These were the sentiments of Fortune I. Ojeah, the keynote speaker at the founder’s day program for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held Sunday at St. Matthews A.M.E. church in Greenville.
Both the Greenville and Cleveland alumni chapters of the fraternity celebrated the 102nd anniversary of the organization.
The theme of the celebration was “Making a Difference One Community at a Time.”
Ojeah, the fraternity’s junior vice polemarch of the Southwestern Province, broke down the theme of the program in two parts: what is a community and who is the difference maker.
“When we refer to the community, we are referring to ourselves. Your community is you. That boy, that girl, that brother, that sister, sitting beside you is your neighbor and that is your community,” said Ojeah.
“When your community is crying, you are crying. When your community is hurting, you are hurting. When your community is winning, you are winning.
“When my favorite basketball player LeBron James won his first championship, he did not win it alone. It took the help of his teammates, who are his community. When he is playing well, his teammates are playing well. Brothers let’s strive to reach our community by showing love,” said Ojeah.
Ojeah, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, said his father told him a story about a man who tried to change his community but failed many times.
“There was this man who tried to change his world, his generation for so many years and finally gave up. He figured out that he could not change his generation but he can change his community. Unfortunately, he could not, so he tried to save his family and still failed.
“I tried to change my world. I have tried to change my community. I have tried to change my family. I have failed, so I am going to try and change myself. The change I am looking for is inside of me," said Ojeah.
Ojeah closed with wise words from William Arthur Ward.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
Ojeah is currently a student at Mississippi Valley State University, where he is majoring in biology and chemistry.
He is a spring 2012 initiate of the Zeta Zeta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Ojeah is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Kappa Mu and Alpha Chi Honors Society, Men’s College, Premedical Club, and the Mississippi Valley Ambassadors.