Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF

By Adeola Aderounmu

Rotimi Amaechi and Jonah Jang contested an election to become the leader of this forum. Video evidence shows that Amaechi won but there are newspaper adverts from some mad people congratulating Jang.

Even the stupid Jang had been attributing his success to God. Which God is that?

Jang is a fool for sure. But that does not even make all the other governors wise men.

Nigeria is ruled by criminals otherwise how can Jang claim a victory that is not his? Elections of any type in Nigeria is arramged and manipulated. Only the June 1993 elections have been free and fair and then annuled.

To even think that this criminal called Jang is a candidate sponsored by Jonathan confirms my constant conviction that Nigeria is a hopeless country and will remain so until a revolution flushes out all these evil people from all corners of the country once and for all time.

On May 29, they will celebrate the fraudulent democracy day. It’s all stupidity.

They stole a hopeful June 12 and gave us a hopeless May 29. Little wonder their country became the worst place on earth to be born. What a country!

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Stockholm Up In Flames

Adeola Aderounmu

Some parts of Stockholm in Sweden have been experiencing violent demonstrations. It all started from a place called Husby this last weekend.

Young people have been burning down Everything they can lay their Eyes and hands on-cars, schools and other structures.

Burnt cars in Husby, Stockholm (picture from www.thelocal.se)

Burnt cars in Husby, Stockholm (picture from http://www.thelocal.se)

It is unclear what has triggered these violent demonstrations which have spread to other places like Flemingsberg, Norsborg, Jakobsberg and Rinkeby.

It may not be unconnected to the killing of a 69-year old man recently in Husby. The man was armed with what appears to be a knife or a matchet and had a hostage when he was killed by gun shots from the police.

A friend of mine posted a facebook stating that when he lived in Husby he saw neglect in the area. He stated poor living conditions and low standard of education in Husby.

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According to him he said he knew that Husby was waiting to boil for a long time now and that whatever triggered the riots was not the real issue but that the government has turned its Eyes away for too long from the area.

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I will update this page when I know more…or not..

Cars on fire in Husby, Stockholm (picture from www.thelocal.se)

Cars on fire in Husby, Stockholm (picture from http://www.thelocal.se)

Personally I’d wished the problem was nipped in the bud. Stockholm is beautiful city and there are better ways to address the problems than schools and cars being burnt down.

All images are from http://www.thelocal.se

Yoruba Union in Stockholm Celebrates First Ever Yoruba day

By Adeola Aderounmu

Yoruba Union in Stockholm was founded on the 15th of May, 2010. Our goals are clearly stated in the constitution of the Union:

• To serve as a common forum through which the Yorubas in Sweden can meet and discuss matters of common interests.
• To serve as an avenue for social and cultural interactions among the Yorubas and other nationalities
• To act, when necessary as a link between members of the union and the Swedish Authorities
• To promote and encourage solidarity at all times amongst members.
• To teach our children about the traditions and knowledge of the Yoruba race
• To show/ introduce the Yoruba culture to the the Yorubas and other people living in Stockholm and Sweden in general

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(Yoruba Union Members pose with Ambassador Amobi and his wife)

We knew that through these goals we will be able to achieve the following:

• create a community of Yoruba people living in Stockholm
• unite the Yorubas in Stockholm through this community
• create a sense of belonging for ourselves and our families in Sweden
• create an atmosphere for togetherness like the one we experienced, growing up in Nigeria and not the least,
• create a home away from home

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To make our plans come true we have been organizing different activities such as:

• Regular meetings to form a solid social contact among ourselves
• Organizing annual summer Yoruba Family Day in Stockholm. This year we will have the fourth edition of this tradition for our families and friends
• Organizing annual children’s day celebration for our children and friends of the Union.
• Inviting one another to our individual or family activities here in Sweden (marriage ceremonies, naming ceremonies, house warming, graduation ceremonies and so on)

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(Drama showing the Kabiyesi and his subjects)

Nowadays, in addition to our regular monthly meetings, we also have our mingling and chat sessions every Wednesday at a place called Medborgarplatsen. We drink Yoruba palm wine and relax after work 7pm to 9pm, just like we used to meet under the tree way back in Nigeria.

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(Drama showing a Yoruba woman sweeping the house in the morning)

On the 11th of May 2013 our dreams in the Yoruba Union came true. We were able to organize the first ever Annual Yoruba Day Celebration in Stockholm. It took 3 years to get to this point but it was worth every minute we waited and invested into the process.

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(Yoruba Dancers)

Our special guest was the Nigerian Ambassador to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland His Excellency Onochie Amobi. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Amobi. We had other notable Nigerians at this inaugural event including Mr. Shola Mansur Amao, Engineer Olatunde Aluko, Mrs. Clara Kilete Rogo and Mr. Adetunji Ogunnoiki.

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(Yoruba Fashion Parade)

We also have the president of the Nigerian Union in Stockholm Mr. Dominic Emene in attendance. A representative of our partner organization-SENSUS Ms. Ingrid Bjurström was present to witness the special day.

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(Yoruba People, A beautiful race)

To see what transpired on the day we celebrated the first ever Yoruba Day in Stockholm, Sweden, anyone can subscribe to our YouTube channel to see some of the events that took place on the YORUBA DAY (type Yoruba union Stockholm). We had cultural dances, drama sketches, the ambassador’s speech and Yoruba fashion parade among other interesting things that took place on that day.

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(This is lovely!)

The Yoruba Union in Stockholm has the following executive members, Lydia Akinwale-social secretary, Funmileyi Adenuga-treasurer, Abiola Kamoru Amos-Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Onifade-secretary and Debo Fasheyi-Assistant PRO.

The union is made up of energetic young men and women who are intellectually rich and determined. In the group, positive energy radiates and different life experiences merge to create a dynamic forum that moves our common ideologies forward in the right direction.

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(The Nigerian Ambassador to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland HE Onochie Amobi, giving a speech at the ceremony)

Dialogue remains a useful tool in the group where issues are openly discussed and agreements reach based on democratic principles.

The group is well known in Stockholm and we remain popular among our sister organizations in Goteborg and Malmö. We continue to encourage our Yoruba brothers and sisters in Stockholm and its environs to become a part of us. But we show deep respect for people’s rights of association.

In the Yoruba Union family every member is important and treated with respect. Executive and non-executive members understand the principles on which the association was founded. Therefore we enjoyed utilizing our various resources and talents to the benefit of the association.

The cultural group is headed by Olarewaju Omogunloye, an expert in Yoruba folksongs and dance. We also enjoyed the company of Samuel Ayorinde, ex-super Eagle player who has hosted a number of our meetings. One of our members Samuel Oladipupo Ayoola often travels with his family from outside Stockholm to attend our meetings and events.

The Yoruba Union in Stockholm has come to stay and we are looking ahead to consolidating on the gains of the awareness we created during our recent celebration of the Yoruba Day. We will continue to look for more ways to promote the Yoruba ideals, culture and heritage in Sweden and elsewhere on the Scandinavian islands.

Oodua a gbe wa o..!

(An adaptation of the speech read by Adeola Aderounmu, president Yoruba Union, Stockholm, during the first ever Yoruba Day celebration in Stockholm on May 11, 2013)

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