In the year 2009, a little more than a dozen community leaders and individuals saw the importance and the vision to unite African-Canadians. After intense consultations and professional legal input, the African Canadian Federation of London and Area (ACFOLA) was formed in November 25, 2009.
ACFOLA became an umbrella organization that caters to the needs of diverse community organizations and individuals. The founding members were also actively involved in forming the first Board of ACFOLA and supporting the Committee in charge of writing ACFOLA’s first constitution. Since then, the constitution has evolved, through inputs and vigorous scrutiny, to become more responsive to the needs of ACFOLA`s members and the external environment that affects African Canadians.
ACFOLA, as a registered non-profit organization, sees its role as encouraging its members to participate in the economic, social and cultural development of London and area. Its long-term strategic direction is to contribute to developing London, Ontario and surrounding areas as a socially and economically prosperous region in which no one is left behind.
ACFOLA’s overall strategic focus involves:
- working with African community associations and individuals;
- helping African Canadians to get involved and be part of their local communities;
- pulling together the strengths of ACFOLA’s members, friends and associates, and
- empowering African Canadians through cultural awareness, health, education and employment.
ACFOLA’s activities will result in stronger African Canadian communities and families, which will translate into increased cultural awareness and civic responsibility that will enhance the social and economic advancement of African Canadian individuals and communities. This improves the vitality of our communities and cities.
ACFOLA has a shared mission with other African organizations, and it works closely with these organizations to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive social programs for all African Canadians who are under-served and under-represented.
ACFOLA also strives towards the inclusion, engagement and integration of everyone in community life and development of the London area. Through its private and public partnerships and sponsorship arrangements, ACFOLA strives to address the needs and aspirations of African-Canadians in London, Ontario and surrounding areas.
FOUNDING MEMBERS (2009/2010)
The Founding Members of ACFOLA (FMA) were: Ahmed Yahya Ali, Amedeo Martin Awai, Nader Abdelmajed, Cecil Omoruwa, Clare Jeng, Donald Mugisha, Faduma Amin, Georgina Njoku, Hasebenebi Hasebenebi, Ifeanyi Emesowum, Dr.Momodou S. Jeng (Mo), Tesfai Buzamlak.
The Founding Board of Directors comprised of the following:
- Cecil Omoruwa, President
- Dr. Donald Mugisha, Vice President
- Amedeo Awai, Secretary
- Nader Abdelmajed, Treasurer
- Ahmed Yahya Ali, Public Relations
- Dr. Momodou S. Jeng (Mo), Outreach
- Faduma Amin, Family Matters
- Clare Jeng, Women and Youth Matters
- Georgina Njoku, Spokeswoman
See our past board members here.