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Edo State Indigenes UK was inaugurated on the 7th of December, 2011 by group of friends comprising Hon. Deacon Emmanuel Adanemhen (JP), Hon. Destiny Ebhodaghe and Hon. Thomas Oseki respectively. Whose collective vision founded the club to encourage fellowship amongst members of Edo Community in the diaspora.

(One United Voice, One Insurance Cover, One Indomitable Umbrella). We are the Heartbeats citizens of Nigeria Edo Community in the Diaspora. The millennium idealism as civilised homo-sapiens originated primarily to throw into Oblivion the Stone Age accolades accredited to Edo state as Nigerian Minority Group to foster spirit of UNITY / FRIENDLINESS amongst brothers from Edo state.

Meetings are organised at members’ homes, with each member acting as host with fullest responsibilities for first class dinner choices.

Being our brother's keeper is vital in Edo State Indigenes UK objectives; hence we will continue to stand by our community in times of sorrow and joy. The Edo State Indigenes UK is also passionate about watering our roots hence Edo State Indigenes UK in collaboration with other Edo State associations previously celebrated first of its kind the 21st Anniversary of the creation of Edo State of Nigeria. 1st September 2012 at Welbourn Centre, Chesnut Road Tottenham, London N17 9EU.

The Club have also observed that, Edo Community well being is still lacking due to financial predicament to sustain quality of life in Edo State. This bothers all members of Edo State Indigenes UK, therefore we looked for an avenue where we can help the state, Edo State Indigenes UK are planning to organised some doctors both from UK and the United State of America to carry out minor operation in Edo State Nigeria.

Other events shall includes social networking event were companies, government and other media, joined together to network, meet old friends and make new business contacts, in honour of our 1st anniversary celebration of the existence as a UK registered socio-cultural cum charitable organisation.

Economically the association will continually look for ways to harness the collective effort and resources of it members, hence Business seminars, workshops and conferences will be organised periodically where investment and insurance experts are invited to give lectures to members to enhance entrepreneur attitudes to stage investment in Edo State.

The goals of the Edo Club (UK) are as follows:

  • Promote goodwill and unity among members
  • Promote traditional and cultural heritage of the Edo people
  • Protect the interests of Edo people everywhere
  • Work actively with other organisations that have similar objectives



Bini Kingdom Historical Fact and Fiction

The Benin Kingdom situated in south central Nigeria, allegedly hailed from Egypt dating back to approximately 900years A.D. The primitive age medieval kings were descended on the land from heaven above called OGISO’S, The first Ogiso's dynasty lasted until 1170 A.D, and the concurrent rebelliousness of the people saw one of their heir apparent named Ikaladeran being refused his entitlement to succession as King and therefore banished to the thick forest.

He later resurfaces in Ile-Ife and became their King. IT was Ikaladeran who metamorphosis into Oduduwa King of Ile-Ife. Ikaladeran now Oduduwa King of Ile-Ife nicknamed Edo land and her people as ILE- IBINU meaning the land of quarrel, vexation & argumentations.

(Nemesis & Law or Karma strikes back).

After the death of the last Ogiso, the Binis restiveness, rebelliousness, and argumentative divisionary nature intensified, and as they failed to reach a consensus of who will be King. Myths and Oracular choice revelations of peace / tranquillity within Bini’s kingdom rest on the recall of the banished Prince Ikaladeran to Benin to be crown King

The Binis went to Ile-Ife and asked IKALADERAN (Oduduwa the Oni of Ile-Ife to give them a king. He sent his son Oranmiyan, (Omonoyan) to Benin City and was crowned King. King Oronmiyan later wed a Bini woman who gave birth to his son OWE – KA, alias (EWEKA).

The young man was fond of playing AKHUE a local game and every time the young man AKHUE rolled and strike his opponents AKHUE with decisive sportsman precision the young heir apparent would lift / jump for joy and exclaim OWEKAI.

It is this word OWEKAI the Binis systematically change to EWEKA. He succeeded his father Oromiyan to become Eweka I, Oba of Benin. ILE IBINU Kingdom was subsequently re- named Edo by Oba Ewuare N'Ogidigan. (Ewuare the Great)



EDO STATE, NIGERIA

Edo State, the heartbeat of Nigeria was created on 27th of August 1991 out of the former Bendel State Nigeria, under the leadership of the Oba of Benin, Omo N'Oba Erediauwa.  The defunct Bendel State was part of the protectorate of South South Nigeria between 1900 and 1954 and Western Region between 1955 and 1963. Before the creation of states in 1991, the defunct Bendel State had been known by two other names the Mid Western Region in 1963 and the Mid-Western State in 1967. However, Benin-City served as state capital.

The state is divided into Eighteen Local Government areas namely, Oredo local government area Benin city, Esan north east local government area Uromi/Uzea, Esan central local government area Irrua, Akoko Edo local government area Iggara, Egoh local government area Uselu, Esan south east local government area Ubiaja, Esan west local government area Ekpoma, Etsako central local government area Fugar, Etsako east local government area Agenebode, Etsako west local government area Auchi, Igueben local government area Igueben, Ikpoba okha local government area Idogbo, Orhionmwon local government area Abudu, Ovia north-east local government area Okada, Ovia south-west local government area Iguobazuwa, Owan east local government area Afuze, Owan west local government area Sabongida ora and Uhunmwonde local government area Ehor.

Ethnic Composition and Culture:

Many communities in Edo State traced their descent to the ancient Benin Kingdom, hence the cultural affinity among the communities .The main Ancestral language spoken is Edo. However, some of the reasons Edo linguistics, got reversed peradventure, myths, can be traced to the time communal natives embarking on large scale desertations from the City and surrounds to salvage self from prevailing Feudal laws, decrees and commands in particular compulsory crude, painful surgical tribal marks.
Edo spoken language began metamorphic variations from one subsection to another.  For instance, the Esans speak the Esan dialect while the Etsakos speak the Etsako dialect. The influx of other Nigeria race into Akoko-Edo, led to multiplicity of languages which includes Yoruba, Igbira, Okpameri, Uneme Ososo, et cetera.  Edo borderlands further experience highly magnified diversity of dialects with Igala speaking communities in Esan SouthEast and Urhobo, Uzon’s and Yoruba communities in the Ovia LGAs. Similarities of cultures manifested in the inhabitants' mode of religious worship, folklores, dance, art, crafts, traditional modes of dressing and festivals.

People and Demography

From 1991 census the state has approximate average 2, 159,848 of population, therefore ancestral Edo metamorphic varied ethnic groups in Edo State are: Edos, Afemais, Esans, Owans and Akoko Edos. Historically all the groups originated from Benin City hence the dialects of the groups vary with their distance from Benin City. The Aboriginal Edo speaking people who occupy seven out of the 18 Local Government Areas of the state constitute 57.54%, Esan (17.14%), Afemai - Etsako (12.19%), Owan (7.43%), and Akoko Edo (5.70%). However, there are Igala-speaking communities in Esan South East, Igbira related communities in Akoko and Afemai locality as well as Urhobos, Izons, Itsekiris and Yoruba communities in Ovia North East and South West Local Government Areas borderlands.

The various Clan dynasties, political pattern and behaviours are based on Monarchy and Constitutional Republican ideas and flourished in an integrated manner. The colourful traditional festivals in the state manifest its rich cultural heritage on specific designated time yearly, critical among these are the Igue and Ihi Ebo festivals.

With an estimated population of 3,218, 332 made up of 1,640,461 males and 1, 577, 871 females and a growth rate of 2.7% per annum (NPC, 2006). It has as well a total landmass of 19,187 square kilometres; the state has a population density of about 168 persons per square kilometres.

THE CONSTITUTION OF EDO STATE INDIGENES UK


ARTICLE ONE. NAMES

THE ASSOCIATION SHALL BE KNOWN AND CALLED EDO STATE INDIGENES IN UK

ARTICLE TWO. MOTTO

The motto of the association shall be UNITY AND PROGRESS

ARTICLE THREE. LANGUAGE

The official language of the association shall be English language

ARTICLE FOUR. OFFICE

The principal office of the association shall be situated in London, United Kingdom (UK) other chapters shall report to London office.

ARTICLE FIVE. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives are as follows:
1) To ensure that all Edo state indigenes in UK are well represented.
2) To encourage the economic development and the development of industries in Edo State
3) To work closely with other groups with similar objectives.
4) To build a community free of crimes
5) To promote our cultural heritage
6) Provision of medical assistance to the less privileged
7) To promote political, social and economic advancement of Edo state indigenes.

ARTICLE SIX. MEMBERSHIP.

SECTION ONE
Membership shall be open to all Edo state indigenes in UK from eighteen years and above (18years)
a) New members shall be screen by the screening committee
SECTION TWO
SCREENNG COMMITTEE:
The screening committee shall consist of three members so nominated by the general house.
a) The committee shall have a two years tenure of office
b) The committee shall be responsible for conducting interview for new members
c) The committee shall pass their recommendations to the general house for approval.
REGISTRATION
Every prospective member shall pay a non-refundable fee of fifty pounds (£50) a bottle of brandy and a plate of kola nut.

ARTICLE SEVEN. THE MAIN ORGANS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

The main organs of the association shall consist of executive committee and the Board of trustee so elected by the general house.
SECTION ONE: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The executive committee shall consists of nine members namely,
1) THE PRESIDENT
2) VICE PRESIDENT
3) GENERAL SECRETARY
4) ASSISTANT SECRETARY
5) FINANCIAL SECRETARY
6) ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY
7) TREASURER
8) PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER
9) WELFARE OFFICER
SECTION TWO: BOARD OF TRUSTEE
The trustee of the Edo state indigenes in UK shall be elected by a simple majority votes at the general meeting of the association. Such Trustees (hereinafter referred to as the board of Trustees) shall be three in numbers and shall hold office for two years (2 years), a trustee(s) shall cease to hold office if he/she
1)
  1. Resign
2) Cease to be a member of the registered Trustee of Edo state indigenes in UK
3) Is officially declared bankrupt
4) Convicted of a criminal offence by a court of competent jurisdiction
5) Is recommended for removal from office by the Trustee majority votes or the majority votes of members present at the general meeting of Edo state indigenes in UK
6) Cease to reside in United Kingdom
7) Recommended for removal by the executives

ARTICLE EIGHT. POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION ONE: PRESIDENT
1) The president is the head of the association.
2) He/she shall preside at all meetings of the association in which he is in attendance
3) He/she shall represent the association at all levels.
4) He/she shall monitor the finance of the association
5) He/she can call for emergency meetings when necessary after consulting his executives
6) The president has the right to veto power when there is a deadlock on issues affecting the association
SECTION TWO: VICE PRESIDENT
1)
  1. The vice president is the second in command in the association. Assisting the president as stipulated in article (7) section 1, sub section 2- 6.
2) He/she shall act for the president in performance of duties as stipulated in the constitution article (7) section 1,sub-section 1-6 when the president for one reason or the other cannot discharge his/her duties.
3) He/she shall assist the president in all day-to-day activities of the association
SECTION THREE: GENERAL SECRETARY
1) The general secretary shall take minutes of all deliberations reached at both the general house and all committees in which he/she is in attendance
2) He /she shall co-operate with the president in preparation of agenda of the meetings
3) He/she shall sign all correspondence of the association
4) He /she shall be responsible for issuing of circulars and distribution of news items
5) He/she shall accompany the president to conferences or meetings when and if necessary.
6) He/she shall keep all documents of the association.
SECTION FOUR: ASSISTANT GENERAL SECRETARY
He/she shall act for the general secretary in the performance of his duties as stipulated in Article 7 section 3 sub-section 1- 6 when the general secretary for one reason or the other cannot perform his duties.
SECTION FIVE: FINANCIALSECRETARY
1) He/she shall be responsible for the book keeping of the association
2) He /she shall provide all necessary details of financial account if and when needed.
3) He/she shall be responsible for all receipts and payments of the association
4) He /she shall pay all money to the treasurer at the close of every meeting session
5) He /she shall keep an accurate income and expenditure account of the association
SECTION SIX: ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY
He/she shall act for the financial secretary in the performance of duties as stipulated in Article 7 section 5 subs section 1-5.
SECTION SEVEN: TREASURER
1) He/she shall receive all money collected from the financial secretary at the close of every meeting
2) He/she shall keep an accurate income and expenditure account of the association
3) He/she shall tender the association’s account to the auditor quarterly (every three months)
4) He/she shall pay all money into the association account within seventy two hours (3days)
SECTION EIGHT: PUBLIC RELATION OFFICER (P R O)
1) He/she shall be responsible for social activities of the association
2) He/she shall be responsible for the dissemination of information between the association and the society
3) He /she shall act as the association’s spokesperson in social activities.
SECTION NINE: WELFARE OFFICERS.
The welfare officer shall be responsible for the pastoral care of members He/she shall relay to the executive any cases of illness marriage, birth, death that are reported to the association.
SECTION TEN: ELECTORAL COMMITTEES
a) Shall consist of three (3) members so nominated by the general house.
b) Shall scrutinize all applicants vying for any position in the association
c) Shall prepare and conduct general election for the association
d) Shall be independent of all committees
e) The committee is dissolved after election
SECTION ELEVEN: AUDITING COMMITTEEE
The committee shall consist of three (3) members so nominated by the general house
a) They shall audit the Associations account on quarterly bases (every three months)
b) The committee is dissolved immediately after every satisfactory report to the general house. External auditors shall also audit the association account every year
SECTION TWELVE: TENURE OF OFFICE
Every office of the association shall hold for a period of two (2) years after swearing in ceremony

ARTICLE NINE: FINANCE / REVENUE.

The association shall receive revenue from donations, grants, fund raising activities as well as the production and sales of souvenirs. The association shall receive revenue from other sources such as interest on its account
a) A current account shall be opened in the name of the association .All monies received shall be paid into the account within 72 hours (3days) of collection.
b) There shall be three (3) signatories to the account.
c) Withdrawal from the account can only be possible when at least two (2) out of the three signatories have signed the withdrawal slip.
d) The check book shall be in the custody of the president
e) There shall be a monthly due of ten pounds by each member, one hundred and twenty pounds a year either once, (£120) twice (£60) or monthly (£10)
SECTION ONE: PATRON / MATRON
The association shall have Patrons/Matrons of influential personnel’s irrespective of their Nationalities for the interest of the association.

ARTICLE TEN: MEETINGS

There shall be a monthly meeting of the association to be held on the last Sunday of every month at 5.00pm.
Extra-ordinary meetings may be held as when necessary at the instance of the executives.
SECTION ONE. PROJECTS
The association shall carry out projects equally in all the three senatorial district of Edo state.

ARTICLE ELEVEN: CIVIL AND MORAL CONDUCT

1) The life span of each officer is for a period of two years
2) No officer or member shall withhold the association’s properties after his/her tenure of office. Such act shall call for a legal action and such person(s) cannot hold any elected office in the association any more
3) Resignation of any officer/member should be in writing, for a notice of one month
4) All resolutions and decisions reached at all levels in the association shall be by a majority of members present, 1/3 majority at all sittings shall form a quorum
5) Any officer can re-contest at the end of his/her tenure of office
6) Any member who fails to pay the monthly dues for a period of three months (3) all things been equal shall be suspended

ARTICLE TWELVE: BENEFITS.

Registered members shall be entitled to benefits only after completing their probation period, and certified by the house as full member of the association.
SECTION ONE: BIRTH
Any newborn baby into the association shall be given the sum of one hundred pounds (£100)
SECTION TWO: MARRIAGE
Any newly wedded member shall receive the sum of one hundred pounds (£100)
SECTION THREE: DEATH
Any newly wedded member shall receive the sum of one hundred pounds (£100)
1) In case the association loose a member by death, the association shall assist the deceased family to transport the body home with the sum of two thousand pounds (£2000) and if the member is to be buried here the sum of one thousand pounds should be given to the family (£1000)
2) If a member looses his/her father or mother the association shall assist such member with the sum of three hundred pounds (£300)
3) Any member without parents received three hundred pounds (£300) if he/she loses a close relation

ARTICLE THIRTEEN: IMPEACHMENT

Any elected officer could be impeached under the following conditions:
1) Involved in criminal activities that may tarnish the image of the association
2) Involved in financial embezzlement
3) Violation of any part or whole of this constitution
4) Failure to carry out his/her duties effectively as stipulated in the constitution.
SECTION ONE: IMPEACHMENT PROCCEDURES
1) The impeachment procedure shall commence from the Board of Trustee
2) It could be initiated by a proposal from the executives or the general house in a writing form to the Board of trustee
3) The charges must be clearly spelt out in either case
4) The accused shall be given an adequate opportunity for defence before the Board of trustee
5) The decision of the Board of trustee will be passed to the general house via the executive committee
6) The impeached person(s)has a right of appeal to the general house via the executive committee within a period of seven (7) days after the verdict
7) The decision of the general house shall be final

ARTICLE FOURTEEN: PROBATION

Any newly registered member shall be on a probation period of three months (3) before acquiring a full membership statue.

ARTICLE FIFTEEN: DISCIPLINES

The chief whip shall be responsible for the maintenance of peace and orderly conducts by members during the meeting section. He shall exercise appropriate disciplinary actions to members who commit any of the offence during the proceedings of the meeting as outline below.
1) Lateness to meeting without genuine reasons    £1
2) Absence from meetings without genuine reasons  £2
3) Assaults or use of bad languages among members  £5
4) Unnecessary interruption of the meeting proceedings by members  £1
5) Fighting among members during meeting section £20
These fines shall be paid in full before any member can contest the fine.

ARTICLE SIXTEEN: CONSTITUTION REVIEW

Any member of the association can move a motion for the constitution to be review by spelling out the article(s)and giving reasons why he/she want the constitution to be review.
1) The motion will be pass to the general house for debate
2) The constitution can only be review by the general house by a simple majority
b) The moves must be seconded by another member present.
e) A warning letter would be written to the officer concerned.
d) If the officer concerned fail to change within 2 months, there shall be vote in the house by the third meeting, to remove the officer from the executive. by simple majority.