Sigma Mu Sigma (Ghana Sigmas) Chapter would like to thank our Sorors of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and our Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for the outpouring of support. It has been a dream of ours to start a chapter in Ghana, the home of Honorable Bro. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The members of this newly chartered chapter have been Sigmas in various chapters for decades and about half of us reside on the continent. Others travel back and forth regularly. Please continue to follow us and reach out to keep abreast of all the exciting things we will have coming up soon including new items in the SMS eMarketplace which fund our various projects.
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There are three main ways you can participate in projects in Ghana.
In uncertain times there is nothing like having the support of a Brotherhood. As the rhythm of our lives are temporarily disrupted let us use this moment to reconnect with family, friends and our brothers. Take time to enjoy the world around you, whether it’s taking a walk in your neighborhood (if you are allowed) or taking some much-needed time to rest. COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives. Our first priority as a “Brotherhood of Conscious Men Actively Serving our Communities” is your health and safety.
We hope you will not be misled by reports that COVID-19 is a hoax or has been exaggerated. We have friends, brothers and members of our families who have taken sick or passed away. This is real, and those that ignore precautions are often those that are passing on the virus.
As we navigate through COVID-19, we encourage members and friends to be aware of basic health guidance.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.
The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community rather than "apart from" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence...without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we."
From its inception, the Founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity's motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity."
Today, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, members of the Fraternity have been instrumental in the establishment of the Phi Beta Sigma National Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and The Sigma Beta Club Foundation. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is the sister organization of the Fraternity.
The Sigma Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on February 29, 2020 in Accra, Ghana. The brothers of SMS were joined by an amazing array of friends, family and dignitaries to commemorate this historic event. Dozens of members made the trip from around the world to join us. The SMS brothers have been collaborating for several years leading up to this moment - but the real hard work now begins.
Consistent with the mission and vision of our founders, SMS will be working on a number of programs throughout Ghana. Because of the nature of the continent and West Africa as a whole, Accra will be the hub for activities throughout the country. We encourage members of our organization from around the world to assist us with our goals, and for others to join us on this journey.
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These brothers are financial members of Sigma Mu Sigma, Ghana.
Eric Nana Amo
Kofi Apraku Jr
Damien L. Duchamp
Wayne A. Francis
Rev. Dr. Greg Jones
Nana Kwabena Anim Lartey
Anthony 'Tiger' Quinn
Bro. Kent Acquah-Abbiw
Bro. Kent Acquah-Abbiw was initiated as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on March 28, 2006 at Montclair State University, Kappa Epsilon chapter. His undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice Studies, achieved in 2009, and is currently working on a MS in Financial Management. He currently works as a contractor for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. area as a Cybersecurity Analyst. His hobbies include community service, working out, and investing.
Bro. Kent is first generation born in the United States, as both his mother and father were both born and raised in Ghana, in Tema and Accra respectively. He looks forward to assisting our brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. with establishing a ground basis for a chapter in Ghana. It is an honor that to help this great organization continue to expand across the international seas and expand on our brotherhood, scholarship and service to the Ghanaian culture. Bro. Kent Acquah-Abbiw looks forward to the day where initiation of brothers occur within this amazing country as we pave the way to spread across the continent of Africa, continuing to march on with the principles our honorable founders left for us.
Bro. Eric Amo
Bro. Eric Amo, aka Nana Kwabena was born in Kumasi, Ghana and was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Social Stratification. Since 1999, Nana has been a member of the esteemed Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. With more than 25 years of experience in software consulting in the private sector and Federal
government, Nana is a principal Software Engineer. Nana is also the principal owner of PMA Financial Services, where he serves as an independent life insurance agent and broker providing insurance products to individuals, families, and business owners. Nana served and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Corps of Engineers “Essayons” and the Maryland National Guard in 1996.
Bro. Anthony Biney-Amissah
Bro. Biney-Amissah is a successful and seasoned finance executive with more than two decades of experience in both for profit and non-profit sectors in accounting and financial management. He has worked for Synergos, Inc managing accounting duties for their various African country offices. Prior to that, Anthony worked in the Music industry as a senior accountant for Sony and Universal records. Anthony has an eMBA from the Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Jersey City University.
Anthony pledged and became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in Fall, 1987 at SUNY Brockport. Anthony is the Director of the Sigma Beta Club of New York State
Bro. Michael Darko
Bro. Darko is a prolific dealmaker who has worked in Investment Banking with JP MorganChase on Wall Street where he focused on Energy and with IC Securities Holding Limited in various African countries executing deals and managing funds. Prior to that, Michael worked in the architectural/ engineering and construction space where he has considerable experience in Project Management, Value Engineering and Energy Efficiency Solutions. Michael is also LEED AP Certified. Michael has an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan in the USA and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Michael pledged and became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in Spring, 1999 at New Paltz. Michael is currently the Managing Partner at PhoenixAfrica Capital Management Limited, a boutique investment bank in Ghana with affiliates in the region and is the Executive Chairman of I.M. Group of Companies Limited. Michael focuses on a select group of clients and has closed Transactions in Financial Institutions, Insurance, Leasing, Hospitality, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG's and Agro- processing. Ongoing projects include Infrastructure and Energy including Renewable Energy Projects. Michael is a Director on the Board of various companies including the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI). Michael is an avid golfer and a member at Achimota Golf Club.
Bro. Damien L. Duchamp
Bro. Damien Duchamp was born in Paris, France then grew up primarily in New York of the United States. He holds degrees from SUNY New Paltz, Clemson University, and Gwynedd Mercy University. After spending thirteen years as a college administrator he worked in the private sector with beverage and restaurant brands. This led to consulting and teaching. Currently he is an assistant dean for online education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.
Bro. Duchamp became a member of the Omicron Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on April 7, 1997 at Clemson University. A Life Member, Damien has served as acting Editor-in-Chief of the Crescent, Director of Programs for the Great Lakes Region and held several chapter leadership roles in Epsilon Sigma chapter.
Dr. Duchamp is also Executive Director of Hospitalented, a global hospitality education organization. In this role he produces programs in the United States and Ghana, including HospiChallenge, Not So Scary Foods, Art in a Bottle and the Airline Expo. Dr. Duchamp conducted his doctoral research in Ghana, resulting in a dissertation entitled Perceptions of the Hospitality and Tourism Industries by 18-24 Year Olds in Ghana, West Africa. He is committed to developing a vibrant tourism ecosystem in Ghana, and is currently writing a book on the topic.
Dr. Duchamp is passionate about education and tourism entrepreneurship. You can find him online at Hospitalented.org and ProfDuchamp.com
Bro. Wayne A. Francis
Bro. Wayne A. Francis was initiated into Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in the Fall of 1988 at Hunter College in the NYC Metro Chapter of Theta Gamma. As a current member of Kappa Beta Sigma Chapter (Brooklyn Sigmas) in New York, he has served as a former Co-Chair for the Sigma Beta Club for several years. Wayne is the Chief Operating Officer for Legal Services NYC, the largest Social Justice non profit Civil Law firm in the U.S., serving tens of thousands of low-income people in over 20 different practice areas. Bro. Francis has been regularly traveling to Ghana since 2008, first for humanitarian efforts to help with the Teachers Against the Malaria Epidemic (TAME) where volunteers and teachers partnered to install mosquito nets in the homes of students living in high risk areas, and later he ventured into the Small Scale Mining sector and several other philanthropic efforts promoting his own brand of local economic development projects with the goal of helping schools, small businesses and NGOs throughout Ghana. Serving as a Charter Member this is the ultimate honor come full circle for him. Wayne takes great pride in his "local name" which is also the same as one of his role models for Pan Africanism, our own brother, the Honorable Kwame Nkrumah.
Bro. Jermaine Grant
I grew up in three countries: the United Kingdom, Jamaica and USA. I was born in the United Kingdom.
I've been married for 21 and 1/2 years to my wife Paula and we have three children; Jalen, Nia and Jai.
I'm currently the Director of Customer Success and Implementation at a Education Technology SaaS company named Formative. Spent the last 20 years in SaaS and Service operations at various leadership positions ranging in industrious from Healthcare, Travel Risk Management, Transit and most recently Education Technology.
I'm a former track and field All American at LSU. I love international culture, traveling, learning, all things international Afro diaspora, environment and sustainability.
I'm a lifelong supporter of Liverpool Football Club and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bro. Obed Lartey
Bro. Obed Lartey is a Spring 2015 initiate of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. He is a native of the Ga Tribe in Ghana. He is a graduate of the School of Business at Norfolk State University in Norfolk Virginia with a bachelor’s in business marketing. He also attained is Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management. He currently serves on the board for Sinava Inc. He is the great great-grandson of King Tackie Tawiah I, the 1st King of the Ga State in Accra.
Bro. Gregory Stephenson
Gregory Stephenson is a Government & Labor/Employee Relations professional, with extensive experience and expertise in navigating and managing multiple complexities of legislative and regulatory challenges. Experienced in union and management disputes, arbitrations, mediations, and contract negotiations and in the development of effective strategies and practical business solutions. He is the past Director of Labor and Employee Relations for the 92nd Street YMWHA, a non-profit organization in New York City. Gregory is a graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University and holds both BS and AA degrees from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He also holds numerous certifications in negotiation, collective bargaining and contract administration from Harvard University and Cornell University. He resides in Brooklyn, New York, and was previously a member of the Kappa Beta Sigma/Brooklyn Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.