Zurich – It was glamour, fun fair, thrills and frills as Oduduwa sons and daughters converged on Zurich for the inauguration of the 76th chapter of the Ooduwa Progressive Union in Switzerland on Saturday.
The launch was performed by the Convener of the OPU, Otunba Gani Adams, who was represented by Omo Oba Lanre Adio Sunmonu, the Secretary General of OPU Worldwide.
Among those present at the event where rich Yoruba heritages were showcased were officials of the Nigeria Embassy in Switzerland and prominent Nigerians and nationals of other nations.
Otunba Adams said in his speech at the launch: “As part of our mission in OPU, we are determined to provide every Ooduwa son and daughter in the Diaspora with the most effective representation in their country of residence and to preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of our people.”
Adams also said OPU seeks to attract interest in the research into and teaching of Yoruba language to Yoruba sons and daughters in the Diaspora in order to keep them abreast of their history and background.
It must, however, be emphasized here that the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU) is not a organization and we are not in any way affiliated to any political group or organization.
As a matter of fact, in action and deed, our focus is to promote and to protect the interests of the Ooduwa race, Let me remind you that nobody expects the journey to be smooth and easy. It is a journey that may be filled with hurdles and mountains. But, you should know at all times that we cannot afford to give up on our dream of a united and progressive Ooduwa Union.
The popular saying that ‘winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win’ should be our watch word at all times. And it is my belief that if we continue with that spirit, we will soon begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The OPU has successfully brought together the Ooduwa race in all West African countries. Despite the demarcation by the White man and the categorization of our peoples into artificial constructs which has often been described as unnatural and unprogressive unions our people have come to realize that they are all Ooduwa sons and daughters and have continued to protect the interest of their forefathers.
Let me at this juncture beg you not to relent in your effort to make a significant mark with your presence as a representative of OPU in Switzerland. I want to see all of you continue with your contribution to the growth of OPU until we make our presence felt in every country of the world.