At the initiative of the Master of the Order, the late Bro. Vincent de Couesnongle. Dominican brothers living in sub-saharan Africa, met at Ibadan (Nigeria) in April 1976. This first General Assembly of the Dominicans of Africa proposed the creation of a structure to promote collaboration and mutual support among all the brothers working in sub-Saharan Africa. It was called INTER- AFRICA O.P., abridged as IAOP.

The INTER-AFRICA O.P. is a structure at the service of fraternal communion and of the mission of the Order on Africa. It offers its members a place for reflection, dialogue and collaboration, espcecially in the areas of formation, intellectual life and the mission of the Order.