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Adeyemi says knowing
history and culture is
important to society.
Adeyemi is the daugh-
ter of the Alaafin Lamidi
Olayiwola Adeyemi III,
traditional ruler of the
Yoruba state of Oyo in
During the World
Sango Festival held in
Oyo last year, practition-
ers of Yoruba spirituality
from all over the world
gathered at the Palace of
the Alaafin. Two T&T
nationals presented the
national instrument, the
steelpan, to Adeyemi.
This generated so
much interest that
Adeyemi, who is the cul-
tural consultant to the
Alaafin, set out on a mis-
sion to investigate the
presence of the Orisha in
During her stay, the
princess will visit several
shrines in both islands
with a view to strength-
ening cultural ties
between the Kingdom of
Oyo and Orisha devotees.
Director of Afrika
House Avery Ammon;
priest Ojise Obatal of the
Ita Oosa Shrine in Wood-
brook; president of the
Foundation of the Bel-
mont Rada Community
Henry Antoine, and
Attillah Springer, who is
a member of the Orisha
community, greeted her
In an interview at the
Yoruba Village site next
to Riverside Plaza,
Adeyemi said: "I am here
to promote culture and I
am a consultant and run
the Arewa House of Cul-
ture in Nigeria.
at home in T&T
Nigerian Princess Folashade Adeyemi poses for a photograph with, from left, priest Ojise Obatala of the Ita
Oosa Shrine in Woodbrook; president of the Foundation of Belmont Rada community Henry Antoine and
Avery Ammon, director of the Yoruba Village, Port-of-Spain, after a visit on Thursday. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
"I never heard of
Trinidad before and I am
here to see how they are
connected to our people
and see those who prac-
tise traditional religion
"My father became
interested in the culture
and what retention exist-
ed here of the Yoruba
culture. Right now your
people are not far from
the culture, but they have
to go back to originality,"
Adeyemi said she feels
at home and had visited
several Orisha houses
since she arrived on
Commenting on Car-
nival, she said it was
important to go back to
tradition: "It is creative
tourism. We could lose
our originality and should
go back to their ances-
tors. The message I have
for women is to go back
and learn where they are
from and be more cul-
A woman can main-
tain a home but it also
takes a woman to main-
tain a nation. Character,
personality, knowing who
you are and ancestral
legacy make a person, she
"If you don t know
your background you
don t know who you are.
It is not about religion,
it is about culture," she
Adeyemi is also asking
citizens to support the
Ifa Agidan Festival hosted
in Oyo between April 5
Despite efforts to address the shortage of nurses,
there are still more than 900 nursing vacancies at
the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).
So said SWRHA chairman Dr Lackram Bodoe yes-
terday at an appreciation function for the first batch
of aides to nurses (ATNs) who were inducted in 2012
to help with the shortage.
Bodoe and SWRHA CEO Anil Gosine were both
absent from the function at the nurses lounge at the
San Fernando General Hospital, but their speeches
were read to the audience.
Bodoe congratulated the 61 ATNs in his speech
presented by director Erica Phillip.
"The aides of nursing programme was an initiative
of the Ministry of Health which started in March
2012. It came about to address the serious deficiency
of nurses in the country by increasing the human-
resource capacity via critical support services to the
registered and enrolled nursing assistant.
"Although the Ministry of Health and Ministry of
Health and Tertiary Education and Skills Training
have been continuously training nurses, there is still
a serious deficiency of nurses in the country."
To address the problem, he said, the Government
had brought in nurses from other countries, including
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba and the Philip-
In addition, he said, the ATN programme was created
to train young people and simultaneously to retain
personnel in the healthcare system.
Bodoe said the SWRHA currently employs approx-
imately 1,037 registered nurses, 378 enrolled nursing
assistants at the SFGH, but many positions are still
"Overall there are approximately 919 vacancies
throughout the SWRHA," he said. He also encouraged
them to continue their education and aim for the top.
More than 900
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