The Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Abaza Congress met with the students of the ASU and answered their questions.

Said Bargandzhia 

Mussa Ekzekov, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Abaza Congress, met with students of the Abkhaz State University and answered young people’s questions on Friday October 18.

Communication lasted more than two hours. During this time, Mussa Ekzekov spoke in detail about the goals and objectives of the WAC, about the plans of the Congress, and then the young people were able to ask their questions.

ASU Rector Aleko Gvaramia, in turn, told Musa Ekzekov the difficult history of the university and shared its successes.

 “Literally immediately after the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia 130 people [within the university] defended their doctoral dissertations. For any successful university, this is a good indicator. Especially for a university that survived the war. In difficult years, the [largest Russian universities] of Moscow State University and MGIMO, North Caucasian universities and other educational institutions helped us survive. We have many friends,” Aleko Gvaramia shared, and added: “We have very talented young people. Today, 47 people study at graduate schools of various reputable universities in the near and far abroad. Our university is part of the Eurasian and Oxford unions.”

Gvaramia noted that before the start of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia, dozens of Abaza from Karachay-Cherkessia were educated annually at the ASU. The rector also promised that the university will work on projects that can be implemented in conjunction with the World Abaza Congress.

Mussa Ekzekov warmly thanked all those present.

“I am happy to be in the walls of this university, which are saturated with love for each student - for the child who comes to the university and then becomes a specialist. From what I know: decades of work have been invested so that the university is at the highest level at which it is now. I bow down to you,” said the Chairman of the SC WAC.

Mussa Ekzekov told students about the successful model of the ANO “Alashara”, which he also leads. The “Alashara” model, worked out over the years, is now used in the work of the WAC.

“Six years ago, when we were at the origins of the creation of “Alashara”, I understood that it was necessary to create a team. I met guys who did not believe in anything, they had apathy. Then we agreed that we can work and build our own destiny. If a person is just helped, he spoils, and if you show the right way, helping in the first stage, he is ready to solve any problems. Six years later, the picture is different, in the eyes of the same guys I see sparkles, I see confidence. They themselves build their fate,” Ekzekov shared.


 The topic of how young people can help in the unification of their native people aroused great interest among students.

So, Valeria Arshba, a second-year student at the ASU Faculty of International Relations, asked Mussa Ekzekov how the youth of Abkhazia, in particular, the ASU students, can take part in the Congress.

Answering a question, the head of the SC WAC assured the meeting participants that it was precisely the youth that had the “greatest emphasis” in the work of the WAC.

“We will write various programs with you, you can offer ideas for these programs. We will definitely engage you. We will [together] implement various youth, sports, cultural and educational projects. We have a web information portal where we can exchange opinions. We cover all our programs so that you can get to know them and express your opinion,” said Mussa Ekzekov.

Focusing on the topic of discussion, he also said that the office of the ANO “Alashara” is located in the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia where the discussion club operates. It is led by a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the ASU, Irina Turava. Ekzekov urged students to take an active part in the club, because “this is just a great platform where you can make suggestions, speak out.”

Teacher Irina Turava also participated in the meeting. On behalf of her students, she asked Ekzekov what he could now advise to a sixteen-year-old himself.

“I grew up in the village and until the eighth grade I called my grandfather dad. He taught us how to work. No matter how difficult it was for us, we always understood what we could achieve [conceived]. You must believe in yourself. I [always] knew for sure that if I wanted to fly into space, I could fly into space. You need to believe that you can do everything, but to understand that you need to go a long way,” Ekzekov shared and added: “You need to love and value your time. It is this time to give to study, friendship and love for each other.”

He also said that one of the secrets of his success is to follow his customs and traditions, because “when you follow them, you are qualitatively different, people want to be friends with you and communicate with you.”

At the meeting, the Chief of Staff of the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Congress, Kan Taniya, spoke. He spoke about the realized projects of the WAC: the organization of large-scale celebrations for Flag Day, the charity event “Soul Warmth” and others. Tania also said that a youth branch of the WAC at the ASU will soon be created.

The students were also exhorted by the doctor of sciences, academician Yanvarbi Ekba, who also urged young people to actively participate in the work of the World Abaza Congress.

“Participate, offer, do not be afraid. Be sure to stand close: even if you make a mistake, the elders will always help you,” said Ekba.

At the end of the meeting, Mussa Ekzekov presented the journalist of the Abkhaz Television Kamilla Kirval a memorable gift from the WAC for the best material following the trip of the ASU students-journalists to the KChR to the cultural and sports festival “Abaza”.

The first meeting of the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the World Abaza Congress Mussa Ekzekov with students of the Abkhaz State University was very warm. Students asked Mussa Ekzekov to return to university again.