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Omoluabi Association berths in Netherlands

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A new pan Yoruba socio -cultural organisation, Omoluabi Association, has been launched in the Royal Kingdom of Holland.

In a statement issued in Holland and made available to the newsmen on Monday by the Convener, Chief (Mrs) Shola Omolana King, said it is worthy of note that our association is not solely for the Yorubas or Nigerians but also extends to other Africans, culturally motivated Netherlands and other European countries.

“Who is Omoluabi? The Omoluabi is used to describe a person of good character. The omoluabi concept signifies courage, hard work, humility and respect. Above all, an omoluabi is a person of integrity.” She noted.

She stated further that Omoluabi Association of Netherlands is dedicated to promote, defend the rich culture of the Yorubas, and also to propagate Yoruba cultural heritage and values in the Netherlands and Europe as well as to produce culturally riched diaspora’s children that will be able to integrate effectively with their counterparts in Nigeria in terms of cultural conscious and showcasing our rich heritage values.

“We aspire to be one of the best associations in Holland and Europe, most especially in the areas of impacting culture, norms and traditionals knowledge into all our children born outside Nigeria, thus providing solution to the bilingual problems confronting our diaspora’s based children and linguistic integration.

“Similarly, we wish to create a platform for promoting peace, unity and Harmonious existence among all Yoruba descendants in Holland and Europe through re-awakening our dying cultural heritages, through a pre-plan and streamlined educating developmental program as well as embarking on the need to empower the less priviledge children in Nigeria with a particular interest in the Yoruba region.

In her words, Chief (Mrs) Shola King said ; “Omoluabi Association will be extended to other European countries, North America, Asia and African continent . The official launching of the group will be announced before the end of the year. We are also making efforts to visit our respected traditional rulers in Nigeria for their prayers and their support because they are the custodians of traditions and cultures, a lots of stakeholders will be visited as well.

“In Holland, we have, Hon Michael Oladosu as the National Coordinator, Hon Abel Daso as the Deputy National Coordinator, while Chief Larry Otubambo is the General Secretary.

“The underlisted are the attributes and basis fundamental identities of Omoluabi Association of Netherlands”. The statement said.

The underlisted are the attributes of Omoluabi:

(1) Oro siso (spoken words)

(2) Iteriba (Respect)

(3) Irera Eni sile (Humility)

(4) Inu rere (To think good about others)

(5) Otito (Truth)

(6) Iwa rere (Good of Characters)

(7) Akinkanju (Bravery)

(8) Ise (Hard work)

(9) Opolo pipe (Intelligence).

MOTTO:

Unity and Respect!

SLOGAN:

“ASA YORUBA!!!

TIWA N TIWA!

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Breaking: Potsherd Pavement Discovered In Ekiti State

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An archaeological and touristic feature, a long potsherd pavement has been unearthed at the palace of Onimesi of Imesi Ekiti, Gboyin Local Government of Ekiti State.

 

The Onimesi, Oba Adetunji Olatunde who exposed this historical and transgenerational heritage asset during the visit of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre to his palace today said that the potsherd pavement has a trail not only in the place but in other part of town

 

Ambassador Ojo- Lanre who said he was in Imesi Ekiti in furtherance of the assignment on profiling historical and cultural heritage of tourism significance in Ekiti State was elated when Oba Olatunde conducted him round the palace and unveiled the potsherd pavement which he said dated back to hundreds of years.

 

 

Ojo – Lanre said those potsherd pavements are evidence of age long civilization associated with the ancestral towns of historical significance adding that with the assistant of archaeologist there could be more revelation on the Imesi potsherd pavements

 

 

Oba Olatunde disclosed that “Imesi town is an ancient town of rich and glorious past. An old kingdom that has given birth to many towns in Yoruba land. Apart from this potsherd pavement, Imesi also harbours many heritage and touristic assets like Iseku stream which has been found to be of medicinal value and the traditional healing water of great potent and a cave which harboured our forefathers during the war “

 

 

He revealed that “I am a product of a rich cultural pedigree. I understand the value which the enhancement of tradition, arts, culture and tourism could bring to a town.

 

That is the main reason we are branding Imesi as a cultural- tourism town of immense proportion. You see that our Imesi Museum of Royal Antiquities which is the first in the state is 95 per cent completed and will be inaugurated during the First Year coronation ceremony slated for June 12 – 17. And within the time.

 

Imesi will host the first Royal Arts exhibition in Ekiti State

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Fayemi’s Aide, Wale Ojo Lanre Bags Singapore’s World Cultural Society’ Country’s Team Co-coordinator

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The Federation of World Cultural and Arts Society, Singapore, FOWCAAS, has appointed Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State as its Team Leader and Chief Coordinator in Nigeria.

 

 

The world cultural organization which has its chapters in 96 countries with headquarter in Singapore is saddled with the mission of strengthening and promoting global link with cultural, arts and tourism organizations, bodies, institutions; organize international cultural and artists exchange programmes, enhance global culture and arts for deepening of world peace and mutual global co-existence, showcase intercontinental diversity of arts and artistic activities for appreciation and understanding, promote , create confidence in Chinese culture and arts within the global concept and strengthening Singapore’s relations with cultural and artistic circles around the world

 

According to a letter of appointment signed by Grand Master Jason Tan, FOWCAAS President, Singapore ‘ FOWCASS has acknowledged and approved Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, as the Team Leader and Chief Co-coordinator to represent FOWCASS in the Nigeria Cultural Link in West – Africa “

 

According to the letter, the appointment is valid for two years from 01 March to 28 February 2023, subject to renewal upon approval from the FOWCASS Council “

 

The letter disclosed that Ojo – Lanre was appointed after “ We found Ambassador Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State, Nigeria a worthy and competent cultural- tourism minded fellow who can be our point of contact in Nigeria, after a thorough survey and profile auditing of some Nigerians who have been active and passionate in the promotion and branding of the cultural – tourism asset of Nigeria with the aim of fostering g global peace, engendering intercontinental mutual respect and understanding, and projection of unity of purpose in global cultural diversity “

 

The letter revealed that “ By this appointment, Ojo- Lanre is not only the focal point of FOWCAAS in Nigeria, West – Africa link but the Team leader and Chief Coordinator of the mission and objectives of FOWCAAS in Nigeria “

 

Ambassador Ojo – Lanre a graduate of History Education at Adeyemi College of Education has a Masters in Peace and Conflicts Studies, from the University of Ibadan, and a Law degree from Lead City University , Ibadan, is a seasoned journalist with a bias for culture and tourism at the Nigerian Tribune Ibadan, also bagged a Certificate in Green Growth and Travelism , from Hasselt University, Belgium is at present, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State on Tourism Development.

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History Made As Prof Ogundiran Exhibits Outcome Of 5 -Year Archeological Yoruba Work

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A Nigerian-American archaeologist and cultural historian, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, yesterday, held a photographic exhibition of his five-year archeological work at the site of Oyo Ile (Old Oyo and Bara).

 

Oyo Ile was the headquarters of the old Oyo Empire and the centre of Yoruba civilisation, while Bara is the final resting place of several Alaafins. Ogundiran, whose research focuses on the Yoruba world of western Africa, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora, is the author of a new book on Yoruba history, titled, ‘The Yoruba: A New History’.

 

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, making a point while being taken on a tour of the exhibition by Ogundiran

 

 

The Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, has been leading the 10-year Old Oyo Archaeological Project in Bara, which began in 2017.

The exhibition, which was held in Oyo town, yesterday, attracted dignitaries from across the country. Some of those in attendance include, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Conservator General of the Federation, Ibrahim Goni and Chairman, Local Advisory Committee on Old Oyo National Park, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd). Alaafin, in his speech, promised his support for the archeological project and the authorities of Nigerian National Park Service in ensuring the preservation of Old Oyo and Bara heritage sites. Other highlights of the occasion included a tour of the photographic exhibition by dignitaries and presentation of the new book on Yoruba history to the Alaafin by the author.

During the tour of the exhibition, Ogundiran observed that Old Oyo, with a population of about 100,000, was one of the largest cities in the world.

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