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25th June 2014 @ 3:02 pm by toughziki

Welcome to MYCA Website

Mrs Dorcas Olanike Akeju OBE [MYCA Chair]

Mrs Dorcas Olanike Akeju OBE [MYCA Chair]

It is with a great pleasure that I welcome you to the official website of Merseyside Yorùbá Community Association (MYCA). MYCA is an offshoot of Liverpool Social Yorùbá Club Association.

The Yorùbá Club was set up in the early 1950s to meet the aspiration of our people in the quest for a place to socialize. Our elders of that generation faced various forms of discrimination that inspired them to buy their own properties and some of these properties were used as licensed clubhouses.

The sale of the last house at number 21 Croxteth Road, L8 3SE in the mid-1990s coupled with other problems within the community, gave rise to the need to reorganize the association with new aims and objectives to meet the current need for community cohesion while preserving the cultural heritage, ethics and tradition of the Yorùbás as envisaged by our ancestors.

The new association embraced the word ‘Merseyside’ as opposed to ‘Liverpool’ in order to spread the membership catchment area and this has paid dividends with subscribed members from Liverpool, Skelmersdale, Wirral, Southport, Prescot, and Sefton. The association in adhering to its set objectives refocused on self-help and supporting each other while promoting family values that are prevalent within the Yorùbá culture. The association is unique with no political or religious bias. The welfare of MYCA members is a priority, with a particular interest in the health of our elderly members.

The association is unique with no political or religious bias. The welfare of MYCA members is a priority, with a particular interest in the health of our elderly members.

The Merseyside Yorùbá Community Association (MYCA) holds monthly meetings on the first Saturday of the month with the exception of January when we have a family day. The months of August and September are usually dedicated to MYCA Gala Night when we raise funds for the association while promoting different aspects of our culture. MYCA has a strong connection with other Yorùbá associations in Manchester and the Midlands and is a founding member of the Yorùbá network otherwise known as ‘Ẹgbẹ́ Ìbílẹ̀ Ọmọ Yorùbá’. The Yorùbá network holds quarterly meetings rotated between Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool.

The majority of MYCA members are also subscribed members of the Nigerian Community Association (NCA), Liverpool. NCA is the umbrella organization for all Nigerians in Liverpool. As a voluntary organization, MYCA is registered on the correspondence list of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service (LCVS) and our representatives do routinely attend the welfare committee meeting organized by LCVS.

The website is developed with the primary objective of promoting Yorùbá culture as one of the major ethnic groups from Nigeria. As the site is continually updated, there will be statistical data about the location of the Yorùbás all over the world such as Brazil and Togo, and explore the reasons for the popularity of Yorùbá names in Sierra Leone. It is also envisaged to develop the teaching of the Yorùbá language on the site to supplement the current teaching of Yorùbá language the association already offer.

…It is also envisaged to develop the teaching of the Yorùbá language on the site to supplement the current teaching of Yorùbá language the association already offer.

The site is going to promote our future events and barring any technical difficulties, the site will archive our past events. Our visitors should be able to peruse the constitution of the association and download or complete online membership forms. The site will provide links to other associations and organizations that we are closely connected.

There are more Yorùbás now resident in Liverpool than ever before and with the major concentration within the Kensington area of Liverpool. The growth of our community has inspired the growth of large numbers of African Churches within the area and a significant presence in the Liverpool Central Mosque on Fridays.

However, it is my observation that the significant increase in the Yorùbá presence in Liverpool has not reflected in the proportionate increase of MYCA members. It is my sincere hope that this website will raise the awareness of the new Merseyside Yorùbás to the existence of MYCA and the good things that the association offers.

I thank our committed members that have kept MYCA together in its new structure for the last twenty-two years. ‘Odùduwà á gbè wá o’. MYCA expresses our gratitude to our funders who have made this possible and those who have supported our past activities with their generous donations.

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