Nigeria, Africa

ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE: SISTER TO SISTER NIGERIA

Sister Lucy Esedebe, OLA, Chair AACSS-Nigeria

All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister Nigeria played host to sisters in West Africa at dracc emene in Enugu Nigeria in 2004. The event featured eminent scholars from Ghana, Ireland, and Nigeria, anchored by Sisters in Medicare, a baby of the Nigeria Conference of Women Religious (NCWR). Following the events, participants of the various countries committed to implement activities based on the fruits of the conference.

In 2013, AACSS was re-inaugurated in Benin-City, Edo State of Nigeria with the election of sisters to coordinate the activities of AACSS in Nigeria. Twenty-nine sisters from nine congregations were present at the Benin meeting. The elected sisters were to serve a six-year term as agreed by all to enable AACSS to take-root, followed by the commencement of the four-year term of office. The elected officers participated in the training of trainers workshop along with other sisters who attended the inaugural meeting to equip them for their leadership roles.

Since then AACSS Nigeria has had a conference and a leadership training on the theme “Giving voice to young professed sisters” in each Ecclesiastical Province of Nigeria. July 2017, AACSS Nigeria hosted conferences in Kaduna and Calabar Ecclesiastical Provinces. November 2017, AACSS Nigeria will host a leadership training for sisters who are in temporary vows,  and young sisters before their silver jubilee in Owerri Ecclesiastical Province.

These meetings and workshops have helped to foster unity among sisters and also empower sisters to speak out when and where necessary. Sisters have been able to share experiences of work, shared life, etc.

The Chair of AACSS-Nigeria presents a report annually to the major superiors at the Major Superiors meeting. The presentations serve as an avenue to inform and solicit support for AACSS activities from the major superiors. The AACSS is gradually gaining grounds in Nigeria, and so far over 300 sisters have been reached. The sisters return to the area conferences to implement activities based on their experiences. Nigeria is so large that the number may seem a drop in the bucket, but it is yielding fruits.

Experience of AACSS Programme in Nigeria

By Sr. Evelyn Yande OSF I first attended the All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister programme in Benin City, Edo state in November 2016. I must say I appreciated the concept and I so much admired the generosity of the Religious Sister of Mercy and...