EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DR OLUSOLA CHARLES AGBENIYI VICE PRESIDENT AYIDSA

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DR OLUSOLA CHARLES AGBENIYI VICE PRESIDENT AYIDSA

I got to the palace around 3 pm and left around 7 pm. On his request I witness other visitors coming to seek political office and appointments blessings. We have our meeting last. I discussed with him in details the AYIDSA successful events and programmes including health assist, a business forum and a legal assist over the last year. He was excited and happy that we are making progress.

Picture: On my right is HRM Asoya of Ife kingdom and on my left is HRM Elejesi of Ife kingdom

I also discussed with him a need for his presence at the 2018 heritage week. He gave him the invitation and also suggest that he can attend the Australia YSWA event from South Africa because we are on the same axis. He handed over the package to the appropriate assistance instantly and gave assurance of attendance. Before I ended my meeting, I briefly mentioned the passing to glory of Prof Awotedu. He received the news with sadness and pray God will grant Yoruba community fortitude to bear the loss.

 

I visited the palace on behalf of the association of the Yorubas in the diaspora, South Africa. This is the second visit to the imperial majesty since he became the arole oodua. We paid a first courtesy visit to him and Alaafin of Oyo in March 2016.

The purpose of the visit is to brief the Ooni our progress as an association and to invite him to South Africa for the 2018 heritage week celebration. During our 2016 visit, we had some discussions that need follow-up and update

This time around, he was updated and all our events so far were briefed to him

In South Africa. The foundation of our association was on service to our members specifically and the Yoruba generally. We have doing that since her formation. As of now, we have AYIDSA health assist, AYIDSA bussiness forum and AYIDSA legal assist. All these arms are there to assist our members in their various predicaments

There are developments going on in Ile Ife more than before. The current Ooni has attracted investments to the city

Generally, the south-west governments need to dedicate more resources toward infrastructure developments especially electricity supplies and road construction.

The Yoruba language has been diluted. Hardly you see a Yoruba son or daughter speaking our mother language without mixing it with English. Parent and Government should encourage and promote the teaching of Yoruba language in schools.

I did not attend the Restructuring summit because I arrived Nigeria after the summit.

Our association shall continue to operate within the constitutional framework. We have visions, missions and these we shall continue to observe. It shall always be our guide as an association.

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