The African continent has been a centre for social and political turmoilever since our encounter with the European.
In 1960 a vast area of land totalling 923,766 sq. km and comprising over 250 ethnicities and indigenous traditional Nations, were faced with a task of creating a ” modern state”.
There have been challenges as Nigeria has attempted to hold a Federal Republic together and as continuous intervention by foreign forces have attempted to keep the country divided for the economic gains of foreign interests.
Even with it’s religious, cultural, economic and other challenges some international bodies predict the highest growth of GDP in the world for the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 2010 – 2050.
Trinidad & Tobago and Nigeria have several uniting agencies working to encourage good and healthy bilateral relationships between the two Republics.
The infamous Trans Atlantic Slave Trade forcefully transferred a significant number of Africans from the area now designated Nigeria to the Caribbean and particularly Trinidad & Tobago. This has resulted in a strong Yoruba spiritual community here in Trinidad & Tobago that has made a significant impact on local Trinidad & Tobago culture and that has impacted upon the continuously evolving Yoruba sacred science traditions world wide.
As Nigeria celebrates another year of Independence the Administrators of this website would like to encourage the powers that be to be more proactive in establishing cultural exchanges between our both countries particular in areas related to the significant Yoruba retention , masquerade , both in Trinidad & Tobago and Nigeria.
The Administrators applaud the current scholarships in the oil and energy sectors that the Trinidad & Tobago government is facilitating.
We however note that one of the earlier rationale’s for the establishment of the High Commission from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Republic Trinidad & Tobago is the kith and kin relations of our peoples across the Atlantic.
It is our hope that the both governments would take affirmative action in supporting the promotion and preservation of Traditional African spirituality that has survived the infamous Trans Atlantic Slave Trade through sponsorship of movement of people and knowledge transfer in these areas of collective memory.
In 2005 UNESCO proclaimed the Ifa Divination System, a component of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Thus far some scholarships have been offered to Orisa and Ifa devotees of the African continent in pursuit of the recognition of this proclamation.The African in the Diaspora now has to be included in this safeguarding and preservation of this Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, through direct participation in this project. We recommend that criteria be established to select participants of the Diaspora for the relevant training and preservation of the knowledge contained in the Ifa literary corpus.
There have also be significant transformation in the Yoruba community both in the African Diaspora and here in Republic Trinidad & Tobago that we would like to see facilitated and accommodated in a thrust of bringing Nations and people together.
SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA as they celebrate yet another year of Independence.