The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams yesterday launched Oodua Voice, a radio station, and Oodua Magazine in the city of London, United Kingdom, and said the two online mediums are “wholly dedicated to the promotion and celebration of the pristine Yoruba cultural values , customs , ethos , mores and tradition” .
Adama said that the need for the mediums is a continuation of the dream of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who founded the Egbe Omo Oduduwa in London in 1947.
He said that the radio station is the work of the Oodua Peoples’ Union (OPU) and not OPC. “I must however, once again , draw your attention to the difference between OPC and OPU . While OPC is a self determination group with his activities restricted within confine of political Nigeria , the OPU is a socio- cultural organisation formed purposely to promote , market , rejuvenate and stoke the dying embers of Yoruba cultural tourism heritage of the Yoruba in Diaspora”, he said.
He continued: “One of the primordial distinguishing factors , which set us , the Yoruba people , who have been estimated to be over 200 million scattered all over the world with almost 60 million in Nigeria , according to the CIA World Fact book making us one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa ,is the uniqueness of our culture and tradition . Reinforcing this CIA World Fact Book, a BBC documentary aired 3 years ago revealed that “ Yoruba is the fifth respectable race in the world”.
Regrettably, he said the culture and tradition which make the Yoruba why they are, who they are, is gradually being swept inside the Ocean by the torrent wave of superlative indoctrination , systematic cultural imperialism via exposition to unbridled vogues , unrestricted aping of fads , socio effect of globalization and culturally indecent social interaction .
“Apart from the drifting effect of the slave trade which displaced and dispersed millions of Yoruba people from their homes stead to different parts of the world , the oil gloom which plunged the nation into economic c doom in early 80 also caused a mass exodus of Yoruba to other foreign countries” .
The Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) is a pan-Yoruba organization formed in 2011 to create an enabling platform for the sons and daughters of Yoruba ancestors in Diaspora. It is a non-governmental,non – political , non-religious organization, formed by like minds to foster unity among the Yoruba race and provide a platform for all Yoruba sons and daughters in the Diaspora to work for the common interest of Yoruba land.
“The OPU was born here in Great Britain as the Egbe Omo Oduduwa was formed her in 1947 by Chief Obafemi Awolowo , but OPU was officially launched in India November 2012. On September 7th, 2013 Great Britain was launched followed by the launch in Holland on September 14th, France on September 12th, and Germany on September 10th and recently Austria chapter was launched on the 16th of August 2014 at Vienna, Austria. On the Last count, the OPU now exists in 63 countries across the world with the newest one launched on Saturday 8 November 2015 in Senegal”, Adams concluded.