The inauguration of a local Atlanta Metro Branch continues a strong tradition began by the USA Chapter of the Alumni Association which was inaugurated in Houston, Texas in November 1999. The Houston branch organized the first ever international reunion of Great Ife Alumni in September 2000. Since then, at subsequent international reunions, new branches were chartered. The Atlanta Metro Branch was chartered at the 2010 international reunion event in Washington DC.
The Atlanta Metro Branch was recently formed and tasked with the honor of hosting the 2012 international reunion which also coincides with ‘Great Ife’ 50th golden jubilee anniversary celebration. The inauguration of this local body in Atlanta is an important first step towards making the 2012 event a memorable land mark occasion with dignitaries and alumni members expected from all around the globe.
We cordially invite all Great Ife alumni in the Atlanta Metro area to rise to the challenge and contribute to our main objective of creating a strong and vibrant network of Great Ife alumni that will be able to help each other and also contribute to the development of our great alma mater. As aptly stated on the greatifealumni.org web site: “The hall mark team spirit of Great Ifes (as we refer to ourselves), our idealism and sensitivity to national issues all combined to motivate this spirit of coming together to give back to the university that immensely contributed to the attainment of our life goals and ambitions.“
About Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (Great Ife!)
The University of Ife was established as a "protest" university by the Western Regional government of Nigeria in 1962. The protest was against the failure of the Ashby commission, set up by the colonial powers, to recommend a regional university for Western Nigeria prior to independence. The protest spirit was translated into the determination and actualization of a University characterized by magnificent architectural and horticultural splendor coupled with rigorous academic standards. The university is located on the outskirts of the mystical town of Ile-Ife, the "cradle of the Yoruba civilization"
The motto of the university is "For learning and culture." However, owing to the rigorous and exacting academic standards, students have parodied this motto to "For learning and torture."
Wale Adewoyin, President
Great Ife Alumni – Atlanta Metro Branch
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Great Ife Alumni – Atlanta Metro Branch is an alumni association of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria, formerly known as University of Ife, and fondly remembered by all alumni as ‘Great Ife!’