Kingdoms of Nigeria


Ooni of Ife

Ooni of Ife
June 17
12:43 2013
Title: Ooni of Ife
Full Name: HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II
Lineage: Giesi
Coronation: 07-12-2015
Palace: Ooni’s Palace
State: Osun
Profile: About four decades ago… in the ancient city of Ile-Ife ,  The Ooni of Ife, the Arole Oduduwa and the Paramount Head of all the Yoruba people worldwide, Ooni Ogunwusi was born into the Giesi Ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compound of Agbedegbede in Ile-Ife the Cradle of the Yoruba worldwide.

He was named… Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan . Ooni Ogunwusi   was quietly delivered into the humble family of Prince Ropo and Late Mrs. Margret Wuraola Ogunwusi (of Soji Opa family compound, Ile-Ife). Though born quietly, Ooni Ogunwusi’s excellence and outstanding acumen recently announced itself for the world to behold as he was crowned the 51st Ooni of Ife on the 7th of December 2015.

Many years before the birth of the young prince, it was predicted that a child of prominence that would impact the lives of mankind would be born into the family at exactly 1pm. Indeed, Adeyeye came into this world at exactly 1pm on a Thursday, the 17th of October, 1974.

With the news of the arrival of a new born prince, he was specifically named Adeyeye by his grandfather Pa. Joseph Olagbaju Adewole Ogunwusi Jnr. The name Adeyeye in English translates to ‘A Crown Befitting for a King’; Pa Ogunwusi on setting his eyes on the new born prince began to call him Adeyeye Ooni from that very day till he passed away.

Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the 5th direct descendant of the Giesi Ruling Family (Ooni Ojaja Orarigba)  – Ayikitininu Aran reigned form 1878-1880, he was the 44th Ooni of Ile-Ife to rule. He begat Adegosan Adewole Ogunwusi, who was an extremely powerful prince in Ile-Ife and a war veteran that never lost any battle for Ile-Ife and the Yoruba race.He begat Pa Joseph Olagbaju Adewole Ogunwusi (Jnr.), a very bold prince who took after his father. He begat Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi, a radio and television anchor and star presenter that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the South-Western part of Nigeria. He begat Ooni  Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

Before his emergence as the Ooni, being an astute entrepreneur, driven by turning “impossibilities to possibilities”, Ooni Ogunwusi’s Power of Imagination has set him aside, revolutionizing the approach to creativity and innovation.

He is a distinct achiever with the conscience of youthful excellence .

His ambition is exceptional with savvy business ideas, above all services to mankind and relentless contribution to humanity is what he is so passionate about and he has gone for it to the fullest, since his ascension to the throne  as OONIRISA.

Some of Ooni Ogunwusi’s  monumental achievements in the first quarter of 2016 , include  commencement of  construction work at the multi-billion naira Ife Grand Resort, covering over 1,000 acres of land in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria which engaged over 3,000 youths at the project site and he  was appointed Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, by President Mohammadu Buhari , Federal Republic of Nigeria.  Ooni Ogunwusi, also empowered over 20,000 widows who are war victims and engaged them in Palace community sanitation with weekly benefits for their upkeeps. This bridge builder and advocate of peace has travelled to many parts of Nigeria, preaching unity and peace among traditional rulers and promoting youth empowerment to reduce crime rate and unemployment in society.

Ooni Ogunwusi  also engaged the Multi-Million Naira reconstruction of the ancient Palace of the Ooni of Ife known as Ile- Oduduwa. Donated  100 Transformers (250 KVA) to various communities to improve power/electricity supply in Ife land.  He has reached out to over 50 countries through their Ambassadors and country representatives in Nigeria, advocating global peace and promoting unity with focus on Africans and the entire black race.

Ooni Ogunwusi also donated small-scale equipments for manufacturing of vegetable oil, cassava flakes processing,  a block making machine, palm kernel equipment, technology incubation centres and so many others for youth empowerment in Ife. As well as the provision of 7 units of 36 mass transit buses for easy cross country movements in Ife especially for thousands of students moving in and out of Ife. Arranging many youths into various cooperative groups for empowerment programs

A staunch lover of culture and tradition, Ooni Ogunwusi has taken it upon himself to reconstruct and renovate all the heritage spots that have been in existence for thousands of years for the entire world to have a feel in form of pilgrimage and tourism thereby promoting the cultural heritage and natural endowments of Ile-Ife through tourism.

He is working with many agricultural research institutes over improved yields in order to encourage the youths to go back to the farmland. He has taken it upon himself to establish the largest cocoa nursery field in Nigeria to commence plantation of improved seedlings as Ife is known to be one of the largest cocoa-producing communities in Nigeria.

Ooni Ogunwusi is an outstanding personality, the custodian of Yoruba culture and tradition, an internationally-acknowledged business icon, a man of immense substance, a great achiever and administrator par excellence, the reincarnation of Oduduwa and father of the Yoruba Nation and indeed, the Royal Eagle of our Time.

Ooni Ogunwusi is a Director on the Board of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes) which is a leading National Mortgage Bank and former subsidiary of one of the biggest banks in Africa; GTBank plc. He is also a Director at Fina Trust Microfinance Bank Limited; one of Nigeria’s foremost Microfinance Banks focusing on SMEs and micro credit facilities.

He is the founder and Managing Director of Gran Imperio Group, which is the holding company of his Real Estate and Construction, Manufacturing, Facilities Management, Leisure and Tourism companies in Nigeria.

Ki ade pe lori, ki bata pe lese !


Ife is today the spiritual heartland of the Yoruba people living in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and their many descendants around the world. It is the birthplace of some of the highest achievements of African art and culture, combining technical accomplishment with strong aesthetic appeal.

 Ile-Ife, also called Ife or Ife-Lodun, town, Osun State, is located in southwestern Nigeria.The town lies at the intersection of roads from Ibadan (40 miles [64 km] west), Illesha and Ondo. It is one of the larger centres and probably the oldest town of the Yoruba people. Ile-Ife is a holy city and the legendary birthplace of humankind, founded by a son of the deity Oduduwa and was the capital of a well-established kingdom for Ifa, the god of divination by the early 11th century.

By the late 12th or early 13th century, its artisans were producing the naturalistic terra-cotta heads and bronze pieces made by the cire perdue (“lost wax”) process for which the Ife kingdom is now well known. Ife also has great political and cultural influence over the Edo Kingdom of Benin to the southeast. During its heyday of the 12th-15th centuries AD, Ile-Ife experienced a fluorescence in bronze and iron arts. Beautiful naturalistic terracotta and copper alloy sculptures made during the early periods have been found at Ife; later sculptures are of the lost-wax brass technique known as Benin bronzes.

It was also during Classic period Ile Ife that construction of decorative pavements, open-air courtyards paved with pottery sherds, began. This custom unique to the Yoruba is said to have been first commissioned by Ile-Ife’s only female king. The potsherds were set on edge, sometimes in decorative patterns, such as herringbone with embedded ritual pots.

From the 12th to the 15th centuries, Ife flourished as a powerful, cosmopolitan and wealthy city-state in West Africa, in what is now modern Nigeria. It was an influential centre of trade connected to extensive local and long-distance trade networks which enabled the region to prosper.

The Royal Dynasty of Ile Ife, one of Africa’s most ancient dynasties, is over eight centuries old.

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