GBO 2018 WORLD CONFERENCE BEAM SUCCESS IN DIASPORA – BELGIUM!
With chants and echoes of “Unity, Strength & Love of Igodomigodo Decendants” as ‘motto’ for the ‘Great Benin Organisation: GBO’ World Conference, the culturally charged, colourful atmosphere; in the presence of about one hundred and sixty five internationally gathered people in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday 9th June, 2018, it was truly a reflection of one global conference, too many.
Anchored on unity of Edolites in diaspora, cultural promotion and participation in the state government’s development drive, the President: Engr. Isaac Igbinosun assembled his executive and GBO Cultural troupe to give a rousing welcome to the special guests of honour His Royal Majesty Omon’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolor Ewuare ‘Ogidigan II and the state Executive Governor, His Excellency Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki ably represented by the state Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero.
On the Commissioner’s entourage were his designated Culture Ambassadors: Mr Joseph Ehigiamusoe, UK, Barr. Efosa Ogieriakhi, Germany and Bose Fagbemi, France. There was attendant supports from Elder Osahon Osemwegie-Ero (Canada) friends Osas Igbinosun (24Bits), Ireland, Manchester based duo: Messrs Efosa Odiase & Iredia both flew in that morning from the Czech Republic, Osaretin Jake Edosomwan (Amsterdam), Abieyuwa (Stuttgart), Noma Itaman (Germany) and others from Spain, Holland, Sweden et al.
The event was blessed with Royal presence of Elder Prince Ike Akenzua (son of Oba Akenzua N’Iso Norho), King Khytouka of the Republic of Congo, Dr Steve Ogbonmwan, President: Edo Global Organisation Worldwide amongst others.
Culturally according to tradition, there was opening prayer and breaking of kola nuts blessed by Prince Akenzua and performed by Dr Ogbonmwan.
In his welcome address, Engr. Igbinosun thanked everyone especially the Oba of Benin, Gov. Obaseki and Hon Commissioner Ero; stressing that it’s GBO’s desire to amongst other things collaborate with the government, embark on humanitarian projects such as healthcare, water and education. Dr Ogbonmwan in his speech, encouraged Edo diasporas to return home and invest.
In similar but broader perspective, Hon Commissioner Osazee Ero in a 3in1 message to everyone, brought greetings from His Royal Majesty Oba Ewuare II, His Excellency Gov. Godwin Obaseki; proudly noting how delighted we should be to have an Oba and Governor who both believe in and working on revamping our value systems, bringing sanity to the society, institutionalising our spoken languages in school curriculum, developing our Tourism spaces to world standards, the massive government industrialisation drive, transforming Edo State to an investment hub in Nigeria amongst others.
Also, the Commissioner and Barr. Ogieriakhi highlighted opportunities to key into the Diaspora Smart City project which affords diasporas first hand opportunity to acquire landed property(ies) and build own homes. He further expressed appreciation to Engr Igbinosun, all GBO members for organising a successful conference.
He used the occasion, based on popular support to appoint Mr Friday Obasuyi as the Culture Ambassador to Belgium who happily accepted and promised his loyalty and zeal to work. For the commissioner and his lieutenant Ambassadors, the work continues.
The event culminated in the award of certificates of office to GBO members as well as excellence awards to the Oba of Benin, Edo State Governor, Hon. Commissioners Osaze Ero, MACTDA, Saturday Idehen Uwuilekhue, NDDC respectively and the face of Oba Ewuare foundation: Ms Ifueko Aideyan.
In the words of GBO President Engr Isaac Igbinosun, next year promises to be bigger and better.