Ignore the rumours, no fresh clash in Ife – Osun Government

Osun State Government has revealed that is no fresh clash in Ile-Ife.

BREAKING: Osun Government Declares Two Day Curfew In Ife Over Tribal Clashes

The Government of Osun has declared a two day curfew in entire Ile-Ife City, State of Osun.
A statement by Semiu Okanlawon, Director of Communications and Strategy to the Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola said the curfew was necessitated by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and properties.
The curfew, which will be between 6pm to 7am, will be in force till Friday.
The statement further added the curfew takes effect from today Wednesday March, 8th, 2017.

Ooni Of Ife celebrates Christmas, calls Jesus an embodiment of forgiveness

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, had while celebrating Christmas said Jesus Christ is an embodiment of forgiveness.

He further described Jesus Christ as the Lord of peace and love with an unparalleled forgiving spirit who should always be remembered and honoured with the existence of love and peace by Christians.

According to him, that was the only way harmonious co-existence can be achieved not only within the ranks of his followers but also among the members of the larger global society for whom Jesus lived and died over 2000 years ago.

The traditional ruler made this known on Christmas Day.

In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni wished all Christians in Nigeria and across the globe a merry Christmas.

He charged religious leaders to always lead by example by not just preaching but always act like Jesus if their followers should take them seriously.

The statement reads: “People of the world must see themselves as one before the God almighty and must treat one another with forgiveness, peace and love as symbolized by Jesus Christ if the world must be a conducive place for everyone to survive.

“There is no greater gift and honour you can give to Jesus Christ other than exhibition of forgiving spirit, display of love and ensurance of absolute peace because these are what the lord Jesus symbolizes.

“We all must see ourselves as equal before the almighty God who purposefully created us with different cultural backgrounds.

“The surest way of achieving the much needed global harmony is when we always imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and extend hand of love and peace to one another, with this Jesus Christ will be happy in heaven.

“God will always smile to us and of course the world will become a better place for all of us to dwell happily,” the statement added.

Ooni unveils Africa’s 3rd tallest statue, Moremi Ajasoro.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has unveiled Africa’s third tallest statue in Ile-Ife.

The 42-feet statue is situated at the exact spot where Moremi lived in Ile-Ife thousands of years ago.

The statue has 30 risers and was 100 percent locally constructed by Nigerian engineers and youths sourced with solely Nigerian materials.

Moremi Ajasoro statue of Liberty in Ile- Ife, Nigeria at 42 feet is now the third  tallest in Africa.

It follows the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal, which is the tallest statue in Africa, and the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt, the second tallest statue which is 66 feet.

Ramesses II in Egypt at 30 feet, is the fourth  tallest. Nelson Mandela Union Building in South Africa has a 28 feet statue and is the fifth tallest in the continent and Jesus Satue in Owerri Nigeria the fifth as well.




IN PICTURES: Ooni Of Ife Unveils “Moremi Ajasoro”, Tallest Statue In Nigeria

Ooni of Ife yesterday unveiled “Moremi Ajasoro”, the tallest statue in Nigeria .It is 42 feet tall with 30 risers. It is the tallest statue in Nigeria and the 3rd tallest in Africa.

It is constructed right on the spot Moremi lived several centuries of years ago. It is 100 percent locally constructed by Nigerian engineers and youths sourced with sole Nigerian materials.

At 161 feet, African Renaissance Monument in Dakar, Senegal, is the tallest statue in Africa, then the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt which is 66 feet.

Moremi Ajasoro statue of Liberty in Ile- Ife , Nigeria at 42 feet is now the third tallest in Africa.

Ramesses II in Egypt at 30 feet, is the fourth tallest. Nelson Mandela Union Building in South Africa has a 28 feet statue and is the fifth tallest in the continent and Jesus Statue in Owerri Nigeria the fifth as well.

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OAU Law Class of Year 2000 Group Gives Back to Their Faculty

The Class of 2000 Law graduates on 28th October, 2016 made a book presentation to the law faculty of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. It was their own unique way of saying Thank You to the faculty for all that they gained during their time as students.

The books were received on behalf of the Faculty by Professor Ademola Popoola and his vice, Dr. Fayokun.

Professor Popoola couldn’t hide his appreciation for the warm gesture shown by the year group. He said,” This is not only remarkable but it is also commendable that in a time like this, your class can think of giving back.”


The Dean and the vice in a group pose with the delegation

He further said, “Looking through the books, I see a lot of books that excite me. When I say that you all should be happy with your choice. You all know how books are my first love.

Sadly, the faculty has been deficient in local content (books). This was the major reason the full accreditation of the faculty was dropped into an interim accreditation.”

“But with what your class has just done and so many local authors on the list, we are encouraged and hopeful that this is a great leap towards restoration of full accreditation any time the NUC accreditation team comes back”.


Mr. Tayo Anuodo speaking on behalf of the delegation

The Alumni office of the University also appreciated the efforts of the year group. Mr. Gbolahan of the Alumni Office said, “the University Management, Staff, Students and especially the Academic and Non-Academic Staff of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University thank and appreciate the Year 2000 Graduating Set for their magnanimity to come forward despite these austere times to donate books to the Faculty.

Your Class’ kind gesture will go a long way to further assist both the Department and the current crop of Law Students who will someday join the League of Ife Law Alumni that will follow swiftly in your footsteps. We pray that each one of you continue to prosper and excel in all your endeavors as you carry our University’s Flag proudly out there.


The delegation in a group pose with the Law Students Society President

We are proud of your individual and collective achievements till date and we implore you to continue to aspire to be the very best that Almighty God decreed you people to be. You have set the pace for others to follow and we remain eternally grateful.”

Mr. Tayo Anuodo who was part of the delegation to present the books spoke on behalf of the class. Amongst other things, he implored the faculty to stick to giving merit in this era of “point based admission” for admission into the faculty as it has been the secret that stands its alumni out as lawyers.

He further appealed to the faculty authority to facilitate bringing together all the alumni of the prestigious faculty. This way, resources can be pulled together for greater support.


Ooni of Ife laments youth unemployment.

Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja ll, has expressed his commitment to collaborate with the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) in its youth empowerment programme.

The monarch who lamented the unprecedented number of youths that are idle across the country while receiving the management of the bank in his palace noted that government and private sectors must be willing to assist youths to go back to farm.

The Ooni also urged the BOA management to make their presence more visible in the country by providing loan to farmers.

“If BOA can be used as a proper conduit in terms of giving soft loans on a long time basis, it will encourage the youths to go back to farm”. He said

Earlier in his remark, the executive director of the bank, Mr Babatunde Igun said that the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) was ready to provide financial and other support services for farmers and youths in the country to boost food production through mechanised farming system.

Igun, said the bank was also ready to collaborate with Ooni on his youths engagement in mechanised farming, adding that BOA would also assist 150 youths who were been trained by Ooni on agriculture mechanisation with loan facilities.

“The most important thing for anyone going into agriculture is skill acquisition. And that is where Ooni has played a dominant role by bringing 150 youths together in the last four months to train them in agriculture mechanisation.

And that is why we are interested in giving them loan after their training.

“In BOA, once we see an organisation, state or individual that is passionate about youths, women and agriculture, we try to come to them and find a way we can collaborate”. He said

Igun added that more than 400 farmers had been empowered in Ile-Ife with N500 million loan facilities in the last few years.

He said with the dwindling effects of crude oil price on the nation’s economy, there was urgent need to assist farmers and youths towards economic diversification through mechanised farming.

“We are ready to assist farmers as well as youths for them to go back to farm and our plan is not for them to go back to hoes and cutlasses farming but rather mechanised farming system.

“And I believe with the assistance BOA is ready to give, in the next few years, our agriculture system will begin to take a new shape”. Igun posited.

Anti-grazing law may degenerate into major crisis – Ooni of Ife

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said the anti-grazing law on Fulani herdsmen was a welcome development across Nigeria, but called for care in handling the issue.

The Ooni made this known at the palace of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe on Thursday.

He recalled that the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, had recently signed the prohibition of cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti Bill, 2016 to Law, which prevented free grazing of cattle in the state and carrying of firearms by herdsmen, as well restriction of grazing period to between 7am and 6pm

The new law prescribed six months jail term without option of fine to any herdsman, who is found guilty.
The development had raised concern in the state as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, had stated that the anti-malu vigilante by the state government was not ant only provoking,  but capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose ramification may go well beyond the state.

The Ooni, however, said his plea for caution became necessary in order not to allow the issue degenerate into a major crisis.

He said, “We need to be careful handling the threat posed by some herdsmen across the country, especially in the Yoruba region of the country.

“Because Nigeria is a federation and Ekiti State is in a federation, there is need for care in the handling of the issue because it could degenerate.”

We Are Not Idol Worshippers – Ooni of Ife

Ooni Alayeluwa Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi – Ojaja II has reinstated God as his God.

The Ife monarch was reacting to criticisms he faced when he led a praise and worship session in a Redeemed church in the United States.

He wrote on his official Facebook page,

We are tagged as idol worshippers, but truth be told we are not idol worshippers. Our traditions give all the glory, adoration and honor to the almighty God which we know as Olodumare.

Daniel A. Moses: OAU No More “Oba Awon Universities”?

The self-acclaimed “Oba Awon Universities” (King of universities) is fast losing its credibility for which it was acclaimed king. OAU, which is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s finest universities in terms of academic prowess and otherwise is now beginning to ridicule itself amongst others through its very irrational actions. No thanks to both the school management and its students.

In the late hours of December 1st 2015, the governing council shut down the school indefinitely and still went ahead to suspend the Students Union Government (SUG). So shameful of the school management, I must say. This development only came after students boycotted lectures demanding better welfare conditions, fumigation of the halls of residence which have been conquered by bedbugs, rats amongst other demands.

Instead of the management to look into these demands, all they could think of was to shut down the school and mute the student’s mouthpiece.

What is the justification of collecting large school and Hostel fees from students if they cannot be provided with basic amenities like good power supply, clean water, neat environment and habitable halls of residence. I really do think the school management should start acting like fathers and mothers that they are to their students and NOT display a Master-Slave relationship with them.

The fast declining reputation of the Obafemi Awolowo University has left me pondering for hours, days or maybe weeks if this once great university is still the “Oba Awon Universities”.

Now, on the part of the Students Union Government, I want to vent my disappointment at the way matters are being handled by its leadership. In my little sojourn on planet earth, I have come to discover what is called a “dialogue” and I think the union officials should have discovered that too.

You don’t always resort to violent protests to make a certain body meet your demands. There are more civil ways of doing this. Also, if we are conscientious in observing this scenario, we would discover that most of the strike actions that occur in OAU are majorly products of these violent protests by students. So what is the gain?

Now to fellow students, even if you are supposed to be living in luxury given the large amount of hostel fees you pay, the reality is you are NOT living in one. There are certain things you can organise yourselves or contribute money to carryout to make your environment a more habitable one. This is why we are higher animals.

Should we keep watching until the great ife is diminished enough to be called “Omode Awon Universities” (Child of Universities)? I guess not.

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Rotimi Fabiyi: The New Ooni Of Ife, The Tinubu Connection, And The Obasanjo Disconnection

  On 28th July, 2015, the multibillionaire king of Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II was officially announced on several news media as being confirmed dead in a hospital in London, United Kingdom after a brief illness. The race to replace him with another prince among the hundreds of Ife princes available (both the late king’s sons and the sons of his extended paternal family members) began in earnest.

   The selection of a new king for Ile Ife was termed a “race” because of how important the ancient town of Ile Ife is in the culture and history of the Yoruba nation. According to the book authored by the multi-talented 19th century historian Reverend Samuel Ayinla Johnson, edited by his younger brother Dr. Obadiah Ajagbe Johnson (who was the 2nd Nigerian to qualify as a medical doctor after Dr Adeniyi Jones broke the record of being the 1st), and titled A History Of The Yorubas From The Earliest Times To The Beginning Of The British Protectorate (a book recognized worldwide and described by wikipedia.org as “… a book of great merit … and a pioneering historical study…”), Ile Ife has been a very sacred town for the Yorubas for hundreds of years before the European colonials started arriving in Yorubaland because there is no king of other Yoruba towns that will ascend the throne of his ancestors without performing (as part of his many traditional rites) a secret spiritual rite that must be administered by representatives of the king of Ile Ife. Briton Professor Robert Sydney Smith likewise wrote in his own groundbreaking book titled Kingdoms Of The Yoruba that “… in ancient and even comparably recent pre-colonial times, the king of Ile Ife was regarded as more than just a king. He was in addition the chief priest of the whole Yoruba nation; what the Archbishop of Canterbury is to Great Britain and the Anglican Church was what the Ooni of Ife was to the Yoruba people …”

   Traditionalism and indigenous spiritualism aside, the social status of the Ooni of Ife is very high and the position he occupies is well respected in Nigeria and beyond. The penultimate Ooni of Ife Oba Adesoji Aderemi (who ruled as Ife king from 1930 to 1980) broke national and international records by being the 1st Nigerian to become a governor (after he replaced the tactful Briton Sir John Dalzell Rankine as governor of Western Region, Nigeria) and also the 1st black man to become a governor in the whole British Commonwealth. He was also a Nigerian federal minister even while still the Ife king; he was involved (with the illustrious political genius Obafemi Awolowo) in encouraging Anthony Enahoro to move the motion for self government for Nigeria in 1956; he was involved in the several constitutional conferences held in London, United Kingdom in the 1950s to determine the future of Nigeria, and he played an important role in the numerous attempts to settle the rapidly exacerbated Action Group Political Crisis of the early 1960s in Nigeria (see the article “Where Were You … When Oba Adesoji Aderemi Became The First Governor In Black Commonwealth Africa” by Banke Adelaja, Historical Flashback Nigerian newspaper, April 1 – May 5, 2015, pages 15 – 19 for more details). The progressive Nigerian politician Chief Obafemi Awolowo never in his lifetime hid the fact that the moral supports and beneficial advices he received from Oba Adesoji Aderemi were partly responsible for his (Awolowo’s) own imperishable political achievements so when Ooni Adesoji Aderemi died at 91 years of age in 1980, Obafemi Awolowo tried his best to make sure his own former employee and close junior friend multibillionaire Prince Okunade Sijuwade became the next king.

   35 years later in 2015, Ooni Okunade Sijuwade died and the present day power brokers in Yorubaland immediately started a race to get their own favourite Ife prince to ascend the Ile Ife throne. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (who erroneously and self-deceptively sees himself as the most prominent Yoruba alive today even though he has no tangible political structure that is well grounded in Yorubaland or in Nigeria at large) initially struggled to find a way of influencing the selection of the new king but it was the favourite of the real Yoruba leader Bola Tinubu (who is the Asiwaju of Yorubaland and the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, whose political structures include 4 state governors out of the 6 states in Yorubaland, and whose brainchild of a political party All Progressives Congress broke records by defeating an incumbent Nigerian president and therefore achieved what no other political party in Nigerian history has ever achieved) that emerged as the present Ooni of Ife. When the 85-year-old multibillionaire Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade (who was the employer of a certain Gabriel Igbinedion that later became a multibillionaire) died on Tuesday, 28th July, 2015, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (who has been described by wikipedia.org as “… an astute politician …”) initially wanted his long-term friend and close confidant multibillionaire Ife Prince Dipo Eludoyin, MFR (the chairman of Paragon Group that owns the popular Ikeja Mall in Lagos State, Nigeria and several other business interests in China) to be the next Ooni of Ife but Prince Eludoyin politely refused to be the next king of Ife, preferring the life of a quiet and unpublicised international multibillionaire he lives to that of a king of Ile Ife with its expected concomitant publicity and quasi-regimentation. When the pressure from his friends (particularly Asiwaju Bola Tinubu) encouraging him to become king was approaching crescendo, Prince Eludoyin quietly jetted to China (where has a multi-billion naira business empire), vowing to come back to Nigeria only after a new Ooni is installed. It was while Tinubu was looking for another Ife prince to replace the late Ooni Sijuwade that a certain Yoruba king Oba Saheed Elegushi (the Elegushi of Ikate Land, Lagos State, Nigeria) introduced a certain multibillionaire Ife prince known as Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

   Before becoming a king in 2010, Oba Saheed Elegushi (who has been a cordial business partner of Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi for many years) was a personal assistant to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during Tinubu’s 8 years as Lagos State governor from 1999 to 2007 and he (Oba Saheed Elegushi) was a Senior Special Assistant On Special Duties to Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola from 2007 to 2010. This Tinubu Connection would later make the secretary to the Government of Osun State Alhaji Moshood Adeoti announce on 26th October, 2015 on behalf of Tinubu’s political protégé Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Nigeria that the next Ooni of Ife is the multibillionaire Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. 2 days later on 28th October, 2015, Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi rode in a convoy of more than 100 cars from Lagos State (where he was hitherto based) to Ile Ife (where he is being made King), part of the convoy including Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who had once again been bested and humiliated by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (because the victorious and celebrated Ooni Ogunwusi was Tinubu’s choice, not Obasanjo’s choice) but who was trying his best to play to the gallery by  not to showing his disconsolation and dismay which was why he seemed to be “happier than the celebrant’’ during the home-coming car procession of the new Ooni of Ife. On 30th October, 2015, the new Ooni of Ife proceeded to the sacred traditional ritual grove at Ile Ife to commence the compulsory 21-day rites that every new Ooni must do and which some sources said involved eating 401 different light repasts (each representing the 401 traditional gods allegedly worshipped in Ile Ife) made of special secret ingredients from 401 different food saucers while other sources  insist that the number of the secret meals that the new king will consume during the 21-day period will be only 364 in number, not 401 (because the traditional gods of Ife are allegedly 364 in number, not 401) but all these could be safely dismissed as guesses because none of the rumour-mongers will be with him during the rites to know how many special meals he would eat to appease how many traditional gods or if he would even eat any special meal at all.

   Now that the new Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has been proved to be a Tinubu’s choice, one would be mistaking to see him as a pushover, an underling, a minion, or a toady because he himself is an achiever in many directions even though he is just 41 years old.  Born at exactly 1pm on Thursday, 17th October, 1974, Prince Adeyeye Ogunwusi obtained a higher national diploma, HND in Accountancy from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.  His further professional efforts made him become a full member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, an associate accounting technician, a certified member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria, an active member of Global Real Estate Institute, GRI, a full director on the Board Of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited (formerly GT Homes which was a subsidiary of GT Bank Plc), a director of Fina Trust Microfinance Bank Limited, and the sole founder and Managing Director of Gran Imperio Group which is the holding company for many of his multifarious business interests which include real estate, civil construction, manufacturing, facilities management, leisure and tourism, etc within and outside of Nigeria.

   Apart from being an unpretentious philanthropist (he donated rice and tilling equipments to Oyo and Ogun States chapters of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria; funded the purchase and installation of power transformers and electricity poles in many rural communities across Nigeria; granted scholarships to scores of indigent students; and single-handedly paid for the reconstruction of a 6.5 km road with 1.1 km green extension in a community in Nigeria without any financial intervention from the government), Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi has had very close working relationships spanning several years  in the direction of multiple business partnerships with several top-notch kings in Yorubaland some of whom include late Ooni Okunade Sijuade of Ile Ife, Osun State; Oba Saheed Elegushi of Ikate Land, Lagos State; Oba Adedapo  Tejuosho of Abeokuta, Ogun State; Oba Oloruntoyin Saliu of Oworonshoki, Lagos State; Oba Akinloye of Ajiran Land, Lagos State; Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi of Ofa, Kwara State, etc.  A husband to 1 wife (Mrs, now Olori Adedokun Adebisi Ogunwusi) and a father to 1 daughter (Adeola Aanuoluwapo Ogunwusi), he has 450 direct employees and over 3,000 indirect employees in his numerous companies even though he celebrated his 41st birthday on 17th October, 2015 (9 days before his name was announced as the next Ooni of Ife).

   Notwithstanding the petition written by a certain non-governmental organisation named Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ (chaired by a certain Mr Adeniyi Suleiman) and forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC requesting it (EFCC) to immediately arrest, detain and prosecute the new Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi for an alleged forgery, fraudulent conversion, and obtaining of 400 million naira, history will be made when history repeats itself when the Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi is coronated plausibly in late November 2015 by the bespectacled Governor Rauf Aregbesola who is an Ijesha indigene and who is a political protégé of a bespectacled Lagos-based political giant Bola Tinubu (the same way the late Ooni Okunade Sijuade was coronated 35 years earlier in 1980 by a bespectacled Governor Bola Ige who is an Ijesha indigene and who was a political protégé of a bespectacled  Lagos-based political giant Obafemi Awolowo) and it is expected that Ooni Ogunwusi will have a very long and peaceful reign filled with several unique achievements like the reign of late Ooni Adesoji Aderemi (who became an Ife king at 41 years of age like the present  Ooni Ogunwusi) though nobody wants history to repeat itself with the way the hitherto-healthy, flamboyant money-spraying Lagos multimillionaire socialite Ladipo Bobo Doherty (who was a close friend of Ooni Sijuwade and who married Tejumade, the daughter of Lagos multimillionaire Rex Ibikunle Alakija) suddenly collapsed and died within few seconds after spraying some hard currency during the party organised in honour of Ooni Okunade Sijuade during his coronation ceremony in December 1980 (see the article ‘’Bobo Doherty Is Dead’’, Sunday Tribune Nigerian newspaper, December 7 ,1980, page 1 for more details), fuelling a series of rumours in the direction of the Abobaku Myth(i e the mythical belief that at least one human being must die a strange, sudden death as a spiritual sacrifice during the coronation of a Yoruba king).

   The emergence of multibillionaire Ife Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as the new Ooni of Ife clearly happened through Tinubu Connection (as detailed above) and it clearly sequelled into a serious Obasanjo emotional disconnection.  Nothing needs to be further said.

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Obasanjo Pays Homage To New Ooni Of Ife

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday visited the new Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi at Ile-Ife. Obasanjo visited and paid homage just as the new king was presented to his people.

An aide of the former president said that Mr. Obasanjo had to visit Mr. Ogunwusi on Wednesday because he had an overseas trip scheduled for Thursday.

During the visit, Mr. Obasanjo congratulated the new king, and wished him well as he mounted the throne of his forefathers.

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Ife Residents Troop Out To Welcome New Monarch

Indigenes and residents of Ile-Ife trooped out to receive the Ooni-elect, Princes Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The new Ooni’s father, Pa Ropo Ogunwusi handed him to the kingmakers and the traditionalists for immediate commencement of coronation rites.

From the campus of the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu roundabout, along Ibadan/Akure expressway, to the Ife tollgate where the kingmakers received Ogunwusi from his father, people lined up starting from as early as 7am and waited till around 2:30 pm when the new monarch arrived.

Ogunwusi who took off from Ibadan in Oyo state where he had stopover on Tuesday entered Ife in ground style and acknowledged cheers from the waiting crowd.

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New Ooni To Arrive Ife Tomorrow

The newly-named Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will officially arrive the ancient town of Ife on Tuesday to commence the coronation rites as enshrined in the customs of the Ife people.

Reports gathered that the Kingmakers and members of the Isoro were preparing to receive him and commence the rites as soon as he arrives.

Meanwhile, there was celebration in the town on Monday, particularly among the Giesi ruling where the new monarch comes from.

Although the town is calm and people are going about their lawful businesses normally, trucks of soldiers were seen driving through the streets on sirens, while policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps manned strategic places.

The Ile Oduduwa, which is the palace of the Ooni, is also being manned by armed security men, with an armoured personnel carrier stationed there.

“The Kabiyesi will officially arrive Ife tomorrow (Tuesday) and the kingmakers and members of the Isoro will take it up from there,” Adelowo Ogunleye, Secretary of the Giesi Ruling House, said.

“Once he arrives the kingmakers and members of Isoro will begin the process of crowing him.

“We do not know how long it will take before that process will be concluded, but that will be left for both the kingmakers and the Kabiyesi.”

He also revealed that the new Ooni who is based in Lagos, will not approach the palace on his arrival until the rituals were concluded.


Dele Momodu Must Be The Next Ooni Of Ife… Nigerian Pastor Warns

A Nigerian pastor based in Ghana simply known as Pastor Paul but originally from Imo State, Nigeria has said Dele Momodu, the founder of Ovation Magazine, must be the next Ooni of Ife.

Saying he got the prophecy from God, the pastor warned that if Momodu was not installed as the next Ooni, there would be bloodshed in the country.

Though there have been mixed reactions to this on social media, the good news is however that Dele Momodu himself does not believe the pastor and has openly called it a MYSTERY.

Ooni Of Ife To Be Buried On Friday August 14th

Son of the Ooni of Ife, Prince Adetokunboh Sijuwade says his father, the Ooni of Ife Oba Okunade Sijuwade who died July 28th will be buried in Ile Ife on Friday August 14th. Prince Adetokunboh who made the announcement at a joint press conference with the Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola and a palace chief, said his father’s body will be flown from the UK on Thursday August 13th and then buried on Friday 14th.

OAU Orders Students To Remain On Campus As Ife Palace Prepare To Announce Ooni’s Death

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, in Osun state this morning sent out a circular asking all students to remain indoors tomorrow as the palace prepares its traditional rites to formally announce the death of the Ooni of Ife Oba Sijuwade. The Ife Council of Chiefs had yesterday warned all residents in Ile Ife to remain indoors tomorrow between 9am and 5pm.