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FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MEETING

THIRD 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  Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14.
(Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14)

and

Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA



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   Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14).
*    Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA

 
Accommodation:

There are no standard hotels in the vicinity of the major venue of the Conference in southeast London. The nearest hotel with reasonable prices appears to be the following:

 LONDON-GREENWICH-A102(M)
Express By Holiday Inn
Bugsbys Way
GREENWICH SE10 0GD
UNITED KINGDOM
Local Phone: 44-20-82695000
Reservations: 0800897121

Watch out for sales and special deals (internet only) which this hotel has advertised from time to time. Several Conference participants have already booked accommodation from its facilities, taking advantage of special advertised sales in its web site.

Directions to Conference Venue:

*   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.

Membership Dues

We invite and encourage all sons and daughters of Urhobo and friends of Urhobo to become active members of Urhobo Historical Society.

There are two categories of membership: (a) Regular members pay annual dues of £30.00 or $50.00 per member. (b) Charter members pay £120.00 or $200.00, or more (at their option). 

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AGENDA
Conference Theme:  Leadership and the Future of the Urhobo

Week of October 28, 2003  through November 1, 2003Delegates arrive  and check into a hotel (to be announced).

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2003: Opening Ceremony & Reception

Venue: Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14). 

07:00-10:00 p.m.:   Opening Ceremony & Cocktail Reception

Chair:  Olorogun  Moses Taiga, Chairman & Managing Director, Execon Holdings Limited. Lagos, Nigeria.

Special  Guest  of Honour:  Deacon Gamaliel  Onosode, OFR, FNIM, FCIB, FCS, DSc (Hon.), DD (Hon.)  Lagos-based Businessman.

Professor Peter Ekeh, Chair, Urhobo Historical Society.

Representative  of His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor of  Delta StateNigeria.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2003

Venue: Goldsmiths College of London University, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, UK

09:0011:00am:  First Plenary Session

Chair, Chief Daniel A. Obiomah, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

O. Igho Natufe, Ph. D., Ottawa, Canada.
The Challenge of Leadership: Towards a Resolution of the Urhobo-Itsekiri Conflict in Warri

Victor Ojakorotu, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Oil, Arms proliferation and Conflicts in the Niger Delta

Akpo Avwovwo, Ph. D., Niger Delta Development Commission, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Mineral Resources in Urhoboland

11:15 a.m.--12:30 p.m.:       Second Plenary Session

Chair, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Lagos

Rose Aziza, Ph.D., Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria
Women and Leadership in Urhoboland

Wilson Ometan, B.A., (Hons.) BBC, London, United Kingdom
Leadership and the Future of the Urhobo: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Ona Pela, D. Pharm., Cherry Hill, New Jersey (USA)  and Francis Odemerho, Ph. D. Univ. of Southern Illinois, Edwardville, (USA)
Urhobo Leadership and the Role of an Urhobo Institute

Emmanuel Urhobo, Ph.D., Barrister-at-Law, Warri City, Delta State, Nigeria
Urhobo Unity and Leadership

12:30-- 01:30pm;            Lunch Break

01:4503:30pm:            Keynote Address

Chair: Deacon Gamaliel Onosode, Lagos, Nigeria

Very Revd. (Prof.) S .U. Erivwo, Ph.D., Provost, St Andrews Cathedral, Warri Diocese (Anglican Communion)
Our Religious Leaders and the Urhobo Nation


03:30
03:45pm:            Break

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

Chair, Olorogun F. M. A. Ukoli., Ph.D., Professor of Zoology (Emeritus), University of Ibadan, & Founding Vice Chancellor, Delta State University, Abraka,  Nigeria

Panelists:

Olorogun Moses Taiga, Lagos, Nigeria

Chief Daniel A. Obiomah, Warri, Nigeria

Ajovi Scott-Emuakpor, Ph.D., MD, Professor of Paediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Augustine E. Atiyota, Pharm.D., President-General, Urhobo National Association of North America (UNANA)


07:30
10:30 p.m.:            Special Session on Igbe Dance

Venue: Old Hall, All Saints Centre, Monson Road, London SE14. (Behind: All Saints Church, New Cross Road, London, SE14).

Chair:
Chief J. M. Barovbe, JP, BA (Hons), MBA, Lagos, Nigeria

Lecture By Michael Y. Nabofa, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Topic:    IGBE Religious Movement:  Ubiesha, Ogbevire's Oghenuku, and Igbe Ame.

Igbe Dance Performance by London-based Igbe Congregation.


 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2003

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

Chair, Rose Aziza, Ph.D., Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria

Mrs. L. O. Obiomah, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

Helen Ekeh, Ph.D., Buffalo, New York, USA

Ekene Gloria Ojakorotu, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mrs. Emesiri-Akusu Felicia, Brussels, Belgium

Ms Alice Ukoko, LLB (Hons., Lond.), London, United Kingdom


10:30am
-12n:                Fourth Plenary Session -- Youth  Forum

Chair: Sylvester Efole, London, United Kingdom

Perkins Foss, New York, USA
Special Guest Presentation on  Urhobo Arts and Culture

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

Venue:  Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA

05:00-08:00pm:            Special Closing Event

Venue:  Hackney Town Hall Assembly Room, London E8 1EA

Chair: Mr. James Okorode,
Chairman, Urhobo Social & Cultural Club, London, UK

UHS Awards for contributions to the growth of the Society in its formative years

An Address by His Excellency Chief James Onanefe Ibori, Governor of  Delta State, Nigeria.


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

October 14, 2003



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