The ten years anniversary celebration of the Yoruba Union in Gothenburg was held on 25th October 2014. An occasion to mark the co-existence of the Yoruba Union in the western part of Sweden (Västra Götaland).
There were about 3951 Nigerian born living in Sweden according to the central Statistic Sweden in 2013 (Statistiska Centralbyrån) out of which a great number of them are Yorubas that settle in the western region of Sweden
The Yoruba people are one of the largest ethnic groups which are bound together by a common language, history and culture in south of Sahara Desert .The largest descendant of this group are located in the western part of Nigeria with about forty million people while some of the Yoruba race can be found in the western part of Africa like Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana.
Yoruba race can also be found in South America in some part of Brazil, and in the Caribbean; Cuba (Lucumí) and Trinidad and Tobago.
The president of the association in his opening speech, Mr. Laja Majekodunmi thanked all the members of the Yoruba Union in Gothenburg for their support and contribution to the Swedish society. According to the Yoruba Union aim, it was created to promote the traditional values of the Yoruba as well as their heritage and shared values.
While the embassy representative at the occasion Mrs. Nwaku highlighted some of the achievement recorded by the Nigeria government at home like swift and commendable effort in containing Ebola virus, the country as the Africa largest economy after rebasing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to over $500billion overtaking that of South Africa. She however said the home government was quite aware of the negative image the Boko Haram menace was giving the country and that they were doing the best to contain it.
Among some of the multicultural activities at the anniversary was the traditional fashion shows by Mrs. Ijeh, which highlighted some of the fashion trend of the Yoruba people in traditional clothes.
There was also the display of talking drum which was a means of communication by regulating the drum pitch through a curve stick. It was also an occasion where different award were given out to an outstand individuals that have contributed to the development of the organization and to that of the Swedish society in general
Here are some of the pictures of the night through Skandik Afrik lens
Photograph by: Roberd Palm
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