Ooni Not In Any Supremacy Battle With Anyone- Ogunwusi Aide, Moses Olafare

…Says Building Bridges of Harmony is Ogunwusi’s Watchword

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare, has reiterated the avowed determination of the Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to bring together cordial relationship and mutually-beneficial peaceful coexistence among the Yorubas home and abroad without any sense of discrimination.

Comrade Olafare revealed that the only thing that is paramount to Ooni was the need to foster unity and healthy development among the Yorubas and the entire nation.

The Ooni media aide made the statement in an interview with our correspondent.

Comrade Lafare who described Oba Ogunwusi as a supreme lover of peace, said his ultimate interest on the sacred throne of Oduduwa is to explore all measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yorubas and other tribes would be entrenched, fostered and enhanced.

Comrade Lafare who lamented over the palpable strained relationships among the traditional rulers in the past, said with the peace keeping mission and diplomatic shuttle of Oba Ogunwusi, the yoruba nation is drifting towards prosperous destination.

He further stressed that the major objective of Oba Ogunwusi was to strategically restored and revived the socio-cultural and economic integration of yoruba race, which according to him would give every yoruba man the required sense of belonging and as well revitalize the already desecrated legacies.

Comrade Lafare, however assured of Oba Ogunwusi’s resolve to continuously serve as an agent of change, harmony, unity, love, peace and tranquility within and among the yorubas.

He said Oba Ogunwusi was highly committed to the need of restoring the Yoruba dignity, integrity and sanctity, saying the time has come to revamp pride position of yorubas and black race among other ethnic inclinations in the world.

The Ooni’s media aide however reaffirmed Oba Ogunwusi stance to resist any act capable of dragging him into supremacy contest, adding that history has already vindicated him.

“Kabiyesi Ooni is less concerned over any supremacy tussle, because his interest for now on the sacred throne
of Oduduwa is to explore available measures to entrench the collective
interest and genuine unity among Yoruba, Nigerians, Africans and the entire world.

“For this reason, he has been seeking for utmost peace, love and unity, that is why his reign has resolved to continuously impacting the spirit of love, neighborliness, unity and  peace.

“I am also optimistic that his stance in build bridges of harmony among Yourba traditional rulers and beyond would continue to be trademark that would be towed by all and sundry.

“Oba Ogunwusi is resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore
its glory and pride position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and he can never allowed himself to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody”, Comrade Lafare stressed.

He therefore commended Oba Ogunwusi for championing the cause of yoruba people and promoting the peace cohabitation in the country.

Ooni Loses Grandmum

Queen Mariani Adeyemi Ogunwusi, the paternal grandmother of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, is dead.

She was 104 years.

Madam Mariani Ogunwusi
Madam Mariani Ogunwusi

The deceased was survived by her only surviving son, the Ooni’s father, Prince Oluropo Ogunwusi and 12 grandchildren.

According to a statement by the Ooni’s Director of Media, Moses Olafare, Queen Mariani, who lost her second child, Prince Isaac Olufemi Ogunwusi, and her husband, Prince Olaobaju Joseph Ogunwusi in 1995 and 1998 respectively, died at exactly 4:30am on Tuesday in her Ile-Ife residence

Nigeria Beyond Oil: Ooni Of Ife Says Ife’s Gold Needs Exploration

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, says Ile Ife will be the take-off point of the new Nigerian economy in a post oil and gas era.

Oba Ogunwusi expressed optimism that an exploration of the huge solid minerals in the state, especially gold, would give an unprecedented boost to the nation’s economy and shift it away from volatility of the crude oil market.

He stressed the need for focus to shift from oil and gas to other solid minerals in Nigerian states.

“All over the country solid minerals are everywhere. But we haven’t even exploited it.

“Indeed, we can survive without oil and gas. If we don’t have oil and gas, we can survive because the mysteries in this land are more than anywhere in the world.

“There is a huge potential in Ife. There is no solid mineral we don’t have. We have gold, Timberlight Gemstone… We have very large scale deposit of all those materials and I like to practice what I preach,” the monarch told Modele Sarafa-Yusuf on Channels Television’s programme, ‘View From The Top’.

The Oba said that he was already working with the State and Federal Governments to promote solid minerals, tourism and agriculture to keep the youths engaged and promote the local economy.

Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Modele Sarafa-Yusuf of ChannelsTV
Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Modele Sarafa-Yusuf of ChannelsTV
He urged the leaders to lead by personal example, advocating the use of made in Nigeria goods.

“The beads that I am wearing, I went as far as Benin Kingdom to go an exploit the beads. People don’t wear it any longer but it is made in Nigeria and I am proud to say it. The gold in between it, I took it from Mokuru waters in Ife and it is one of the most purified gold in the world. It is a 23.9 karat gold, raw. We just decided to do surface mining.

“We have it in Nigeria. We have it in Ife, Ilesa and in Niger State. All these things are just littered everywhere. But there is nobody to harness and put all those structures in place.

“We have focused too much on oil and gas.

“So I am very proud to say today that what I am wearing is made in Nigeria hundred per cent. This throne, the shoe that I am wearing are made in Nigeria. It is that bad, the soap I use is made in Ile Ife. That is the only way Nigerian economy can grow. So we must lead by example,” the Ooni of Ife stressed.

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Messengers Of Ooni, Owa Obokun Engage In Free-For-All

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Pandemonium broke-out at the monthly meeting of Osun Traditional Council when the “Emeses” (messengers) of the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaranon engaged one another over the chairmanship position of the council.

It was gathered that the fracas  broke out when the advance team of Oba Ogunwusi brought his special chair to the front for the meeting and they were allegedly resisted by Oba Aromolaran.

Sources told our Correspondent that Oba Aromolaran said the chair could not be positioned at the place where his seat is (at the front).

Ooni’s ‘Emeses’  were said to have told Oba Aromolaran that they were sent by the monarch to put the chair at the front where his seat should be in line with tradition.

The struggle to prevent the chair from occupying the vantage position of the chairman was said to have resulted in the stripping  of one of the messengers.

The monthly meeting was subsequently postponed indefinitely.

It was gathered that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had been briefed on the incident and the monarchs were summoned to the Government House for a meeting to resolve the crisis.

The spokesperson of the Ooni’s Palace, Mr. Moses Olafare, when contacted said it was incontrovertible that the Ooni remained the permanent chairman of the council.

He said, ”  Ooni will not want to be drawn into what happened. But he ( Ooni) remained the permanent chairman according to the law.”

It will be recalled that Oba Aromolaran had last year at one of the meetings said he was unanimously elected the substantive chairman of the council.

He also said that he was nominated by the Ataoja of Osogbo and other monarchs supported the nomination.

However, Oba Aromolaran introduced himself as the vice chairman of the council at December 2015 meeting which was the maiden meeting attended by the Ooni after his inauguration.

Ooni, Alaafin, Others, Storms Toolz & Tunde Demuren’s Wedding (Photos)

Foremost Yoruba monarch Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his counter part in Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyeye and other Nigerian celebrities yesterday stormed the traditional wedding ceremony of Popular BEAT FM OAP, Toolz Oniru and her husband Capt. Tunde Demuren which took place yesterday at Landmark event center, Oniru Lagos.

The high class event attracted several other big names which includes A-list Oba’s in South-west Nigeria and several big name celebrities.

Banky W, Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Latasha, Wizkid and others were in attendance.

The Controversial Lagos brothers, Joro and Dokun Olumofin were also in attendance.

See photos from the event below:


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Be Wary Of Politicians, Awujale Tells Ooni

The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, yesterday advised the newly crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to be wary of politicians, sycophants and cheerleaders lest they lead him astray.

The Awujale gave the advice at his Ijebu – Ode palace, Ogun State, when the Ooni paid him a historical visit.

Oba Adetona noted that Oba Ogunwusi’s resolve since his ascension to the Ife throne to work for the unity and progress of Yorubaland, is a worthy cause but counseled him to be cautious in dealings with the nation’s politicians and their tendencies for division.

Adetona said: “If we are united, we can achieve a lot for our people. But if we allow politicians to infiltrate and divide us, they will spoil everything.We should not as traditional rulers sell ourselves out because of pecuniary gains. That had happened in the past and caused disunity in Yorubaland. We should not be partial. The interest of our people should matter most to us.”

In his remark, Oba Ogunwusi called for the replication of the cooperation and harmony that existed amongst traditional rulers in Yorubaland up till 1941 when the Obas in the area met.

The Ooni said the rapid socio – economic development of Yorubaland and her people could be achieved if there is greater unity among the traditional rulers, adding that he

was in Ijebuland to draw strength and wisdom from Awujale who providence has preserved for 56 years on the throne.

According to him, he would move closer to the Ijebu monarch so as to foster better cooperation and unity amongst Yoruba traditional rulers.

“The position God has put me today is not because of my power or might. It has pleased God to make me the Ooni in my youth. Therefore, I have resolved to come closer to the Awujale because since 1941 when Yoruba traditional rulers last met, we have not had any other joint meeting. This should not be so.

“It is our culture to respect the elders and there is nothing better than that before God. God loves the Yoruba people so much that He gave us everything. But if we are not united, we won’t know our worth. God has blessed all of us in Yorubaland but it is through cooperation that we can achieve the best,” Ogunwusi said.

Scores of Ijebu traditional rulers and chiefs joined  the Awujale to receive the newly crowned Ooni of Ife, as he made his maiden Royal and historical visit to Ijebu – Ode, Ogun state.

Oba Ogunwusi arrived the Awujale’s Palace, Ijebu – Ode, the Royal Home of Awujale by 1:16 pm.

The 40-year old Ife monarch was accompanied by dozens of Ife (Osun state) traditional rulers chiefs  and Palace aides while the Elewon Ooni(Ooni Palace drummers) chanted “Oodua mbo o” Oodua mbo o” along.

The Nation gathered that the visit was part of his agenda to foster greater unity, harmony and development of Yorubaland, Southwest Nigeria.

Few weeks ago, he had paid similar visit to the Alaafin of Oyo in Oyo town, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi.

At the Palace with Oba Adetona to welcome the Ooni are Oloori Omoba, Otunba Subomi Balogun, the Ebumawe of Ago – Iwoye, Oba Abdul – Rasaq Adenugba, the Ajalorun of Ijebu – Ife, Oba Afolorunsho Oguntayo, the Gbegande of Ososa, Oba Toye Alatishe, the Olorogun of Ijebuland, Chief Sunny Kuku, the Alaporu of Ilaporu, Oba Jimoh Quadri, the Limeri of Awa  – Ijebu, Oba Amos Awobajo, Chief Duro Onabule among others.

Ooni To Unveil Industrial Park In Ife For Agribusiness

As part of efforts to revive agribusiness in Ife, Osun State, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has engaged Techo-Quip Ltd, an engineering firm to create an industrial park in Ife kingdom.

Indeed, the park is expected to house equipment that will process raw materials such as cassava, palm kernel, rice, yam and plantain flour, into numerous finished products.

According to a statement made available to The Guardian, the Ooni who met with Chief Executive Officer, Techo-Quip Ltd, Dr. Samson Makinwa before his coronation signed a contract for the supply of equipment in Ile-Ife kingdom.

He said the purpose is to help people in the processing and preservation of different agricultural products and other raw materials into finished and semi-finished products in the centre.

“This will create employment, empowerment and also act as training ground for youths and the entire kingdom in self-employment and development”, he said.

Dr. Makinwa disclosed that his firm would supply all equipment and also train participants on vocations while Ife Business School will train participants on entrepreneurship and skills acquisition.

The Oba who is the Chairman of Techo-Quip Ltd before his ascension to the throne is using his company’s products to establish industries in the kingdom through constant supplies of electricity, water and access roads to the industrial park location.

“This is not common of a royal father in the country. Oba Enitan Ogunwusi is not only a traditional ruler but a transformational, modest philanthropist whom God installed to help his people out of poverty and unemployment”, Makinwa added.

Ooni To Osun Indigenes: Pay Your Tax And Levies Faithfully

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has enjoined people of Osun State to pay their taxes and levies faithfully.

The monarch said this while receiving in his palace officials of State Board of Internal Revenue led by its chairman, Mr. Dayo Oyebamiji.

According to him, in advanced countries of the world, payment of taxes and other levies are usually treated with the seriousness it deserves, adding that many nations of the world survive mainly on taxes.

The monarch noted that for government to provide basic infrastructural amenities, citizens must be prepared to play their roles by paying taxes and levies.

While warning the revenue collectors against sharp practices, Oba Ogunwusi demanded for a transparent tax collection system.

Speaking earlier, the chairman, Osun State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Dayo Oyebamiji, commended the monarch for his effort towards enhancing unity of the Yoruba nation.

He stressed that the people must not treat the issue of tax payment with levity, adding thatby helping to sensitize the general public, especially farmers, market women, small and large scale industry owners, Ooni has contributed to measures that would see the state record better result s in its revenue generation drive.

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Alaafin, Ooni’s Renewed Partnership, Beneficial For Yoruba Race – Peace Committee

The Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee has described the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi, at the Church thanksgiving service to mark the 45th year coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi as turning-point for the Yorubas.

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary.
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II – THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo’s 45 coronation anniversary.

The committee, at the end of its meeting in Ibadan on Tuesday said the renewed friendship between the two monarchs would lead to stronger ties in the Yoruba race.

The secretary of the committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonlaa Azeez, Sabiganna of Iganna in a statement said the committee would consolidate on the Ooni’s peace initiative to ensure that all Yorubas work in harmony for the growth and development of the race.

He said the committee, during the reign of the immediate past Ooni of Ife, had made similar moves to bring the two leaders together but had not been successful.

He said with the two leaders now willing to work together as prominent members of the Yorubas, the marginalisation of the race at the national level would be tackled effectively.

“With Alaafin and Ooni in the forefront of any struggle or agitation by the Yoruba, it is certain that nobody can deny us our dues again which is why we must praise the wisdom and sagacity of the new Ooni and to commend him to keep the flag flying”, he added.

He urged South West politicians to also ensure that they do not bring disunity amongst the Yorubas by their selfish actions.

I’ve God-given Mandate To Unite Yoruba Race — Ooni

The Ooni of Ife,Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has said that he has a God-given mandate to unite the Yoruba race for greatness.

Receiving in his palace in Ile Ife yesterday the paramount ruler of Remo kingdom, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, who led royal fathers and eminent personalities including Chief Kessington Adebutu and Asiwaju of Remoland Chief S. Onafowokan, Oba Ogunwusi said he has God’s mandate to unite the race.

Oba Ogunwusi said that his efforts in uniting Yoruba nation are already yielding positive results, adding that Yoruba will develop if united.

The monarch said Yoruba people are the most favoured race on earth and  urged other traditional rulers in Yoruba land to join and support the unity campaign, maintaining that the unity of Yoruba race was needed for peace and development of the race.

The traditional ruler, who noted that God loves Yoruba people said some Yoruba sons and daughters were yet to discover the beautiful values and norms God endowed Yoruba people with.

He said: “I am so happy and pleased with this visit. God speaks with me everyday on this move to unite the Yoruba nations and I can say that God is leading me through this unity move.”

“I want other traditional rulers and leaders of Yoruba race to join this efforts and also mobilise other prominent Yoruba sons and daughters to join the move. Yoruba will develop if united and if Ife is peaceful, every Yoruba part of land will be peaceful.

“I have God’s mandate to work towards uniting Yoruba race and position it for better deal among ethnic groups in the country and with the disposition of the Akarigbo, my job is being made easy,” Oba Ogunwusi said.

The traditional ruler said there is no Yoruba land that does not receive “heavenly prayers daily because whenever Ooni is prayed for, every Yoruba person receives the prayer.

Stating that his work is being made easy with the peaceful disposition of Oba Sonariwo, the Ife monarch harped on the need to keep relationships to enhance rapid development of the society.

He said those in Ile Ife know the town belongs to the entire Yoruba race and will always welcome all other children of Oduduwa, assuring to continue to work towards promoting peaceful coexistence of the race and the country at large.

In his remarks, Oba Sonariwo said Ooni is the father of all kings and pledged to work with Oba Ogunwusi in uniting the Yoruba race.

Oba Sonariwo congratulated Oba Ogunwusi over his coronation and prayed that his reign would be peaceful and marked with achievements.

Other monarchs that visited the Ooni are Oba Adeleke Idowu, Alaperu of Iperu, Oba Adewale Osinbero, Elepe of Epe, Oba Emilaoye Awobajo, Alara of Ilara-Remo, Oba M. O. Shonuga, Olofin of Ilisan-remo, Oba Jolagbade Tijani and Alado of Ado, Oba Amusa Akinyemi.

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