6th Annual Yoruba Cultural Exchange Festival’s 1stBusiness Symposium in Chicago, IL  

Festival embraces forum, awards gala and concludes with dinner with

His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II The Ooni of Ife

and Arole Oduduwa Promoting Global Peace Through Cultural Exchange

Learn how to do business in Africa at the Sixth Annual Yoruba Cultural Exchange Festival Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8, at the Logan Center on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Congressman Danny Davis is co-hosting the forum and symposium in Chicago, in partnership with the symposium’s founder Wole Akanni Duro-Ladipo. The symposium opens at 5 p.m. Friday,  Sept. 7.

The festival’s theme is Promoting Global Peace Through Cultural Exchange with the goal of unification under Africa’s unified trading platform. This is the first time in history that Africa is going to engage in free trade with the world because of the African Continental Free Trade Area, an agreement uniting the continent’s 52 countries under the African Union.  This creates a single unified market for the continent’s 1.3 billion people, boosting economic development and making it the fastest growing economic global power with over 3.4 trillion dollars. The three-day Yoruba Cultural Exchange Festival begins Friday, Sept. 6, with a Business Symposium, continues Saturday, Sept. 7, with a Gala and Awards Ceremony, and concludes Sunday, Sept. 9, with the “Dinner with The King”, a royal affair with His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, the Ooni of Ife, the Spiritual Father of over 60 Million Yoruba people world-wide.

Special Guests for the Symposium include Oloye ‘Lekan Alabi, Agba Akin Olubadan of Ibadanland and the 1st Cultural Ambassador of the National Museum and Monument, Ile Ife, Oshun State of Nigeria, the Curator of the 3D Museum for African artifacts from Ile-Ife, the Holy City, one of the oldest cities in Africa. Oloye ‘Lekan Alabi is also a senior member of the Ibodone North Local Government Traditional Counsel, and had served as Press Secretary to four former Governors of the old Oyo State of Nigeria from 1983 to 1989.

Representatives from major sponsor, Ethiopian Airlines will be in attendance as well as other international guests including several Nigerian dignitaries and business leaders in addition to local civic and business leaders who will serve as panelists, presenters, etc.

For more information, call Evelyn Taylor at 719-338-5076.



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