The remarkable love and unbreakable relationship among the Egbas has showcased itself again as the Egba National Association of USA and Canada, the umbrella body of the Egba and Yewa indigenes, held its biennial convention on Saturday September 5, 2020, through Zoom.
The National Chairman of the Association, Rev. Sunday Gbajobi, explained that this year’s edition was planned to hold in Houston, Texas from September 4, through September 6, 2020, but due to the global pandemic, it was rescheduled for 2021.
Rev. Sunday Gbajobi, expressed with satisfaction that the Egbas are spreading and gaining grounds all over the world and that the unity and love known to the nation is explicit.
Rev. Gbajobi also commended that Alake for his fatherly role played in the harmonizing of the Egbas both at home and in diaspora.
The National Chairman also disclosed that there had been enormous preparations to host the Egba Royal father and Grand Patrons, His Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Micheal Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, the Olori, (Dr) Mrs Tokunbo Gbadebo, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, His Majesty Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, and the high chiefs including the Ogun State Government and other dignitaries from Nigeria, in North America.
He noted that members of the Association missed the fun that was usually enjoyed at their conventions.
The National Chairman further disclosed that currently, Egba National Association had 17 Chapters, with 15 in United States of America and 2 in Canada.
He added that Body had 5 chapters in observer’s status that would soon join to become full members after they would have fully satisfied the requirements stipulated in the constitution of the Egba National Association.
Pastor Gbajobi gave the total chapters’ individual membership as over 500, adding that it was still counting.
ENA (USA and Canada), recognized our Royal fathers; His Majesties, Oba (Dr.) Adedapo Tejuosho, the Osile of Oke-Ona; Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom; Oba Saburi Babajide Bakare, the Agura of Gbagura, Oba Dr. Jacob Olufemi Omolade, Lafa II, Olubara of Ibara, and Oba (Dr) Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, the Asade Aguloye IV as the Association’s Royal Patrons.
He explained that apart from this, all Chapters also had their respective Patrons and Matrons.
Pastor Gbajobi also said that, although they live in diaspora, they see it as our civic duty to contribute to the development and progress of Egbaland in particular, and Ogun State in general. He further disclosed that collectively, the ENA had its projects and its own visions and missions.
Rev. Sunday Gbajobi also listed the ENA’s Patrons as Chief Yinka Kufile, the Aro of Egbaland and Chief Olumide Osunsina, the Asiwaju Bobagunwa of Egbaland, adding that the Matrons were Chief Mrs. Bolajoko Kuti, Chief (Dr.) Mrs Yeside Adeniji, Chief (Mrs) Monilola Tenabe, and Chief (Mrs) Robin Kole-James.
After the Chairman’s opening remarks, individual officers, Chapters, and observers, were either introduced by the Vice Chairman, Prince Omokayode Ogundimu, or by themselves.
All Egba international Groups including Egba Heritage Association of Toronto; Egba Descendants Association of Dallas; Egba Progressive Association of Houston, Texas; Egba Descendants Union, Denver, Colorado; Egba Unity, Chicago; Abeokuta Descendants Association, Baltimore, Maryland; Olumo Progressive Association, Canada; Abeokuta Association of Georgia; Egba Yewa Descendants, Washington, DC; Egba Solidarity Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Egba Descendants, Oklahoma; Lisabi Elite, Houston; Egba Club of New York; Egba Heritage of New Jersey; Egba Association of Indiana, to mention a few, were in attendance during the Conference and they all paid respects to the Alake and also expressed joy and love in the relationship among each other.
In his royal speech at the Ake Platform of Virtual Meeting, the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, expressed his appreciation for the sustainable efforts of the Egba National Association Inc, USA and Canada.
The Egba Apex Monarch consoled the Association that the COVID-19, which caused the shifting of the convention to the following year, did almost no havoc to Egba compatriots at home and abroad, praying for the repose of the very few affected.
Oba Gbadebo confirmed that the Association was one of Greatest Prides in the Egba Nation because of the excellent quality of its leadership and membership, urging all Egbas in diaspora to cooperate and collaborate with the ENA, in the focused leadership to grow and develop the Egba Nation.
Alake also stated that the next Lisabi festival in February, 2021, would be celebrated by all Egba Sons and Daughters in the almost completed Hall at the Ake Palace Ground, which would occupy 7,500 people, adding that the donor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has been making commendable efforts to fast track the development of the project.
He also commended the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for the sustainable growth and development of Egbaland.
The Olori, Her Royal Majesty, (Dr) Tokunbo Gbadebo was with His Majesty at the occasion.
Egba High Chiefs also present at the Virtual Meeting were the Balogun, High Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, the Aro, High Chief ‘Yinka Kufiile, and Aare Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode.
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