About Afoakom USA

Afoakom USA is a nonprofit cultural and development association of the Kom people in the United States of America that initiates or supports ideas, projects and programs for the betterment of Komrades, particularly in the homestead in Kom.

Created by Kom people living in the United States, the organization was formalized in June 2004 at the inaugural Kom convention in Washington DC, electing a pioneer executive board led by a President. It is duly registered and governed in accordance with the US tax-exempt nonprofit organization category 501(c)(3).

The national Executive Board works collaboratively with leaders of local chapters across States with agglomerations of Komrades. Six active chapters currently number a rough estimate of five hundred registered members unevenly distributed in Dallas, Appalachian, Houston, Minneapolis, New York and Arizona. The youngest chapter at the end of 2016 is the At Large chapter. It is for members who are not resident in States with active Chapters. 

Active chapters act as support pillars to individual members and are the driving force of the national organization and the centers from where development projects are nurtured through ongoing interactions with local communities and organizations in Kom. Afoakom USA has its annual convention in Mid June and rotates among chapter States. Conventions are a premier lieu wherein Komrades in North America celebrate Kom culture and Kom children meet and get to know one another. It is at the Komvention that the General Assembly raises the most of its operating funds and decides on which projects to fund in the course of the year. 

AFO-A-KOM, the name, comes from a legendary work of art that was carved by one of its foremost leaders of old, Foyn Yuh I, and presented to his people as a gift.  It was stolen in 1966 and subsequently sold to a New York art dealer. Several years later in 1973, the Cameroon Government was informed of the location of the Afo-A-Kom and immediately requested the possessor, the Furman Gallery, to return it to its rightful owner. Eventually, the Gallery sold the Afo-A-Kom to a businessman, who returned it to the Kom people.