TOCA was delighted to be invited to assist on delivering this ambitious project – a Yoruba Cultural Centre in London. The Igbimo Agba Yoruba (Yoruba Council of Elders) plan to develop a landmark community, cultural, business and retail complex to promote the learning of the Yoruba language. It also will serve as the meeting point for Yoruba sons and daughters in the diaspora. Yorubas are a key global community with roots in Africa. Key facts about Yoruba:
- 50 million Yoruba speakers worldwide
- Yoruba is spoken in Nigeria, Benin, Togo and other parts of Africa/the Americas
- Every Yoruba is born into a clan descended from a common ancestor
- Yoruba Territory known as Slave Coast during the four centuries of the slave trade and countless numbers were taken to America as slaves
- 20 percent of Yorubas still practice the traditional religion of their ancestors.
- Descendants of Yorubas in the Americas have combined the Yoruba religion with Christianity
- Yorubas in Nigeria were British subjects until independence In 1960
The proposed complex which would also welcome people from the wider community will contain the following:
- Museum & Library
- Offices & Meeting rooms • Banqueting & Event/Conference facilities
Liaising closely with the Client TOCA produced the feasibility, masterplan, visualisation as well as the brochure graphics for their fundraising launch event.