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FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MEETING

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT



URHOBO HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S

 FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE & MEETING

OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 02, 2003

at

GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY
  New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7919 7171

 PLUS ANOTHER VENUE
(To Be Announced)



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 Fourth Annual Conference and Meeting, which will be held on October 31 -November 02, 2003.

Venues :
*     Goldsmiths College of London University
*     Plus Another Venue (To Be Announced)

 

Accommodation:

For participants coming from outside London and those who wish to have accommodation arranged for them, there will be a hotel  in an area of London that will have convenient transportation to and from the venues of the Conference.

Directions to Conference Venues:

*   Goldsmiths College of London University: Please consult advice offered on directions by (a) train, (b) bus, (c) car, and (d) bicycle to Goldsmiths College at http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/about/getto.html.   For a local map of the Goldsmiths College neighbourhood, click Local Map of Goldsmiths College Area. 


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 a smaller Web site http://www.urhobo.kinsfolk.com /, 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 held our 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. 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.

The repetition of our Fourth Annual Conference and Meeting in London is an affirmation of the success of our Third Annual Conference in London in 2002 and a strong indication of our determination to broaden participation in the affairs of Urhobo Historical Society. We particularly want to reach out to Urhobo women and youth in England and Europe. We look forward to another successful Annual Conference in London in the first weekend of November, 2003.

Call For Papers

Our conferences emphasize academic content and relevance for Urhobo affairs. 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 mowoe.2@osu.edu with your thoughts and suggestions for a conference paper.

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AGENDA
Conference Theme:  Leadership and the Future of the Urhobo

Week of October 28, 2002  through November 1, 2002Delegates arrive and check into a hotel (to be announced).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31

 04:005:30pm:             Meeting of UHS Editorial & Management CommitteE (EMC) and the UK & Belgium  Organizing                                         Committee 

 06:008:00pm:             Dinner (For Invited Guests and EMC and  Organizing Committee)

 08:00-10:30pm:              Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Reception
                                                Chair:  Olorogun  Moses  Taiga
                                                Special  Guest  of Honour:  Chief Gamaliel  Onosode

 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 01

09:0011:00am:             First Plenary Session

11:15am12:30pm:       Second Plenary Session

12:3001:30pm;            Lunch Break

01:4503:30pm:            Keynote Address

03:3003:45pm:            Break

03:4505:30pm:            Roundtable  --  The Crisis of Leadership in Urhoboland

07:3011:00pm:            Dinner Party & Igbe Dance Performance
                                        Lecture By Michael Y. Nabofa, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria:                                              Topic:   
"IGBE Religious Movement:  Ubiesha, Ogbevire's Oghenuku, and Igbe Ame."

 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 02

 09:00—10:30am:           Roundtable -- Women and Leadership in Urhoboland

 10:30am-12n:                Fourth Plenary Session

 02:00-05:00pm:            Annual General Meeting

 05:00-08:00pm:            Special Closing Event/Dinner Party


Isaac James Mowoe,  Ph.D., J.D.
Chair
Conference and Communique Committee

June 12, 2003



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