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The Role of Community Development in Nation Building “A Case Study of Iwo Development Coalition of Iwo Empire”

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It is an honour and a great pleasure to be here to share with you some thoughts on Role of Community Development in Nation Building “A case study of Iwoland Development Coalition of Iwo Empire”.


The United Nations defines community development as "a process where community members come together to take collective action and profer solutions to common problems.
It is a broad term given to the practices of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.

A set of values and practices which plays a special role in overcoming poverty, knitting society together at the grass roots and deepening democracy. There is a community development profession, defined by national occupational standards and a body of theory and experience going back the best part of a century. There are active citizens who use community development techniques on a voluntary basis, and there are other professions and agencies which use a community development approach or some aspects of it Community Development Exchange defines community development as: both an occupation (such as a community development worker in a local authority) and a way of working with communities. Its key purpose is to build communities based on justice, equality and mutual respect.
Community development involves changing the relationships between ordinary people and people in positions of power, so that everyone can take part in the issues that affect their lives. It starts from the principle that within any community there is a wealth of knowledge and experience which, if used in creative ways, can be channeled into collective action to achieve the communities' desired goals.

Community development practitioners work alongside people in communities to help build relationships with key people and organizations and to identify common concerns. They create opportunities for the community to learn new skills and, by enabling people to act together, community development practitioners help to foster social inclusion and equality.

Different Approaches

There are numerous overlapping approaches to community development. Some focus on the processes, some on the outcomes/ objectives. They include:
Women Self-help Group; focusing on the contribution of women in settlement groups. 
Community capacity building; focusing on helping communities obtain, strengthen, and maintain the ability to set and achieve their own development objectives.
Large Group Capacitation; an adult education and social psychology approach grounded in the activity of the individual and the social psychology of the large group focusing on large groups of unemployed or semi-employed participants, many of whom with Lower Levels of Literacy (LLLs).
Social capital formation; focusing on benefits derived from the cooperation between individuals and groups.
Non-violent direct action; when a group of people take action to reveal an existing problem, highlight an alternative, or demonstrate a possible solution to a social issue which is not being addressed through traditional societal institutions (governments, religious organizations or established trade unions) are not addressing to the satisfaction of the direct action participants.

Economic development, focusing on the "development" of developing countries as measured by their economies, although it includes the processes and policies by which a nation improves the economic, political, and social well-being of its people.
Community economic development (CED); an alternative to conventional economic development which encourages using local resources in a way that enhances economic outcomes while improving social conditions.
Sustainable development; which seeks to achieve, in a balanced manner, economic development, social development and environmental protection outcomes.
Community-driven development (CDD), an economic development model which shifts overreliance on central governments to local communities.
Asset-based community development (ABCD); is a methodology that seeks to uncover and use the strengths within communities as a means for sustainable development.
Faith-based community development; which utilises faith based organisations to bring about community development outcomes.
Community-based participatory research (CBPR); a partnership approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process and in which all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership, which aims to integrate this knowledge with community development outcomes.

Community organizing; a term used to describe an approach that generally assumes that social change necessarily involves conflict and social struggle in order to generate collective power for the powerless.
Participatory planning including community-based planning (CBP); involving the entire community in the strategic and management processes of urban planning; or, community-level planning processes, urban or rural settings.
Language-based development; or Language revitalization focuses on the use of a language so that it serves the needs of a community. This may involve the creation of books, films and other media in the language. These actions help a small language community to preserve their language and culture.
Methodologies focusing on the educational component of community development, including the community-wide empowerment that increased educational opportunity creates.
Methodologies addressing the issues and challenges of the Digital divide, making affordable training and access to computers and the Internet, addressing the marginalisation of local communities that cannot connect and participate in the global Online community.

Community Development under Leadership of His Imperial Majesty Oba Adewale Akanbi (Telu 1)

Oba Akanbi has passion for community development as he positively influenced repair of some roads in Iwo city. Oba repaired the damaged bridge leading to his palace at a time he was not sure he would be nominated.

Monarch declares Iwo Empire, highlights benefits

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, says Iwo in Osun State has attained the status of an empire and should be called “Greater Iwo Empire” henceforth.
Akanbi, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said with the new status, the people of Iwo would start enjoying improved welfare.
He said, “Looking at what makes an empire, I realized it needs to have 10 to 15 kings. I have in the Greater Iwo Empire over 27 ancient and powerful kings. Some of them have been kings before some major kings in Yoruba land.

“Having an empire in this modern day is not about wars; it is about dreams, aspirations and how to drive towards the goals. Iwo is now ‘Greater Iwo Empire,’ so I am also attaining a new status, which is Emperor of Greater Iwo Empire and that is how I am being addressed now.
“It is a vision, but one that is divine, spiritual and godly. Many things have changed in Iwo now. We have food and clothing banks now, which are big iron boxes like the ones found in Canada and Britain. Food items and old and new clothing are put in the boxes as donations, which are transferred to the sorting centre and distributed to people who need them.

“We will start by feeding anyone who is hungry through our food bank programme at the palace three days a week, starting from Monday. People can walk into the palace to eat a delicious meal once a day. It is limited to three days now because it is a test run; later, it will be available all days of the week.
“We have a new National Open University centre, which we sponsored to be located in Iwo. Then we have a state-of-the-art medical equipment costing about N1bn to equip the state hospital.

About Iwoland Development Coalition ( IDC)

Iwoland Development Coalition is an organization of a group of people from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola Oluwa Local Government Area for the development of Iwoland as a whole. The main object of the Club is to operate and function as a Non-Profit Organisation for the promotion of good leadership culture, democratic principles and community development in Iwoland, in particular, and Nigeria, in general. To this end, the Coalition aims are:

1 To empower members to assume responsible roles in the community.
2 To provide a friendly and helpful environment for members to meet and share knowledge, ideas, goals, best practices, experience and expertise on subjects of interest to the Coalition.
3 To provide networking opportunities for members to interact with Iwoland indigenes from within and outside the Coalition.
4 To operate financial systems, such as co-operative societies, for the promotion of economic interests and welfare of members.
5 To establish educational institutions whereby leadership education, as a matter of priority, will be included in the instructional materials.
6 To serve as a Foundation for Leadership Development Programmes.
7 To institute special merit awards for the identification and celebration Iwoland indigenes for outstanding leadership.
8 To contribute to socio-economic development of the environment within which the Coalition operates, through enlightenment campaigns and community development projects.
9 To undertake any other activities which support the objects of the Coalition.

Thank you for listening with rapt attention God bless our Land.


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Professor Sir, Bashiru Aremu, who hails from Iwo in Osun State, Nigeria, West Africa more than four decades ago,
As a Productive Professor, he has been Supervising and Co-Supervising both Undergraduates and Postgraduates Thesis up to The Post-Doctoral Degree Thesis in which some of them has became Vice Chancellor and Professors today as a resource person both for their P.HD and a member of their Professional Assessment Committee. He has an extensive Academic, Research, Administration and Publication experience in Africa, America Europe and Asia.
He has been a professor of Computer Science and Information Technology in Novena University, Delta State, Niger Delta University Bayelsa State, Nigeria.


IN AFRICA: He is a World Distinguished Teaching and Research Professor and External Supervisor of Doctoral Class at Crown University College,Accra,Ghana West Africa, as well as the Following Institutions: Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil,Kano State,Nigeria, Afriford University of Science, Management, Arts and Technology, (AUSMAT) Akpakpa-Habitat CDPA Carrefour, Cotonou Est Benin Republic,
IN EUROPE: Research Professor at INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL CENTRE,CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND ,Faculty Professor Affiliate at Oxbridge University of Kilmurry and Cambridge Institute of Technology, United Kingdom (, Fellow of European Association for International Education
IN ASIA:  Vice President International Affairs at Sastar Angkor Institute Kingdom of Cambodia ( , World Distinguished Teaching and Research Professor at National Institute for Education and Research,New Delhi, In India, with others as well,
IN AMERICA: Vice President International Affairs, West Coast University Panama,Belize, State of Delaware,United States of America and Bangladesh Campus ( ,World Grand President,International Chartered World Learned Society, State of Delaware,USA and world-wide, The World Grand Chancellor, Chartered World Order of the Knights of Justice of Peace, State of Delaware,USA and world-wide with others as well

His personal website:, OR
You can contact World Distinguished Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu to received International Distinguished  Fellow of Our Various  International Organization and to work together for mutual benefits  both Academically and Socially
(Post Doctoral E-Business, Grand PhD, Post Doc., D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Sc., B. Tech., IBD, FATIICS, MACM, MCSTA, MSTAN, Snr. MIACSIT, FIASR, KOJ, KOGC, KOGHL FICWLS, FCIEMA, CEMA, FBCS England, Fellow, Marquis Who’s Who in the World, LFICWLS, FCIML, Fellow Outstanding Intellectual of 21st Century, Cambridge, England ,Fellow Europe Association for International Education): (A WORLD DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AND RESEARCH

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