By Sarah Mac Donald - 23 November, 2016
The West is exporting its culture of death to Africa and other parts of the world, an internationally acclaimed pro-life speaker and strategist will argue in a keynote address in Dublin on Thursday evening.
Uju Ekeocha is a specialist biomedical scientist in haematology based in Canterbury in Britain.
Prior to her current position, she was a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital.
She is the founder and head of Culture of Life Africa, an initiative dedicated to the promotion and propagation of the gospel of life in Africa through the dissemination of good information, sensitisation and education.
The initiative also aims to promote and defend the African values of the sanctity of life, beauty of marriage, blessings of motherhood and the dignity of family life.
She has advised African bishops from different countries on women and life issues, and co-authored three declarations with African bishops promoting the gospel of life in Africa.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Uju Ekeocha is the youngest of six children, and has resided in the UK since 2006.
She has a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria and an MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of East London.
Representing African women, she met Pope Francis at a recent Vatican women’s event.
Culture of Life Africa has organised many major pro-life conferences and March for Life rallies in Africa.
Uju Ekeocha’s writing and blog posts have been published on many online outlets, including the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of the Laity website, Catholic Online, Catholic Exchange, Catholic Stand and Life Site News, as well as in the Catholic Herald newspaper.
On Thursday evening she will speak about how “the threat of the Culture of Death is now real and imminent” with increased efforts to limit, suppress and even destroy the source of human life.
She will describe how this is coming to Africa “in the form of population control measures being emphatically proposed, promoted and propagated from one nation to the next.”
The talk is being hosted by the Iona Institute.
Culture of Life Africa sees itself as a response to the “disturbing encroachment of the bold and wealthy proponents of the Culture of Death, as well as the cultural pressure that is beginning to erode and alter the trajectory of African cultural values of life, marriage, motherhood, family and faith”.
The organisation says that “astronomical amounts of money” are being raised by “rich western philanthropists in order to ‘donate’ to poor nations solely for the purpose of reducing the ‘burdensome’ fertility of their women, and also there is the exponentially increasing number of well-funded foreign abortion lobbyists who are tirelessly pushing and prodding African leaders towards legalised abortion”.
It says: “Given the widespread difficult challenges in many parts of Africa, we do not need more death and pain in our land, we do not want to see the loss of faith and family togetherness, we do not want to be deprived of the precious smile of our babies or the effervescent joy of our women who instinctively understand that every single one of their unborn babies is protected under the law and every single one of their newborn babies is a special and precious gift.”
The address – How the West exports the ‘Culture of Death’ – is on Thursday, 24 November at 8 pm at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2.
If you would like to attend this talk email the Iona Institute on [email protected] or Tel: 01 6619 204.