Delta Sigma Theta Broadens its Reach in Africa
Submitted by Tanisha Mallett, Member, Eastern Region Information and Communications Committee
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, expanded its global presence with the chartering of chapter 1061: West Africa Alumnae Chapter. The new chapter is the third chapter in the continent of Africa and the 147th chapter in the Dynamic and Historic Eastern Region.
More than 2,000 Deltas from around the world joined the virtual celebration on April 18, 2021, as 27 women answered the call to serve in the region. West Africa Alumnae chapter encompasses 15 countries in the continent: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. National President and CEO, Beverly E. Smith, said chapter 1061 demonstrates the sorority’s goal to deliver service, globally.
“Clearly the power in our voice is international and spreads across the world,” Smith said. “With the extension of our sisterhood we acknowledge ourselves as world citizens.”
Eastern Regional Director Rosie Allen-Herring noted the chapter is now a part of a region with great significance.
“You are indeed a part of the Dynamic and Historic Eastern region, the birthplace of our founding,” Allen-Herring said.
22nd National President Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd presided over the virtual event, which included the chartering ceremony, special greetings from current and past national and regional leadership, the chapter’s first meeting, and the election of officers.
Newly-elected President Eunice Omole greeted attendees. She was overcome with emotion at times as she thanked the sorority for its support.
“There are no words to capture all the love and support from our glorious sorors who helped bring this day to fruition.” Omole expressed. “The anticipation, the hard work, and the love all culminate on this historic day.”
Omole acknowledged Delta’s rich history of involvement in West Africa and pledged the new chapter would continue in that work.
“We are building on the legacy of those sorors who have come before us in West Africa and we are most grateful for their contributions,” she added.
During her greetings, Omole recognized Delta’s who worked on the chartering and honored them with Nigerian, Yoruba, and Ghanaian names. A moment that left many moved.
West Africa Alumnae Chapter is the third international chapter chartered in the Eastern Region this sorority year. Southern Africa Alumnae Chapter, which represents South Africa, Kenya, Angola, Lestho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Comoros Islands, Mozambique, Malawi, Seycheilles, DR Congo, Nambia, Mauritius, and Madagascar, was chartered on April 11, 2021. The Arabian Gulf Chapter, which encompasses Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oma,n was chartered on Oct. 31, 2020.
Submitted by Tanisha Mallett, Member, Eastern Region Information and Communications Committee Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, expanded its global presence with the chartering of chapter 1061: West Africa Alumnae Chapter. The new chapter is the third chapter in the continent of Africa and the 147th chapter in the Dynamic and Historic Eastern Region. More than …