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