By Citizens Platform
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has unveiled plans to build a community centre in London.
This was made known by the President of the YCE UK, Bolaji Falase at a press conference in Lagos. The centre which will be known as ‘Yoruba Village’ will help preserve the Yoruba culture and serve as a meeting point all Yoruba people in the Diaspora.
Falase added that London was chosen for the project because Nigeria was a colony of Britain.
He said, “All over the world, India has community centres, which they use to propagate their culture and traditions. That is also the reason we are planning to build the Yoruba Village in London.
Beyond the economic importance, Falase noted that the center will be a meeting point to teach children Yoruba language, culture, traditions, and food.
He said the estimated cost of the land for the Yoruba Village was £5m, while the construction of the centre, which will host a museum, library, offices, conference facilities, restaurant and supermarket, was estimated to cost £7m.
He further stated that the construction would be in stages, depending on availability of funds.
The President of the YCE, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd.), commended the UK chapter for its efforts towards actualizing the project.
Source: Citizens Platform
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