Africana Dinner

The Africana dinner was held on Sunday evening. Bishop Alfred Norris offered the welcome and introductions. Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow spoke about the occasion. Bishops Joaquina Nhanala and Julius Calvin Trimble brought Greetings. Mr. Napoleon Grummetti Adamu read the Scripture for the evening. Mr. James Salley spoke about Africa University and introduced the Africa University Choir. Dr. Mary white offered the prayer of blessing for the meal. Bishop John Yambasu, in the place of Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, offered the homily. Bishop Violet Fisher made a presentation to the retiring Ebony and African Bishops. Dr. Kabamba Kiboko closed the evening with the benediction.

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