YCE chairman, Elder Otunba Michael Olawale Shadare introduced the delegation and conveyed to the High Commission the mission and ethos of YCE as an organisation.
The coordinating Secretary, Elder Prince Dr Ademola Adekunle intimated the High Commissioner and members of diplomatic mission on the objectives of YCE in initiating an Annual Lecture, including managing societal menace like gun and knife crime and enhancing economic empowerment, family cohesion, and creating an ideal community for children to thrive and achieve. He concluded by presenting the High Commissioner with a formal invitation to the Lecture.
Other highlight of the visit included appointment of the High Commissioner and his wife as YCE Patron and Matron respectively announced by Custodian General, YCE Europe and America, Elder Otunba Mobolaji Falase who also gave the ambassador a brief history of Yoruba Council of Elders.
The YCE delegation also engaged the High Commissioner on national issues that border on the progress and wellbeing of the people.
On national identity card, the High Commissioner confirmed its rollout and solicited YCE’s support in disseminating this to the Nigerian community in Europe and America.
YCE then implored the High Commissioner and the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria to progress to positive conclusion on diaspora voting rights, a key agenda of YCE Europe and America based on the expressed needs of millions of Nigerians in Diaspora.
YCE Custodian, Elder Sir Anthony Adesina thanked the High Commissioner and his team for the reception accorded YCE members on the visit. The High Commissioner assured YCE of his full support for the organisation and for the annual lecture initiative.
Other delegates included on the visit included YCE treasurer, Elder Babatunde Akintaro and Elder Mrs Faramade Adeniran.
The Education Information and Culture Committee working on the annual Lecture event are Elder Ayo Faleti, Coordinator and Elder Bobagunwa, Prince Dr Lai Soile - immediate past YCE Vice President, Elder Prince Dr Ademola Adekunle, Elder Chief Mrs Temitayo Ajakaye, Elder Alhaji Akeem Yusuf and Elder Yeye Kemi Ojetola.
The topic of the 2019 annual lecture is ‘Ede ati asa ninu idagbasoke ile Yoruba’ i.e. ‘The role of language and culture in the development of Yorubaland’.
Date: Saturday, 23rd of November 2019
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Ripple Conference Centre, Barking. IG11 7FN United Kingdom.
Guest speakers are
- Araba of Osogbo, Chief Dr Ifayemi Elebuibon. Lecturer of African Traditional Religion and Philosophy at San Francisco State University United States and Vice Chairman, Board of Traditional Medicine Osun State. Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon is the creator of the popular TV series, ‘Ifa Olokun Asorodayo’- a traditional morality drama on Nigeria National Television Network. He has honourary doctorate degree of the Brandice University USA.
- Mr Tunji Oyelana. Founder of The Benders Band. The octogenarian veteran of high life music was formerly a lecturer, resident artist and music director at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is regarded as one of the most played Yoruba musician/artists, in the league of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade. Mr Tunji Oyelana and Wole Soyinka composed ‘I love my country’, a 1996 blockbuster which explored and hint on the socio-political turmoil in Nigeria.
Messages from Royal Fathers of the day would be from
-The Akarigbo of Remoland. HRM Oba Adewale Babatunde Ajayi
-The Ataoja of Osogbo. HRH Oba Oyetunji Olanipekun (Larooye II).
Other dignitaries expected include Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Lord Victor Adebowale CEO Turning Point, Olukemi Badenoch MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
Other appearances on the day would include by other organisations representing Yoruba towns/states/projects; Ondo Union, Gbenga Crown and Levite Band and DJ Oops (Kunle Awosusi) among others.
Ticket is £30.01 per head, available via eventbrite.
By Elder Prince Dr Ademola Adekunle, Coordinating Secretary YCE Europe & America.