Emerging from its first quarter NEC meeting held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, North Dallas, Texas, the Egbe Omo Yoruba North America (National Association of Yoruba Descendants in North America), Dallas Forth Worth, Texas, between March 22 and 24, 2019, the association has, among other deliberations, approved the commencement of a programme for its youth in effort to support their aspirations as it prepares to mark its 25 years of existence. The Yoruba National Youth Program segment of the landmark anniversary has taken off immediately.
The silver jubilee is billed to attract about one thousand (1000) people – Egbe’s delegates and guests all over North America and around the world. special guests will include governors, politicians, public administrators, captains of industries, Obas and members of traditional institutions, opinion and community leaders, artistes and musicians of repute, partners and delegates from Nigeria and many individuals as well as organizations that share in the mission, goals, and objectives of Egbe Omo Yoruba.
At the conclusion of its deliberations, specifically directed toward the development of Yoruba community and, the strategic plans to protect the territorial lands belonging to Yoruba without compromise, the NEC passed the resolution to celebrate the 25th anniversary of EOYNA between July 17 and 22 this year.
According to the National Secretary of Public Affairs of the association, Bishop Adejube, the grand finale of the silver jubilee shall feature erudite scholars and resource personnel in a panel discussion that will address cultural, economic, social activities and policies that affect the Yorùbá race. The celebration will also include cultural display, beauty pageant, games, awards, carnival and fund raising for the Oodua House and Yoruba Development Fund (YDF).
Resolutions made at the plenary session are that: the Egbe Omo Yoruba Baton Rouge will host its national convention and silver jubilee; the association, through its youths, leaders and entire members, will embark on aggressive campaign for the fund-raising activities effective from March; that the theme of the special anniversary is “Changing World, Changing Times: Positioning Egbe Omo Yoruba for Assuring Yoruba Ascendancy.”
Other resolutions are: that proceed from all money raised will be directed towards building Oodua House and setting aside money for the Yoruba Development Fund; that awards be conferred on deserving members of the public, members of Egbe Omo Yoruba and community leaders; that the association should develop strategic short and long-term plans which would focus on the development of Yoruba people and the community and, finally, that EOYNA will collaborate with traditional rulers and all Yoruba leaders to ensuring that the development plans work, produce desired results, as well as guaranteeing economic and political empowerment for Yoruba people at home and abroad.
By Omolade Akinwumi