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CONTEX

 

 

 

 

Preamble

Acknowledging the supremacy of God, and recognizing our diversity, we the people of   Nigerian US-African Literary foundation,

Recalling our Representation in world Literature and the achievements of Our prominent Literary Icons, Exalt and extol the brave men and women who sacrificed their Time and energy in expository delivering of African Cultures and Traditions during the ages when Africans were viewed without tangible Myths in Literature and Culture in world literature,

Honour compatriots who have toiled for the progress of our country; Celebrate our natural resources and the richness of our various traditions and cultures bequeathed to us by our forebears and Providence,

Cherish freedom, peace, justice, tolerance, prosperity and patriotism in search of new and different frontiers under a common destiny,

We therefore make this organizational  Constitution and commit ourselves to it as the fundamental law of our henceforth.

 

 

 

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE

UNITED STATES-AFRICAN LITERARY FOUNDATION

(US-ALF)

-NIGERIAN CHAPTER

 

 

Preface

This document shall be the Constitution of US-ALF (Nigeria Chapter). Every clause in this Constitution shall be subject to the dictates of the Constitution of the Parent Organization, unless otherwise stated by this Constitution or the Constitution of the Parent Organization.

 

The Organization

This Non-Governmental Organization shall be called the UNITED STATES-AFRICAN LITERARY FOUNDATION (NIGERIA CHAPTER) or simply put US-ALF (Nigeria Chapter). It shall be the Nigerian Chapter of the Parent Organization based in the United States. It shall be a non-profit making organization.

 

The Main Aim

The main aim of the Organization is to develop and promote African literature.

 

The Logo

The Organization shall use the logo of the Parent Organization.

 

The Executive Committee

There shall be an Executive Committee, which shall be the governing body of the Organization. The Executive Committee members shall consist of;

-          A Patron/s

-         A National Co-ordinator/President

-         A General Secretary

-         A Financial Secretary/ Treasurer

-         An Organizing Secretary

-         A Project Co-ordinator

 

The President/ National Co-ordinator

 

1.     The President shall be appointed or dismissed by the Executive Director of the Parent Organization on the recommendation of the existing Executive Committee, unless otherwise determined by the appointing body.

2.     He/she shall be the link between the organization and the Parent Organization

3.     The President shall the official spokesperson of the Organization.

4.     The President shall represent the Organization in any forum.

5.     The president shall preside over every Executive Committee meeting.

6.     The President shall give a biannual report on the Organization to the Parent Organization.

7.     He/she shall be directly responsible first to the Executive Director of the Parent Organization, the Executive Committee members and the entire members of the Organization as a whole.

 

The General secretary

 

1.     The individual who shall occupy this position must be appointed by the President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Executive Committee, unless stated otherwise.

2.     He/she shall only be removed from the position by the President with of the support of majority of the members of the Executive Committee.

3.     He/she shall directly assist the President in decision making and implementation.

4.     He/she shall act as the President with all its privileges when the President is incapable of performing his/her assigned duties, which may be due to illness, resignation or any other justifiable reason.

5.     He/she shall be directly responsible first to the President, the Executive Committee members and the entire members of the Organization as a whole.

 

The Financial Secretary/ Treasurer

 

1.     The individual who shall occupy this position must be appointed by the President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Executive Committee, unless stated otherwise.

2.     The Financial Secretary/ Treasurer shall see to the efficient and accurate account and the finances of the Organization.

3.     He/she shall be responsible for drawing the budget of the Organization, which must be subject to scrutiny Executive Committee before implementation.

4.     He/she must occasionally make the financial status of the Organization known to the members of the Executive Committee.

5.     He/she must play the role of the General Secretary when the General Secretary is incapable of performing his/her assigned duties, which may be due to illness, resignation or any other justifiable reason.

6.     He/she shall be directly responsible first to the President, the Executive Committee members and the entire members of the Organization as a whole.

 

The Organizing Secretary

1.     The individual who shall occupy this position must be appointed by the President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Executive Committee, unless stated otherwise.

2.     He/she shall be responsible for keeping the membership confidence.

3.     He/she with the help of the Project Manager shall be responsible for the effective organization of the Organization’s activities.

4.     He/she shall be directly responsible first to the President, the Executive Committee members and the entire members of the Organization as a whole.

5.     He/she shall play the role of the Organizing Secretary when the Organizing Secretary is incapable of performing his/her assigned duties, which may be due to illness, resignation or any other justifiable reason.

 

The Project Manager

1.     The individual who shall occupy this position must be appointed by the President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Executive Committee, unless stated otherwise.

2.     He/she shall complement the work of the Organizing Secretary.

3.     He/she shall be directly responsible first to the President, the Executive Committee members and the entire members of the Organization as a whole.

 

The Patron/s

1.     The Patron/s shall be an ex-officio member/s of the Executive Committee. The Patron/s shall be a body of individual/s who shall serve as an advisory body to the Executive Committee and the Organization as a whole.

2.     The Patron/s shall have no voting rights in any Executive Committee meeting.

3.     The Patron/s advises are not binding to the Executive Committee and the Organization as a whole. They can reject or accept it.

 

Personal Secretary

1.     In the long run, the President may have a personal Secretary who shall assist the President and the Executive Committee in the performance of secretarial duties.

2.     The individual who shall occupy this position must be appointed by the President with the approval of the majority of the members of the Executive Committee, unless stated otherwise.

3.     The personal Secretary may be placed on salary, which may be determined by the same process of the determination of allowances.

4.      The personal Secretary may be present at every Executive Committee meetings to take minutes of the meeting proceedings.

 

Membership

1.     Membership shall be opened to all individuals. There is no age or gender barrier.

2.     All members are equal in their membership status.

3.     Members shall be encouraged to contribute a commitment fee to the Organization.

4.     Every member shall be eligible for the appointment as a member of the Executive Committee when any of the positions becomes vacant.

5.     Members shall be encouraged to form cell groups of the Organization in their various communities.

6.     The activities of the various cell groups of the Organization in the various communities shall be subject to this Constitution and the directions of the Executive Committee.

7.     Members shall have the right to question the activities of the Organization.

 

Decision Making

1.     A meeting shall form a quorum with the President and any other two members of the Executive Committee members present.

2.     Decisions shall be arrived at meeting by the support and approval of majority of Executive Committee members.

 

 

Amendments

This Constitution is a flexible one and it is subject to critical and constructive amendment as the Organization progresses. Amendments shall be made with the same procedure and under the same conditions of decision making.

 

 

 

 

US - Africa Literary Foundation

US
Chimdi Maduagwu, PhD
Executive Director
US-Africa Writers Foundation
Info@us-alf.org
AFRICA
Dr. Bode Osanyin
Chairman, Department of Creative Arts
University of Lagos
Department of Creative Arts
Akoka, Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria
info@us-alf.org

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