My name is Akizou Kamina. I was born and raised in Togo (West Africa). I’m the first born of three children. My mom is an Evangelical Christian, and my dad is a “lap” Catholic. Though I was baptized as Catholic when I was three, I only embraced the Catholic faith when I was twelve. After completing my undergrad degree in Accounting and Management, I decided to join the Society of the Divine Word in Togo in 2010. At the end of my three-year formation, I graduated with a BA in Philosophy and an Associate degree in Education Science. I came to the USA in 2013 to continue my formation. I was at DWC for a year for the ESL program; then novitiate in 2014 at Techny, IL where I professed my first vows in 2015. At the end of my second year in Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, I was sent to Brazil (Central Province) for my Overseas Training Program (OTP). Upon my return to the USA in 2019, I continue with my theological studies, at the end of which I earned a double major: MA in Theology- Interreligious Dialogue with primary focus in Islam and secondary focus in Judaism; and MDiv. I professed my final vows in September 2020 and ordained priest in May 2021 in Chicago. I was assigned by the superior general of the SVD to Chicago Province. My current appointment is DWC where I will be teaching and doing formation work.