Saturday, February 17, 2024

SECU - Consider This: Chapter 16: Esse Quam Videri - The Member Volunteer  

   ... Dr. E. Victor Maafo, SECU member-owner and volunteer. 

Eugene Victor Maafo was born in Ghana. As a young man, he immigrated to Durham, North Carolina. As a pastor and preacher, Reverend Maafo has been a life-long advocate for faith and forgiveness. As a professor emeritus of economics at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Maafo has been a life-long advocate for reason and understanding. As a Black man in the South, he has been a life-long advocate for fairness and justice. As a fellow human being, Victor Maafo has been a life-long advocate for others - with exuberance and humility, with patience and tolerance, with joy and laughter.

On January 4, 2023 Dr. E Victor Maafo fulfilled a life-long goal and became a citizen of the United States of America. [link]

Four months ago, on October 11, 2023, Dr. Maafo took a two hour trip to Greensboro, North Carolina to attend the Annual Meeting of the State Employees Credit Union. At that meeting, he rose independently, as a life-long SECU advocate to voice his concerns over the loss of mission and purpose at the Credit Union. 

No one had asked that he attend, no one had written his remarks. Dr. Maafo understood faith and forgiveness, he understood reason, he understood fairness - he needed no coaching. As a member-owner, as a forever-and-always volunteer, E. Victor Maafo had come to advocate for justice for others - his fellow members.  To advocate for a change of heart, a change in direction... and he did just that.

Dr. E. Victor Maafo is an "Amazing Grace"

Today is his birthday. He is 97 years old.

Esse Quam Videri - "To be, rather than to seem."


... a great man? Yes! ... with the soul of a unicorn! ESSE QUAM!



  1. You can have a lot of good qualities (and maybe even a few bad ones) but if you don’t have a Servant’s Heart working or volunteering at SECU is not going to be a good match for you (nor should it be).

    Thank you Dr. Maafo for being a Leader with a Servant's Heart.

    1. And it doesn't matter whether it's the newest FSR (teller) or a CEO that's been around for 35 years - the same applies to both.

  2. Happy Birthday! What a testimony and example of “Do The Right Thing” and “People Helping People.” God Bless Dr. Maafo! A Servant’s Heart Personified!

  3. Happy Birthday, Dr. Maafo!

  4. Congratulations to Dr. Maafo on becoming a US Citizen!!! So many Americans take their citizenship way too lightly and don't appreciate it like they should. I am proud to be an American! I am also proud to be an SECU member. I have been a member since 2007 and have noticed a decline in employee morale and the direction of SECU over the past few years. I don't understand why the BOD chose the CEO they did in 2021. At least Leigh has worked within the organization. We need to get back to the basics. RBL is hard on some of the membership in certain loan products but is damaging to all members seeking a new Visa or Open Line; especially with the change from the 26 week treasury bill to prime rate. An Open Line under 26 week T bill was 10.75%. Now it's 13% for an A tier member. My credit score is over 840. Thank God I have never had a messy divorce, bad medical issue, or anything else to adversely affect my credit. SECU used to help all members with the same rate. Now, you better pray that nothing bad happens in your life or your interest rate will add insult to injury just like at other financial institutions. We used to stand out and were proud of it. Now it seems we are just trying to fit in with the "In Crowd" just like in high school.

  5. Happy belated birthday! Thank you for raising the bar, Dr. Maafo.

  6. Happy Birthday. Thank you!