From the 9th through 12th of August, 2012 we held our 5th National Congress. It took place at the Sisters of Hospitality Convent, Obehie, Nigeria with the theme “The Potter and the Clay; Moulding Dominican Youths after the Heart of Christ”.

It was hosted by the DYHM unit group in Oyigbo, Nigeria. The congress was successful, as it was a challenge for all who attended, reawakening our call as Dominicans and charging us once again with the charism of the Order, which is preaching.

The congress was well attended and achieved the purpose for which it was convened. We had participants from all unites of DYHM in Nigeria; Ibadan, Yaba, Mafuluku, Gusau and the host unit, Oyigbo. We had a number of observers and special guests also.

This would not have been totally possible without the notable presence of the Socius to the Master of the Order in Africa, Fr. Gabriel Samba, OP; the Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana, Fr. Charles Ukwe, OP; the founding fathers of DYHM in Nigeria, Fr. Oluyemi Taiwo, OP, Mr. George Adesanya and Fr. Alex Okonduubga, OP; and indeed the valuable inputs of many other very important personalities who were there. Rev John-Mark Igboalisi, OP and Sr Patricia Elebeke, OP were also in attendance. Rev Gabriel Odin, OP was the moderator.

The congress was addressed by Frs Gabriel Samba, Charles Ukwe and Alex Okondugba. The participants were also privileged to have a very enlightening interactive section with both the socius and the provincial. Issues bothering on the functionality of the national council, the initial and ongoing formation of members, statues of the body and its relationship with the other members of the Order were discussed. Among the numerous achievements of the NaCon is the election and inauguration of a new National Council.

Words alone cannot express how grateful we are to the Almighty for all His graces and favors upon us

Isioma Diji, (National Coordinator)