In a bid to express his sincere appreciation to loyal, gallant and hardworking men and women who have been ensuring that his reign as the 51st Ooni continue to yield very profitable and indelible fruits for the upliftment of Ile-Ife kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Arole Oodua Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II on Tuesday, the 6th of December 2022 took time out to felicitate, fete and appreciate various staff of the palace who have been a sort of strong pillar for him, seven years on.
The event, stormed by a mammoth crowd of Ile-Ife sons and daughters who were so elated about how the imperial Ooni put up such a tremendous 7th year anniversary of mounting the highly revered throne of his forefathers.
After several fascinating activities of the day, the people were treated to a befitting reception right inside the palace of the Ooni. On hand to compare the event were notable names like ace actor Yinka Salau and popular OAP Olayinka Ibikunle.
Upcoming but vastly talented hip hop artistes, energetic and creative dancers were all available, performing to the utmost satisfaction of the guests.
A major climax of the event was the appreciation speech rendered by the celebrant, the Arole Oodua himself, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II who gave all thanks to the Almighty God for being there for him in the last seven years. He also thanked the Ife-in-Council led by the Obalufe of Iremo Quarters, His Royal Majesty Oba Idowu Adediwura, the Lowa Adimula Adebola Adeyeye and other high chiefs of Ife, the Iyalodes, the Emeses led by Chief Owoyemi Oriowo Saarun of the source, the Sookos, Loodokos etc who all stood by him like solid pillars. He also recognizes cultural ambassador plenipotentiary, Amb. Dr. Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje Oodua Worldwide for her unflinching supports of his seven years rewarding reign so far.
A wonderful husband, Ooni Adeyeye specifically showered deserving encomiums on his stunningly glowing wife, Olori Temitope Ogunwusi Adesegun Ogunwusi, the founder Hope Alive Initiative whom he described as an epitome of beauty, brain and brawn.
The amiable monarch affirmed that his relationship with Olori Temitope is a long term one, having experienced rough and tough tunes but with the special grace of God, it became one of the most enviable relationship anyone could pray for.
According to Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Olori Temitope is a very beautiful and charming lady but the most vital quality of hers that won his heart remains her golden heart. Olori Temitope is someone that loves to work hard and achieve and after all her achievements, she loves to invest heavily on humanity, most especially on the poor and impoverished.
The hunky Ooni of Ife stressed further that he is very grateful to God for finally making his union with Olori Temitope a reality. However, Ooni in an hilarious but point-blank manner, attested that he is never baffled with the array of Oloris in his palace, adding that this step is intentionally taken for the benefit of all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide.
It could be recalled that the Ooni recently embarked on a serial matrimonial journey, tying the nuptials with well educated, travelled and successful entrepreneurs of different categories of life’s endeavours. That is why the indomitable Ooni Adeyeye concluded that his marriage to these remarkable Oloris is not just for royal pride but for the social and economic development of Oduduwa’s descendants internally and in the Diaspora. He also appreciates the other Oloris.
Moreover, the major climax of the Ooni’s seven years imperial reign was the show of love he gave to the palace workers. In order of categories, six members of staff were presented with N100,000 cash each with a certificate of service, six were also given N200,000 each with certificate, four got N250,000 each, one smiled home with N3000,000 while three palace workers were blessed with N1million each with certificates of service. However, the overall highlight of the event was the presentation of a brand new car to a lucky winner. After much democratic processes and other means of selecting the winner, the fantastic car gift went to Mr. Temitope Aworefa of the office of Traditional Secretary to the Ooni of Ife. He was equally celebrated by his immediate boss, Chief Idowu Salami, the Traditional Secretary to the Ooni.
That night will surely linger on in the hearts of all sons and daughters of Ile-Ife, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general. Happy 7th anniversary to our magnificent monarch of highest repute, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife.