WHY FAMILY GREETING SHOULD NOT BE OBLIGATORY IN GBO ORGANISATION AND MUST BE VOLUNTARY.

 

It is true Edo have series of morning family greetings that identifies  the family they belong in Edo  culture. This exercise is highly advisable and encouraging for continious practise, especially for our children and generation yet unborn to know their lineage and cultural afiliations. If anyone wants to know more about Great Benin morning salutations, do read about it on my blog:   https://edonationsatelite.blogspot.com/2015/03/family-morning-salutation-in-edo-kingdom.html  

 

However, as for GBO organisation, it should not be compulsory for the following reasons:

 

1. GBO constitution and code of conduct have no such thing as morning family greetings must be obligatory

 

2. Family morning greetings are usually done or use within the family circle and within societies of known persons, relatives and elders within the community and ethnicity.

 

3. GBO is multi-ethnic organisation within the old Great Benin Empire that now varies in other ways or approach to family greetings, though having much in common with Benin culture, tradition and history

 

4. Morning greeting is a virtue and recommendable act of respect  through out cultures globally but not obligatory nor constitutional

 

5. Registered members and executives of GBO are protected with equal respect and recognition under the constitution, resolution of the EC and the organisation code of conducts.

 

6. Personal datas of registered members with their date of birth  are protected under the organisation right to members private identification and as such most members have no information of age of their fellows to demand who and who are senior or junior  that demand who and who have to great first or second.

 

7. To avoid unnecessary aligations and irrelevant misunderstanding among members and executive council, it is therefore advisable that morning greeting in GBO organisation be a voluntary act. NO ONE SHOULD OBLIGATE ANYONE OF ANY GREETING.

 

Thank you all

 

Uwagboe Ogieva

Secretary of GBO

20th of Febuary, 2019 

 


 

WHY THE NOTION OF ELDERS SHOULD BE PROHIBITED WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, GREAT BENIN ORIGIN WORLD WIDE.

Throughout when altercations arise between members within the laity of GBO and the EC, the question of respecting ones Elders has arose. In light of the constitution, this notion of Respecting elders to the extent that the ‘juniors’ cannot voice their concerns, questions or statements should be put aside.

Although within Edo culture one has to respect elders, to the point that when elders are talking juniors should not join in, is unconstitutional.

However, as for GBO organisation, it should not be be so for the following reasons:

1. GBO constitution and code of conduct have no such thing as respecting elders, or ageism.

2. GBO is multi-ethnic organisation as well as individuals from different countries of residency where this idea of ageism is prohibited. The ideals of the old Great Benin Empire that now varies in others ways or approach to elders and junior relations.

3. Respecting elders is a virtue and recommendable act of respect through out cultures globally but not obligatory nor constitutional

4. Registered members and executives of GBO are protected with equal respect and recognition under the constitution, resolution of the EC and the organisation code of conduct.

5. Personal datas of registered members with their date of birth are protected under the organisation right to members private identification and as such most members have no information of age of their fellows to demand who and who are senior or junior that demand who should respect who.

6. To avoid unnecessary aligations and irrelevant misunderstanding among members and executive council, it is therefore advisable that acknowledgement of age in GBO organisation be a voluntary act. NO ONE SHOULD OBLIGATE ANYONE IN SHOWING RESPECT ONLY THROUGH THEIR AGE.

Thank you all
Jessica Aisosa Schweizer
GBO DIRECTOR OF TOURISM
20th of Febuary, 2019

 

 


 

Thank you our able President, and I greet everyone in this platform.
Family tree custom greeting is an integral part of the Edo culture for identification of one’s family background; which is an essential cultural niche of the Benin extraction of Edo race.

 

However the case maybe, family tree greetings is not widespread practice in all Idu’s domain. Let us not forget that GBO is composed of a multiplicity of ethnicities. Some practice family tree greetings while others do not practices it. For examples, majority of the Esans, the Afemais, the Oras, the Akoko Edos etc, may not practice that custom. I think GBO should look into these provisional possibilities for us to have level playing field to operate.

Furthermore, the issue of seniority in our Edo culture as a whole, is sacrosanct. A senior is imbued with some inalienable rights right from creation that cannot be taken away. It is considered disrespectful if a junior is devoid of cultural norms of respect accorded to a senior without due consideration of age differences. Also GBO should look into this so that we can have a settled house. Because we live in west does not subsume we are westernized to ditch our cultural heritage, it is a taboo. We require an adequate cultural and educational resources to facilitate the practice of our cultural norms and values in GBO,s cyber social milieu and physical environment.

Victor Osazuwa,
Director of Media and Communication.

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