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URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

FIRST ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 03 - 05, 2000
HAMPTON INN AT THE FALLS
5591 VICTORIA AVENUE
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

The Editorial and Management Committee of Urhobo Historical Society (UHS) cordially invites all Urhobo sons and daughters to participate at its First Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held on November 03 -05, 2000. Venue: Hampton Inn At The Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

We would like to make the event a family gathering of all Urhobos in the great tradition of our Motherland. Especially, we hope to use the Meeting and Conference as a forum to introduce Urhobo youths to our History and Culture. Therefore, we urge you to endeavour to attend the Meeting and Conference with your family. Niagara Falls, Ontario, is considered one of the wonders of the world. It offers various attractions for people of all ages.

Please, note that forty double-bed rooms have been reserved for members and attendees. More rooms will be added if required. Rates: single/double: $79.00; triple: $89.00; quad: $99.00 in Canadian funds.

Should you elect to attend this event, I suggest that you dial 1-800-688-3535 (if you reside in North America) or 905-374-4444 (if you reside outside of North America),  and ask for Hampton Inn At The Falls. Mention Urhobo Historical Society Annual Meeting & Conference, to confirm your individual reservations, before September 15, 2000.

About the Urhobo Historical Society

Established in August 1999, the UHS is a forum for the promotion and publication of Urhobo
History and Culture. Its establishment was necessitated by the need to fill a void at a critical period of our history during the Warri crisis of May -June 1999. Besides its defense of Urhobo interests in the political sphere, it also provides a valuable documentation of Urhobo History and Culture hitherto unknown in cyberspace. Through your contributions, the web site of the UHS has emerged as an important reference point for Urhobo History and Culture in  cyberspace. We thank you all for this development.

The First Annual Meeting and Conference will afford us all an opportunity to reflect on our contributions to, and challenges in dealing with, the development of Urhoboland. The agenda is designed to serve this purpose. Two substantive panels are planned:

1.      Urhobo Leadership: Problems & Prospects

2.      Urhobo and Her Neighbours

A Round Table Discussion featuring Urhobo sons and daughters will grapple with the topical issue of Urhobo Agenda in the New Millennium.

Agenda

November 03, 2000

1.     5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Delegates check in at Hampton Inn At the Falls
2.     8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Business Meeting
                 (a) Registration
                 (b) Editorial & Management Committee
                 (c) Sustaining the UHS

November 04, 2000

1.      7:00 a.m. Breakfast.
2.      8:00 a.m. Welcome Address (Professor Peter Ekeh, Chairman, UHS)
3.      9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Senator Chief D. O. Dafinone: Urhobo: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow:
            Where Do We Stand Now?
4.      10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Panel: Urhobo Leadership: Problems & Prospects
5..      12:30 p.m.: Visit to the Falls. (Note: The Falls can be chilly at this time. Please dress appriopriately.).
6.      2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Panel: Urhobo Leadership: Problems & Prospects
7.      4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: Tea Break
8.      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: A Display of Urhobo Crafts and Artefacts

November 5, 2000

1.      7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast
2.      8:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Panel: Urhobo and Her Neighbours
3.      12:00 noon. Lunch
4.      2:00 p.m. Election of Editorial & Management Committee
5.      Communiqué
 

DETAILS OF PANELS

PANEL: URHOBO LEADERSHIP: PROBLEMS & PROSPECTS
  November 04, 2000
  1st Session: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  2nd Session: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

 Chair:   Professor Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor

 Panelists: Professor Tanure Ojaide
   Dr. Ona Pela
   Chief Anthony Ukoli

A DISPLAY OF URHOBO CRAFTS AND ARTEFACTS
   November 04, 2000
   5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
   Mr. Perkins Foss

ROUND TABLE: URHOBO IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
   November 05, 2000
   9:00 A.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 Chair:  Professor Joseph Inikori

 Panelists: Dr. Aruegodore Oyiborhoro
   Ukonurhoro Diesode Omenih
   Mr. Andrew Edevbie
    Dr. Francis Odemerho

Registration Fees

1.      $50.00 (Family rate, including children under 18 years old)
2.      $10.00 Students (18 years and above)

Call for Papers

You are invited to present papers on any of the topics indicated above. If you would like to present a paper, but cannot attend, you can designate someone who is attending to present your paper for you. It would be greatly appreciated if you could advise me of your availability to attend the Meeting & Conference as soon as possible, but not later than July 15, 2000.
Furthermore, if you intend to present a paper, please send me a two-page abstract of your proposed paper not later than August 31, 2000.

Thank you for your service to Urhoboland.
 

O. Igho Natufe
Deputy Chair, UHS
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