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Ooni Ogunwusi: Epitome of Yoruba Culture

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ElevateNews takes a look at the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s cultural promotion as he clocks 45

Barely four years that he ascended to the throne of his forefather, the Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II has created a niche for himself.

He has since become a force in the promotion of Yoruba culture within and beyond the black African nation. He has done this not only by his flamboyant Yoruba costume but also by his involvement in various traditional festivals in the cradle of the Yoruba race, the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

Oba Ogunwusi’s royalty and the preach of peace has endeared him to foreign leaders in Europe, America and Asia where he has visited severally to give lectures on why the rest of the world should respect the black race as the personification of culture and civilization.

The Yorubas have been very lucky and most especially, Ile-Ife, which is believed to be the house of the progenitor of the black people, Oduduwa.

Great kings have ruled in this town and Ogunwusi is no exception, going by his humanitarian gesture to the downtrodden; his sense of industry to engage the jobless youths and his spread of love among other respected traditional monarchs within the Southwest Yoruba States and outside the region.

The Igbos are his friends; the Hausa/Fulanis also associate with him. This Ooni, like his predecessor, Oba Okuande Sijuwade Olubuse II is doing everything within his capacity to revamp the Yoruba culture and values of integrity, hardworking and hospitality.

While marking his 45th birthday last week, Ooni Ogunwusi gave scholarship to hundreds of indigent students. He also announced his plan to engage youths in agriculture to boost the economy of the country.

He is into gold mining and tourism business. Ooni established the Ile-Ife Resort Village a few months that he became king to provide jobs for hundreds of people. He moves around to broker peace among the warring political elites in his domain.

His carriage and his words reflect sincerity and purpose. Ogunwusi is showing leadership and has not allowed his haters to distract him from fortifying the house and the stool of Oduduwa. Last weekend, he installed the popular businessman, Chief Kesington Adebutu, also known as Baba Ijebu as the Odole Oodua of Yorubaland to refresh history.

Only three personalities had been Odole before Adebutu. The first Odole was Oranmiyan, the grandson of Oduduwa who later became the Alaafin of Oyo Empire.

The late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the second Odole and followed by Chief GOK Ajayi. Adebut performed the traditional rites by visiting the Opa Oranmiyan Shrine at Arubidi, Ile-Ife. With this new role, Adebutu who was accompanied by his in-law and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo said that the Odole would be his last chieftaincy title.

Present at the ceremony were the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, scores of traditional monarchs across the country and politicians.

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