am because you are.Kazadi Wa Mukuna, Ph.D Ethnomusicologist and Professor of Music
Stay focused - tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.Felix Nwaokafor, MD Onyeishie (President), ACA (2015-2017)
Think first and then act wisely. But don't forget to act.
Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.Maazi Ngozi Nkemere CEO, Kems Construction, Inc
Africa is rising, lets work together - going it alone is like the sound of one hand clapping.Ademola Solaru, DM Software Entrepreneur
You are what you do, not what you say you'll doChief John Anoliefo Chairman and CEO, Famicos Foundation President, ACA 2017-2019
Fundraising, Fraternity, Student and Community Support
ACA’s activities are highlighted by the annual dinner dance and scholarship awards gala, along with other community events recognizing strong family ties and outreach to professionals and students in the Northeast Ohio area.
ACA’s scholarship and awards gala is held every year as a major fundraising and networking event. Its sole purpose is to raise funds for students. Over the years several scholarships have been awarded meritoriously, and students have gone on to achieve great things. ACA is active and visible in the African community in northeast Ohio. ACA and its members partner with other organizations whose goals are compatible with ACA’s.
Many notable Northeast Ohio organizations support the objectives of ACA, and have been steadfast supporters for many years. A few of our long-time supporters includes