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About Us



The Egbe Omo Yoruba, Delaware Valley (EOYDV/DVEOY) was originally founded in 1993 in Philadelphia by concerned and committed Yoruba descendants, as an affiliate of the Egbe Omo Yoruba of North America. It was founded under the name: the Yoruba Development and Cultural Organization (YDCO), which in line with the national name, was later given a name change to DVEOY in 2010.

In founding it, the Egbe had come to the recognition of  the following:

(a)  The rich culture, heritage and tradition of the Yoruba people which are not restricted to its West African (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, etc) origin;

(b)  The enormous spread of the Yoruba people, language and culture all over the world (through the process of slavery and other migrational forces, resulting in the Yoruba constituting  significant indigenous populations in places like Latin America and Brazil and even, the USA);

(c)  The formidable level of education and enlightenment of the Yoruba people and the necessity to improve and maintain such achievements for the benefit of the human race;

(d)  As West Africans, our special historical connection with and responsibilities towards African-Americans; and

(e) Our responsibility to contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in our community.

To enable us address the above issues, the Egbe has adopted the following objectives:

(a) To foster unity among the Yoruba people living in the USA, Nigeria and in the diaspora;

(b) To work for the promotion and preservation of the Yoruba culture, history and traditions;

(c) To work for the continued advancement of the Yoruba in all spheres of human activity; and

(d) To ensure the positive contribution of the Yoruba to the sociological and intellectual advancement of the larger society

The Egbe is a tax-exempt organization in pursuit of the provisions of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and cultural exchange purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code). It is a non-political organization.

The Egbe, under its elected Executive Committee, meets every first Saturday of each month. In order to make it a family affair, members and their families take turns to host these meetings in their homes. Membership is primarily per family.