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NOVEMBER 01 - 03, 2002


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The Editorial & Management Committee of Urhobo Historical Society cordially invites all Urhobo sons and daughters, as well as friends of Urhobo, to participate in our Third Annual Conference and Meeting, which will be held on November 01 - 03, 2002.

Venues :
*     Goldsmith College of London University
*     Goddis Place, Southeast London

The two venues are in the same neighbourhood of London, approximately one mile apart. The opening session of the Conference will be held at Goddis on Friday evening, November 1, 2002. Main Conference sessions will be held at Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre of Goldsmith College on Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3. There will be a dinner session at Goddis on Saturday evening, November 2, 2002.


For participants coming from outside London and those who wish to have accommodation arranged for them, there will be hotel and flats that will be booked, courtesy Goddis Place, in areas of London that will have convenient transportation to and from the venues of the Conference. These will be announced at a future date. For more urgent requests, please contact Mr. Godwin Oghenede, Proprietor of Goddis, at  or Professor James Isaac Mowoe, Conference Chair, at

Directions to Conference Venues :

*   Goldsmith College of London University: Please consult advice offered on directions by (a) train, (b) bus, (c) car, and (d) bicycle to Goldsmith College at   For a local map of the Goldsmith College neighbourhood, click Local Map of Goldsmith College Area .

*     Goddis Place: Please consult advice offered on directions to Goddis at . Here is a local map of the neighbourhood of Goddis:

"We are situated on the busy A2 leading from the Elephant & Castle on to the Old Kent Road and the beginning of the New Cross Road almost opposite the landmark All Saints Church"

About Urhobo Historical Society

Established in August 1999, Urhobo Historical Society provides a forum for the publication of works in Urhobo history and culture. URHOBO WAADO, Web site of Urhobo Historical Society, also highlights issues of  oil pollution and environmental degradation in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Besides its defence of Urhobo interests in the political sphere, Urhobo Historical Society has provided a valuable documentation of Urhobo history and culture hitherto unknown in cyberspace. Along with a smaller Web site /, our main web site of has emerged as an important reference point for Urhobo history and culture. Through its web sites, Urhobo Historical Society has also become a powerful voice in defence of Niger Delta interests.  We thank all those who have contributed towards such achievements.

The first two Annual Conferences of Urhobo Historical Society were held in North America. We held our First Annual  Conference and Meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, on November 3-5 2000 . Senator David O. Dafinone was its the Keynote Speaker. Our Second Annual Conference and Meeting took place in Persipanny, New Jersey, USA, on November 2-4, 200 1.

In bringing the Third Annual Conference to London and Europe, we seek to broaden participation in the affairs of Urhobo Historical Society. We particularly want to reach out to women and Urhobo youth. We look forward to a strong Annual Conference in London in November, 2002.

Conference Theme: The Place of Urhobo In Contemporary Nigeria

Week of October 28, 2002  through November 1, 2002 :  Delegates arrive and check into hotels or flats (to be arranged).

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November 1, 2002, Venue: Goddis Place, London:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Special Meeting of Members of UHS Editorial & Management
                                   Committee (EMC)

6:30  – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner Meeting: EMC members and Specially Invited Guests

8:30 PM: Cocktail Reception and Introduction of Guests (Cash Bar available for
                 interested members and guests)

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November 2, 2002, Venue: Goldsmith College of London University:

Keynote Address: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Chair (To be announced)
Keynote Speaker and Topic: To be announced
Coffee Break: 15 Minutes

First Plenary Session: 10:45 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.
Theme: Urhobo History and Culture

Chair (To be announced)
Papers: (Papers are hereby solicited and will be announced at a future date.)

Lunch Break: Group Lunch (To be arranged and announced): 12:30 --1:30 p.m.

Second Plenary Session: 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Theme:  Niger Delta's Environmental Problems and the Nigerian Economy.

Chair (To be announced)
Papers: (Papers are hereby solicited and will be announced at a future date.)
Third Plenary Session: 3:15 .-5:00 p.m.
Theme:  Urhobo and Nigerian Politics
Chair (To be announced)
Papers: (Papers are hereby solicited and will be announced at a future date.)
Cocktail Reception & Dinner Party at Goddis Place: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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November 2, 2002. Venue: Goldsmith College of London University:

Fourth Plenary Session: 9:00 .-10:45 a.m.
Theme:  Women In Urhobo History and Culture

Chair (To be announced)
Papers: (Papers are hereby solicited and will be announced at a future date.)
Annual General Meeting: 10:45 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Planning for UHS Annual Conference, 2003.
Plans for the Growth and Future of Urhobo Historical Society.
Election of Members into the Editorial and Management Committee of Urhobo Historical Society (3-year term)



There will be opportunity, for those who so desire, to become members of Urhobo Historical Society during the forthcoming Conference and Meeting. Membership Recruitment Tables will be set up at the venues of the Conference at Goddis and in the foyer of Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmith College. Annual fee for regular membership is £30.00. Annual fee for charter membership is £150.00 or higher.

Call for Papers

You are invited to present papers on any aspects of Urhobo history and culture, following the themes indicated above.  Please contact the Chair of the Conference Committee with your ideas for papers and presentation, not later than August 15, 2002.

Thank you for your service to Urhobo history and culture.

Conference Committee

Isaac James Mowoe, Ph.D., J.D.

Onoawarie Edevbie, M.A., M.Sc.

Edirin Erhiaghanoma, M.Sc.

Aruegodore Oyiborhoro, Ed.D., F.A.A.A.