Appreciation Visit To Chief Ihama For His Kind Gesture on 19th of May 2019
THE PETITION OF MR LUCKY AGHAHOWA AGAINST MARSHAL UTUBOR AS RESOLVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF GBO 11th of May, 2019
A petition was made and sent to the GBO executive council on the 3rd of May by Mr Aghahowa Lucky against Marshal Utubor of breaking the GBO code of conduct number 8 which states “You must promote and display maximum respect for the OBA / KING OF GREAT BENIN KINGDOM ”. Again that Marshall Utubor recent publications that Edo kings originated from the yorubas defiles the ethic of GBO organisation and the authentic Edo history
The petition was passed to the Disciplinary Committee to examine and submit their report.
A report was submitted on the 8 of May 2019 by the Chairman of the DC Elder Faluyi Osunde as follows:
“Enimwanren wahia latose,
etenmwen nikpia kekevbe nikwo wahia obowie. In response to the petition filed against one of our illustrious son Mr Osamudiamen Okakolo by another of our illustrious son Mr Aghahowa Lucky has been looked into and our findings is based on the fact that Ekaladeran originally known ran away from Benin for his dear life got to Ile Ife (ilefe) and the settlers there named him Oduduwa which is a Yoruba word (God sent King) so if anyone believe that he or she is for Ekaladeran and the other believes on Oduduwa is a personal choice and that can never change history (facts) although am not a historian but I believe what my grand fathers told me. Therefore I will plead with our dear son Mr Aghahowa Lucky to withdraw his petition due to misunderstanding and let love continue to unite us together (Akugbe) as one family of Igodomigodo descendant.
I will also advise our dear brother Mr Osamudiamen Okakolo and everyone of us to desist from associating with any individual or group of persons who does not mean well to the Benin monarch our great Oba of Benin kingdom and the Benins as a whole.
Conclusively, I will ask the EC to temper justice with mercy but Mr Osamudiamen Okakolo should be made to pay a fine for exiting from GBO without notice after all he was only having a personal issue not an organisational issue. if he wish to come back to GBO worldwide organisation.
I want to say thank you all for your patience and love towards this noble organisation GBO worldwide.
Elder Osunde Faluyi. (Odionwere Rome-Italy.
Italy Coordinator GBO worldwide.
Chairman Disciplinary Committee GBO worldwide.
OBA GHATO KPERE ISEE.”
Just before the ratification of DC report, Mr lucky Aghahowa tendered his statement of agreeing to the report of the DC and same time withdraw his petition. Quote as he submitted:
“Domor sir… I so much appreciate the decision made by the DC. I hereby withdraw my case.
Thanks” – [Mr Lucky Aghahowa].
The Executive council conducted a simple majority vote on the 11th of may, 2019 in acceptance of the DC report. The DC report got 15 Yes. The president Madam Meg Okao made a final proclamation to conclude and declare the DC report binding. With this Mr Utubor will be accepted back to the organisation if he still desires to work with us.
Thank you all for standing for peace, justice and progress in GBO organisation worldwide.
Oba gha tor kpere, Isee.
Secretary Of GBO
13th of May 2019
SUPPORT GBO ASSISTED TRAFIC ORDER CONTROL TO SAVE LIFE
Nigeria has 21.6% of mortality rate caused by road traffic injury and accident as published by world bank in their official website. World health organisation have also published similar statistics pointing menace of trafic order and control through out the country.
Beside, Lagos, Kanu, Port Harcort, Benin City is recorded one of the most populous City of Nigeria as a result of economic, educational, and cultural immigration influcts from other parts of the states and countries. Benin City, the ancient City is a commercial City that house nearly every ethnic nationalities of Nigeria. The City where the king reside and home of great history, culture, natural and human resources. It has one of the best vegetations with connectable roads that leads to south, east, west and north. Benin City is the capital of Edo state, the heart beat of Nigeria.
In recent times, there have been too much of trafic disorderliness, abuse of road signs, irregular crossing of pupils and students, fighting in bus stops over first to enter bus and insufficient control of road trafic warder.
GBO being an organisation that cares have decided to draw diasporas attention to support Benin City trafic order control. Its a fact the government cannot do it all alone. Develop society are build by both the government and the people. GBO have decided to assist in Benin City trafic order control to save the untimely death of women, children, age people and youths.
GBO PLAN OF ACTION
On GBO Nigeria General Meeting held on Sunday 3rd February 2019 at Benin City Resolutions:
• GBO will partner with ECTS (Edo City Transport Service) and Government Secondary Schools to promote the vision of Great Benin Origins (GBO) at schools and ECTS Bus-Stops.
•Items of partnership are viz: GBO T-shirts & caps, stickers, ECTS Bus-Stop sign posts sponsored by GBO, reflective jackets for students’ traffic control at ECTS Bus-Stops.
•Idogbo Secondary School and Idogbo Bus-Stop in Ikpoba-Okha shall be the first case study prior to further implementation and roll-out to other schools and bus-stops in Benin City.
However, to accomplish this great and inevitable task the organisation call on all well mean diasporans to donate whatever they can. Transfer donations to Zenith Bank Of Bank – Forum Of Great Origins In Diaspora : Account Number : 1016039279. Support to make great Benin Great again. Help keep societal sane and healthy living.
Donate to Zenith Bank Of Bank – Forum Of Great Origins In Diaspora : Account Number : 1016039279
Thank you so much
Together we can make great Benin great again.
Oba gha tor kpere!
Secretary Of GBO
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Information consumers read and explore news and updates today more on their mobile phones, tablets, laptops, destops and community informations installation in business center, institutions and public places.
GBO For Now Can Empowered Their Website By:
1. GBO online market (to sell tea shirts, materials, etc )
2. GBO regular correspondence, reports, news and publications of featured invents. Get freelance writers and voluntary corespondence.
3. GBO online Edo language publications and periodic lessons
4. GBO paid advert page for the public
5. Lastly when the organisation is big enough to pay for app , then they get GBO app for both andriod, window, etc..
Secretary of GBO Worldwide
10th of december, 2018
The Executive Council And Members Of Great Benin Origins,
I greet you all from the bottom of my heart. In the course of movement in this noble organisation GBO,
we have worked together to tensure that the bonds that binds us never looses its grip. That is the reason our motto is founded on the universal unity of Idu’s children which is our foremost goal. We have passed through difficult times holding our hands in one accord and overcame the flames of seperatetion and defeat. It was on that faith of resilience and hope we stood to uphold our constitution that formed the bedrock of GBO’s solid foundation; that uniqueness will never be surpassed by any personal agenda from anyone.
It has been thirty seven days our ex President Engr. Isaac Igbinosun abandoned office and the mantle of leadership fell on me, however that responsibility was a circumstantial one which was never premeditated.
Invariably, I thank the entire Executive Council for having faith in me to pilot the affairs of GBO when it was necessary to do so.
Therefore considering the many counsel to do the needful, I Meg Okao hereby accept the mantle of leadership of Great Benin Origins as required by our sacred constitution to step in as substantive President of this organization .
I declare my trust and loyalty to you all as your sincere sister in service.
I will serve for the remaining time as stipulated by our constitution to complete the required tenure of office in Great Benin Origins. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
EGIARU SYNDROME: A DESTRUCTIVE DRAWBACK ON THE SOCIO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE BENIN NATION: DECONSTRUCTING THE CANKERWORM – BEING A POSITION PAPER DELIVERED BY ESEOSA EWERE AT THE NATIONAL UNION OF BENIN STUDENTS (NUBS) UNIBEN/UBTH UGIE EDO SEMIMAR, FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST, 2018, BANQUET HALL, UNIVERSITY OF BENIN, BENIN CITY
I am honoured and humbled by the uncommon confidence reposed in me by the organisers of this year’s UGIE EDO; when first I was consulted by the Royal Heritage Executive Council 2018/2019 session to do justice to this all-important subject that continue to occupy the frontburner in the Benin national discourse, I asked myself what do I know? As all efforts to redirect the responsibility to a supposedly more qualified person in the Benin socio-cultural construct proved abortive, I had to take up the challenge but not without a very passionate appeal to the Almighty God and our ancestors to guide me through this daunting task; there is no gainsaying the fact that the Benin nation has suffered huge setback in the socio-political, economic and infrastructural milieu of our dear Country; it appears there has been a conscious and deliberate attempt to reduce the influence of the Benin man in the scheme of things; while this can rightly be attributed to the absence of a unified and formidable Benin socio-cultural, political and economic movement or forum, viable political and economic leadership, dearth in iruemwin Edo, inability to identify critical Benin elements within the various sectors viz: political, economic and socio-cultural, there has also been a systemic marginalization meted on the Benins either by internal or external forces but all geared towards incapacitating the Benin ethnic nationality, silencing her voice and reducing her influence and this has in no small measure affected the average Benin man
Today, we are gathered with the approval of Almighty God and our ancestors not to merry over our modest achievements neither is it to eat and drink, we have not gathered to socialise in a convivial setting, we have peregrinated from far and near to ventilate the burden we carry on our shoulders over the loss of voice and force of the Benins; it will only be justiceable if at the end of this discourse we are able to come out with a well-publicised communique to properly articulate the egiaru syndrome amongst the Benins, its effects and the possible panacea; while some of us may be wondering what is egiaru? Well, in a layman understanding, is a Benin epistemic phraseology which means “it can’t be done”; this particular phraseology has been borrowed on several occasions to explain why a Benin man with a 2nd Class or 3rd Class degree in Petroleum Engineering cannot get a top job in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) whereas his counterpart in the North who is probably a Diploma holder gets the same job in Abuja, he is transfered to Benin, Lagos or Port-Harcourt and lives a larger-than-life lifestyle via proceeds from his job; the egiaru phraseology has been borrowed on several occasions to disqualify and vilify a competent Benin Professor from been the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin simply because he has not been a professor for ten (10) years, whereas in the North, South-West (Yoruba land) or even in Delta, it is almost impossible to vie for such positions against indigenes irrespective of your qualifications, but on Benin soil, we are so enmeshed with how qualified a person is to determine what he gets; and this is against building and sustaining institutional frameworks via ethnic understanding as it typically applies in other regions of our Country; this particular egiaru syndrome is the social disease that tend to justify why a Benin man who probably through individual effort climbed up the social ladder and chose consciously or unconsciously to maintain indifference over the hardship ravaging his people so much so that when you greet him “epa domo” perhabs in search of mentorship, he replies “how are you”?
On September 2014, I was the Chief Correspondence Officer of the Benin National Congress, a Benin based socio-cultural group poised with the responsibility to protect, preserve and promote the rich cultural values of the Benin nation, going by the several antagonistic tendencies that surrounded the Prof. Godwin Oshodin, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Great University of Benin and the obvious attempt to ridicule the administration of the first Benin Professor Vice-Chancellor after over Thirty Nine (39) years of the existence of the ivory tower on Benin soil, we made a passionate appeal calling for the arrest of the notorious ‘pull him down syndrome’ amongst Benin intelligentsias; and the protection of Prof. Oshodin, and his legacies in the University of Benin, from enemies within; those who witnessed the Oshodin era from when he became VC, UNIBEN in November 2009 to his handing over in December 2014 can testify of these legacies; which include but not limited to mass recruitment, infrastructure revampment, personnel development, increased staff/students welfarism, local and international collaborations, creation of new departments/programmes, prompt payment of salaries/arears and workers’ promotions, Prof. Oshodin against all odds of egiaru, returned the University to her glory days; we are not also unaware how the egiaru syndrome almost crippled Prof. Oshodin’s ambition, yet during his 5-year VCship, he made a mark that will last forever on the sand of times; while we continue to eulogize Oshodin and those internal and external forces that selflessly pushed for his emergence, we must appreciate the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. FFO Orumwense for sustaining the humanistic landmarks, maintaining the path of knowlegde, service and excellence, while we yet call on him to further power the dynamo irrespective of the challenges equally bewildering his administration
Over the years, there has been a radical deviation from productive politicking and discourse by the Benin ethnic nationals in particular and other groups in general to politics of supremacy and regime change; we have been greatly obsessed with how to take over power instead of how to dispense good governance, institutions have been destroyed for personal gains, unemployment has taken over the youth body, corruption and what to eat remains an everyday discourse over and above policy formulation and implementation; attempts to unravel the immediate and extended gains of this seemingly brutish politicking to the life of the average Benin man in particular and Nigerians in general has been like trying to pass a camel’s head through a needle’s eye; our use-to-be industries of pride Bendel Brewery, Odin Biscuit, Bendel Insurance, Edo Printing Press, Ethiope Publishing Company, Bata, Iyayi Rubber Factory, etc have all been killed by the same people who ought to preserve and protect their sanctity; while nearly every Benin youth has taken to politicking, activism and the get-rich-quick venture, there has been a wreckless abandon of the values and creed that binds us together; this is due largely to the absence of a Benin united front whereas the Benin pro-people institutions that ought to promote her own has been largely inactive
The Palace of the Oba of Benin remains one of the greatest traditional institutions that has sustained our unity as a people; we continue to draw inspiration from the excellent cross-cultural initiatives exhibited by Benin Obas; while Oba Akenzua sued for education for the Benins, Oba Erediauwa was known for peace, tolerance and cultural development, the ascension of our highly revered Omo n’Oba n’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II N’Ogidigan to the throne of his forebears has no doubt corrected some minormals that hitherto vexed our morals and questioned our Beninness; the outright ban of CDA in the seven (7) Benin-speaking Local Government Areas that brought severe pains and loss to land owners and property developers and the subsequent creation of the Private Property Protection (PPP) Committee in conjunction with the Edo State Government, the traditional declaration against human trafficking, cultism, child abuse, training and payment of stipends to Libya returnees and the creation of institute of Benin Studies, etc forms part of efforts by the Oba Ewuare-led traditional institution to rescue the Benins from the claws of the egiaru syndrome; it is our prayers that the Almighty God and our ancestors will continue to direct the Oba of Benin through the paths of wisdom and prosperity, Oba gha t’okpere
The dearth of political and economic leadership which continue to overwhelm the Benin nation remains a major challenge to our unity and strength; for too long, there has been no definite political and economic rallying point to unite a vast majority of Benins towards a common political or economic goal; the situation has been that of every man for himself which of course is not sufficient enough to rescue an entire ethnic nationality as the Benin from her current political and economic underrepresentation; this has been the bane upon which the egiaru syndrome has succeeded; to undo this mishap, there must be a co-ordinated pro-Benin institutional framework managed by seasoned experts to eradicate such political and economic inadequacies and set the Benin nation on the path of political and economic prosperity
There is also the need to now consider the Benin national convention which may assemble Benins from all walks of life worldwide to discuss and implement action points that will pressure governments at the national and international levels to support the revival of our ailing socio-political, economic and infrastructural masterplan; our voice and actions must be heard or be seen to be heard otherwise the Benin ethnic nationality may
continue to occupy the passenger seat in the scheme of things while smaller groups are now drivers of their own destinies
In the South-West, there is a culture of all for one and one for all; during his time as the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Gov. Bola Tinubu appointed Rauf Aregbesola as Commissioner for Works, today, Aregbesola is Governor of the State of Osun; the same Tinubu appointed Babatunde Raji Fashola as Chief of Staff, Fashola eventually became Lagos State Governor after Tinubu and today, he is Minister for Works, Power and Housing; Gov. Tinubu also appointed Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as his Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, today the erudite Professor is Nigeria’s Vice President, these and more are the political and economic selflessness that Governor Tinubu, who is the undisputed National Leader of the APC in concert with Afenifere Yoruba Movement was able to pull; in Benin or Edo South ie, Egor, Oredo, Ikpoba-Okha, Orhionmwon, Uhunmwode, Ovia North East and Ovia South West, who is our leader and what is our movement?
At the Benin Forum, what do they discuss; who attends the meetings; what are the resolutions; and apart from some Palace Chiefs and may be other senior Benin elites, who are the members of the Benin Forum and whose interests does this Forum actually represent? The time has come for the Benin monarchical system to look beyond the four (4) walls of traditionalism, land matters and community conflicts and rally the Benin nation to get fully engaged in the political and economic revolution of our ethnic nationality; a situation where not one Benin, not two and not three can be identified in national and international politics cannot be said to be a good narrative; we must fashion out mechanisms to identify our people in key positions; political, academic, economic and otherwise, bring them home and charge them to be their brothers keepers otherwise the egiaru syndrome will continue to delimit our influence and set the Benin nation on a reverse gear
To conclude my august position and to reiterate the influence of the Afenifere in the South-West, Arewa in the North and Ndigbo in the South-East, the South-South wherein the Benin ethnic nationality falls in, is now left with no option than to continue to kowtow to the political tunes of these groups be it beneficial to us or not; I want to call on our Benin brothers and sisters, our fathers and leaders especially those who have been fortunate in their various callings not to feel satisfied with the me, myself and I situation because “aruon kpa gha fe vbevbo emwen oye”; a community that parades only one wealthy man, that man is in trouble; to this end, we must continue to propagate the spirit of love, unity, strength and progress; we must stand to prosper our own irrespective of the overriding limitations, we must lead our own towards the doors of opportunity for those that are less-opportunued but determined to succeed to walk through; eten nikpia kevbe, eten n’ikhuo, let us stand for ourselves and demystify this egiaru cankerworm; afterall, oyayasivbievbuomwan
Oba gha t’okpere, ise
PRESS UPDATE 19TH AUGUST, 2018.
GBO worldwide organisation sincerely appreciate all members and executives council who have been working tirelessly to making sure this great organisation grow with great enthusiasm and landmark achievement since 15th of march 2018.
1. GBO recorded yet new members and excos on 4th of August 2018 at the GBO meeting held in Benin City. The office or secretariat was officially opened, organisation sign post was hung up to keep organisation presence visible in the heart of Great Benin Kingdom.
2. GBO organisation also held several meetings with owuo community elders and community leaders as per the possibilities of acquiring land for GBO organisation farm project. While, executive council is waiting for owuo community to state the price and size of land they wish to give to GBO organisation in there village, anyone with useful information of good location and cheap land anywhere close to Benin City that can serve the oragnisation interest should let the executive council know.
3. Now that GBO have established presence officially in Nigeria, its very important for updates of all records, bills, forms, accounting, registrations and membership control.
GBO appeal to all including executives members that have not submitted their document to the organisation secretary to please do so. Any member on GBO forum that have not filled online form and paid idcard fee, should please do so. All executive council members are called upon to update their records with the organisation and stay dedicated to their various positions.
4. Based on some logistical problems, the gbo account that was announce few days ago has be annulled by the executive council (breach of the constitution on accounting, Article 6) and GBO financial secretary was asked to open a new account. The new GBO account will be communicated once done with the proper procedure and mandate. Till then, GBO organisation maintain a provisional account of the financial secretary Derby I Ohonbamu – Zenith bank account :2176287735 for any donation and contributions.
5. GBO organisation remains loyal to her members, executives and benefactors. GBO love you all and wish everyone give their best to make this great idea of making great benin kingdom great again be a reality.
Thank you so much for all your great contributions
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– Steve Jobs
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.´´
– Swami Sivananda
Oba gha tor kpere!
Secretary GBO Organisation