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Ooni's Team Presents 'Treasures Of Our Ancestors' To Black Leaders, Influencers In Brazil

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The visit of the delegation from The Ooni of Ifé, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to the city of São Paulo in Brazil on Thursday brought together leaders and influencers willing to promote the proposal of the Oduduwa Heritage Home within the project “Treasure of Our Ancestors”, an initiative of the African foremost king; Ooni Ogunwusi with the purpose of strengthening ties and building bridges that facilitate cultural, tourist and economic exchange between Brazil and Nigeria and, in particular Ile-Ifé, Cradle & Natural Headquarters of a the Yoruba people and Oduduwa Race at large. Representing His Majesty, the delegation formed by the kings Joseph Adebayo Adewole the Ajero of the kingdom of Ijero-Ekiti and Oba Kayodee Adeenekan Afolabi the Alapomu of Apomu) Chief Adekunle Sumbo the Saagba of Ogbagi Akoko, Prince Adekunle Olokooba, a specialist in traditional medicine and Comrade Moses Olafare, head of communication at the palace of the Ooni of Ifé in addition to visiting th

OONI'S DELEGATION IN BRAZIL AHEAD OF THE 2022 'BACK-TO-HOME' PROJECT

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A delegation of the Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Tuesday visited Fábrica do Samba to learn a little about Unidos de Vila Maria for Carnival 2022 in Brazil and to meet Afro Brazilian stakeholders ahead of his trip to unveil a Back-To-Home Project themed the "Precious of Our Ancestors"  The team had on Monday arrived Sao Paolo for the purpose of establishing more connections between Brazil and the African continent and to fulfill a ten-day schedule organized by Oduduwa heritage home brasil, a cultural institute based in Rio de Janeiro, whose purpose is to strengthen ties and build bridges that facilitate cultural exchange between these two countries connected by fraternal ties for centuries.  The Ooni's team formed by tow kings; Oba Joseph Adewole the Ajero of the Kingdom of Ijero (Ekiti) and Oba Kayode Adenekan Afolabi the Alapomu of Apomu (Osun), the coordinator of the team is Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni&#3

TOYIN KOLADE CELEBRATES HUSBAND ON BIRTHDAY

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The Iyalaje Oodua Worldwide Princess(Dr.) Toyin Kolade was elated on Sunday for the celebration for her hubby, Prince Kayode Kolade who just added another year. Princess Kolade could not hide her excitement on her Husband's special day as she took to her social media pages to share their beautiful pictures and shower romantic birthday wishes on him. Kolade, a foremost Lagos based businesswoman and philanthropist who recently bagged an NUJ's Awards of Excellence as the 'Most Industrious Woman in Yorubaland' described her sweetheart as the "World's Best". On her Facebook page she wrote: "My All in One Oluwakayode Kolade...Ade Ori Mi, The one who Eledumare destined us to be together as Husband and Wife.. It's your birthday once again and I am super excited; like butterflies snoozing in my tummy making a rousing sound of a birthday lullaby. Indeed it's a victory song for you, cause sauntering into another age on mother earth at a time when

OONI'S SPOKESMAN OLAFARE, IYALAJE OODUA BAG NUJ AWARDS

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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 and the Iyalaje Oodua, Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade were both on Thursday honoured with awards of excellence by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ekiti State Council. Comrade Olafare bagged the 'Best Yoruba Indigenous, Traditional and Cultural Media Man of the Year' while the Iyalaje Oodua was awarded as the 'Most Industrious Woman in Yorubaland'by the Union. In his opening remark, Comrade Rotimi Ojomoyela, Chairman of the Council, described the awardees as worthy personalities who have contributed immensely to the successful practice of journalism in Nigeria. "Tonight is not for long speeches, I just want to thank you for all you have been doing and I wish to implore you not to relent in making Nigeria a better place for all through your support for journalism." Comrade Ojomoyela stated. Addressing newsmen after the event, the Ooni's sp

OONI CELEBRATES ODOLE OODUA, SIR KESINGTON ADEBUTU AT 86, GBENGA ADEFAYE AT 60

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has congratulated the prominent gaming magnate, Sir Kensington Adebukunola Adebutu; Odole Oodua, on the commemoration of his birthday. Ooni Ogunwusi in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, described Sir Kensington as an outstanding Yoruba leader whose investment in human development, capacity building for the youth, humanitarian activities and sustainance of peace nationwide cannot be overemphasized. "Sir Adebutu is an asset to us in Yoruba land in particular and the world at large ko, we are always proud of him and his activities which are the basis upon which he was installed as the Odoole Oodua. "On this special day, we wish him a healthy long life filled with prosperity from the throne of Oduduwa." The statement read. Also in the statement, Ooni Ogunwusi congratulated the Provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism(NIJ) and General Manag

Ooni Receives The Company Of ASHE Foundation, Sets To Commence Obatala School

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Ayobami Ogedengbe The Olofin Adimula of the World, Ọba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, The Ooni of Ifẹ̀, on Monday, 27th September 2021 received the company of members of the African Sociocultural Harmony and Enlightenment Foundation, led by the Foundation's president, Prince Justice Faloye, who went on a courtesy visit to the king in his palace to felicitate with him on the occasion of Ọlọ́jọ́ festival.  The Paramount monarch who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for ASHE Foundation commended the Foundation for its relentless efforts in uniting Original Africans through its Enlightenment programs and reaffirmed his unalloyed commitment to support ASHE's effort to reposition the dignity of the Black race in the global affairs.  ASHE Foundation used the occasion to present a large pictorial frame that shows the image of the planets in our solar system and their Òrìṣà representations to the foremost Yoruba ruler. Some of the Òrìṣàs that featured in the diagram incl

OPINION: WHO IS THE MOST SUPREME AMONG YORUBA OBAS?

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By Wasiu Aromire Who is in search of the most supreme Yoruba oba? Again, for the umpteenth time, this trivial issue is being ludicrously raised.  Though raising this issue has become the trademark of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, whether you like it or not, it has also become a mess that the Yoruba are being forced to deal with, even when their immaculate appearance is expected at a prestigious global outing. One keeps wondering, should this be what we are dealing with at this most challenging moment in the history of the Yoruba?  In 2016, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi reiterated his commitment to peace, progress and development across Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole. Specifically, he stated his mission would be towards attaining "a more united Yoruba race and peaceful Nigeria". Laudable mission, one would want to say. Clearly, the double-edged mission is not only an area of pressing need but one such important area of need that only the seriousminded, the emotion

MEDIA BIGWIG DELE MOMODU BAGS NEW CHIEFTAINCY TITLE

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Veteran columnist and publisher, Ovation Magazine, Chief Ayobami Dele Momodu has been confered with a new chieftancy title of Aare Tayese of Iwoland alongside his wife as Yeye Aare Tayese of the same town by His Imperial Majesty, the Oluwo of Iwoland Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye Telu I. In a letter addressed to the duo, dated 27th August, 2021, the Oluwo who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Osun State Council of Traditional Rulers stated that Chief Momodu's invaluable contributions to the promotion of the Yoruba culture and tradition as well as ensuring the sustenance of good gnervnance through his media craft made him to be considered for the honorary title. "Having contributed immensely to the promotion of Yoruba culture and tradition, and your mental beneficence through national and international media, in ensuring that quality governance are delivered, my throne(Oluwo In Council), considered you worthy and most suitable for the Honorary Chieftancy title o

CELEBRITY GISTS: OLO OMIDAN BATA UNVEILS HER NEW BRAND NAME "BISOLA OMOGE BATA"

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Ayoola Ibukun Bisola, Nigeria's first female "Bata" drummer, a sensational cultural performer, singer and songwriter early this week took to her Instagram page @bisola_omoge_bata to unveil her new stage name "Bisola Omoge Bata". The young energetic, charming and multitalented African entertainer who has been featured in numerous great performances both locally and internationally including countries like Ethiopia, Côte D'Ivoire, Ghana, Turkey among others decsribed the shift as a new beginning. Bisola in the post explained that the decision is in a move to enable her focus more on and promote her unique brand, BISOLA OMOGE BATA, The Bata Queen, which she said is equally set to be under a new management.   "To every end there is a new beginning. It is with pleasure and excitement that I unveil the" Bisola Omoge Bata Brand". Sadly, I shall be dropping the name (Oloomidan Bata) to embrace and promote my unique brand "BISOLA OMOGE BATA"

SPEAKER OWOEYE AN EXPERIENCED LEGISLATOR, SAYS OMISORE AS HE CELEBRATES HIM ON 49TH BIRTHDAY

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A national Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC and former Osun State Deputy Governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore has felicitated with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Timothy Owoeye on the occasion of his 49th birthday. In a congratulatory message issued from his media office on Tuesday, the Apesin of the Source expressed his joy for the Honourable Speaker, describing him as one of the most experienced legislators in the nation.  Senator Omisore in the message further commended Owoeye's leadership as that founded upon a high level of maturity and wisdom which according to him has been greatly instrumental to the smooth administration of the State legislature under him which he said is particularly evident in the harmonious relationship between the parliament and other arms of Government in the state among other success records. He concluded his greetings by wishing him a long, fulfilled and peaceful life.

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

NEW YAM: A FESTIVAL OF BOUNTIFUL HARVEST AND SUSTAINABILITY - OONI

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New Yam is such a colourful annual festive occasion celebrated in several part of the country Nigeria and beyond annually and of which the ancient city of Ile-Ife, South-West Nigeria is not an exception as it is one of the prominent traditional festivals hosted in the acclaimed source of mankind annually. As the 2021 edition of the New Yam Festival holds in the city, the Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife has described the festival as an occasion for celebrating abundance and sustainability. Ooni Ogunwusi who doubles as the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) further maintained that the food items were first discovered by the 401 premodial deities in the  historical city before being taken over by humanity. The foremost traditional ruler and keeper of the widely acknowledged source of mankind however used the occasion to offer prayers for abundant blessings, peace and prosperity in the l

IYALAJE OODUA: I'M AWARE OF MY DUTIES AND I SHALL DELIVER OPTIMALLY, TOYIN KOLADE PLEDGES

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Moses Olafare The newly installed Iyalaje of Oduduwa Race worldwide(Iyalaje Oodua) Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, on Saturday stated that she is not unaware of the huge responsibilities and roles attached to her latest status, promising to perform optimally towards wealth recreation as well as human development. The Ilesa born business tycoon cum philanthropist who has been the global promoter of the popular Annual Aje Festival for about half a decade, gave the assurance at the ancient Ile Oodua Palace of The Ooni of Ife in Ile-Ife  before the Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and a host of other top dignitaries including traditional rulers across Nigeria who took turns to pray for her traditionally. "Through my close relationship with the Arole Oduduwa which I hold in a very high esteem, I have always been close to the traditional institution and I am glad to state that I have learnt a lot enough to last me a lifetime. "Let me be specific

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

TRADITION SPEAKS AS 2021 OSARA FESTIVAL HOLDS IN ILE-IFE (PHOTOS)

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As the spiritual and ancestral home of the entire Yoruba race, one of the largest ethnic groups in the African continent, the ancient city of Ife has always been notable in the preservation of the Yoruba culture and traditions. Prominent among such characteristics of the city is an all-round celebration of the African deities.  This Year's Osara Festival was held in its usual colourful style with glamorous cultural and traditional displays. The Festival is celebrated every year in dedication to the goddess of the lagoon. The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni  Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, in a public post at His official verified Facebook page @OoniAdimulaIfe gave more clarification on the significance of the festival while also offering prayer for prosperity, purity and fertility which are characteristic of the deity. "In my unwavering commitment to resetting and upholding the spirituality of our culture and it's modern values, we celebrated the deity

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEWLY INSTALLED ERELU OF IFETEDO KINGDOM, CHIEF (MRS) OLAJUMOKE ADEBOLA AWODEYI

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Today Saturday 17th of April, 2021 was a memorable day for the people of Ifetedo Kingdom, the entire Ifeland and Yoruba race in general as Chief (Mrs) Olajumoke Adebola Awodeyi was installed as the Erelu of the Kingdom by His Royal Majesty Oba Akinola Oyetade Akinrera Latiiri I, the Olubosin of Ifetedo Kingdom and Paramount Ruler of Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State. At the epoch-making and historical event were dignitaries and top government  officials including Mr. Motoyese Ogundiji (Ife South Council Manager), Alhaji Musedik Gbenga Ojuade (IPU National President), High Chief Olaleye Fayemi (The new Osi of Ifetedo Kingdom), Alhaji Azeez Aleshbaba Alesinloye, (Ife South LGEA Secretary) among others. The Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife alongside other prominent traditional rulers including the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun II, the Osemawe and Paramount Ruler of Ondo Kingdom

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

ODUMAKIN'S DEATH: WE HAVE LOST A BRILLIANT CHAP - AFENIFERE

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Late Comrade Yinka Odumakin The Pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere has described the death of it's National Publicity Secretary Comrade Yinka Odumakin as a great loss. This was contained in a statement by the Group's Secretary-General, Basorun Sheinde Arogbofa on Saturday. He described Odumakin's exit as a great loss and a  big blow not just to Afenifere but to the entire Nation. "It's a terrible blow to Afenifere and Nigeria. We've lost a brilliant chap with intelligent and brilliant ideas. This is sad, very sad", he said. Mr. Odumakin died in the early hours of yesterday Saturday 3rd of April, 2021 following complications from an undisclosed illness. In an emotional phone conversation with The Nation, wife of the foremost Yoruba activist and nationalist narrated that her husband died when his condition was already improving.  "It is true, my husband and friend has passed on. The darling of the media is gone. He has been battling for his

LOCAL CONTENT: OGUN STATE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES DIGITAL MARKETPLACE FOR LOCAL FABRIC MAKERS

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By Kayode Olawuni Informationn Minister, Alhaji Lai Muhammed and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State The Ogun State Governor, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun yesterday hosted the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed to launch the "AdireOgun Digital Marketplace", an online marketing platform for native "Adire" tie and dye fabrics makers in the state. The Governor, in a statement @dabiodunMFR said the online  marketing platform is an initiative designed to drive laudable economic benefits to the  state which include global visibility, employment generation  and poverty alleviation. "The digital platform will not only project Ogun State to the global market but also generate employment and alleviate poverty. Already , our Government has enrolled over 200 participants in the Adire value chain on the portal.   "It is projected that if each of the eventual 2,000 participants impact another 4 or 5 people, 8,000 to 10,000 jobs