Kevin Betsy: La Digue
10th September 2019
Top football coach Kevin Betsy is delighted that his trip to help the youngsters of Seychelles proved such a success.Kevin, who is head coach of the England Under-17s team, spent a fortnight in Seyche... more...
Coaching session on Mahe
10th September 2019
Kevin's itinerary in Seychelles was devised to allow him meet up with as many sports people as possible. His schedule went like this:A visit to Praslin secondary school, where he was welcomed by James... more...
Patrick Pillay: “I enjoy politics”
16th July 2019
With the Presidential Elections looming next year, observers are starting to scrutinise the thoughts and actions of Seychelles politicians. Lewis Betsy, publisher of Seychelles Life, asked Patrick Pil... more...
On a mission: Alain St Ange and Peter Sinon of One Seychelles
8th May 2019
By Lewis BetsyPolitics in Seychelles is in a strange place. When I was in the UK, I viewed the situation with trepidation, but also some sense of hope. Now I am back living in my beloved home country,... more...
Gerard Hoarau: A life cut short
3rd January 2019
Tribute was paid again to the memory of Gerard Hoarau who died in the cause of fighting for democracy in Seychelles.Gerard, who had been living in exile, was shot dead outside his home in North London... more...
Protest: Thousands take to the streets demanding a fresh Presidential election
13th November 2018
By Lewis Betsy There are growing public protests over the refusal of Danny Faure to hold a fresh Presidential election.But is he listening?I wish he was. The state of Seychelles needs someone to ... more...
13th November 2018
It all came as a bit of a surprise, she said, but Ketsia Marie has found herself crowned Miss Creole Des Iles Seychelles 2018.The 20-year-old student from Au Cap took the title at the the beauty pagea... more...
Big opportunity for sea viewing: The Calypso glass-bottomed boat with room for 30 passengers
13th November 2018
By John Lablache Seychelles’ tiny capital, Victoria, is sheltered from the Indian Ocean by a string of islands which also constitute the Ste Anne Marine Park, one of the archipelago’s... more...

Archbishop's OBE a 'great honour' says President

10th February 2015

Dedication: Archbishop French and British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll, with the Bishop’s daughter and granddaughter, Frances and Shannon
Dedication: Archbishop French and British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll, with the Bishop’s daughter and granddaughter, Frances and Shannon

The award of an OBE to Archbishop Emeritus of the Indian Ocean, French Chang-Him, has been hailed a great honour by President James Michel.

The President told the Archbishop: “Your elevation to the Order of the British Empire is testimony to your standing as a man of peace, justice and courage not only in Seychelles, but also internationally, especially in the Commonwealth.”

This OBE is the first award from the British and Commonwealth honours system to a Seychellois citizen in 35 years. The British government presented it to Archbishop French in recognition of his services to reconciliation, human rights, charity and democratic values as well as his help to British nationals in Seychelles.

In his letter to the Archbishop Mr Michel went on: “It is a highly deserved recognition of your lifetime achievements, your dedication and commitment to your calling, and a tribute to your many years of service, with ardour, compassion and humility, to the people of Seychelles. It is also a great honour that has been bestowed on our country.”

The OBE was officially was presented to Bishop French by the British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll.

She described him as “an extremely humble and gracious man, who is a friend to many”.

She added: “Despite his own family pain and loss over the years, Bishop French is the epitome of forgiveness, reconciliation and positive role-modelling. He has worked tirelessly in the service of God and his fellow country men and women for many years, yet remains modest to a fault.

“His perspective, compassion and desire to help are limitless, as are his charitable works and services to the inter-faith committee. He made the Anglican Church relevant, and its words resonate, for all Seychellois.”

Bishop French trained and was ordained in the UK in 1962. He was appointed Bishop of Seychelles in 1979, until his resignation in 2004. He held the position of Archbishop of the Indian Ocean from 1984 to 1995.

Accepting the OBE Bishop French expressed his surprise at the award, and said that, for once in his long career as a clergyman, he was speechless.

He thanked his family for their support and dedicated the honour to the people of Seychelles, stating that, “we are all walking this path together”.

Archbishop Chang-Him has said two of the painful events in his life was the loss of his wife who succumbed to cancer in 1996 and the death of his brother Davidson Chang-Him who was shot during the coup of June 5, 1977.

After the award ceremony he said “I dedicate this award to the Almighty God, my family, the British community here, but it’s also to all the organisations I represent because we work as a team, so finally that leads to Seychelles that this award is being dedicated to.

“This inspires me to continue to do the work I have been trying to do and one of my deepest concerns is the question of reconciliation, uniting our people. So this is going to be my ongoing goal to try to work for the unity of our people.”

Latest News

Always aim to be the best, soccer star Kevin Betsy tells Seychelles youth
10th September 2019
Kevin Betsy: La Digue
Top football coach Kevin Betsy is delighted that his trip to help the youngsters of Seychelles proved… more...
Kevin's goal is to help as many young players as possible
10th September 2019
Coaching session on Mahe
Kevin's itinerary in Seychelles was devised to allow him meet up with as many sports people as possible.… more...
EXCLUSIVE: Why I am still prepared to stand for President... and why I bear no grudges, by Patrick Pillay
16th July 2019
Patrick Pillay: “I enjoy politics”
With the Presidential Elections looming next year, observers are starting to scrutinise the thoughts… more...
Will the new ‘Third Force’ political party bring us all together? Watch this space!
8th May 2019
On a mission: Alain St Ange and Peter Sinon of One Seychelles
By Lewis BetsyPolitics in Seychelles is in a strange place. When I was in the UK, I viewed the situation… more...
Seychellois in London pay tribute to the sacrifice of Gerard Hoarau
3rd January 2019
Gerard Hoarau: A life cut short
Tribute was paid again to the memory of Gerard Hoarau who died in the cause of fighting for democracy… more...
Thousands of protesters demand a fresh Presidential election, so why isn't Danny Faure listening?
13th November 2018
Protest: Thousands take to the streets demanding a fresh Presidential election
By Lewis Betsy There are growing public protests over the refusal of Danny Faure to hold a… more...
Surprise! Ketsia is crowned Miss Creole
13th November 2018
It all came as a bit of a surprise, she said, but Ketsia Marie has found herself crowned Miss Creole… more...
Seeing the wonders of the sea through a glass-bottom boat
13th November 2018
Big opportunity for sea viewing: The Calypso glass-bottomed boat with room for 30 passengers
By John Lablache Seychelles’ tiny capital, Victoria, is sheltered from the Indian Ocean… more...
October's News
News Archive