Greetings from the Yoruba Youth Corporation! We are proud to announce once again that the Yoruba Youth Corporation (YYC) in collaboration with other Nigerian socio-cultural organizations in North America that includes the Nigerian Frontier of America (RI) and the Nigerian Community Rhode Island will be hosting its annual National Youth Convention celebrating Nigerian culture and traditions. The theme for this year is “Awakening the spirit of patriotism and selfless service among the Youths.” The convention will be held from July 21st-23rd, 2011 at 175 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.A . We have chosen this theme, as this is a particular time of change and transition in Nigeria. Not only is the country growing economically--we are now the second largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa. As an organization, we feel it is important that the youth take part in this process, hence we have chosen to bring together like minded Nigerian youths, to discuss and find ways to be involved in the process, both individually and as an organization. We hope to educate our youths all over the world about the significance of our rich heritage.
The Yoruba Youth Corporation (YYC) is an organization for young people whose aim is to promote the Yoruba heritage by creating an environment for peer to peer interaction. YYC wants to inspire our members to lead a successful, fruitful, and culturally awakened life through mentoring, tutoring, and scholarship. We would also like to introduce YORUBA LANGUAGE and culture into junior colleges.
Although we are a relatively young organization, we have a membership that spans the United States, Canada and other countries. We currently stand at approximately 1850 members worldwide, with about 200 based locally in Michigan. We communicate with non-local members via the popular social networking site Facebook. For our local members we meet several times monthly and also communicate through our website, www.yorubayouth.org.
The theme of this year’s convention is ““Awakening the spirit of patriotism and selfless service among the Youths.” We are inviting guest speakers and important dignitaries who have shown exemplary passion in the act of giving back to friends, family, community, country, nation, continent or the world in general, to come and share their experience, joy, passion, the obstacles they faced and the rewards of selfless service. We want to use this opportunity to encourage the youths to spend time, thinking about the less fortunate and also how they can help make the world a better place by a (any) simple act of service to another individual or entity, Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself” and John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for me but what you can do for it” We (Yoruba Youth Corporation)think these two statements are what will guide the next generation to the golden age and we are asking you to join us in propagating this notion and movement
Although our target audiences are Yoruba youths, this year we have decided to open the conference to all Nigerian youths to foster unity among all from other geo-political zones in the country. This year’s convention creates an avenue where youths can be oriented on the need to be self-less and patriotic to their motherland Nigeria. This notion is especially important for Nigerians in the diaspora, remembering that distance should not lead to ignorance. We as the youths are the future of this great nation.
We expect about a five to eight hundred people to attend and participate in the three day event.Last year’s event attracted highly esteemed dignitaries from Nigeria, as well as the United Kingdom. Some of the distinguished guests included Governors of Lagos, Osun and Ondo State their excellences Gov. Babatunde Raji Fashola and Dr. Olusegun Mimiko respectively. Immediate past Minister of information Professor Dora Akunyili, Mayor Brenda Lawrence of Southfield (The First Female African American Mayor in Michigan), Honorable Kyrian Nwagwu (The First Nigeria and African born Elected official in the state of Michigan, U.S.A), Chief Adeola Odusanya (Former President EgbeOmo Yoruba of United States), Honorable Sunday Omoyemi (President of Yoruba American Community) Asiwaju Temidayo Israel and, Balogun Temitope Omotayo,( Vice Chairman National Council of Yoruba Youth & Co-Founder Wazobia Network USA) amongst others.
Not only did we attract attendance by such dignitaries, we also had the pleasure of working with and receiving sponsorship from the Lagos State Government (Babatunde RajiFashola) ,Ondo State Government (OlusegunMimiko), Moremi Foundation, EgbeOmo Yoruba North America, Young Diaspora Organization(AsiwajuDayo Israel), City of Southfield Michigan(Mayor Brenda Lawrence), City of Lathrup Village(KyrianNwagwu), Olamild Entertainment, AfricanMirror. All these entities collaborated with us in the past to make our previous convention a success.
This year’s convention hopes to invite special guests from Nigeria, the United States, Canada, Europe and other parts of the world. These guests will include prominent leaders in key positions within the Nigerian government, famous artists from our bourgeoning entertainment industry creating an invaluable networking opportunity for our attendees. We will also honor those individuals and corporate bodies who have dedicated themselves to the development of Nigeria. Below is a lineup of this year’s event:
Lined-up Events and programs
THURSDAY: July 21st, 2011
Welcome Event: Registration of attendees,
Attendees and invited guests checking in at hotel
Virtual Tour of Rhode Island
FRIDAY: July 22nd, 2011
Friday prayers at a prominent Masjid
YinkaQuadri’s “Baba KaMi Mo Won” Movie Premier
Yoruba Cultural Attire Fashion Show& Other Cultural Exposition and Performances
Fashion Show After Party
SATURDAY: July 23rd, 2011
Soccer Exhibition Match
Youth Forum (Seminar/ Town Hall meeting): Discussing the rewards and Joy of Selfless
service by experienced and passionate volunteers
Award and Dinner Banquet
SUNDAY: July 24th, 2011
Sunday Morning Prayers at a prominent Church
End of National Youth Convention 2011
We at Yoruba youth offer several forms of sponsorship, while we understand that not everyone is chanced to be an official sponsor, any donations you have to offer is appreciated. We also will be very interested in partnering with your organization in helping to promote this event. We understand time is of the essence so we will appreciate it if we can open up the lines of communication to start negotiations on yours and our terms of partnership. The Yoruba Youth Corporation is an approved non-profit organization as defined in the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501-C. If you do wish to formally sponsor us, we have attached a formal sponsorship form and details of our sponsorship tiers. We hope that you will honor our invitation as not only a sponsor or partner, but also as a distinguished guest.