OPENING ADDRESS BY MRS MEG OKAO, PRESIDENT GREAT BENIN ORIGINS WORLDWIDE, AT GBO ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ROME, ITALY ON AUGUST 17TH 2019.
Let me start by welcoming our special guests and all invitees to GBO 2019 Conference. Our Royal and Traditional Fathers, Edo State Government officials, The Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Leaders and Members of Edo Socio-Cultural Organizations in Europe, Distinguished Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen, you are all welcome to this great occasion.
I am very delighted to stand before you today as your Daughter and President of this great organization; and on behalf of the entire members of GBO Worldwide, I wish to highly appreciate all you present in this occasion.
Great Benin Origins is a socio-cultural worldwide organization that aims to unit all idu’s children by bringing together all related people of Edo family both home and in the Diaspora.
Apart from uniting our great Edo family, we are also disposed to bring development to our society back home with effective economic enhancement programmes that will bring progress to our land. GBO as an organization, also advocates for the preservation of the rich Cultural Heritage of the Edo people, which also stands as one of our main objectives.
A journey of a thousand mile starts with a step, if we pull our efforts together with sincerity and commitment, we can make Edo the greatest of all nations on the face of the earth. Therefore, I invite everyone here present, to come and be a part of of this moving train of progress. Your effort and contribution to this vision of unity and progress will not be in vain.
Lets put our hands together to make Edo Great Again. Without mincing words, It is our collective duty to collaborate with His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, The Oba of Benin Kingdom, to develop Edoland with all our strenght.
Once again, I welcome you all from the bottom of my heart. And to those that could not be present here because of one reason or the other, I thank you all for your prayers and goodwill.
Oba ghato’ kpere Ise !
Up GBO AKUGBE !!!
*Great Benin Origins In Diaspora Organisation Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary And Worldwide Conference In Rome, Italy, 17th Of August, 2019*
By Uwagboe Ogieva
18th Of August, 2019
It was a bright sunny day, with a clear cloud, like a gradual coming together of giants for a great united front working in unity and harmony to achieve a specific goal and objective, Great Benin Origins worldwide came from 4 continents dressed in gorgous outfits to make yet another history.
Great Benin Origins(GBO) In Diaspora Organisation is a socio-cultural organisation that stands to unite idu’s descendants from all works of life for sole purpose of positive cultural revival, creative idealogies and economic advancement. 17th of August marked a memorable day of one year anniversary held in a theatre hall at Via Selene 47, Torre Angelo, Rome Italy.
Present at the ocassion was Dr Stephen Ogbonmwan the guest speaker, from united Kingdom, Dr. Charles Omorodion represented by GBO coordinator of United Kingdom Elder Osehi Ikhilor, President priest Harrison Imafu Okao, Ohen of Holy Aruosa Cathedral due to some understandable reasons could not make the conference from Nigeria but called through a mobile communication to address the audience, expresing his gratitude and support for the organisation. Mr Tony Onwudiegu, dressed in his beautiful Ukwuale atire admonished the scene. The Uyioghosa cultural troupe were never tired of blessing the people and ceremony with their melodious interludes of Edo cultural songs and folkslore. Elder faluyi Osunde, the coordinator of GBO in Italy with madam Rita Iyinbor did so marvelously in coordinating , planning and preparation of the events. Many heads of associations and clubs were present. Lots of important dignitaries were present. Ozedu of Italy gave a beautiful duet and Edo traditional dance display. There were lots of vehicles to move people and goods around as members volunteered to assist in the free flow of transportation.
G.B.O President Meg Okao Addressing the audience in her welcome address emphasise the purpose of GBO organisation, encourage members to join and register with the organisation as a sure way of bringing about desired impact for a sane and productive society. Award was given to Dr Stephen Ogbonmwan and Mrs Jessica Pat Otote for their sefless contribution to Edo people and nation. GBO executive office certificates where issued to respective persons. Mr Victor Osazuwa with his usual witty jokes thrilled the audience with humor and smiles as the MC of the Occassion.
Two book were launched at the ceremony, one by Uwagboe Ogieva the secretary general of GBO organisation, titled “The Genesis Of Great Benin Origins”and another Book by Mr Emokpae Odigie who is the GBO Ireland coordinator titled “When Reason Is On Vacation”. GBO t- shirts, face caps were also distributed. There were so much to eat and drink. Much love and sharing among members and guests at the event as the Roma based DJ sound some of his best music selection.
New members collected printed GBO organisation forms, registered and paid their organisation Idcards towards the close of the ceremony.
G.B.O has grown in many ways, even more than expected in 2019. once a year, we all meet and share our hearts and thoughts together after chatting and relating with one another on whatsapp group throughout the year.
G.B.O yearly conference is not just a ceremonial gathering but a historic time to mark our union. The presentation of G.B.O official idcard, presentation of certificates of office to newly elected official members into to the Executive council, book launch, sales of GBO materials like T-shirts, sticker, magazines are some of the hallmarks that are afforded members to showcase themselves to our society.
G.B.O is a community, a spirit of revolution driving with speed that touches lives all over the world.
G.B.O has come to prove we are a great people and that greatness is lifted by our togetherness and self love.
Notifiy the Secretary of any contribution you have to support the program.
You can donate anything you have to support its success.
G.B.O LOVES YOU SO MUCH.
COME BE A PART OF THE MOVING TRAIN.
Oba gha tor kpere Isee
Mr Victor Osazuwa
Media and communication director
ANNOUNCEMENT !!! GBO REGISTERED WITH UNITED NATIONS (3rd OF JUNE, 2019)
This is to inform the entire members of Great Benin Origins Worldwide that our great organisation (GBO) has been registered in the United Nations.
The confirmation of this organization’s acceptance was received through a reply notification that recognized the incorporation of the profile of “Forum of Great Benin Origins in Diaspora” into (Development of Economic and Social Affairs) DESA’s Civil Society database, of the United Nations.
The realization of this giant stride was made possible through the instrumentality of our distinguished Dr. Charles Omorodion. FCEA, DMS, DipM, MCIM, MBA. PhD.
President, Edo National Association UK. Director Policy & Research GBO.
Chairman, Reconciliation committee, GBO. Dr. Charles Omorodion is a professional management consultant expert in the United Kingdom.
Mr Victor Osazuwa
Director, Media and Comunication GBO.
3rd of June, 2019
*GBO ACTION FOR THE RIGHT SOLUTION 2019*
*GREAT* Benin Origins Organisation Action For The Right Solution
Great *BENIN* Origins Organisation Action For The Right Solution
Great Benin *ORIGINS* Organisation Action For The Right Solution
Great Benin Origins *ORGANISATION* Action For The Right Solution
Great Benin Origins Organisation *ACTION* For The Right Solution
Great Benin Origins Organisation Action *FOR* The Right Solution
Great Benin Origins Organisation Action For *THE* Right Solution
Great Benin Origins Organisation Action For The *RIGHT* Solution
Great Benin Origins Organisation Action For The Right *SOLUTION*
Join Hundreds Of Eminent Sons And Daughters Of Igodomigodo Across Continents, From Americas, Canada, Europe, Asia And Africa In Rome, Come August 17th, 2019 For 1st Year Anniversary And Worldwide Conference
Mr Victor Osazuwa
Media and communication Director Worldwide
1st Of June, 2019
My elders, ladies and gentlemen, I greet you all.
Today’s event was of enormous enthusiasm and colourfull as witnessed from the back ground.
I register my thanks and gratitude to all our dear GBO representatives at the Holy Aruosa today where our respected chief priest, Okao, the ohẹn of Aruosa cathederal presided over the end of year thanksgiven celebration by our Oba.
I ‘m indeed overwhelmed with the reception altitude and attitude particularly as my earger for pre-evaluation was manifested prior to presentation of our Golden gift.
Madam Derby, thank you for demonstration of pragmantism, Mr Don Senator, Barr. Osawaru, Mr Nicholas Ogieva, Sister Lovelt Okunmwendia and all others who by-passed their personal interest to show their presence and solidarity for GBO in the presence of our monarch, I thank you all.
It is my believe that our objectives as highlighted by our president, Mrs meg Okao, the points touched by our able director of communication, Mr Victor Osazuwa and the list presented by our able secretary Mr Uwagboe Ogieva, and the advice of our noble one Mrs Aibiokula Okao herself were or will be conveyed owing to their solid validity
Finally thank you all my glamourous family.
Obaghator ọkpẹre isẹẹ
Engr. Ayo Aghadiaye
Great Benin Origins Worldwide Organisation Celebrate Edo Fest 2018. Kingsquare, Ringroad, Benin City. Edo State
GREAT BENIN ORIGINS ORGANISATION IN COLABORATION AND SPONSORSHIP OF EDO FEST 2018
By Uwagboe Ogieva
22nd December, 2018
As part of yearly celebration of Edo people’s igue festival celebration usually held at every year end , The commisioner of art, culture, tourism and diaspora affairs, honourable Osaze Osemwingie Ero, with the Edo state governor his excellency Godwin N Obaseki coined the most colourful and all encompassing talented and cultural extravaganzas EDO FEST 2018, starting from 17th December 2018 to climax on the 22nd of December 2018.
Great Benin Origins organisation was specially invited and call upon to feature in the EDOFEST being one of the most progressive among the numerous diaspora organisations in recent times. The Fest also saw participations of many other organisations, cultural groups, Nollywood actors, Important dignitaries , among whom were Deputy Governor Of Edo State, Honourable Philip Shaibu, Prof Patrick Obahiagbon, Palace chiefs and many clergymen at the event.
GBO special team who were dressed with EDOFEST t-shirts with face caps , where led by Mr Lucky Aghahowa , GBO Program Director Based in Belgium, Miss Derby I Ohonbamu, GBO Financial secretary, From Ireland, Mr Nicholas Ogieva, GBO Nigeria Coordinator, Senior UNIBEN staff, Barr. Famous Osawaru, GBO Legal Adviser, Miss Diva Ifueko Ukponmwan, GBO Chief Editor, Mr Uyioghosa Joshua Iyasere, Mr Godwin Aghahowa and many other GBO members currently visiting and residing in Nigeria.
Great Benin Origins Organisation have demonstrated once again their readiness to promote African culture and tradition. Work with ministries and institutions for revival of positive and innovative prospects of the Great Benin Kingdom rich cultural heritage. Culture of course is one of the most dynamic and unique aspects of a people’s existence and a strong binding cord that glue the society and her people together in unity. It has also over the years directed the path and way of behavior and life of the people; it also coordinates the activities of the social lives of the people.
Great Benin Origins Organisation is a socio- cultural organization that embraces unity, development and intercultural integration among members of ethnic nationalities historically and culturally linked together in the old Great Benin Empire of West Africa.