Nigeria - Fr Alphonse Owoudou presides over consultations for Provincial and Provincial Council of new Province of Africa Nigeria and Niger

23 August 2021

(ANS - Lagos) - The Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar Region, Fr Alphonse Owoudou, chaired a consultation session last August 20 to form the Council of the new Africa Nigeria and Niger Province (ANN). “We are all participants in God's fidelity,” said Fr Owoudou. “What is happening here, at this moment, is greater than all of us.”

The consultation in Nigeria after the first session in Lagos will continue in Ondo and Abuja. Communities will participate based on their proximity to these locations. The Nigerian delegation is made up of seven communities and three presences, all distributed in different areas of the Country.

The consultation in Lagos began with an opening prayer and subsequent reading of the regional address, both by Joshua Pilaku, SDB. The Regional Councilor then delivered an in-depth report to the confreres, underlining the essentiality and importance of the occasion. He also highlighted the Rector Major's interest in the work done at the meeting and his keen interest in giving a name to this monumental event that is taking place: a deliberation of Africa, forty years after the pronouncement of the Africa Project!

Fr Owoudou also declared that this very important event is a milestone in history. Paraphrasing his words, it can be said that: “What is happening now should evoke a certain sense of pride in those participating in the event. Their names are written in gold across the shores of time; with pens, they have engraved lines and painted stories: stories that our descendants will call History.”

After a thorough explanation, the consultation then proceeded, and thus this consultation indeed starts the pages of this history, waiting to be recalled from memory and posterity.


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