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From Johannesburg, South Africa
January 31 - February 5

The International Brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated established its first chapter in Southern Africa on Thursday, February 3, 2011. The high profile chartering ceremony took place in the beautiful city of Johannesburg, South Africa. A high power delegation of Alpha brothers poured in from the United States, Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and across the South Africa region. A number of corporate executives and government officials attended this historic event to welcome the distinguished brothers of the black and gold.

Led by General President Herman "Skip" Mason, exploratory meetings were held between the Executive officers of Alpha Phi Alpha and the South Africa Foreign Ministry. The groups pledged to collaborate in the areas of education, leadership development, gender-based violence and poverty reduction.

The fraternity established partnerships in South Africa with two educational institutions - The African Leadership Academy located in Johannesburg and Teboho Trust located in Soweto.

According to T. Nelson Williams, II (Eta Epsilon Lambda Chapter - Monrovia, Liberia), excitement filled the board room when President Mason announced that the next fraternity gathering in Africa will take place in Monrovia, Liberia early 2012. A press release was immediately sent out to brothers worldwide.

Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. Founded on December 4, 1906, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha has initiated over 200,000 men into the organization and has been open to men of all races since 1940.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for their communities. The motto of the fraternity is "First of All, Servants of All, We shall Transcend All".



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