Inaugural Speech by Engr. Isaac Igbinosun President of Great Benin Origins worldwide (GBO) at the First Meeting in Benin City Nigeria on Saturday August 4th 2018 .
Our Royal father, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare ll
Your excellencies, honourable commissioners here present,
members of Great Benin Origins Worldwide,
Ladies and gentlemen.
It is indeed my great delight to welcome you to this epoch making event in the history of Great Benin Origins (GBO). Before I proceed to dwell on the main essence of this auspicious occasion, I would like to communicate what this noble organization represents and also recount some of our landmark accomplishment since her inception.
The Great Benin Origins was established on the 15th of March 2018. It is a socio-cultural organization that was conceived by well-meaning sons and daughters of Idu, an appellation that subsumes all people, tribes and lineage that is a scion of Edo ancestry under a united auspices . By the same token we stand as a veritable umbrella association to integrate all other entities that promote the Edo heritage. GBO as an entity defines the convergence of the children of Igodomigodo coming together to raise awareness and enhance unity among Idu decendants worldwide thereby consolidating the cultural legacy of the Great Benin Kingdom and Empire. GBO is neither a pressure group nor a human right activist oriented body, but a socio cultural organization that seeks to bring back the glory of Great Benin kingdom through Investment, Sports, Arts ,Culture, Tourism, Science, Innovation and humanitarian assistance when and where necessary.
The Great Benin Origins does not only thrives as a worldwide forum in the social media platforms but also endeavour to host annual conferences that are randomly hosted in different countries around the world. In the light of some of our activities, this dynamic organization (GBO) just concluded a vibrant conference in Antwerpen, Belgium on the 9th of June 2018 which was presided over by Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Diaspora Affairs Edo State. In the same fashion, the Great Benin Origins played a prominent role when His Excellency The Governor of Edo State Gov. Godwin Obaseki held a Town hall meeting with selected Edo Diaspora based organization in Brussels on the 12th of July 2018. Great Benin Origins was indeed the main pilot that steered that successful occasion with the Governor of Edo State, and we are grateful we did.
Having attained a monumental feat in Diaspora in a short period of time , GBO has decided to come home to establish its presence in the motherland which is our paramount objective in terms of development and prosperity. To accomplish this enormous task we are embarking on, in the first place, we the entire members of Great Benin Origins wish to seek the blessing of our father His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, The Oba Of Benin Kingdom as our Grand Patron. We are confident his fatherly guidance will be our strength.
In addition to that, we will be opening an office in Benin City to serve as our secretariat where official matters will be addressed by GBO officials. Coupled with that, this organization intend to embark on developmental projects that will foster economic opportunities in terms of investments in our communities. A Pure Water Plant, Agro Allied Ventures, Academic Scholarships Schemes to mention but a few will be some of our principal developmental endeavor in our communities.
At this juncture, I wish to emphatically state that the Great Benin Origins organization will not only constitute a cultural force of unity for the Edo people but also serve as a machinery of economic empowerment for our people in the motherland and in Diaspora.
By and large, I want to thank the Nigeria executive members, Mr Nicolas Ogieva, Ms Ifueko Ukponmwan, Barr. Famous Osawaru and other team of GBO executives and members in diaspora who have worked tirelessly to make this day a reality and to bring GBO organization to this great moment. Your dedication and contribution made it all a success. Also, Special thank goes to all dignitaries and members present at this occasion for taking time to honour our call.
May you all be richly blessed .
Oba gha tor kpere! Ise!