Fr Eric Discovers the Media Apostolates of the Friars in Nigeria

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Verbum Networks, Nigeria
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From October 7 to 14, fr Eric Salobir, the General Promoter for Communications in the Order was in the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria on a fact-finding mission to discover what the brothers are doing in the area of communications, to encourage them and to discussion future areas of collaborations. He was accompanied by fr Bonaventure Agbali (the Personal Secretary of the Master of the Order) who works with him as the General Editor of the official website of the Order (www.op.org) and the Director of IDI.

Fr Eric was in the cities of Lagos and Ibadan where the brothers have their major media apostolates. At Lagos, he met with fr Alphonsus Ozoemena who is responsible for the production and broadcast of weekly Masses on one of the local television stations. At Ibadan, fr Eric was given a guided tour of the operations of Verbum Networks, an ISP company established and managed by the brothers. The CEO of the Network, fr Gabriel Avbenake detailed the operations of the Network which includes, the provision of internet services for homes and offices, training in various areas of IT, website design and management and IT consultancy. Also at Ibadan, fr Kenneth Nkadi runs the Fra Angelico Studio which is involved in photo, audio and video productions and training of interested persons in these areas.

The media apostolates in Ibadan are situated at and run in conjunction with the Dominican Institute, the institute of philosophical and theological studies of the province. For these reason, fr Eric paid a courtesy call on the President of the Institute, fr Anthony Akinwale and had a fruitful discussions with him.

At the end of his visit, fr Eric was highly impressed by the activities of the brothers in the area of communications despite the challenges especially that of electricity. He related this to the Prior Provincial, fr Charles Ukwe and some members of his Council whom he met at the end of his visit.

For the future, fr Eric hopes that Ibadan would serve as the centre of OPTIC (Order of Preachers for Technology, Information and Communications) in Africa, help in the management of information within African and between African and the rest of the Order and also help in the training of other members of the Dominican family in Africa in the area of IT. He had heartfelt and promising discussions with the brothers on these possibilities.

On a lighter mood, fr Eric had the opportunity to visit other locations in the cities of Lagos and Ibadan, including the convent and hospital of the Dominican Sisters in Ibadan.  In all, he had a warm and fruitful visit.

For pictures of the visit of Fr Eric to Nigeria, click here.

 

(17 November 2014)