During the winter months of 1989, a group of CPC Bali ex-students who gathered to play table tennis at the home of Mr. Victor Ndonyi in Wheaton, MD discussed the need to form a Bali Old Boys Association in the US. As a result of this discussion, a follow up planning meeting took place in March 1989 at Victor’s home. Below is a timeline of events that proceeded.
On April 29, 1989 The first BOBA chapter in the United States, later called BOBA-DC was formed. The meeting was hosted at the home of Mr. Eric Igwacho located at The Presidential Towers Apartments located at 1836 Metzerott Road, Apt 1107, Adelphi, MD 20783.
The 9 founding members who attended this meeting were:
|Mr. Victor Ndonyi|
|Mr. Carl Moni|
|Mr. Julius Abangma|
|Fon Eric Anyangwe (RIP)|
|Mr. Eric Igwacho|
|Mr. Adolph Ngundam|
|Mr. Eric Aseneh (RIP)|
|Mr. Sabum Anyangwe|
|Mr. Felix Fokum|
The first elected executive officers were:
|President:||Mr. Carl Monie|
|Vice President:||Mr. Victor Ndonyi|
|Secretary:||Mr. Eric Igwacho|
|Treasurer:||Fon Eric Anyangwe|
BOBA-DC was launched to the Cameroon community in DC through a free Christmas Party that took place in DC on December 22, 1990.
Bobans were hailed by the community for their generosity.
After a period of inactivity (comma), a committee was created to re-vitalize the association and explore the possibility of expanding the association to a national level.
The Re-Awakening committee headed by Dr. Steve Andoseh and Mr. Joseph Mancho, was created.
The two committee leaders and a group of other Bobans made trips to Chicago, MN and Atlanta to sensitize other Bobans living in those areas.
A national meeting (convention) to start a BOBA-USA branch was then planned for the following year.
At the first national convention held at the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, MD BOBA-USA was formed.
The first elected executive officials of the branch were:
|President:||Dr. Stephen Andoseh|
|Vice President:||Mr. Charles Abam|
|Secretary General:||Mr. Eric Igwacho|
|Treasurer:||Fon Eric Anyangwe|
|Organizing Secretary:||Mr. Elias Mancho|
Among other things, this convention could be remembered for the unfortunate rivalry between two sister alumni associations; BOBA-USA and Kupexa USA. Both associations had scheduled their conventions on the same weekend in the same city, with neither association willing to reschedule. BOBA-USA was the first to schedule, but Kupexa-USA, which was one of the most organized associations at the time, later schedule on the same weekend. Due to strategic planning that included a well attended BBQ, featuring a soccer game between the Sobans and the Bobans , a unique advertisement flier (the “this cow must be consumed flier” designed by Bah Carl Monie) and a superior choice of the convention gala hall, the BOBA-USA convention clearly dominated.
We the former students of Cameroon Protestant College, (C.P.C.) domiciled in the United States of America, having assembled in Washington, DC on the 3rd day of July, 1993, following the formation of a pilot association in 1989, do hereby form an association of ex-students of C.P.C Bali based in the United States of America, known as BALI OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, hereinafter called BOBA-USA
Uphold the values of discipline, respect and human dignity acquired during the years of learning and association in the College
Maintain continual contact and association with all former Students of CPC Bali
Promote the wellbeing of CPC Bali and to help the institution to continue to grow academically and socially
Provide a means for members to pool resources in order to enhance their collective welfare
Provide material and spiritual assistance to the poor, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals and communities affiliated with CPC, BOBA, or BOBA-USA, without preference as to ethnic origin, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation
The association is organized and operated for charitable and educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
The National Executive of BOBA-USA comprises of the following officers and members:
The National Executive shall be elected by the General Assembly for a term of two consecutive years, but shall continue in office until a new National Executive is elected. The National Executive shall be responsible for the day to day management of BOBA-USA affairs