Egbe Omo Yoruba

of Greater Miami Valley

Dayton, Ohio

A Short Chronological History of Egbe Omo Yoruba of Greater Miami Valley


Composed by Late Professor Isaiah Adegbile


Egbe Omo Yoruba of Greater Miami Valley (EOYOGMV), formerly known as Egbe Omo Odua of Miami Valley, was founded in 1993 by Dr. Gideon S. A. Adegbile. The first celebration of Nigeria’s Independence initiated by the organization occurred in 2001, when all Nigerian organizations in the local area were invited to the celebration. The following year (2002), Nigeria United (NU) organized a follow-on celebration of Nigeria’s Independence.  The second event initiated by EOYOGMV was the annual picnic which is now observed during the third Saturday of July of every year. The very first picnic took place on August 12, 1995 at AMERICANA while the second one took place on June 29, 1996 at the home of Dr. Bisi Adegbile.  As typical of the organization, all other Nigerian organizations were invited to the picnics. The picnic event took place at Helena Park in 2003. In 2005, the picnic venue was shifted to Englewood Metro Park, which provided more space and privacy. In 2007, Nigeria United and Nigerian Women Cultural Organization joined EOYOGMV in the picnic event by making financial contributions and by bringing food items. These gestures were repeated in 2008 and 2009.  The third initiative of EOYOGMV was a fundraising Banquet that has become an annual event since 2005, first held at Mandalay Banquet Center. During each event, notable persons that have contributed to the improvement of Africa in general and Nigeria in particular were honored. Also during each event, two scholarships are awarded to potential college students.  The fourth initiative is the Christmas Party every second week of December, starting from December 2008. The last, but not the least, is that, at the invitation of any member of the organization, we worship at the member’s church of as a way to promote Christian fellowship, Nigerian culture, and tradition.