.. Calls for cultural reawakening
The president welcoming the Senator to the event.
Etsako sons and daughters home and abroad have been urged to encourage their children to speak their language and promote indigenous culture.
This advice was given recently at the 2019 Etsako Day which took place in Lagos. Speaking at the event, the Senator representing Edo North, Francis Alimikhena, called on all Etsako sons and daughters to always speak Etsako language to their children and take them to their roots while emphasising the fact that their culture is their identity.
In the same vein, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, urged them to always take their children home and speak Etsako language to them. They both advised everyone to have unity of purpose which is very key to national development. He commended Etsako Club ’81 for their good initiatives.
Six indigent Etsako students in higher institutions were given scholarships. Those who benefited from this worthy initiative were full of praises to the organisers while promising not to let them down.
The President of the Club, Barrister Asamah Yusuf Kadiri called on all sons and daughters of Etsako land to come together to form a united force aimed at preserving their culture as well as guarantee positive social change.
The president with the minister at the 2019 Etsako Day.
“We also need to work relentlessly for sustainable economic development of Etsako land. We are very rich in our our culture, agricultural products and human capital; and we must take maximum advantages of all these.” Kadiri explained.
According to him, the plenary session of the event was aimed at tapping into the various economic potentials of Edo north which include abundant agricultural products and solid minerals which can attract foreign investors.
It was a day that Etsako culture was overtly displayed in dance, music, songs, dressing and food.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance were the deputy governor of Edo State, Hon. Phillip Shuaib, the Senator representing Edo North, Francis Alimikhena, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, Hajia Mariam Abubakar, former Commissioner for Budget and National Planning in Edo State among others.
They all agreed to the call of assisting government in improving the rural health care, the Afenmai Cultural Centre and award of scholarship to students from the various clans from Etsako.
Some of those in attendance who spoke to newsmen stated that the event was indeed a worthwhile one, saying that they look forward to attending more of it as well as work towards achieving the set goals and objectives.
Etsako Club ’81 is a non-partisan social cultural club, non-governmental organization focused on the welfare of the indigent, developing the Afenmai people and the land.
This is done through the award of scholarship to brilliant indigent students of Etsako descent and contribution to infrastructural development. A lot of these have been achieved in the almost forty years of existence of the club.
One of the other aims of the club is to increase the cultural awareness of the indigenes particularly those not resident at home and those in diaspora in a bid for the Afenmai culture particularly the language, not to go into extinction.
This gave birth to periodic get together of the sons and daughters of Etsako in what is tagged Etsako Day.
This year’s theme hinged on
“Showcasing the Cultural Heritage and Investment Opportunities of Etsako land.”