Fellow Oroko Brothers, Sisters, Mothers, Fathers, and Children, Let me start by giving thanks to the almighty father for taking all of us to and from the 2013 Oroko Annual Convention in New Jersey / New York, where history was made. I want to express my love and sincere thanks to the 2013 host New Jersey / New York Chapter for their hard work, friendliness and the hospitality they showed their visiting Oroko brothers and sisters. I would also ask that you join me in thanking Iya Dr. Mercy Mabian and her Executive for their hard work in maintaining the smooth running of OCA – USA for the past four years – may they be blessed by our Oroko ancestors.
Let me remind the Oroko people that a single stick can be easily broken but a bundle of sticks will be difficult to break. It is also said that a drop of water is damageless but when a lot of drops are gathered forming an Ocean with waves it becomes disastrous. Ba Tata na ba Iya, the position of OCA USA President is not a one man task because without you the Oroko people, there will be no president and no cabinet. I would like to remind you that diversity is strength and strength lies in unity. We all can testify to the fact that united as one Oroko, we have always done better; we have raised more moneys; we have had peaceful and successful elections; and we have carried out meaningful projects.
We have come from afar, we have worked hard, we are working hard and will continue to work hard for a united Oroko. To those I have offended, I apologize. As much as I care for the entire Oroko Community, it is my desire to build consensus on our diversity. Let me be clear, I stand against hatred, discrimination, and divisiveness wherever they exist.
My friends and colleagues, I have issued this statement in order to put to rest the hatred amongst our people of various clans. We should be united in our efforts to build consensus in the USA and stand together to confront hatred and division. My conduct, actions and decisions should be certainly obvious in demonstrating my convictions for fairness for all people and my love for our Oroko people. I love to work with a family of different clans, lifestyles, political and religious views, for a better tomorrow.
Diversity is what makes our culture special and unique. We should understand that nomination and election is based on trust, so let us build what we damaged, let us repair broken hearts over past years. I want to serve my people with open minds and open hearts. I therefore invite all the Oroko people to help us build a diverse Oroko, an Oroko we all will be proud of.
During these difficult and challenging times, we must pull together. Let us not allow divisiveness to get in the way of what we need to do to heal and strengthen our culture. We have a lot of work to complete. We must stay the course and remain focused on overcoming the challenges at hand. Please join me in moving forward.
Let me reassure you, that Oroko USA is not a private property. The road to peace, unity, and development will be reconstructed. If we go slumber, Oroko USA will slumber and our development will face problems. I want to encourage all the new and old
members to collaborate, as we aspire in search of solutions for Oroko USA’s challenges of tomorrow. We should engage one another and be very involved in the business of the day as we contribute ideas wisely. As members of OCA-USA, we should participate in decision making. We do not have to agree on everything but like a true family, we are compelled to be civil and considerate. We should refrain from treating one another with disrespect, incivility and intolerance. Together we can build a coalition of past presidents; honorary members and groups; improve communication amongst us through our network; form a better relationship with our leaders, chiefs, and coordinators in Cameroon as well as other OROKO Associations in the world.
As a strong and united OCA-USA, we can extend scholarship programs to needy or less fortunate Oroko children; we can educate OROKO children by providing classroom material such as academic curriculum books, supply adequate teachers, build school toilets, build classroom desks, provide good drinking water, repair broken schools, put generators in some schools to enable students to study at night while preparing for GCE Exams; and lastly, build two multi-cultural centers – one in Meme and the other in Ndian. These are some examples of developmental projects we can engage and achieve if we stop fighting and come together as one family.
Ba Tata na ba Iya, while I look forward to working with each one of you as our Oroko family, permit me to leave you at this time with the following popular Oroko greeting: “Nande Ni Ehh.”
Thank you all again,
Long Live ROC
Prince F.M. Mediko