Ifẹ, town of gold and the heartbeat of all Yorubas, has witnessed 5 years of unusual success and improvement for the reason that enthronement of Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II. Driving by way of Lagos -Ibadan Expressway and Ibadan to Ile-ife made my journey a tragic reminder of the misfortunes and infrastructural deficit of our nice nation.
Nevertheless, instantly you step into the sacred palace of the Ooni, your blessing is assured and pleasure replaces your misery.
Coming from a small household in Agege, it was an inspiring expertise for me to be with the Solomon of our technology – the Ooni of Ife, to have a good time his 5 years anniversary of his coronation. Rising up, I bear in mind once I would observe my uncle, and we might stand by the highway facet, ready to catch a glimpse of the previous Ooni of Ife – Okunade Sijuwade. 35 years later, I used to be privileged to have been invited by my royal father – the Ooni of Ife, to have a good time with him. It was per week of unimaginable celebration with quite a few dignitaries in attendance equivalent to; the previous President Olusegun Obasanjo; the Odole Oodua, Sir Kensington Adebutu AKA Baba Ijebu; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and Oore of Otun Ekiti and different distinguished personalities in Nigeria and from the Disapora.
Inside this prestigious gathering is probably the most beneficial treasure to the Ooni – a workforce of over 500 enterprising youths from completely different elements of Nigeria, with whom the king had discussion board of discussions and dinner, the place he reaffirmed his imaginative and prescient for the youth, whereas additionally confirming that his greatest asset as a father are the younger people who find themselves stuffed with dynamic concepts and perceive what it takes to alter the narratives of our nice nation.
I bear in mind accompanying my royal father – Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, to fulfill the king of Fuji – K1, the place Ooni launched me to him as his first son.
My return journey was within the firm of my sister – Dr. Elizabeth Jack Wealthy as we cruised from Ile-Ife in an 11-man automobile convoy to her Non-public Jet hanger in Ibadan metropolis – the attractive historical metropolis! How can I overlook to say the unimaginable stylist – Swanky, who made certain that my lovely Sister seem like the queen she is, on this event.
The journey from Ile-Ife to Lagos was easy and in lower than 20 minutes, we arrived Lagos, however the journey from Lagos Airport to my workplace took over 4 hours! You may all the time guess the standard offender – Visitors! Lagos, we hail thee!
To all my fellow younger and galvanizing leaders equivalent to Seyi Awolowo, Hon. Seun Fakorede, Amb. Biodun Sowemimo, Gbadebo Rhodes Vivor, Mobolaji Ogunlende, Temitope Ogunsemo, Woli Arole, Pamilerin Adegoke Pam Pam, Elizabeth Jack Wealthy, Taooma, Hon. Bala Mohammed, Bello Shagari, Amb. Sukubo, Prince Godswill Edward, Eyitayo Ogunmola, Dr. Fola David, Barr. Timi Olagunju, Linda Ochugbua, Dr Ayobami Oyedare (CEO, International Outreach of Ooni), Ibidapo Fashina and others that attended and made the occasion a hit, could you all be honoured.
Lengthy dwell my father, Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II! Could your reign proceed to usher good tidings.