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Few Words

Words from the President

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 Chief John Anoliefo (Vice President) this journey promises to be highly rewarding for me personally, and for all our stakeholders in our different endeavors. Read more..


Who We Are

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.

Vision and Mission

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:

  • To bring African professionals together for the express purpose of fellowship
  • To seek, encourage, develop and cooperate with each other in terms of professional advancement, economic development, social interaction and fraternal bonding
  • To provide scholarships and promote excellence among African Students in Northeast Ohio


  • “Think first and then act wisely. But don’t forget to act”

    PolyCarp Ikuenobe, Ph.D President Department of Philosophy, Kent State University
  • “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do”

    Chief John Anoliefo Vice President Chairman and CEO, Famicos Foundation
  • “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, Ph.D Associate Professor of Pan-African Studies and Former Dean, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • “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, Case Western Reserve University
  • “Those whose palm kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble”

    Maazi Ngozi Nkemere Entrepreneur and construction engineer CEO of KEMS Construction, Cleveland Ohio
  • “We show the light, inspire and lead by example”

    Buchi Offodile, Ph.D Chair Management and Information Systems, Kent State University Ohio
  • “Africa is a world in which all is related and integrated-Ubuntu-I am because you are”

    Kazadi Wa Mukuna, Ph.D Ethnomusicologist Professor of Music, Kent State University
  • “Africa is rising, lets work together – going it alone is like the sound of one hand clapping”

    Ademola Solaru, DM Entrepreneur Software Systems, CEO of Parthenon Global LLC
  • “Stay focused – tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”

    Felix Nwaokafor, MD Onyeishi (President), ACA (2015-2017) Internist, University Hospitals Cleveland
  • “Unity is Strength, Division is Weakness”

    Debo Adedipe, MD, FAAP Clinical Associate, Professor of Pediatrics Case Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio


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. Click here to see more activities

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 who’s goals are compatible with ACA’s.



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