A programme aimed at reawakening the importance of the history of the Yoruba people has kicked off in Ibadan. It is tagged Yoruba Historical Conversations, organised by the Southwest regional integration agency, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
According to the Director General of the commission, Mr Dipo Famakinwa, the Yoruba race has a rich history and great sons and daughters.
A renowned educationist, Prof. Bolanle Awe, flagged off the programme at Cocoa House headquarters of the commission.
Prof. Awe launched the conversations by tracing the historical development of the Yoruba women in Nigeria, stressing that many Yoruba women were involved in the struggle to give women a voice in the country.
According to the former Commissioner for Education in the old Oyo State, the struggle for equality went for a long time and women, particularly Yoruba women, have proved to be sound in knowledge, wisdom and character over the years.
In her words, the society has grown to a stage that it can no longer ignore women’s voice.
She urged the younger generation of Yoruba women to sustain the struggle, warning that they should never give up because democracy and education offer ample opportunities for them to prove their worth.
In attendance were various stakeholders including students, teachers, professionals and artisans.
Famakinwa, speaking earlier, said DAWN commission was committed to promoting the ideals that will help younger generation of Yoruba to take their rightful place in Nigeria and the world stage from one generation to another.
The programme will hold every month with historians delivering lectures on various aspects of Yoruba history.