The much awaited Yoruba Heritage Award, one of Africans landmark events in the United Kingdom comes up on Friday October 14, 2011.
The debut of the popular award was held last year with recognitions trooping in from many nations across the world celebrating the uniqueness of Yoruba race and distintive feature of Yoruba people.
Last year almost 2000 attendees registered to partake in the award night event and the result of the event persee was amazing.
It’s coming on again this year and is scheduled to take place in the heartland of South East which host the largest assemblage of Yoruba people in the United kingdom.
According to Adegoke Adekanye, the Chief Executive of Yoruba Heritage Award, the award has been established as a unique event to bring together all Yorubas in the Diaspora and celebrate their uniquness as a people endowed with the best culture and tradition in the world.
“The Yoruba Heritage Awards is an annual award made to recognize and reward excellence and outstanding achievement by individuals and groups within the Yoruba community”
According to him, Awards are giving to those who have regularly devoted their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life, creating opportunities for others to excel and providing outstanding service either individually or professionally to humanity, the traits he claimed generations of Yoruba have been known to carry. The Awards has been scheduled to hold on Friday, October 14, 2011, in London South East, an area of London that holds the largest Assemblage of Yoruba people in London and and entire United Kingdom.
The most highlight of this year’s ceremony is that the event will be hosted by American turn Nigerian Yoruba citizen, Titilayo Oyinbo (Cara Harshman).
The American white lady who has proved to the world the uniqueness of Yoruba and how easy Yoruba language can be learnt now recognise and identify herself as a Yoruba indigene.
Titilayo as she is popularly called will storm the event host corners with her mentor, teacher and cultural icon, Abidemi Alaran. Cara adopted the popular name Titilayo Oyinbo and has broken history by adopting Yoruba and embracing the culture and even teaching the language in schools. She has mastered all the language complexities with derison and will be handy on Friday to display her ingenuity and perfection on the language.
This one stop human cultural icon has stunned the world on her new found love in Yoruba language.
Mr Abidemi Alaran is a film producer and the CEO of Matrix Entertainment, well known for his witty presentation and rich Yoruba idiom expressions.
His professional presentation and touch of class have earned him international recognition, especially in the United States of America.
The nomination process is still going on and is open to persons of Yoruba ancestry at home and abroad; those who have made a mark in their communities and (or) in their fields of endeavor and have in the process promoted the Yoruba culture.
The central aim of YHA is to build a platform to educate and promote Yoruba culture globally while supporting and celebrating those that have displayed leadership, patriotism and love for their heritage and serving as a model of cultural diplomacy, peace and tolerance for this generation and those to come.
The event will be will be held at “Lighthouse” , Camberwell, South East London on Friday Oct 14, 2011. Red carpet starts 5pm, awards ceremony commences at 7pm.
This year’s awards has attracted guests from America, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa and Great Britain with some of the guests having signalled their intention to make the year’s award special.
Among those that had signalled intentions to attend are Fatai Atere(MON)-Nigerian Soccer Star ( championship for under 17) (1985) Chief Mayegun– First Nigerian Common Wealth Gold Medalist Boxer in Austria. Eng. Yemi Ogundele– Media Representative for the United Nations in Austria Ambassador Abiodun Bashua– Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nation on climate change in Bonn, Germany Otunba Gani Adams– Founder of the Oodua People’s Congress(OPC)
Categories include politics, Entertainment, sports, corporate sector and many more.
About the Chief Executive: Mr Adegoke Adekanye is an accountant by profession.
He had for several years pulled his weight as a frontline entertainment impressario and has turned many leaves in his promotion of Nigerian Entertainment industry.
The showbiz guru has proved his worth in the Nigerian showbiz circles by hosting the highly rated cultural event in September in London last year, a foundation he has built this year’s award on.
” I am not supernatural, moving from accounting business to entertainment. The interest and my dream to promote Yoruba culture has been my passion and driving force and I am happy I have not been wrong in my choice of activities” the happy promoter told EMNnews.
Adegoke Adekanye revealed plans to hold the Nigerian version of the event and want to attain a new level by hosting the event in United States and Germany.
“Yorubas are a unique group of people who had continued to make Africa proud, and that recognising those in Nigeria and in the diaspora was long overdue” he said
There will be award in entertainment, media, corporate, telecommunnications, hospitality, artistry, youth, and charity among others.
Nominations for the various categories come from the public while some movers and shakers of Nigeria and Yoruba extractions will get recognition awards.
A major boost for the event is the endorsement of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) which was revealed to gave their support to the event after a two-week research on Yoruba culture and achievements in the UK last year= m