FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE & MEETING
OCTOBER 28 - 31, 2004
atPETROLEUM TRAINING INSTITUTE, EFFURUN, NIGERIA
* Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Nigeria
* Ibru Centre and Niger Delta Cultural Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Nigeria
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 general, Urhobo Historical Society has provided a valuable documentation of Urhobo history and culture hitherto unknown in cyberspace. Along with two smaller Web sites http://www.urhobo.kinsfolk.com and http://www.urhobowaado.info, our main web site http://www.waado.org/Contents.html has emerged as an important reference point for Urhobo history and culture. Our publication of British "Treaties of Protection" in the Western Niger Delta in the 1880s and 1890s has compelled an opportunity for a fresh re-examination of the history of Warri City and of the Western Niger Delta. Through its web sites, Urhobo Historical Society has also become a powerful voice in defence of Niger Delta interests.
The first two Annual
Conferences of Urhobo Historical Society were held in North America. We
First Annual Conference and Meeting in Niagara
Falls, Ontario, Canada, on November 3-5, 2000 . Senator
David O. Dafinone was the Keynote
Speaker. Our Second Annual Conference and Meeting took place in Persipanny,
New Jersey, USA, on November 2-4, 2001. Its scope was limited as a
result of the disruptions in international travel, after the attack in
New York on September 11, which prevented
Nigerian participants from travelling to North America.
Our Third Annual Conference was held in London on November 1-3, 2002. Chief D. A. Obiomah was our Special Guest of Honour in the Third Annual Conference and Meeting; Professor David Okpako gave the keynote address; and Olorugun Felix Ibru, first civilian Governor of Delta State, presided over the opening ceremonies. Our Fourth Annual Conference was also held in London, October 31 - November 2, 2003. Deacon Gamaliel Onosode and Governor James Ibori were the Conference's Special Guests of Honour; Olorogun Moses Taiga, represented by Chief Godwin Ogbetuo, was the scheduled Chairman of the Opening Ceremony; and The Very Reverend Prof. Samuel Erivwo delivered the Fourth Annual Conference's keynote address.
Our Fifth Annual Conference
will thus be the first convention of Urhobo Historical Society that
will be held in Urhoboland. Attendance will continue to be
international, with strong teams of participants expected to travel
from the United States of America and the United Kingdom. We expect
full attendance from the Urhobo homeland, in addition to substantial
participation by the Urhobo Diaspora.
Our conferences emphasize
academic content and relevance for Urhobo affairs. The concerns of the
Conference will be transacted in (a) roundtable panels featuring
(b) academic sessions; and (c) Annual General Meeting for members of
Urhobo Historical Society. We will welcome
papers on all aspects of Urhobo history and culture, especially those
that relate to the main theme of the Conference. Please contact the
Conference Chair at email@example.com
with your thoughts and suggestions for a conference paper.
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Urhobo's Future and the Challenges of an Emerging Global Order in the 21st Century
: Opening Ceremonies
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2004
10:30 --.: First Roundtable -- Education and Urhobo's Future: Do We Need an Urhobo University?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2004
-- 11:00 a.m.: Ecumenical Thanksgiving Church Service
-- 2:30 p.m.: Women
and Cultivation of Urhobo Culture and Language
Chairwoman: Mrs. Juliet Mowoe-Uloho, Solicitor & Advocate, Warri City, Nigeria
Emuobohwo Ibru, Lagos
Dr. Rose Aziza, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria
Dr. Regina Otite, Warri City, Nigeria
Alice Ukoko, Women of Nigeria International, London,
(Mrs.) Stella Ovie, National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries
Research, New Bussa, Niger State
p.m.: Launching of Urhobo Art Exhibition and a
Book Where Gods and Mortals Meet:
Continuity & Renewal in Urhobo Art. Edited by Perkins Foss
Chief Johnson Ukueku
Presentation By Chief Perkins Foss and Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya
Launcher: Goodie Ibru, Esq., Chairman, Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, and
Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Chief Bernard Ighosotu Edewor.
5:00 -- 7:00 p.m.: Special Closing Event
Chairman: Maj.-General Chief David Ejoor
Aspects of Urhobo Poetry By Chief D. A.
UHS Service Awards
Urhobo Service Memorial Awards
Conference and Communiqué Committee
J. M. Barovbe, JP,
BA (Hons), MBA.
Conference Organizing Committee in Nigeria
Phones (Lagos): 01-804B6571 (home); 01-774-7959 (office);
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