The elections are over now and it is time to move on as one people, Edo State and the Edo diaspora. That was the message from the Edos in diaspora who tuned in to last night’s Zoom Meeting “How Market” hosted by Edo Connect UK.
The night was organised to iron out any election differences left from Edo 2020 and discuss ways to forge ahead as one. There were horrible stories of professional job losses in the UK, head splitting hospitalisations in Belgium, family hatreds in Canada, blocks on social media Facebook and WhatsApp, and deep insults that will require time to heal. After all that was said and done, everyone decided its time to put Edos first and leverage on the great opportunity the victory of Edo2020 has presented us.
Present at the Zoom conference last night was Royalty, Presidents of UK Edo associations and unions, professional Edos, politically savvy and well-intended Edos including ladies. They exchanged ideas on the need for Edos in diaspora to have a common purpose, especially after Edo2020. A way for us to be able to sing from one hymn sheet and take advantage of the positives of having such a huge community in the UK. How do we use what we have to support and propel our indigenes, community and Edo state?
Many challenges were raised that need our consideration, including, working hours, attendance numbers and resources. Many positive solutions were also put forward including an Edo diaspora database, an Edo diaspora ministry, and an Edo diaspora co-op and yield scheme. The Edo community has the ability to support Edos, including those in the diaspora and those with political ambitions in the UK and Edo State.
Last night attendees wanted to see “evident progress” in the Edo community, citing, this single factor as what most Edos, including the very successful ones in diaspora, want to see in order to engage with the community. The decision to agree on the first steps on forming a workable Edo structure in the UK diaspora will be taken in the next Zoom meeting on 18 October 2020.
All Edos- individuals, Unions and associations are welcome to join in and contribute. Zoom details will be available next week.
List of attendees included
Prince Ekpen Erediauwa
Dr. Charles Omorodion ENA UK President
Mr Henry Aimiuwu (Vice President Benin Union)
Mr Bankole Aigbodion (President Afemai Association UK)
Mr Douglas Amas, Mr Andrew Bassey, Mr Iyore, Mr Ruyi Igiehon, Mr Edwin Igue, Mr Bankole Omokivie, Ms Natasha, Mrs Helen Woghiren, Mr Roland Iyekekplor, Mr Thompson Omoruyi, Deacon Benson Asemota. My apologies for any names missed out last night, it will be documented on the next meeting.
Thanks to Osaze and Marcus for a welcome performance of their song “Ready”.
See you on 18th October 2020.