The Rotaract Africa Summit (RAS) is an annual event that brings together Rotaractors and Rotaract Clubs from across Africa. This platform allows them to connect, bond, and acclimatize with other cultures.
Rotaractors on their way to RAS
The 2022 RAS was held in Ho, Volta Region, Ghana, after the previous RAS was held in Ethiopia in 2019 before being canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak.
The RAS Themed; CONNECT, COLLABORATE, CELEBRATE took place on the 24th – 27th of November 2022 at Skyplus Hotel, Ho, Ghana was hosted by Rotaract District 9102 under the leadership of Rotarian Eli Ampim. In attendance were 179 participants from 18 African countries; Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Benin, Niger, Ethiopia, Togo, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Senegal, and Ghana being the host country.
The summit officially kicked off on Thursday 24th November with a welcome party. Participants from across Africa arrived on this day. The organizers, in a bid to provide a warm reception, organized a Reggae-themed dance party tagged “Woezor/Welcome Night Party”.
On Friday 25th November, participants were treated to a sumptuous breakfast before proceeding to the hall for the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony saw in attendance the Chief Host, DG Victor Yaw Asante (District Governor D9102), Regional Minister (RP) of the Ho Municipality, Hon. Dr. Letsa, Rotary International Director, Rotarian Patrick Chisanga, Past Rotary International Vice President, Rotarian Yinka Babalola, and other Assistant Governors. Also in attendance were District Rotaract Representatives like Abdullahi Afolabi D9110, Gbolahan Olaleye D9125, Sarah Owembabazi D9213, Lydia Lukera D9212, and Fred Asante D9102 as the Host DRR.
The keynote address was delivered by Rotarian David Ofosu-Dorte, Senior Partner, AB & David Africa, and Past President, Rotary Club of Accra- East.
He spoke extensively on developing a creative mindset, networking, and integrating Rotary values into our activities.
The Guest Speaker, Rotarian Patrick Chisanga, R.I. Director 2022-24, spoke about the journey through Rotaract, the history of Rotaract, membership progress, growth and development, Interota, and RAS.
In Addendum, Rotarian Yinka Babalola encouraged Rotaractors to ensure that they successfully graduate from Rotaract to Rotary.
At the end of the session, a special address was delivered by Rotarian Gordon R. Mclnally, Rotary International President-Elect.
Participants went on a coffee break and resumed plenary sessions. The sessions touched on Elevate Rotaract and membership retention strategies. At the close of the session, made-in-Africa projects were put on display for sale.
The Day ended with the cultural night activities where diverse cultures and tribes across Africa were displayed. The evening ended with Uganda emerging first place.
Saturday 26th November was quite eventful. The organizing committee led participants to carry out a community service project at the Amedzofe Community Clinic. Mattresses, pillows, and chairs were donated to the clinic. Members of the clinic and elders of the Amedzofe community received these donations. The representatives appreciated the good gesture of the Rotaractors and also used the opportunity to seek more support through the provision of other social amenities.
Participants enjoyed a hiking adventure to one of the foremost tourist attractions in Ho, Mount Gemi, which is said to be one of the tallest mountains in Ghana.
The evening was crowned with an exquisite Rotaract Africa Unity Ball dinner to mark the closing ceremony. The event saw participants come out in their best form to wine and dine while they bade farewell to one another.
At the end of the Dinner, Team Nigeria led by District Rotaract Representative Afolabi Abdullahi of District 9110 won the bid to host the Next RAS scheduled to hold in 2023. It was the only district that bid for the cause. This resolution was widely accepted by everyone present, and they anticipated a good time in Nigeria after enjoying the energy and vibes brought to Ghana by the Nigerian team led by Country Rep PDR Constance Jaiyeola.
All visiting participants departed to their respective destinations on Sunday 27th November. It is worth noting that 31 participants traveled from Nigeria to the summit.
We are indeed certain that RAS 2023 which shall be hosted by DRRE Mujib Abisogun of RID9110 will be a great success.