It was fun and excitement in Dallas, Texas as Yorubas from across the United States gathered to celebrate their annual YorubaFest, a two-day event that featured conferences, music, dances, art and fashion synonymous with the Yoruba-speaking people of Nigeria.
The festival which held Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, began with conferences which were designed to bolster national efforts to attract American investment in Nigeria, accelerate economic growth and prosperity for the Yoruba people, and unite and promote the cultural and professional spirit of the Yoruba community in North America.
Speakers at the conferences include several erudite Yoruba scholars, including renowned Nigerian economist Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, President of Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri; Dr. Toyin Falola, Professor of African Studies and History at the University of Texas Austin; Eayo Falowo, Nigerian Consular General, among many others.
The conference, which ended early Sunday June 26, focused heavily on economic opportunities for the U.S. in Nigeria, and for Nigerian businesses in North America.
The event was sponsored by Dallas-based Axxess, a leader in providing integrated software for home health agencies, Excelle Financial Services, and Pure Pack Oil & Gas USA.
Below are some of the pictures from the event.
Participants at the YorubaFest
Sola Yusuf, Master of Ceremonies (middle) with two other members
Members of Board of Trustees of Omo Yoruba Dallas/Fort Worth
Executives of Omo Yoruba Dallas/Fort Worth
Dr. ToyinFalola, Professor of African Studies and History at the University of Texas Austin
Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Ariyo being introduced by Co-MC, DuroLadipo
EayoFalowo, Nigerian Consular General (middle, in blue) with Yoruba executives