OPENING ADDRESS BY MRS MEG OKAO, PRESIDENT GREAT BENIN ORIGINS WORLDWIDE, AT GBO ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ROME, ITALY ON AUGUST 17TH 2019.
Let me start by welcoming our special guests and all invitees to GBO 2019 Conference. Our Royal and Traditional Fathers, Edo State Government officials, The Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Leaders and Members of Edo Socio-Cultural Organizations in Europe, Distinguished Guest, Ladies and Gentlemen, you are all welcome to this great occasion.
I am very delighted to stand before you today as your Daughter and President of this great organization; and on behalf of the entire members of GBO Worldwide, I wish to highly appreciate all you present in this occasion.
Great Benin Origins is a socio-cultural worldwide organization that aims to unit all idu’s children by bringing together all related people of Edo family both home and in the Diaspora.
Apart from uniting our great Edo family, we are also disposed to bring development to our society back home with effective economic enhancement programmes that will bring progress to our land. GBO as an organization, also advocates for the preservation of the rich Cultural Heritage of the Edo people, which also stands as one of our main objectives.
A journey of a thousand mile starts with a step, if we pull our efforts together with sincerity and commitment, we can make Edo the greatest of all nations on the face of the earth. Therefore, I invite everyone here present, to come and be a part of of this moving train of progress. Your effort and contribution to this vision of unity and progress will not be in vain.
Lets put our hands together to make Edo Great Again. Without mincing words, It is our collective duty to collaborate with His Royal Majesty Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, The Oba of Benin Kingdom, to develop Edoland with all our strenght.
Once again, I welcome you all from the bottom of my heart. And to those that could not be present here because of one reason or the other, I thank you all for your prayers and goodwill.
Oba ghato’ kpere Ise !
Up GBO AKUGBE !!!