In the third of a series of blogs introducing speakers, organisers and participants behind the Hungry for change conference on 10 November, Father Joe Komakoma from Ghana shares why acting for justice is central to his ministry.
What’s your job? I am Deputy General Secretary of SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar). I am in charge of the Evangelisation Department. I am therefore involved in both administration and pastoral activities.
What inspired you to start campaigning? The quest for justice for all, according to the Church’s Social Teaching.
What’s your favourite food? Vegetables, especially pumpkin leaves, in groundnut sauce.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18? It is not easy to change people’s attitudes.
What’s the main message you’ll be bringing to the conference? Justice for all is possible.
What do you hope to learn while you are there? To hear from like-minded people about their own motivation to be involved.
How far will you be travelling to get to the conference? A six hour flight from Accra to London.
Who is your hero? Archbishop Romero.
How does your faith influence your campaigning? It is the Alpha-Omega of my social activism as a committed Catholic Christian.
Tell us something about you that not many people know. I am a shy 55-year-old man.