Eko Club of Delaware Valley
The idea for an Eko Club Delaware Valley (ECDV) chapter was first planted during the Eko Club International (ECI) 2011 national convention in Maryland. Shortly afterward, a few members of the Philadelphia chapter met with some residents of Delaware and an agreement was struck to start a new chapter.
During the inaugural meeting, it was decided that the ECDV would use the state of DE, eastern PA and southern NJ as its main catchment area. ECDV is a not for profit 501(C)(3) organization that brings together Lagosians and lovers of Lagos, who are residing in and outside the Delaware Valley, with the common goal of fostering individual and community development. We aim to effect changes in both our original communities in Lagos and our adopted community in the Delaware Valley by being positive ambassadors of what is good in and about Lagos. We hope to turn ECDV into a thriving, expanding force for good in the Delaware Valley and beyond.
History of Eko Club InternationalEko is the traditional name for Lagos, Nigeria’s greatest metropolis and the largest city in Africa after Cairo. There have always been Eko Clubs around the world, at which Lagosians met for the sheer joy of being Lagosians and to further the social and economic advancement of their city and state. However there was never an umbrella organization of Eko Clubs until a meeting that held at the residence of Mrs. Abiola Nosiru on 15 February 2000 between members from Eko Club Houston and Eko Club Canada.
At that meeting, they resolved to create an international umbrella organization of Eko Clubs. Eko Club International was officially registered as a non profit in the U.S.A. Its first international convention held in Houston March 29-April 3 2000. Prior to E.C.I. there were only four formally constituted Eko Clubs:
- Eko Club Canada,
- Eko Club Houston,
- Eko Club New York and
- Lagosians in Chicago.
About Lagos State
Lagos State was created on May 27, 1967 by virtue of State (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree No. 14 of 1967, which restructured Nigeria’s Federation into 12 States. Prior to this, Lagos Municipality had been administered by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Lagos Affairs as the regional authority, while the Lagos City Council (LCC) governed the City of Lagos. Equally, the metropolitan areas (Colony Province) of Ikeja, Agege, Mushin, Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry were administered by the Western Region.
The State took off as an administrative entity on April 11, 1968 with Lagos Island serving the dual role of being the State and Federal Capital. However, with the creation of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in 1976, Lagos Island ceased to be the capital of the State which was moved to Ikeja. Equally, with the formal relocation of the seat of the Federal Government to Abuja on 12th December, 1991, Lagos ceased to be Nigeria’s political capital. Nevertheless, Lagos remains the nation’s economic and commercial capital. According to extant political records, “Lagos is to the people of Nigeria, what the head is to the body of an individual.”
who we are
The Eko Club of Delaware Valley brings together Lagosians and lovers of Lagos to enjoy the sheer joy of being Lagosians and to contribute to the social and economic advancement of their city and state. The Eko Club of Delaware Valley is a member of Eko Club International.
what we do
We have bimonthly meetings, social events and projects for Lagos and Lagosians