In an event that looks like a mini convention, Egbe Omo Yoruba North America (National Association of Yoruba Descendants in North America) held its 1st Quarter 2018 National Executive Council meeting at the Ramada Plaza Airport Conference and Hotel, Atlanta. The meeting which was held between March 9th and 11th, 2018 has its theme as “Yoruba an integral part of Nigeria: The relevance and survival of the Egbe in the matrix of the whole”. The National President of Egbe, Agba Akin (Dr.) Durojaye Akindutire presided over the National Executive Council meeting. Present at the NEC meeting are members of the national executive, Presidents and Secretaries of EOYNA chapters in United States, former Presidents, Chapters’ representatives, representatives of other Yoruba groups in America, leaders and members of the new chapters. At the end of the NEC meeting, the following resolutions were made and signed by Akin (Dr.) Durojaye Akindutire, National President EOYNA and Mr. Bishop Adejube, National Secretary of Public Affairs:
- That Egbe Omo Yoruba North America is apolitical but not partisan. It is determined to continue the struggle for the progress among its people as well as pursuing activities that would facilitate unity in every community.
- That Yoruba living in diaspora will no longer reject call to participate in the affairs of Nigeria, members will begin to make themselves available for position of leadership in any capacity that would better the lives of the people.
3.That Egbe will cease from expending its resources on the politicians who have failed to develop Yoruba communities as well as refusing to empower the citizens of Yoruba region.
- That the current leadership of Egbe should establish a think-tank committee that would study the activities of the past and present Yoruba leaders and making them be accountable for all their corrupt practices while in office.
- That Egbe will no longer throw red carpet to honor corrupt politicians from Nigeria and will not allow them to use EOYNA platform to lure people into their campaign where they make false promises.
- That members should begin to engage in dialog about how to support one another.
- That Egbe will examine various ways to unite Yoruba who are living in Nigeria and help them establish trust that would enable personal, financial and political objectives.
- That Egbe will develop synergy that would harness the political and social wills capable of arousing the intellect of Yoruba with the courage to denounce every corrupt leader in Yoruba communities.
- That Egbe is committed to Yoruba course and agenda and will support programs/projects that are geared toward Yoruba thoughts and self-development. Members will be encouraged to establish small scale businesses in their local government areas.
- That Yoruba professionals should come together to develop business plans and policies that would help create jobs in different fields for the unemployed adults, women and youths.
11.That Yoruba youths will be encouraged to be self-reliant, seek knowledge and use their talents for worthy cause rather than living lives of servitude for the politicians in the community.
- That Egbe’s goal henceforth will focus on activities that would help in promoting the ideas capable of making Yoruba region becomes more resourceful in socio-economic development
- That Egbe will establish business and political related communication network to create awareness and enlightenment campaign for the people to reject corrupt leaders either in the politics or government agencies across Yoruba states
- That every news release regarding Egbe’s resolution shall be published at least in one major Nigerian newspaper to enable Egbe’s concerns or support reach the desired audience.
- That every member of Egbe Omo Yoruba in North America shall make himself or herself relevant in the affairs of the United States and in Nigeria.
- That Egbe is ripe, old enough and therefore deserves to have a befitting self-sustaining Multi-Purpose Cultural Headquarter (MCH) to serve as activity hob for Yoruba in parts of the world generally and North America in particular. A National Yoruba Fund (NYF) is in the pipeline to support this project.
The round-table discourse was moderated by the National president of Egbe, Agba Akin Durojaye Akindutire. He commended the panelists for handling the round-table discourse with great candor and thanked them for accepting the invitation to participate. The climax of the National Executive Council meeting was the gala night organized by the host, Egbe Omo Yoruba Greater Atlanta. During the gala night, awards were presented to some dignitaries.