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NYC Declares June 13 Yoruba Day
« on: June 11, 2016, 11:50 AM »
On Friday 10th June 2016 the Ooni of Ife took a trip to United States  together with his wife and  entourage were all hosted by the indigenes of Ile-Ife, Osun State, resident in the US for June 12 Odunde festival as special guess of honour.

To honour Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the New York City Senator, Kevin Parker, and the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, said the city had secured a proclamation to declare Monday, June 13th Yoruba Day.

Planning for this event is Olubunmi Awopileda, Chairman of the Grand Reception Planning Committee who said, “All Ife natives in the US are excited and energised for this epochal occasion. It will be an occasion to showcase our very rich culture with our king as the symbol.”

An arrangement has also been made for him to visit President Barrack Obama at the White House, where he will be honoured with an award.

The festival, which promotes the culture of the Yoruba race, was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur, and attracts about 500,000 people annually.

The event will provide an opportunity for the monarch to interact with the over 3,000 Ife indigenes in the US on how to develop Ile-Ife.
On the same day as scheduled, the Museum of the Contemporary African Diaspora Arts will receive the ruler in a private reception as well as a public forum session.

Key people of the event will be Brooklyn Borough President and a New York City Public Advocate, Leticia James. Then after he will move to the Mid-West and other parts of the country to attend economic and leadership summits before being received by President Barack Obama through The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.”

« Last Edit: June 11, 2016, 12:01 PM by mattmaik »


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