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.
Chief John Anoliefo
President (Onyeishi), ACA
You are what you do, not what you say you'll doChief John Anoliefo Chairman and CEO, Famicos Foundation President, ACA 2017-2019
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.Dr. Debo Adedipe Medical Director, St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Vice President, ACA 2017-2019
Onye kwe, Chi ya ekwe (If you say yes, your God will say yes)Felix Ekechi, Ph.D Professor Emeritus of History, Kent State University Founding Member
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.
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.PolyCarp Ikuenobe, Ph.D Vice-President, ACA(2015-2017)
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
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