By attending Saint Joseph’s College Sasse, we, Sobans in Oklahoma State, like the Negro referenced in Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech signed a promissory note to which we were to be heirs and collective decided to cash in on this heritage in May 2017 by formally creating a chapter in Oklahoma State. Soba president Frederick Itoe visited Oklahoma frequently to make sure that this dream attainable. We started with just six members but today membership has quadrupled and we have twenty six active members looking to cash in on their Sasse heritage.

What Heritage were we really hoping to cash in on? Were we not already the byproducts of “sasseism” the tutelage in Sasse through which we had become the men we are today? Had we not arrived? Reminded by the words of our Lord Jesus in Acts 20:35 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” We have to give back; give to one another, give to our families, give to our communities, give to Soba, give to Sasse.

Soba Oklahoma being a registered for profit association with the Secretary of State of the State of Oklahoma, our goal now is to formally introduce Soba Oklahoma to Oklahoma State and to the world at large to show case the principles that molded our lives in Sasse “faith Seeking understanding” and how by continuing to abide by these principles we are justly being rewarded. As a growing chapter we would like to invite Sobans all over the US to come and join us celebrate the creation of our chapter in Saturday the 4th of August of this year. We are doing it the Soban way; we have an exquisite venue, have partnered with a few hotels in Oklahoma City to accommodate Sobans and our guest from far and wide. mens sana in corpore sano ( a healthy mind in a healthy body) we have made arrangements with a local soccer team and scheduled a game that weekend, all sobans will be welcome to partake in the game. We shall invite selected major associations in Oklahoma City and hope to have a very successful launching event.

As Saint Irenaeus himself put it gloria Dei est vivens homo (the glory of God is man fully alive). We all need as Sobans to live to our true potential asking ourselves if we have realized the purpose for which we were sent to this earth. I believe that by coming together under this chapter in Oklahoma we are on course to being fully alive especially if we are generous; help out the weak amongst us, create opportunity for others, be gracious and show gratitude for what we have.

I am happy to serve Sobans in my capacity as the pioneer president and even though our challenges may seem new, even though our efforts may seem new, even though we may feel that we cannot overcome, we shall use those principles that have brought us this far; hard work, love for thy neighbor, perseverance, and above all, trust in the Lord for unlike the negro spiritual who shouted; “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!” ours is an endless journey!

Clinton Egbemba
Soba Oklahoma President