Ooni Urges Politicians To “Work The Talk”

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Tuesday took a swipe at politicians, telling them that they make promises they don’t fulfil.

The traditional ruler, who spoke at the 8th Bola Tinubu Colloquium on the titled: ‘Agriculture: Action, Work and Revolution’, in Abuja to mark his 64th birthday, decried how the youths that constitute about 70 percent of the population have been relegated.
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According to him most of the youths do not have hope in the country because of the wide gap between the rich and the poor in the society.

He added that this gap could be bridged if Nigerians, especially the elites and persons of means, ‘work the talk’ in respect to Nigerian made goods, be it clothing, jewellery and several others.

Ooni Hosts Sultan, As Tambuwal Delivers Lecture In Osun

Former Speaker, House of Representative and governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will on Monday 28th March deliver the convocation lecture of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bashiru Ademola Raji who disclosed this yesterday while addressing newsmen in Osogbo on the activities lined up for the fourth and fifth convocation ceremony of the university said Tambuwal will speak on the topic: “Religious Tolerance and Challenges of Democratic Governance”.

Professor Raji further disclosed that the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, will lead other prominent traditional rulers in the South West to host the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, who will be conferred a honorary award to be announced during the convocation.

According to him, also to be conferred a honourary award for impacting on the development of Nigeria is the former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
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Giving the breakdown of degrees and awards for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions, Prof. Raji disclosed that 11 students bag First Class Honours, 102, Second Class Upper division, 172, Second Class Lower division while 59 students bag Third Class Honours.

Prof. Raji disclosed that other activities lined up for the ceremony include commissioning and flagging off of some projects and the launching of N5billion endowment fund for the development of the university owned by NASFAT.

He disclosed that the university has been granted permission by the National Universities Commission to embark on postgraduate programmes adding that all the courses offered in the institution are fully accredited.

The Vice Chancellor said in fulfilment of its obligation to impact positively on the host community, the university research group led by Dr. Nusirah Afolabi-Balogun carried out enlightenment exercise and distributed insecticide-treated nets to the host community and environs

Oracle Revealed Choice Of Olori For Ooni – Oba Ogunwusi’s Sisters

Sisters of the Ooni of Ife have revealed that the Ooni, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi did not have a relationship with his new wife, Wuraola Otiti Zynab Obanor, before they tied the nuptial nuts.

According to the princesses: Adebimpe, Adesola and Adebimpe, it was the Oracle that revealed the new Olori (wife) to be the queen.

It would be recalled that the Ooni, custodian of Yoruba traditional stool, got married to his new bride, Princess Wuraola in Benin, Edo state on March 12.

In a recent chat with City People, the Princesses when asked if Kabiyesi met his new wife a long time ago but decided not to introduce her to the family as at then, they said, “No, Kabiyesi didn’t meet her a long time ago; they never met before.

“It was the oracle who revealed her to Kabiyesi.

“The oracle is still alive and they are doing wonders.

“You know a lot of things have been happening since they introduced the new Olori to the world.

“Lots of people were saying evil things about her. Majority of what they said are not correct.

“They were just running her down. But to the glory of God we still married her.”

Describing the new wife, the princesses said, “Oh, that woman, she is amazing, very friendly and she is a female version of Kabiyesi.”

Ooni Marries Olori Wuraola In Benin

In a colourful blend of two cultures, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, got married to his new wife, Wuraola Obanor, from Edo State, at a traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital.

The ‎wedding rites was performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.

Although the monarch was not physically present, he was, however, represented by his father, HRH Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi.

The grand event was attended by relatives, dignitaries‎ and friends from the Ife dynasty and the bride’s family, many of whom were dressed in white and purple attires.

Among the dignitaries present at the traditional wedding were the Lawarikan of Apoje, Ife Kingdom, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi; the Arode of Ife, High Chief J. A. Awe‎; the Lowate of Ife, High Chief Adebowale Olafare and the Waasin of Ilare, Ife Kingdom, High Chief Olasode Akinropo.

Wuraola was presented to the Ooni’s family by her father, Mr. Williams Obanor, at about 12:30pm, after her bride price was paid in the presence of her family.

In accordance with the Benin wedding rites, supervised by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and other chiefs, she was placed on the laps of the Ooni’s father, after seven counts.

She was also presented with gifts from her immediate family, including ‎a local mortar, broom and a pot, while traditional dancers from Benin and Ife entertained the guests.

The father of the bride described the wedding as a historic event in the family of the Obanors.

“I feel very happy. When you get a good thing in life you must be grateful to God because this is all the work of God. I never thought it could so because I never thought that, one of these days, I will become very close to the Ooni of Ife. Now that it has happened, I feel grateful to God. So, I wish her a happy married life.”

He also urged his daughter to live peacefully and in harmony with her husband.

“My message for her is that she has to be very polite, obedient and understanding, believing much in God and whatever she needs she will get it. If you have any problem with your husband don’t let a third person to hear of it; go to him and both of you should resolve the problem together amicably,” Obanor said.

“We have a lot of gifts for her. But in Benin, we don’t believe in giving a car or cash. We have what goes by tradition. That is, we have the local mortar, broom and the pot. These are some of the things we normally send and at least a box of cloths,” he added.

The two families and the guests later proceeded to Edo Hotel on Okada Avenue, Benin, for a grand reception awaiting the arrival of the new bride and the monarch’s father were driven to the venue in a limousine.

The event chaired by a former DeputyThe Punch Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro, who thanked the guests for their presence.

Journalists were, however, barred from covering the reception by a stern looking female usher and a police orderly to the family of the bride, who insisted that only guests and media institutions with the invitation card would be allowed into the hall.

But it was learnt that the event was graced by personalities from all walks of life, including members of the National Assembly and government officials from Osun and Edo States.

Ooni Of Ife Restates Commitment To Youths Development

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has reinstated his commitment to promoting peace and youth development.

Oba Ogunwusi spoke in his palace while playing host to the representatives of the Yoruba Youths Council during a courtesy call.

“As youths, we shouldn’t continue to blame the system for not working for us. Our destiny lies in our lives. Let us look at cup half full not half empty, because, that half full has a positive charge, and the half empty has a negative charge”

“Youths are many, seven out of ten is a lot, We should come together ‎and rally round one another, starting from yoruba land and extend it to the other part of the country. Let’s do good things for ourselves and support government” Ooni ogunwusi admonished.

The visit of the council to the monarch was in recognition of the dedication of Oba Ogunwusi to the promotion of youths development.

Led by its President, Aremo Oladotun Hassan, Youths council, wants the Ooni of Ife to use his position and connection with northern leaders to wade into and resolve the Mile 2 crisis.

The council said, as a promoter of peace, the issue is not beyond what the monarch can do so that a reoccurrence of such crisis will no longer be experienced in the South West and Nigeria by extension.

The council also sought the indulgence of the Ooni for the endorse of all its activities in promoting peace and youth development.

While the Youths council appointed foremost traditional ruler as its grand royal father and grand patron, the monarch was also presented awards of promoter of peace as well as youths development.

Ooni Rallies Support For Development Of Ile-Ife

Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has appealed to sons and daughters of Ife all over the world to assist in developing the town, declaring that Ile-Ife was now free of witches and wizards.

Ogunwusi said this on Sunday when he hosted Ife Klub 1, a group of eminent sons of his kingdom based in different parts of the country. The group was led by Ahmed Omisore, a former Lagos Lawmaker, who is the the chairman of the board of trustees of Ife klub 1.

“This Klub worked with my last two predecessors and is now working with me, so by the grace of God it will never disintegrate,” he said. “I must stress to you all that the wellbeing of Ile-ife is paramount to me because we are like the proverbial white chicken who doesn’t appreciate its value. Whereas, it is in its home that the chicken is not highly regarded, it is highly valued abroad.

“God himself resides in Ile-Ife and that is the truth. There are many Ife sons and daughters who the land has blessed but they abandon their roots. “They say there are witches in Ile-Ife that kill children, or that if they establish businesses at home, witches won’t allow them to prosper. There are no witches here that will disturb anybody anymore. They now want to have money and send their children to school too.”

The monarch appealed to his people to contribute towards the development of the kingdom, saying he is putting in his best to ensure that Ile-Ife becomes a leading tourist destination. “Some are making money in Ife, yet they don’t contribute anything to its development, rather they take their monies to Ibadan, Ilesha, Lagos, London and America,” he said.

“The Almighty has restored Ile-Ife’s glory and we must not let it go dim. So many people of Ife origin have refused to come back home and this is why we are making concerted efforts to put many things in place to attract them. “An example is the palace that we are redeveloping which will be an edifice of pride for all Ife people because it’s not only for the King. Tourists from far and near will come here and marvel at the fabulousness of this palace.

“They will also get to learn about our rich cultural heritage. Do you know that people from China, Indonesia and other far flung places visit the Buckingham Palace in England just to witness the change of guards? “Crowds troop the palace everyday just to see this and their culture is helping their economy. This is why I am surprised that even Ife indigenes seem not to cherish their heritage.

Plans are in motion already to reposition Ile-Ife but we should not leave everything to the Ooni. Those of you with businesses should come and establish in Ife.”

Ooni Declares Ife A Tourism Zone, Calls For Support

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II has officially declared Ile-Ife as a tourism zone and called for the support of individuals, groups, government and entire Africans to support him realise the dream into reality.

Oba Ogunwusi made the declaration during a summit at the Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Friday. He said Ile-Ife was blessed with natural and mineral resources and endowed with tourist attractions, “and that is why I planned to use the sites to create wealth and improve infrastructure for Ile-Ife and the Yoruba land. “Ile-Ife has a peculiar advantage because it is established in one of the world acclaimed centres and source of renowned world civilisation. “The ancient town is one of the cities in sub-Sharan African with largest concentration of archaeological sites where both foreign and local archaeologists got objects like bronze, terracotta, precious stones and beads.”

The monarch urged all and sundry to be proud of their heritage and culture and to enlighten people about the difference between religion and culture. According to him, foreigners love the Yoruba culture, citing Brazilians as speaking Yoruba language, while Cuba, among others, claim to be originally from Ile-Ife.

The Oba called on government and well meaningful Nigerians to collectively maintain peaceful coexistence in making Ile-Ife a tourist zone, so as to find another means of boosting the nation’s economy.

Sen.Babajide Omoworare representing Osun East Senatorial District, commended the Oba “in reawakening the Yoruba culture, art and tradition using Ile-Ife, the cradle and some of Yoruba civilisation as the spring board.” Omoworare added that Ile-Ife was blessed with rich culture, abundant tourism sites, solid minerals and agricultural produce

EFCC Not Investigating Ooni Ogunwusi – Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade

We were shocked to read a statement on an online medium by one Sulaiman Alimi Adeniyi who claimed to be representing a group he referred to as Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice in which he lied to have been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to defend a petition earlier sent by his group to the anti-graft body against His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) that the authority of the anti-graft body in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has begun the investigation of the revered monarch and his company named Metropole Interproject Limited over an alleged N400 million forgery which involved the immediate past Ooni if Ife, late Oba Okunade Sijuwade(Olubuse ll) business empire Sijuwade Holdings Ltd.

We view this statement as an attempt by some enemies of progress to cause an unwarranted disharmony not only between the two royal families of Sijuwade and Ogunwusi but also to disrupt the peace that Ile-Ife has enjoyed. We urge the public to ignore this sponsored campaign of calumny and advise the promoter of this sacrilegious statement to desist from such an attempt only capable of embarrassing a well respected royalty and causing needless acrimony between two royal families which may take the generations unborn to resolve.

The relationship between the late Great personalities Ooni Okunade Sijuwade and the Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi then a prince was a father and son relationship which translated to a business relationship through their companies.

It is pertinent to say that the cordiality that existed between the late Ooni Okunade sijuwade (Olubuse II) and Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has rather gone better subsequent to Ooni Ogunwusi’s coronation as Kabiyesi almost on daily basis communicates with members of Sijuwade family led by Prince Tokunbo, who is in charge of the business empire left behind by the late Ooni Sijuwade. The family head of the entire Sijuwades Prince Adekunle Sijuwade, two weeks ago, led other members of the royal family including Prince Tokunbo and Prince Aderemi on a homage to Kabiyesi Ogunwusi where they pledged their loyalty and readiness to actively key into his agenda of progress for Ile-Ife.

His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) has always prior to and after his coronation been law-abiding fine gentleman of clean and unquestionable character who has been involved in any fraudulent transactions and he has never been invited or quizzed any anti-graft agency.

We thus remain unruffled as the flaccid hoax of 400million naira fraud is incapable of bringing the much valuable hard-earned name to a targeted disrepute before the general public by the so-called Comrade Alimi Sulaiman known to have been hobnobing with a politician in the town who has refused to accept the unchangeable reality of the destined enthronement of Ooni Ogunwusi against his unpopular choice.

The relationship between the two Ife royal families remains unshakeable and unbreakable as they are together in the train of peace and progress.

Signed;
Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade For:Sijuwade family

Prince Adesina Ogunwusi,
For: Ogunwusi family.

Royal Father Commends Choice Of Ooni As Chancellor

The traditional ruler of Amurri kingdom, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Igwe Charles Nwoye, Obioha II, has congratulated the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on his installation as the Chancellor of the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka, Enugu State.

Igwe Nwoye described the appointment as a further proof that “Oba Ogunwusi is a man who can make things happen in any area he finds himself”.

A statement by his media adviser Nze Sam Nwanze said: “It is a thing of joy to see him appointed and installed as the Chancellor of UNN, the first indigenous University in the country, at a time Nigeria and his domain needs somebody of his wealth of experience to champion peace and development.

“On behalf of my community, Amurri, and my family, I wish the traditional ruler happy days on his throne and I believe that he will use his position to strengthen the relationship between his people in the West and our people in the East, and bring development to the University of Nigeria.”

I Will Prioritise Aid To The Disabled —Ooni

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has reiterated his commitment towards empowering the less privileged as well as disabled children, and provide the necessary support at ensuring that they have a bright future.

The Ooni stated this during the visit of the officials of Star Children Development Initiative to the palace in Ife, Osun State, to seek his support to better the plight of disabled children.

Speaking during the visit, the chairman of the organisation, Mrs Grace Abimbola, stated that the charity organisation, which raises awareness about the challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families, was aimed at safeguarding the well-being of the children, offer support for the children and their families, and also work with stakeholders to promote quality living standards for the children.

According to her, “We are focused on providing empowerment for the children as well as youths, improve leadership skills and alleviate poverty. This visit is thus to leverage on your position as the Ooni, because of your commitment to youth empowerment and to seek your partnership in ensuring that disabled children have a chance to live the future of their dreams.”

The vice chairman of the organisation, Mrs Rosaline Fadipe, also appealed to the Ooni for his support towards the building of a resource centre for disabled children in Osun State.

No Misunderstanding Between Ooni, Owa

The Council of Obas and Chiefs in Ijesaland has said there is no misunderstanding between the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, over the chairmanship of the Osun Council of Obas and Chiefs.

The traditional rulers urged anyone bent on causing a rift between the two monarchs to stop misinforming the public.

A statement by the Onimogbara of Imogbara-Ijesa, Oba Samuel Adebowale Adesoji and the Lorunyin of Okeyin, Chief Ayo Agbede condemned the act and described anyone misinforming the public as agent of deceit and clog in the wheel of progress.

The statement noted that most of the stories reported by some sections of the media contradict the actual happenings and warned the perpetrators to stop misleading the public.

The statement reads: “Contrary to the clarion calls made by the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for unity among Yoruba Obas and their resolve to work together to promote peace and progress in Youbaland, we were disappointed and shocked when we saw the lies published.

“For the records, the statement made by the Oni of Ife during his unscheduled visit to the Adimula’s palace on February 5 is: ‘Kabiyesi Owa Obokun, our father passed through a lot of stages and scaled several hurdles to make Yorubaland what it is today.

Kabiyesi Owa is a man of peace contrary to the insinuations of mischief makers, though this was a surprise visit; but he has received me very warmly. I will surely come back here again.

“I was installed as king about two months ago. Kabiyesi Owa had been king for 34 years. What can I wrestle with such person?”

The traditional rulers praised the Owa Obokun for his response, saying that the time for leadership tussle among Yoruba Obas is over.

“Yoruba Obas must unite and ensure that they assume their rightful place in the scheme of things. We must also unite to ensure that Yoruba land is developed,” the Obas said.

They thanked the Ooni for the visit which they described as timely.

The statement, however, affirmed that the controversy trailing the chairmanship of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, ended on December 3 when the Ataoja of Osogbo proposed that the Owa Obokun,who had been acting as chairman since the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuwade be confirmed as the chairman.

“It was as if the Ataoja spoke the minds of majority of the Obas present on the day the motion was raised.

“One would think that since the controversy had died a natural cause, the issue of chairmanship ought to have been settled forever. Little did the stakeholders and the public know that the controversy would be exhumed by some people who are set to distort history and stand the truth head down to suit their aborted ambition.”

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