The Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), ably led by Olorogun Barr. Ese Gam Owe is poised to host the much-anticipated UPU 2023 Urhobo National Day Celebration from Friday, December 1st, through Sunday, December 3rd, 2023. The festivities will take place at the Urhobo Cultural Centre, situated along the Effurun/Patani Highway in Agbarho, Delta State.
The annual event, a hallmark in the Urhobo community’s calendar, aims to spark meaningful conversations surrounding contemporary leadership and developmental paradigms affecting the Urhobo nation. Throughout the three days, the celebration promises an array of engaging activities reflecting the rich heritage and aspirations of the Urhobo people.
A statement signed by Olorogun Luke Obemiguren Djebah (JP) UPU National Publicity Secretary releases the Schedule of Events as follows:
Day 1: Friday, December 1st, 2023
The celebration kicks off with the grand Opening Ceremony and a thought-provoking Plenary Session at 10:00am
Day 2: Saturday, December 2nd, 2023
Immerse in the vibrancy of the Urhobo Cultural Day, featuring captivating displays of traditional customs and practices at 10:00am
Day 3: Sunday, December 3rd, 2023
The celebration culminates with an Interdenominational Church Service starting at 12:00 noon, fostering unity and spiritual reflection.
Established in 1931 as the Urhobo Brotherhood Society and later reconstituted as the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) in 1946, the UPU stands as the paramount socio-cultural organization for the Urhobo people. Its mandate includes the promotion of Urhobo culture, unity, good neighborliness, and advancements in education, social welfare, and economic prosperity for the Urhobo populace, comprising over four million individuals across Delta State and the global diaspora.
Olorogun Barr. Ese Gam Owe, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating, The UPU National Day Celebration serves as a platform to honour our heritage, discuss vital issues, and envision a prosperous future for the Urhobo nation.
The UPU extends a warm invitation to all individuals, both within and beyond the Urhobo community, to grace this occasion with their esteemed presence and participate in this commemoration of heritage and progress.
Olorogun Dr. Isaac Akpoveta MBBS, MBA, DMP, FAGP, FIHFM, FICMC, HMLC-HARVARD, Health Economist-London
Chairman, Planning Committee