Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

Salesians of Don Bosco West Africa Province

About us

"As Salesians young people are our priority, their needs are our needs, their genuine dreams are our dreams. We journey with them to bring out the goodness and beauty in their young human hearts". 

Rev. Fr. Michael Karikunnel, SDB - Provincial Superior, Anglophone West Africa Province.

About Salesians of Don Bosco Anglophone West Africa

The Salesians of Don Bosco, Anglophone West Africa is an international congregation in the Catholic Church spread in more than 130 countries of the world working for the education, development and empowerment of the young people and youth at risk.

The Anglophone West Africa (AFW) Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco comprises of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and was created in 2004 to pursue various developmental Projects towards the development of YOUTH. This mission fully coincides with the goals of the International Cooperation for Development.

These four countries forming AFW Province have in common English as the official language, and some other characteristics, but have many demographic, cultural and socio-political differences. The four countries do not share boundaries and are surrounded by French-speaking countries. Don Bosco’s presence in these four countries is the fruit of Project Africa, which was launched by the 7th Successor of Don Bosco, Don Egidio Vigano in 1978.

Our mission in these places, centers on holistic formation of the youth to become responsible, self-empowered, honest and patriotic citizens and tolerant to other religious and cultural orientations. That is why our institution is not religious bias. We have both Christians and Muslims, etc. attending our schools and youth Centres with a strong witness to co-existence, tolerance and family spirit.

The Salesians of Don Bosco AFW Province uses the following four interventions as its pragmatic approach for reaching out to children and young people in society especially the poorest of the poor and the needy.

  • Assistance to Children and Youth Exposed to High-Risk
  • Education and Formation
  • Social Pastoral
  • Health

Currently, there are about 167 Salesians working in the various AFW countries for the development of youth.

Organizational Structure AFW

Fr. Michael Karikunnel Fr. Michael Karikunnel


Fr. Chuks Akubueze Fr. Chuks Akubueze

Vice Provincial

Fr. Anthony Oche Fr. Anthony Oche

Delegate from Nigeria

Fr. Krzysztof Nizniak Fr. Krzysztof Nizniak


Fr. Anthony Nzeli Fr. Anthony Nzeli

Provincial Secretary

Fr. Mark Anthony Okpala Fr. Mark Anthony Okpala

Youth Ministry

Fr. Sony Pottenplackal Fr. Sony Pottenplackal

Provincial Councillor

Br. Paolo Vaschetto Br. Paolo Vaschetto

Provincial Councillor

Br. Samuel Job Br. Samuel Job

Social Communication Delegate