WELCOME ADDRESS BY ENGR. ISAAC A. IGBINOSUN, PRESIDENT OF GBO WORLDWIDE AT THE 2018 GBO WORLDWIDE CONFERENCE, ANTWERPEN BELGIUM, 9TH JUNE 2018.
Good morning Honoured Guests, Executives of Great Benin Origins Worldwide, Ladies and gentlemen.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the official launching of the Great Benin Origins Worldwide.
I would like to extend a special welcome to the Omo N-Oba N-Edo, Uku Akpolokpolor Oba Ewuare II who is be represented at the occasion by Ambassador, Ifueko Aideyan, Face of Oba Ewuare ll Foundation. His Excellency Godwin N Obaseki, the executive governor of Edo state is represented by honourable Osazee Osemwengie Ero, commissioner for arts, culture, tourism and diaspora affairs.
This organization was founded on the 15th of March 2018 by a group of people who strongly believe in the importance of Benin Culture and Tradition. Thus, it does not have one sole founder but instead is a result of the children of Igodomigodo coming together to spread a greater awareness and unity among the Benin Diaspora as well as continue the legacy of the Great Benin Empire.
It is the passionate believers and members who aided greatly in the steady growth and gradual transformation of Great Benin Origin from a mere whatsapp group to a strong and functioning registered under organisation the CAC (Nigeria), with its temporary Administrative house at my petrol station (Isaacstel Petroleum Limited) KM 12 Sapele road for use by GBO as its temporal Administrative House depending when GBO houses is erected.
GBO Worldwide will only continue to strive when there is communication and love between all its members, as no man is an island.
I would like to thank the Executive members who made financial contributions towards the registration of this organization, but also the children of Igodomigodo who both are and are not members of this organization as it is they who carry forward the legacy.
As we are a worldwide organisation it is important to link members worldwide, hence social media is a vital aspect in keeping connections between all the GBO members. Groups such as the GBO worldwide on whatsapp allows for all its members to keep in contact, but predominantly is to unify all Great Benin descendants in Nigeria and diaspora to collectively discuss ideas on cultural and economic emancipation of the Great Benin Ancestries irrespective of their individual religious belief, political affiliations, educational background, Social status and Economic stand point.
Although the members are the foundation of this organisations, as any institution, there are positions in place to ensure that the Great Benin Origin vision does not skew nor die. These positions through careful selection process have been filled as follows: I, Isaac Igbinosun was made the President, Ms Meg Okao as the Vice president, Mr Uwagboe Ogieva as the Secretary General, Ms Derby I Ohonbamu as the financial secretary, Mrs Joy O.U. Khytouka as the Treasurer, Aghadiaye Ayo as the Director of project and Mr Victor Osazuwa as director of media and communication.Mrs Eki Okundaye, Mr.Lucky Aghahowa, Mr.Nosakhare Idubor, Mr Marshal Utubor, Uyi Asemota, Osehi Tijani Ikhilor, Fred.Obasuyi and many other passionate believers on GBO from a mere whatapp group to a strong and functioning organisation. In the not too distant future these position will be electable.
An official website www.greatbeninorigins.com was donated by Mr Uwagboe Ogieva, which will allow for people to read already published articles and additionally be made aware of upcoming events. Furthermore, information on the whatsapp groups in the 6 countries established but also the GBO worldwide group. Individual participations and contributions on GBO socio forums and meetings are highly appreciated.
We, the organisation, requests new members to fill GBO online membership forms and pay their required fees to acquire their GBO ID card and a copy of the constitution.
The GBO organisation head office in Europe and official mailing address is presently in Barcelona, Spain. The decisions made today will act as a catalyst which will kickstart GBO activities and programs worldwide.
WA HIA ỌBOKHIAN!!!
ỌBA GHA TỌ KPẸRE. ISẸẸ!!!!!!
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