Great Benin Origins In Diaspora Organisation Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary And Worldwide Conference In Rome, Italy, 17th Of August, 2019


*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.

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3 thoughts on “Great Benin Origins In Diaspora Organisation Celebrates 1st Year Anniversary And Worldwide Conference In Rome, Italy, 17th Of August, 2019

  1. Appreciation !

    Up GBO, Akugbe !
    Up GBO, Uniting Idu’s Children !

    When heart and minds are together, there is nothing we cannot achieve. The unity and fraternity we share in this great organization is beyond any disintegrating force, indeed we must grow stronger.
    I Mrs. Meg Okao the President of GBO Worldwide, with the Vice President of GBO Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo, on behalf of the Executive Council of Great Benin Origins Worldwide express our profound gratitude and
    appreciation to everyone that made our 2019 Conference in Rome, Italy a success.
    Without your earnest contributions, we would not have attained the great happiness
    and victory we achieved at the conference.
    Despite the huddles we have been through, our setback was no match for our combined determination to forge ahead and triumph against all odds. We were all champions that won the race together.
    I want to thank our Italy organizer, especially Elder Osunde Faluyi and Mrs. Rita Iyinbor our great mother, may God grant you more grace and blessing all through your days.
    And to the indomitable Executive Council of GBO Worldwide you are the best. Thank you for your support, without you I will not stand where I am standing today.
    And to our awesome special guest of honour Dr. Stephen Ogbonmwan, I prostrate in absolute appreciation, thank you Daddy!
    I will not also forget the cordial guests and invitees that graced the occasion in Rome, you were all wonderful people. Thanks for your generosity and acceptance.
    We have come a long way as an organization, and we will continue to climb higher and higher with our present progress and good faith, we will get to the zenith of our vision.
    I want to declare that I am proud of everyone in this marvelous organization called GBO, indeed we are the best of the best.
    Once again, I thank you all from the depth of my heart as we prepare for yet another great convention in the mother land Benin City.

    Mrs. Meg Okao
    President Great Benin Origins Worldwide.

  2. Etenmwen nikpia kekevbe nikwo of GBO worldwide organisation, wahia obavan and wahia uruese kakabo for the success of this year GBO ITALY CONFERENCE.

    I want to express my profound gratitude to Dr. Stephen Ogbonmwan, our able President Madam Meg Okao , Vice President Engr. Ayo Aghadiaye, Our great Sec. General of GBO Mr. Kingsley Ogieva, Media Director Mr. Victor Osazuwa, our programme director Mr Aghahowa Lucky (Don Senator), Elder Osehi Ikhilor, Mr. Emokpae Odigie, our Cultural Association madam Abiokunla Okao, our mommy madam Vero from Firenze,

    Our Welfare Officer Madam Rita Iyinbor who was one of the power source of the success and many others including non EC GBO members present that I can not mention all here now but I want to say thank you all again and again. There’s nothing love can not do. May Osanudazi kekevbe edionedo okwimakugbe wetin Gesu Cristy nomionmwanfan.

    Umogun ghato kpere Isee.

    Elder Faluyi Osunde
    Chairman DC
    Member RC
    GBO Italy Coordinator

  3. Madam president, thank you for this brilliantlly expressed appreciation.
    You have expressed the presidential gratification and I believed that is satisfactory.
    I thank God that as we all went, we came back to our respective homes safely
    Apology for this late appearance, I spent extra day day in Rome for Personal exploration, that made me to arrive late yesterday evening.
    Overall, it was a great event, full of pleasantries
    Our great orator, Mr victor thanks for that great job, Mr ogieva thanks for the humility shown that day, that is the uwagboe I know, GBO symbol of elegance Madam Aibiokula you too much, our great and dynamic woman that I now regard as Iron lady, Mrs Rita Iyinbo, your hospitality is indeed second to none.
    My thanks also go Elder Osunde for his hospitality as well and then to our great Man, Mr Tijani, what a cheeful personality, my respected elder statesman, Mr Odigie thanks for your presence, the PD of GBO, Mr Don, you too much oo
    Those who were not oportuned to show up thank you too as we may not have known and be able to calculate your efforts and prayers rendered behind

    Engr Aghadiaye Ayo
    Vice President of GBO
    GBO project Director
    Chairman SC

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