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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"Water for Life"
We've Built One - Help Us Build More!
Join us - The Borehole Project
Our goal WAs $4000 - Now we WANT TO DO MORE!!
The Sigma Mu Sigma (SMS) Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity has partnered with TEAM CSR, a registered nonprofit or Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Ghana in good standing, for the implementation of our initial project in support of their Rural Water Supply in the form of Boreholes to respond to the lack of clean water and related health issues in remote areas of Ghana, West Africa.
Our first borehole was built in Afrokrotia, located in the Eastern Region - a part of the Akwamufie township. It’s a township with over 500 people, surrounded by other smaller townships. The people in this small community are mostly farmers and fishery workers at the nearby Volta Lake. Many of the town’s inhabitants have traditionally fetched water from nearby rivers and streams that are tributaries of the Volta Lake. These streams are heavily polluted with industrial waste as well as contaminants.
Before the borehole was installed, residents of Afrokrotia would make the 7km walk to Akwamufie and other areas to access clean water. The journey to these points made it difficult for children to attend classes on time and from doing their homework. By default, it also forced many in the community to fetch their water from contaminated streams causing waterborne diseases, such as cholera, diarrhea, typhoid fever, etc..
The major concern however had been the lack of potable drinking water for the community which has prompted an overflow of patients at the local clinic for illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea which can be fatal for children. The community had approached the government and local corporate bodies for aid, however these entities have not been able to provide the needed assistance.
Given the lack of clean drinking water and the strained sanitation system, there are severe public health concerns in Ghana contributing to 70% of diseases nationally (World Health Organization). The government and the few water-based NGOs that exist are burdened with requests for boreholes. These entities cannot meet the needs of these requests, in particular those in the rural areas. Therefore, opportunities exist for organizations such as Phi Beta Sigma to provide some level of relief providing boreholes.
At a cost of $4,000 USD, the chapter set out to build a borehole to inaugurate the chartering of a Phi Beta Sigma chapter in the country. The goal was to engage in an impactful sustainable project that will galvanize the communities, churches, government and other stakeholders as to the purpose and the community service agenda of our fraternity. The chapter successfully raised $4000 thanks to brothers of Sigma Mu Sigma, members of the D9 community (other fraternities and sororities) and our regional / international leadership.
We will soon post pictures and additional information about this great achievement, but let's not stop here. Help us build the next three boreholes by purchasing a limited edition chartering dashiki as part of our 200/200 Campaign. If you would like to fund the maintenance of one our boreholes, you can also do that for only $300.
What You Missed During Chartering Week
February 26 - March 1, 2020
WednesdAY, Feb. 26
9:00am - Breakfast OYO
10:30am - Trip to Parliament (Bro. Amo)
6:00pm - Meet & Greet Social at Afrikiko
attire: Blue polos, khaki pants
Thursday, Feb. 27
7:00am - Breakfast OYO
8:00am - Trip to Cape Coast Castle
12:00pm - Lunch OYO
6:00pm - Dinner at Fat Fish
attire: Sigma T-Shirts
Friday, Feb. 28
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am - Travel to Borehole Project
10:00am - Ceremonial Opening of the Water for Life Borehole Initiative
2:00pm - Trip to the Market
6:00pm - Dinner OYO
attire: Blue polos
Saturday, Feb. 29
7:00am - Breakfast OYO
8:00am - Bus leaves from hotel
9:00am - Chartering Ceremony
12:00pm - Lunch OYO
2:00pm - Brothers depart
attire: Sigma Dashikis, black pants
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are beginning to resume sales, though there are some limitations in terms of what can be shipped from Ghana to other parts of the world. We simply ask that you be patient, as some items will take longer than others. As always, the net proceeds of these sales help our chapter fund various projects in Ghana.
While we build a new well for $4000, it takes an annual amount of $300 to maintain the well. This means testing the water, replacing any damaged wires and ensuring that the pumps are working properly. For more information please contact Brother Wayne A. Francis, Social Action Chairperson at GhanaSigmas (at) gmail.com.
For those that have already purchased items, we are doing our best to get them shipped to you as soon as possible. You can always direct questions to ghanasigmas (at) gmail.com
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Payment info: You will login to PayPal.com and send the amount of your total order plus shipping. If you don't have an account, please create one. Once you login to PayPal.com select 'send money' under the Tools tab. Enter the amount you owe including shipping, then place the Order# and details (sizing, instructions) in the note section. You will select 'Send to someone you trust' and process payment. This saves you PayPal fees and allows us to receive funds directly as not to delay your order. All orders are processed as quickly as we can. Please remember that all items are made in Ghana, and that means shipping can be delayed. During the pandemic some carriers are not operating, but we will get you the order asap. Please email us if you have any questions.
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 members of Sigma Mu Sigma, Ghana.
Kofi Apraku Jr
Damien L. Duchamp
Wayne A. Francis
Sydney Moshette III
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 a full time faculty member and head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, New York.
Bro. Duchamp became a member of the Omicron Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. on April 7, 1997 at Clemson University. 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. Bro. Duchamp is a Life Member.
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. 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.