Egbe Onisin Eledumare has been the major pioneer in the championing for a day of National recognition for members of the Orisa community in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
The current Oludari Agbaiye Egbe Onisin Eledumare was an original member of the Council of Orisa Elders that had met with the government of Trinidad & Tobago under a P.N.M. led administration to put forward the case for a day of National recognition for the Orisa community in that geopolity/State.
The day was formally declared a Festival Day, but within a few years, the several governments that have had the responsibility to manage our affairs in Republic Trinidad & Tobago all claimed there was no record of the Day being declared a Festival Day.
Among the parties that were involved were Archbishop Edmund Percival Mejias, Babalorisa Emmanuel Pierre, Agba Onisaru Delores Alexander,Pearl Eintou Springer, Oluwo Ogunmuyiwa Anderson Patrick, and Oloye Orawale Oranfe Ife Olakela Massetungi.
Egbe Onisin Eledumare took the mantle of responsibility and hosted ASE ODUN SANGO for several years even when there was very little support by way of attendance from the Orisa community to these events.
Later in the struggle we were joined by Otun Iyalode Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee who along wit her organization Eniya Wa and the A.A.T.R.T.T. also made efforts to highlight the significance of the Day.
Today many years later we have not as yet succeeded in getting a Day of National recognition for our community. We still however remain committed to the goal and every year we host ASE ODUN SANGO to which the local Orisa community is invited.
As we continue in what we now consider our responsibility and task we continue to invite the input and support of the local Orisa community in making this Festival established on our National calendar of Festival days.
Our Festival now is taking a new dimension to it’s format.
Oloye Orawale Oranfe is convinced that as an Oranfe Chief of Ile Ife he has a responsibility to highlight Oranfe that is not to widely known in the Diaspora.
Oloye Orawale Oranfe Ile Ife, recently made efforts to contact Kabiyesi Oba Abiodun Mulatto – Obaluru Ile Ife -Osagangan 1 to secure Kabiyesi’s support. We still await a direct response.
We shall keep our community apprised of developments for this year’s Festival.
We may be contacted for pledges of support via this post or the face book page:
Once again we solicit your support and commitment.