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Viral TikTok Video Challenges African Father Stereotypes

In a now-viral TikTok video, Enoch Olaore responded to the “Define African Parents” trend by sharing a series of wholesome and heartwarming text conversations with his father, Israel Olaore, a staff chaplain for Adventist Health in Lodi, California, the former principal of Glendale Adventist Academy, and a former professor at Babcock University in Nigeria.

As of this article’s publication, the video has over 1.3 million views and more than 9,000 comments.

Israel Olaore and his son Enoch in screen captures from a follow-up to the viral video.

In an email message, Enoch’s older brother Timothy Olaore, the director of leadership, resident, and internship programs at Adventist Health, discussed his brother’s motivation for the video. Enoch posted the video, Timothy said, after seeing many negative African father stereotypes reinforced by the TikTok trend (the Olaore family is Nigerian-American). He wanted to change the narrative. “Our dad is incredibly loving and supportive, and [Enoch] wanted to share that with the world.” 

The video spread quickly, garnering over 100,000 views in a few hours. 

“People were either relating to it, wishing they had a father like mine, or showing a lot of sympathy about not having a father,” the elder Olaore brother said. “The overwhelming reaction made [Enoch] realize how important it was to share our story and provide a different perspective on African fatherhood.”

Following the video’s success, Enoch posted “DAD REVEAL,” a follow-up TikTok video introducing his father on camera (currently with over 130,000 views).

On June 15 (1:00 PM, Pacific), the two will host a live event about fatherhood and their relationship on Enoch’s Tiktok page, @Olaore___. They will answer audience questions and delve deeper into the topic. “By doing this live, we hope to inspire and connect with even more people, showing the positive side of fatherhood and breaking down stereotypes,” Timothy Olaore said.

Matthew Orquia |

Cariboo Centre for Healing and Hope BC Announces Journeys of Hope Spiritual Gathering

The Cariboo Centre for Healing and Hope invites Indigenous and First Nation people in BC to Our Journeys of Hope Indigenous Spiritual Gathering on June 14-16 at Gavin Lake. 

The event has been organized by a team of First Nations from the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Haida Nation, Stz’uminus First Nation, Abenaki First Nation and Oneida, and all speakers will are First Nation Christians sharing their testimony. There will be an open mic for musicians. 

Those with concerns regarding financial barriers to attending can ask for support by calling the number provided below.

Oakwood University President Appointed to Commission of Faith-based Colleges and Universities

Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University, has been appointed as a member of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) new Commission of Faith-based Colleges and Universities. The commission, which met for the first time on June 4, seeks to foster collaboration between religious and nonreligious colleges and universities, according to the ACE website. Leaders from 13 schools, including Notre Dame, Brigham Young University, and Yeshiva University, are participating.

Pollard is also finishing his 2022–2024 term as chair of the Board of Presidents of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a group that works with the Alabama Legislature.

Pollard noted how important it is for Adventist higher education, especially institutions like Oakwood, to have a voice that can influence national policy. 

“As higher education’s only Seventh-day Adventist historically Black institution, Oakwood brings a unique perspective to this important conversation—much of which depends on continued access to federal funding for institutions of faith,” Pollard said. “We seek your prayers for the work of this national commission.”

Oakwood University

Matthew Orquia |
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[EVENT] Society of Adventist Philosophers Call for Papers – Proposals Due July 1

The Society of Adventist Philosophers invites you to submit a paper proposal for this year’s conference on the theme “Called to be Free: Philosophical Reflections on the Contours of Freedom” taking place on November 21st, 2024, in San Diego, CA. Students and teachers from all fields are welcome to submit a proposal until July 1st. Accepted papers will be notified by September 1st.