THE HISTORY OF GREAT BENIN ORIGINS [GBO] ORGANISATION

By Uwagboe Ogieva

 

Great Benin Origins organization was conceived as an idea on the 15th of March  2018 by Uwagboe Ogieva. Which started as a pan Edoid whatsapp forum, The Edoid whatsapp forum was created to unify all Great Benin descendants both home and in the diaspora to collectively discuss ideas on cultural and economic emancipation of the great Benin kindred globally irrespective of their individual religious beliefs, political affiliations, educational background, socio statues, economic stand point and class.

 

Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo, Ms Derby I Ohonbamu, Mr. Victor Osazuwa, Nosakhare Idubor, Mr Marshal Utubor, Ms Meg Okao, Uyi Asemota, Engr. Isaac Igbinosun, Osehi Tijani Ikhilor, and many other passionate believers on GBO organisation assisted greatly in the steady growth and gradual transformation of GBO from a mere whatsapp group to a strong and functioning organisation.

At the inception of GBO organisation, positions of executives were skillfully selected, nominated and appointed based on competence and expertize. Engr. Isaac Igbinosun was made the President, Mr Uwagboe Ogieva as the Secretary General, Ms Meg Okao as the Vice president, Ms Derby I Ohonbamu as the financial secretary while Mrs Joy O.U. Khytouka as the Treasure Secretary of GBO organisation. Other positions included Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo as the director of project, Mr Victor Osazuwa as director of media and communication and host of others.

GBO organisation was registered under CAC {Nigeria} and in the office of the registry Barcelona Spain {Europe}. Engr. Isaac Igbinosun gave free leasehold of a store at his Isaacstel Petroleum Limited as a temporal GBO office and secretariat. An official website www.greatbeninorigins.com was donated by Mr Uwagboe Ogieva, CEO of Otedo Web and Graphic Solutions in Barcelona. Spain.

 

The first inaugural ceremony was celebrated in Anwerp, Belgium on the 9th of June 2018.

With chants and echoes of “Unity, Strength & Love of Igodomigodo Decendants” This is the ‘motto’ for the ‘Great Benin Origins 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, 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 Ọmọ N’Ọba N’Ẹdo Uku Akpọlọkpọlọ Ẹwuare ‘Ogidigan II and the state Executive Governor, His Excellency Godwin Nọghẹghasẹ Ọbasẹki was 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 etc.

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.

GBO is first a diaspora organisation strategically engaging activities in Nigeria. Her membership cut across USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and many Africa Countries. Meetings are done in both physical gatherings and socio media platforms. 

The organisation request new members to fill GBO online membership forms and pay their required fees to acquire GBO socio IDcard and a copy of the constitution. Individuals participations and contributions on GBO socio forums and meetings are highly valued. GBO organisation head office and official mailing address is in Barcelona. Spain.

GBO board of trustees includes, Mashall Utubor, Victor Osazuwa, Nosakhare Idubor,  Meg Okao and Uwagboe Ogieva and Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo

GBO organisation hope to build a secretariat in Benin city, Edo state for administrative operations, invest in youth and children empowerment, science and innovative projects, Edo language sponsorship and development programs, cultural preservations and revivals in the near future. Her source of funds are basically from members contributions and external donations.