Mr Charles Oguntade (President).
Yoruba Heritage and Cultural Association of Victoria Incorporated (YHCA) is the umbrella association of Yoruba professionals, students and their families in the state of Victoria, Australia. YHCA is officially incorporated with Consumer Affairs Victoria with registration number A0052905K.
It is important to provide brief historical and geographical information about Yoruba people. Historically, Yoruba people originated from Ile-Ife (Ife Odaye) and Yoruba mythology has it that Ile-Ife is the origin of life itself and human civilisation.Yoruba oral history recounts Odùduwà to be the Progenitor of the Yoruba and the reigning ancestor of their crowned kings. The significance of old Oyo Empire to the Yoruba people cannot be overemphasised, established in 14th century and lasted till 19th century, the Oyo Empire grew to become one of the largest West African states encountered by pre-colonial explorers. It rose through the outstanding organisational skills of the Yoruba, wealth gained from trade and its powerful cavalry.
Marcus Garvey in one of his sayings reminds us that “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”. As Yorubas, we are very proud of our unique cultural heritage and we are committed to preserving our culture for the sake of our children and generations to come after them. The increasing population of Yorubas in the state of Victoria has necessitated our recommitment to the objectives of the YHCA as laid down by the founding members. These objectives are:
1. To promote cultural, social, economic, political and welfare of Yorubas in a manner that is honourable and dignifying
2. To work with other organisations inside and outside Australia to share ideas and encourage the advancement of the association
3. To promote peace, unity and understanding among members.
Yoruba Heritage and Cultural Association of Victoria Incorporated continues to grow in size as more Yoruba professionals and students move from different parts of the world to settle in Victoria, Australia. We appreciate commitments of old members to our prestigious association, we also encourage new members to come on board in the service to our community. Together we shall write the next chapter of our association. Agbajo owo la n fi soya, owo kan kogbe eru d’ori