CALL FOR NATIONAL SANGO DAY CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE

Sango Festival Nigeria

Sango Festival Nigeria

On Sunday 25th. August 2013, Eniyan Wa, The Association of African Traditional Religions in Trinidad and Tobago, The National Council of Orisa Elders of Trinidad & Tobago , with the support of the Ministry of National Diversity and Social Integration hosted an event at The Emancipation Heritage Site #1, Bon Air West, off Hosein Trace, Lopinot to celebrate SANGO.

Sango – orisa of thunder, lightening, social justice and electricity has been characterised for several years as the Patron Orisa of Republic Trinidad & Tobago; and many countries and scholars know of Trinidad & Tobago for its retention of Yoruba culture and sacred science through it’s practice of the ancient Yoruba spiritual traditions known commony as ” Shango ” in Trinidad & Tobago.

For several years now EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE have kept up the struggle for SANGO DAY being declared a public Holiday in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.

The srtuggle commenced when in 1995,  after appearing before the Joint Select Committe which was considering new public holidays and chaired by the Education Minister Augustus Ramrekersingh , the Orisa community failed to have the nod of consent from the then incumbent government led by Patrick Manning. A public meeting of the National Council of Orisa Elders of Trinidad & Tobago was convened at Woodford Square , Port of Spain and rituals for Sango conducted. Among the officers of the Council  present at the ritual and meeting were, the late Archbishop Percival Meijas,  Pearl Eintou Springer and Oloye Orawale Oranfe then more commonly known to the public as OLUDARI.

The State then took some unprecented steps in consulting with non – leaders of the Orisa community and a day that was initially voted as a public holiday,then downgraded to a ‘ Festivals Day ” Lack of a stong central body then allowed for fragmentation in these efforts which led to disillusionment for some. EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE remained steadfast and took the celebrations all over the country.

The recent event at Lopinot, has been the second Sango Festival hosted by the above named organizations and has afforded the National community an opportunity to close ranks and to work together for pursuing the goal of having Sango Day proclaimed officially as a public holiday in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.

It is in this regard that Elders and leaders of shrines present at the Sango Festival event held on Saturday 25th. August, 2013 have decided to conve3ne a series of meeting to put in place a NATIONAL SANGO DAY CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE to ensure that we can have a more grand celebration than currently prevails .

The  first meeting is scheduled for

SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER, 2013

Place: ILE ISOKAN 8 NILES TRACE, FEBEAU VILLAGE, SADDLE ROAD

Time : 1.00p.m.

ALL OMO ORISA SANGO AND HEADS OF SHRINES, ILE, EGBE AND KPAALE ARE INVITED.

MAY WE ACT WITH PURPOSE AND COMMITTMENT AND CARRY OUR TRADITION FORWARD.

In conclusion Otun Iyalode Awo Agbaye Ifakemi Aworeni, wishes to especially give thanks to former Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration, the Rt. Hon. Clifton De Coteau, now currently Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, in championing our cause.

Oyun Iyalode Iyanifa Aworeni , further prays that our ancestors bless him and support him wherever he goes.

N.B : This article has been updated to included ommitted information on it’s previous publication.

Oloye Orawale Oranfe

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10 responses to “CALL FOR NATIONAL SANGO DAY CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE

  1. Solidarity is forever, the flag of ORISA WORLDS MOVEMENT shall always rain and set objective will comes pass.

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      E k’abo! Welcome to this site Oladejo Faniyi. May Eledumare,orisa ile wa, orisa gbogbo wa, egun ile wa continue to prosper your path as we continue to clear the road and leave signposts that others may follow. This is but one attempt at engaing the social, political, spiritual and other injustices that our world wide African community and traditions faces still in 2013 gregorian calendar year on a frequent basis.Thanks for taking the time to visit this site and to leaving your valuable comment. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  2. E ku se!( Well done!). May the blessings of Sango and ALL the Irunmole’s be upon you all, strengthening all you endeavors! Ase!

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      E k’abo! Thank you Babalawo Sangodare Egunjobi for your most precious visit to this site and for your compliment and appreciation of our efforts at making more accessible to the non initiate and initiate alike,information on our sacred science, culture and traditions as we attempt to enlighten and empower all at their respective levels of access to our information. May you continue to visit us and support our efforts. May Eledumare,eegun ati gbogbo orisa bless us both. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  3. Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee

    Nice article.
    Please include The Association of African Traditional Religions in Trinidad and Tobago as one of the hosts (in fact, the major one) of the Sango Festival held for the second year at the Lopinot Ancestral (Heritage) site. Again, thank you and I salute the efforts of Egbe Onisin Eledumare and yourself in keeping the struggle alive. I also feel that special mention should be made of the efforts of the former Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration, the Rt. Hon. Clifton De Coteau, now currently Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, in championing our cause. May the ancestors bless him and support him wherever he goes.May we succeed in our endeavours.
    Iyanifa Ifakemi Aworeni omo Araba.(Otun Iyalode Awo Agbaye)

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      E K’abo Otun Iyalode Iyanifa Ifakemi Aworeni for your visit to our site. I have noted your corrections and will make the necessary corrections to the article. In the interim may your comment serve to bring to fore the information that was omitted.May you continue to visit our site and feel free to make suggestions for our improvement and public presentations. May your Ancestors rejoice and bless us all. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  4. Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee

    Adupe o!. You’re welcome.

  5. Ifatomise Aina Olukayode

    Adupe for continuing the positive contributions. Interestingly, Kabiyesi Sango made his presence felt as part of Emancipation Celebrations at Woodford Square this year. As the dancers from Osun State performed everyone knew that the Ancestors, Ori, Orisa and benevolent forces had ensured that delayed flights could not stop the blessing that their presence would afford the Orisa Community specifically and the people of Trinidad and Tobago in general. This public praise of our Patron Orisa for our country further signaled to the nation our pride.
    May all efforts for the National Sango Day be successful.
    Personal thanks for encouraging your ‘grandchildren’ to participate in the drummology competition in which they placed third. Congratulations to EOE for taking second place.

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      Modupe Ifatomise for your visit and your kind words as you continue through your actions to show support for efforts at raising the status quo, and dignity and self esteem of African traditional practioners and our sacred science systems.
      It was indeed a pleasure as well as duty to encourage my grand children to engage their self confidence and perform as I know they can. May we all succeed as we renegotiate our space in these island polities and world wide. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

  6. Otun Iyalode Awo Agbaye.

    Hmmn … Thanks. Otun Iyalode.

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