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INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY: OONI SALUTES THE YOUTHS, CELEBRATES THEM WITH A VOLUNTEERING WEEK

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II,  has reaffirmed his commitment to youth development in the country. The prominent monarch who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) made this known in a special release on the occasion of this Year's International Youth Day on Thursday. Ooni Ogunwusi who described the Youth as an embodiment of the nation's and by extension African's strength further reassured the younger generation of his unflinching support for their innovations, which in his words represent hope for the nations. Ooni further disclosed that this Year's edition of the Youths day will be celebrated in a special way as one of the Youth initiatives of His Imperial Majesty, the Royal African Young Leadership Forum (RAYLF) has dedicated a week long Volunteering session to be anchored on the theme, "Give Another, Pay it Forward" which will hold from the 19t

OONI CELEBRATES ALAPOMU AT 58

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has felicitated with the Alapomu of Apomu Kingdom, HRM, Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi, over His 58th birthday celebration. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare as obtained by Ife City Blog on Thursday, Ooni Ogunwusi who described Oba Adenekan as a noble descendant of the prestigious Giesi ruling House in Ife, added that he (Oba Adenekan) has been a change maker in Apomu Kingdom and in the committee of Oodua traditional rulers globally. "Kabiyesi, you have started very well in ancient Kingdom of Apomu and Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula is so proud as a father to see the changes your reign is beginning to bring the ancient town in particular and Oodua Race in general. "Back home here in Ile-Ife, the Giesi Ruling House of Agbedegbede your ancestral compound which you share with Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, your giant strides are seen and the entir

OONI'S MEDIA DIRECTOR OLAFARE, OTHERS INDUCTED AS FELLOWS, FOURTH-ESTATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY

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Comrade Moses Olafare, the Director of Media and Public Affairs to the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, was on Thursday inducted as a Fellow of the Fourth-Estate Professional Society(FPS); a professional body for reputable journalists. The Induction ceremony and seminar which took place at the prominent Shubomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, included lectures through which professionals of the pen profession where charged to uphold the core ethics of journalism. In his address, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi represented by the Alara Oodaye of Ara-Ife, Oba Adebisi Segun Layade, described wide communication gap as the basis for numerous challenges confronting Nigeria. "Through news reportage, editorials and other media contents, we must seek to fill communication gaps with professionalism and mutual respect. "Also, the issue of fake news must be combatted and defeated, as it is a dent on the prestigious journalism profession rape i

I'M COMMITTED TO REDEFINING THE ROLES OF TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN OUR NATION'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - OONI OF IFE

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The Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has reiterated his commitment to positively shape the roles of traditional institutions in the nation's economic development. Ooni Ogunwusi stated this in a release published on his official Facebook handle @ooniadimulaife as obtained by Ife City Blog on Sunday.  The prominent monarch who had earlier in the week played  host to the South-West winners and nominees of the federal government's MSME clinic program under the office of the Vice-President who came to pay him a courtesy visit at the Ile Oodua, His Palace emphasized the important position MSMEs occupy in nation's economic system and the need for their support of which traditional institutions can play significant roles. According to Ooni who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), MSMEs have remained a constant drivers of economic growth and development in recent times e

OONI CELEBRATES MUSLIMS ON EID EL KABIR, EMPHASIZES PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has congratulated Muslims across the world, especially descendants of Oduduwa over the ongoing Eid-ul-Adha celebration also known as Ileya. According to a statement signed by his Director of Media & Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare and obtained by Ife City Blog, Ooni Ogunwusi noted that lessons associated with the season must not be forgotten. I celebrate with my Muslim faithful across the nation on this special Eid day as today marks a fulfilment of the holy injunction of gathering together to celebrate the spirit of sharing, joy and jubilation. As you all fulfil the tenets of Eid Mubarak through sacrifice, I admonish you to immensely uphold in gratitude the values of showing love to one another, representing the spirit of peace and selfless compassion towards your neighbours.  May the blessings of complete obedience to Allah enfold you, your household and our nation, Nigeria. Going further, Ooni Ogun

OONI CELEBRATES PRINCESS (DR.) TOYIN KOLADE ON BIRTHDAY

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The Arole Oduduwa Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has felicitated with the prominent business mogul, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, on the occasion of her birthday anniversary. Ooni Ogunwusi who sent his heartfelt greetings on Tuesday through a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, described Princess Kolade as an icon of a perfect African woman and motherhood. The natural traditional head of Oduduwa Race worldwide who is scheduled to install Princess Toyin as the Iyalaje Oodua, explained that the Ijesa-born woman has countless enviable human qualities that should be emulated by all. "Princess Kolade is a cool-headed cultured descendant of Oduduwa  who established herself from the ordinary status of a petty trader on the streets of Ilesa to a celebrated international entrepreneur today. "Among other virtues, Princess Kolade's nature of assisting the poor, disabled and other vulnerable members of our society through

OONI SET TO COMMISSION URBAN RENEWAL PROJECTS, EMPHASIZES HIS COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A SMART CITY THAT IS DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, will on Friday 16 July, 2021 lead top dignitaries including the Governor, State of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to officially launch Ife Grand Resort & Industrial Park in Ile-Ife. In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare and obtained by Ife City Blog on Tuesday, the Grand Resort, located beside the tollgate on the Ife-Ibadan expressway is a brand new city of hubs driven by urban renewal initiatives of the Ooni Ogunwusi to serve as the hub for sustainable development, fountain of employment generation, radar of empowerment and satellite for branding and showcasing the cultural heritage and value of Ile-Ife the source and natural headquarters of the Oduduwa race globally. According to the press release, the huge investment is a legacy project embarked upon by Ooni Ogunwusi for urban renewal and redevelopment into the current smart city global requirements in

PRINCESS (Dr) TOYIN KOLADE, IYALAJE OF OODUA RACE: Greatness of a Personality, Sacredness of a Chieftaincy - Moses Olafare

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It is no longer news that the Ijesa-born international business woman, Princess (Dr) Toyin Kolade is the Iyalaje of Oodua Race, as plans are on the top gear for the official installation ceremony slated to hold on Saturday 17th July 2021 at the Ile Oodua Palace Of The Ooni Of Ife in Ile-Ife which is the cradle of mankind and traditional headquarters of the entire Oduduwa Race worldwide.  AJE, mother of Edagiiri, Ele and Ere is being worshiped and celebrated daily as the deity of wealth and profitability of trade. She was the first Apate Oja (market trader) and was among the 401 Irunmoles (gods and goddesses) like Oduduwa, Oranfe, Obatala, Orunmila, Ogun, Osun, Olokun and the rest seconded by the Almighty Olodumare (God) to the earth to pioneer the first dynasty of mankind known as Ife Oodaye. AJE as the first world's trader and custodian of markets pioneered commercial activities at the first marketplace then known as Oja Ejigbomekun which is today called Oja Ife in Ile-Ife, where

OONI URGES YOUTHS TO EMULATE BRIGHT YOUNG MINDS AS HE RECEIVES MTN CEO IN ILE-IFE

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged Nigerian youths to emulate exceptional qualities of outstanding members of their generation. Ooni Ogunwusi gave the advice while playing host to the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Karl Olutokun Toriola, at The Ile Oodua, His Palace on Saturday. The monarch  who is the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN)  described the C.E.O. as a worthy ambassador of the prestigious Yoruba heritage, adding that his good virtues should be emulated by young ones especially those building careers in different fields of life. "There is model for everything as we cannot put something on nothing. I recommend bright young minds like our own Karl Toriola to all youths, they should look up to him and learn core lessons of life particularly about growth from him. "For those who don't know, Toriola's achievements and good nature are

OONI DECLARES UNN's 49TH CONVOCATION CEREMONY OPEN, CHARGES GRADUANDS TO BE PRODUCTIVE AMBASSADORS

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Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has charged the graduating students of the University of Nigeria(UNN) Nsuka to go into the world as good ambassadors and add great values to the society by proudly making use of the knowledge impacted on them by the university.  The African foremost monarch who doubles as Chancellor of the prestigious university made this admonition in his opening speech on Saturday while he was declaring The 49th Convocation Ceremony of The University of Nigeria Nsuka open.  "We have come to confer the degrees of this institution on you and I challenge you all to be good ambassadors in any endeavor you may be in the world.  You always rise and contribute to the development of our society and humanity in general as we now live in the era of knowledge-based economies and our country is looking up to our graduates like you to enable us compete favourably in the global stage." Ooni said.  The Co-chairman, National Council of T

OONI VISITS DANGOTE REFINERY, SAYS "ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS WITHIN"

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II with the Chairman, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote during the Monarch's official courtesy visit to the Group's Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lagos. The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has said that the solutions to Nigeria's current economic challenges are within. Ooni Ogunwusi who is the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria made this known during an official courtesy visit to the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lagos State, where he was accorded the comprehensive on the spot assessment of the magnitude of this exceptional project. According to a statement by the Monarch's Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare on Friday, the Ooni explained that the involvement of unique Nigerians by the ace businessman and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, the current economic challenges would soon be

"HELP US BRING OUR PEOPLE BACK HOME" - SAYS OONI OF IFE AS HE RECEIVES NIGERIA'S AMBASSADOR DESIGNATE TO JAMAICA AT THE ILE OODUA, HIS PALACE

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has appealed to the Nigeria's Ambassador Designate to Jamaica, Belize, Haiti and Dominica Republic, Dr. Maureen Taamuno, to help reunite those of black descent scattered across the Caribbean with their kinsmen in Nigeria. Ooni Ogunwusi who is the co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, made the call on Thursday, why playing host to Dr. Maureen at his Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife. The Ooni explained that Nigerians, particularly the Yoruba race have a lot in common with those in the Caribbean, as most of them were transported to that part of the world during the days of slavery after which they naturalized to become citizens of those countries. "Our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean need us so much just as we need need them too. Wanting them back does not necessarily mean they should leave the Caribbean and start living with us permanently but there are lots of what

OONI'S PALACE UNVEILS THE NEW IYALAJE OODUA

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Princess (Dr.) Toying Kolade Palace of the Ooni of Ife(Ile Oodua) in Ile-Ife has announced the decision of the Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, to confer the prestigious chieftaincy title; THE IYALAJE OODUA on the Global Coordinator of the Annual AJE Festival & Lagos based international business tycoon cum philanthropist, Princess(Dr)Oluwatoyin Kolade  The announcement was expressed in a statement by Comrade Moses Olafare, Director of Media & Public Affairs, Ooni's Palace which he made available to journalists on Wednesday.  Princess Kolade's profile as a benevolent and successful major player in the Nigeria private business sector who started as a petty trader in her home town of Ilesa in the State of Osun about 35 years ago, her involvement in the promotion of the rich Yoruba cultural values, her countless humanitarian services, her virtuous character of a disciplined family woman and her unfaulted respect for the r

OONI MOURNS LATE OLU OF WARRI, LAUDS ITSEKIRI PEOPLE OVER PEACEFUL SELECTION OF PRINCE TSOLA EMIKO

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Ooni of Ife(Left) with the Late Olu of Warri The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has condoled with the Itsekiri sons and daughters worldwide over the passage of the immediate past Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni prayed for the soul of late Olu Ikenwoli who he described as a natural traditional ruler who meant well for his people and a great descendant of Oduduwa who in his 5 years as Olu of Warri contributed immensely to the upliftment of the agelong relationship of the Itsekiri and Yoruba nations. "Ogiame Ikenwoli was a fantastic leader and highly respected member of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), so passionate about harmonious coexistence among the nations of the lager Oduduwa race worldwide, Yoruba, Edo and Itsekiri nations in particular. We related very closely, we exchanged royal visits, we agre

EASTER CELEBRATIONS: OONI OF IFE ENCOURAGES CHRISTIAN FAITHFULS TO EMULATE CHRIST BY SHOWING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TO EVERYONE AROUND THEM

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II has urged all Christian faithfuls to imbibe the characteristics of the reason for the season of Easter, Jesus Christ  in their day-today dealings. This is part of His goodwill message to the entire Christians Worldwide on this Year's occasion of Easter celebrations.  Ooni Ogunwusi particularly encouraged all the followers of Christ to emulate his traits by being loving and caring to everyone irrespective of religious, gender or racial differences.  The foremost traditional ruler and Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), while reflecting on the tough times experienced over the last couple of years enjoined all humans to remain hopeful and steadfast as these have been the sustaining factors so far in the struggle.  "We cannot deny that most of 2020 and 2021 have been difficult with the health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19.  "It is also

OONI OF IFE EMPOWERS 100 WOMEN AS THE WORLD CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

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On 8th of March every year, The International Women's day is celebrated globally. The day is significant as it serves as an avenue to celebrate outstanding women across different spheres of life worldwide in addition to bringing about renewed awareness on the course for gender equality. In Ile-Ife Osun State, South-West Nigeria, this year 2021 edition of  the global event was rather marked in a special way as the Ooni of Ife,  His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II in his usual magnanimous style to the course of women and young ones rolled out an empowerment programme where about a hundred women were empowered in textile production, crafts and designs. Briefing journalists at the event, the Founder of The Adire Oodua Textile Hub, Ile-Ife, Princess Aderonke Ademiluyi said the one day training workshop held at the newly commissioned Textile Hub was part of the Queen Moremi Ajasoro International Initiative of His Imperial Majesty, the Arole Oduduwa,

GOVERNOR OYETOLA APPROVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF IFE CITY STADIUM AS OONI OGUNWUSI NAMED HON. JAMIU BABATUNDE OLAWUMI, A RARE AMBASSADOR

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At Ooni's Palace His Excellency, Governor Isiaq Adegboyega Oyetola, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun recently announced the Construction of an Ultramodern Stadium, the reconstruction of 2.4km road linking Iloro to Aganun and renovation of the New Market (Oja Tuntun) which was engulfed by an inferno few months ago in Ile Ife. This decision was made at the last State Executive Council meeting where the duo of Hon. Remi Omowaye, the Honourable Commissioner for Works & Transportation and Hon. Jamiu Babatunde Olawumi, the Hon. Special Adviser to the Governor on Education were to represent the Governor on the visit to His Imperial  Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Akande Ogunwusi, Ojaja II. The appointment to visit and inform the Arole Oduduwa about the anticipated developmental projects was done by Hon. Olawumi, a son of the soil, was done as a matter of exigency. The entourage were received at Ile Oodua, the Palace of Ooni of Ife with the introduction of Guests

OONI PRAISES BOYS AS OJAJA II FC WINS TAIWO OGUNJOBI MEMORIAL CUP

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The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II on Tuesday, hailed members and Management of the Ojaja II Football Club, for winning the keenly contested Taiwo Ogunjobi Under-17 memorial Cup. In a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, Ooni Ogunwusi described the tournament as a clear message that the good old days of grassroots sporting activities are gradually returning for the betterment of the country. “The Ooni accepts the victory wholeheartedly and he has concluded plans to host his boys; the winning team and their officials very soon to wine and dine like they normally do. “Baba’s involvement in grassroots sports particularly football, is a product of his belief in the fact that countless untapped potentials lies in our local communities. All we need to do is to invest massively in competitions like this and we shall soon have super stars like Jay Jay Okocha, Kanu Nwakwo and Odion Ighalo among others spr

"I was a beneficiary of School Sports" - Ooni of Ife shares experience as Sports Ministry Honours Him National Principal Cup Patron

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The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Arole Odudua Olofin Adimula was on Monday bestowed with the title of the Patron of the National Principals' and Headmasters' Cup. This was unveiled during a visit by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development delegates to the Ooni's Palace led by the Director of Grassroots Sports, Dr. Ademola Aare who represented the Honorable Minster, Sunday Dare. According to Ooni Ogunwusi who  also holds the revered office of the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN), the proposed National Principals' and Headmasters' Cup sports tournament is a welcome development, describing it as an important tool for national development. "You don't have an idea of what you're doing until you start seeing its positive results. A sporting activity like this can be used to solve all issues confronting us today as a country. "I was a beneficiary of School Sports like this. I took part in He