Fireworks In Detroit At The Afenifere Renewal Group Conference

It was a celebration of festival of ideas on Saturday, September 24, 2011, as the USA Chapter of Afenifere Renewal Group, successfully held the maiden edition of its annual public lecture series in Detroit, Michigan.

The organizers assembled a cast of distinguished speakers to reflect on the theme: “Omo Oodua: Challenges and Prospects in Corporate Nigeria”. The roll call of speakers featured Mr. Yinka Odumakin, pro-democracy and civil rights icon and spokesperson for the Muhammadu Buhari presidential campaign,   Omoyele Sowore,  pro-democracy activist and founder/publisher of Sahara Reporters, Dr. Pius Adesanmi, Professor of English at Carleton University, weekly columnist for Sahara Reporters, and a laureate of the Penguin Prize for African Writing, and Mr. Kayode Oladele, international human rights lawyer and a stalwart of the pro-democracy movement.

Honourable Olawale Oshun, national chairman of the Afenifere Renewal Group, kicked off the day’s event with a keynote address delivered in absentia as he was held back in Nigeria. Honourable Oshun enjoined the forum to reflect critically on the Arab Spring and draw lessons for the Yoruba nation and for Nigeria. He averred that those who continue to truncate genuine democracy and those who avoid the national question by preventing the sort of conversations that could lead to restructuring and the emergence of true federalism are living on borrowed time.

Pius Adesanmi delivered the first of four invited lectures. His speech, “Ti Oluwa ni Ile” (The Earth is the Lord’s), was a dramatic and poetic evaluation of the decline of the “omoluabi” concept in Yoruba land. Adesanmi animated the audience with a call and response format, structuring his speech delivery like a Yoruba tales by moonlight session that required the audience to sing popular Yoruba songs along with him. He concluded his engaging lecture with a warning: only a return to true omoluabi ethos as sketched out in the roadmap in his lecture could bring a genuine rebirth to Yoruba land.

It was Mr. Yinka Odumakin’s turn to take the audience through the nationality question and its consequences on national stability. His engaging speech was laced with anecdotes and archival references to the long history of ethnic discontent and other fault lines in Nigeria’s national experience. These, he suggested, are no reason to give in to despair. The Yoruba nation should organize and not agonize, while maintaining the struggle to create a nation-space that would enable the region to reclaim, consolidate, and continue the string of successes and achievements recorded by the western region under Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Mr. Kayode Oladele’s presentation dovetailed into Mr. Odumakin’s as the two men are long-term associates in the progressive movement. Mr. Oladele went down memory lane, tracing the history of progressive activism in Oodua and the loss of that critical tradition to materialism in the current dispensation. The economic emancipation of the southwest cannot happen in a national context that democratizes poverty and stifles the most fundamental aspects of human ingenuity and industry.

Omoyele Sowore, who nearly missed the event due to flight complications from New York base, rounded up the lectures with an electrifying speech entitled, “The Culture of Corruption – Whose Culture?” It was trademark Sowore on the podium: challenging, punchy, witty, and provocative. He named names and reeled out details in a presentation that gave the lie ethnicize corruption in much of Nigeria’s public discourse.

The question and answer session reflected the anxieties of the audience over project Nigeria. Various propositions emerged in terms of possible ways forward for Oodua nation and for Nigeria. Despite charged debates that continued into the evening, the audience and the speakers commended the organizers (Mr Taiwo Ogunleye, Mr. Adeniyi Adepoju, Mr Pius Omoregha) for pulling off such a splendid event.

At the end of the day’s event, Mr. Hillary Okoronkwo, a Detroit-based lawyer, a fearless contributor to online blogs and social media platforms, and a long-time member of the progressive community, took the invited speakers to dinner at a Detroit hangout. It was an opportunity for kindred spirits to touch base, examine strategies of action going forward, and rededicate themselves to the struggle for a free, fair, and just Nigeria.

 

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MY OWN IS NOT A THIEF,MY OWN

MY OWN IS NOT A THIEF,MY OWN CANNOT ASSOCIATE WITH ANOTHER TO FORM A POLITICAL PARTY,MY OWN SHOULD FORM A REGIONAL PARTY,MY OWN,MY OWN,MY OWN.HOW CAN NIGERIA BECOME ONE? SUDAN MADE IT AND SUCCEEDED WHY NOT NAIJA?

@ Tundemash

@ tundemash: It's You, Yinka Odumakin, Pastor Boko Haram and your Boko Haram General are the modern day fools. May the blood of our youth coppers stain your hands for life.

BTW, I did not vote for GEJ - I am a Nuhu Ribadu supporter for life! Go ask Pastor Boko Haram and Yinka Odumakin, the duo backstabbers, what they did to Nuhu Ribadu.

YORUBA RONU

Yoruba nation is too sophiscated for unserious group to assume her leadership or visionless people that see nothing in politics than accumulation of personl wealth,they see nothing to copy in Chief Awolowo's free Education which some of them were benficiaries or Alhaji Jakande's massive housing programme, for 12 years they have only achieved shadow development with a lot of noise and massive propaganda to cover their loot.Yoruba cannot place their destiny in Nigeria in their hands,we will and should support other Nigerians that will take us out of the woods of corruption not those who will abandon their Candidate for Opposition all for material gain which they will spend in jail through the same way it came.I am proud of people like Pastor Tunde Bakare,Yinka Odumakin and the wife and other progressive minded Yorubas in CPC that supported General Buhari than the present visionless leadership

which way Nigeria.

Yes video pls. Which way Nigeria! Which way to go?

YOU NEED HELP @ ARO

Ordinarily i will not reply ppl like you, i know u are coming from the angle of frustration and maybe u are also misinform by ppl you work for or you just trying to spark a conversation, i don’t think you meant what you wrote, if you cannot reorganize a true Yoruba nationalist in Odumakin, a fighter against corruption in sowore and those in picture as real Yoruba sons and daughters, then you need to be taken to Aro hospital for brain examination.

@Tony h. and others;

Some people are just ignoramus no wonder they voted GEJ but not PDP.
It is a fact Mallam Tishau of Boko Haram named Northern PDP governors who started sharia and ofcourse IGP Ringim who we all know is a paddy of Jonathan since his days at Bayelsa as commisioner of police when Jonathan was gov.
And yet this low lives would still mention Yinka Odumakin and Buhari as supporters of Boko Haram. Not even Jonathan was this stupid to make this error. FOOLS

Political imbesides has overthrown the media via internet

To separate the shaft from the grains may cost the Yoruba race in Nigeria another millennium of years despite Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo made education free throughout the south west of Nigeria.Few who passed through colleges could denote what symposium is meant in relation to Michigan branch of Afenifere group, while those literate-illiterates attacked the members, speakers and audience of the group despite they were never a good instrument to their immediate family talk-less of the society. Were most of them blind or dumb when the "DOSUMUS" belongs to different parties in Lagos,despite Lagos is the seat of the Yoruba s, which of them was a traitor.If you don't know which way forward, adult education may be a free political in service training, recommendation for you all.

plz upload the video

plz upload the video

Which one is Yinka

which one is Yinka "Boko Haram" Odumakin?

RE Odumakin a traitor

You are not a Yoruba man pls,What has Odumakin done wrong?by belonging to CPC? That is his political belief,there are other Afeniferes in PDP do you because of that throw them away? You definately must be GEJ agent . Is Buhari not better than your GEJ,Boy hide your face in shame pls

Look for a Traitor, Call Asiwaju!

The demented pig head who labelled Yinka as traitor must think Bola Tinubu is the Awo of our time.

The bastard forgot that Gen. Buhari has better records than Bola Tinubu. They forgot that General Buhari should be one of the richest men in the world but chose not to for reasons best known to him.

The goat forgot that Boko Haram are mostly jobless people who have been ingored for so many years and that they have zero ties with General Buhari.

Is it not such a shame that we have come to this?

 Keep it for posterity.

 Keep it for posterity.

YINKA ODUMAKIN..A TRAITOR!!

YINKA ODUMAKIN CANNOT CLAIM TO BE AN AFENIFERE SINCE HE IS ALREADY DINING WITH THE BOKO HARAMS!! HE IS A TRAITOR AND A BASTARD WHO DOESN'T KNOW WHERE HE COMES FROM... ALL THOSE PEOPLE AM SEEING IN THIS PICTURES DONT EVEN LOOK AN INCH LIKE AN AFENIFERE MEMBER. WE NOW KNOW WHO SAHARA REPORTERS ARE DEFINITELY WORKING FOR...(BUHARI, ATIKU & IBB) WE NOW ALSO KNOW WHERE SR FUNDING IS COMING FROM. NO MATTER WHAT YOU REPORT ABOUT GEJ OR HIS GOVERNMENT,...NOTHING CAN SHAKE HIM. REMEMBER, SILENCE IS THE BEST ANSWER FOR A FOOL!.. CONTINUE BARKING..BOKO HARAM REPORTERS!

Please make a record of the

Please make a record of the proceedings and let posterity see it. At least they would know that not all were complicit in the current madness.

Go home and die for change

A few loud mouths that jaw jaw. Please call for revolution and go back to Naija armed with your AK47. Until we enter the Rwanda phase, Nigeria never suffer reach!

Gbogbo awon omo Oodua a gbe

Gbogbo awon omo Oodua a gbe yin oo!

Video Please!

Since I was not invited I would like to see a podcast or some such.

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