In 2017, BICAM headquarters moved from Accra back to Nairobi/Kenya with Rev. Prof. Albert Ngengi Mundele as Director in Karen/Nairobi premises. He was assigned the special duty of building up a Centre for Biblical Formation and Animation. He is struggling to source for funds to achieve that duty.
BICAM-CEBAM headquarters remained in Accra from 2005 up to 2017 under the direction of Fr. Henry Terwase Akaabiam from Markudi Diocese/Nigeria (2002-2005); Fr. Mose Adeniran Adekambi, from Porto-Novo Diocese/Benin (2005-2011); Fr. Julien IVAGA NDJANA, from the Archdiocese of Yaoundé/Cameroon (2011-2016).
During the 13th SECAM Plenary Assembly in Dakar, Senegal, in October 2003, the Bishops of SECAM decided to transfer BICAM headquarters from Nairobi to SECAM Secretariat, Senchi Street 4, Accra, Ghana. The decision was implemented on 30th June, 2004.
Pope John Paul II, in the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Africa, recognized and confirmed the mission of BICAM. He said: “Also to be encouraged is the scriptural formation of clergy, religious, catechists and the laity in general; careful preparation of celebrations of the Word; promotion of the biblical apostolate with the help of the Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar and the encouragement of other similar structures at all levels. In brief, efforts must be made to try to put the Sacred Scriptures into the hands of all the faithful right from their earliest years.” (EIA no. 58)
In 1991 Fr. Laurent NARE (from the Archdiocese of Koupéla/Burkina Faso) took over the direction of BICAM-CEBAM (1991-1997) from Fr. W. Amewowo. Fr. Peter NJOROGE from Eldoret Diocese/Kenya (1997-1998) succeeded to Fr. Laurent NARE ; Then Fr. Peter LWAMINDA from the Archdiocese of Kasama/Zambia (1998-2002); and Fr. Henry Terwase AKAABIAM from the Markudi Diocese/Nigeria (2002 -2005) with Fr. Moise Adeniran Adekambi from Porto-Novo Diocese/Benin as Deputy Director.
In 1982, the headquarters of BICAM was relocated from Lomé-Togo to Nairobi-Kenya; It was shortly located in AMECEA Headquarters and then later in its own property in Karen/Nairobi under the direction of W. Amewowo (1981-1991).
The 6th Plenary Assembly of SECAM in Yaoundé/Cameroon decided to create BICAM-CEBAM: on 5th July 1981, BICAM was formally established for the promotion, coordination and organization of Biblical Apostolate in Africa and Madagascar; and with this establishment, ipso facto the WCFBA Africa Service ceased to exist. Therefore, BICAM-CEBAM is the official organ of SECAM/SCEAM for the Biblical Apostolate in Africa and Madagascar (See the SECAM Document on the Establishment of the Catholic Biblical Centre for Africa and Madagascar 2.3. i. and ii.)
The WCFBA Executive Committee took the decision of granting autonomy to regional services in Africa, Latin America and Asia in May 1980 in Mexico City.
In 1975, the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) gave a mandate (Ref. No./ WCFBA / 75/86) to the World Catholic Federation for Biblical Apostolate (WCFBA), known today as Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF), to explore the possibility of establishing a permanent centre for promoting the Biblical Apostolate in Africa and the surrounding Islands. The office of WCFBA Africa Service was first established in Lusaka, Zambia before it was moved to Lomé, Togo in 1978. In January 1978, the then General Secretary of WCFBA wrote to Rev. Fr. Wynnand AMEWOWO (from HO Diocese/Ghana) asking him to take over from Fr. Adrian SMITH because “it was the desire of SECAM that this work continues and that, as much as possible, an African priest takes charge” (Ref. N ° 100,000 of January 16, 1978). Fr. Wynnand Amewowo agreed to work in the Biblical Apostolate from October 1978 to October 1981.
The Biblical Apostolate began in English speaking African countries in July 1974 as “laudable but enterprise” by Fr. Adrian SMITH in Lusaka, Zambia under the tutelage of WCFBA (World Catholic Federation of the Biblical Apostolate) in Stuttgart (Germany).
In response to the above document, the World Catholic Federation for the Biblical Apostolate (WCBFA) was founded on 16th April 1969. Since 1990 it is now known as the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF).
During the second Vatican Council in 1965, the Fathers of the Council resolved that “all preaching of the church, as indeed the entire Christian religion should be nourished and ruled by Sacred Scripture.” The document in which this statement is recorded is known as Dei Verbum in Latin or ‘Divine Revelation’ in English (no. 21).