THE YORUBA HISTORICAL CONVERSATIONS
On Friday, September 29, 2017, DAWN Commission hosted the 7th edition of its monthly Yoruba Historical Conversations (YHC) with Professor Emeritus Anthony Ijaola Asiwaju as the Guest Historian. The Conversation held at the Cocoa House office of the Commission.
As a development agency, with the mission for creating a fresh template of organisation for the sustained progress of Western Nigeria and its people, our mandate involves creating conversations and building the necessary coalition that would ensure that we do not lose our arts, culture, history and civilisation as a people.
The Commission is concerned about the loss of our social orientation and heritage, especially the preservation of our history, which is responsible, in the main, to the abridgement of self that is now clearly manifesting in almost all that we do. The neglect of the teaching of History, and the lack of a sense of history has combined to create a generation with very scant regard for our values. We recognise that only a social revolution can assist in the much-needed recovery, and we are prepared to champion the process.
The topic for the 7th edition titled ‘MUCH BIGGER THAN IN SOUTHWEST NIGERIA’ focused on the historical analysis of the spatial distribution of the Yoruba within West Africa and the South America, and how the culture and traditions are being kept progressively alive beyond Nigeria. The importance of the distribution of the Yoruba nation and interactions with the homeland beyond modern political divides and how it impacts on trade, globalisation and economic competitiveness was also highlighted.
Guests at the 7th edition include Dr Lalekan Are, Honourable Layiwola Agbaje, Professor Funso Famuyiwa, Former GMD of Odu'a Investment Company Limited (OICL), Mr Adebayo Jimoh, Dr Tunji Olaopa (Executive Vice Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy), Professor Adelola Adeloye, Professor Siyan Oyeweso, and Professor Richard Olaniyan among other distinguished personalities. Professor Yayi Olabiyi, former Benin Republic Ambassador to UNESCO and Professor oyedekpo Mouftaou LALEYE, former Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria also graced the occasion.
The Yoruba Historical Conversations, with the broad theme: Our History, Our Future, is an initiative designed to assist the present generation of Nigerians, especially of Yoruba origin, to have a clear understanding of their history, and what it means to develop and sustain a high sense of the correct values and ideals, within the global space.
The Conversations, on a regular basis brings together people from diverse backgrounds, spread over generations, who would listen and relate with a Guest Historian. It is veritable platform for highlighting diverse aspects of Yoruba history and culture.
At DAWN Commission, we believe that through this sort of effort, we can stave off the impending civilizational collapse that is staring us in the face.
Acting DG, DAWN Commission