Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; (Ọjájá II) (born 17 October 1974) is the 51st and current Ooni of Ife. He is the traditional ruler/monarch of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife. He acceded to the throne in 2015 succeeding the deceased Oba Okunade Sijuwade.[1] who was the 50th Ooni of Ife.

Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
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Ooni Adéyeyè Enitàn Ògúnwusi Ojájá II
Reign26 October 2015 – present
Coronation7 December 2015
PredecessorOba Okunade Sijuwade
BornAdeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
(1974-10-17) 17 October 1974 (age 47)
Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
SpouseQueen Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi and Olori Ashley Afolashade
IssuePrincess Adeola Ogunwusi, Prince Tadenikawo Adesoji Aderemi Ogunwusi
Names
Adéyẹyè Ẹnítán Ògúnwúsi
HouseHouse of Giesi
DynastyOranmiyan Dynasty
FatherPrince John Oluropo Ogunwusi
MotherPrincess Wuraola Ogunwusi

AncestryEdit

Ọba Ọjájá II was born Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, as a son of Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi and Princess Margaret Wuraola Sidikatu Abegbe Ogunwusi into the Royal House of Giesi, one of the 4 royal families of the House of Oranmiyan.[2] His paternal grandfather was Prince Joseph Olagbaju Adewole Ogunwusi, whose grandfather was Ọba Ọ̀ráyẹ̀gbà (also known as Ooni Orarigba or Orasigba) Ọjájá I, who was the 44th Ooni of Ife and ruled from 1878 to 1880. Through him, he is a direct descendant of Ooni Agbedegbede, who was a descendant of Ooni Giesi, (the progenitor of the Giesi royal House), and thus a descendant of Ọọni Lajodogun. Lajodogun was a son of Ọọni Lajamisan (or Lajemisin), who was a grandson of the legendary founder of the Oyo Empire Oranmiyan. Oranmiyan, was a son or grandson of the first Ooni of Ife, Oduduwa, thus Ọba Ọjájá II is a descendant of Odùdùwà, the founder of the Yoruba people.

It was said that his birth was predicted years before he was conceived, Hence, the name Enitan was given by his mother while his grandfather named him Adeyeye, which means 'the crown befits the throne.[3] He is the fifth child in a family of seven.

EducationEdit

He started his elementary education at Subuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and Ibadan District Council, Akobo, Ibadan. He then proceeded to Loyola College, Ibadan and later to St. Peters Secondary School, Ile-Ife, where he received his secondary school certificate (SSCE). He graduated as an accountant from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.[4]

Professional careerEdit

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also an Associate Accounting Technician. Oba Ogunwusi is a certified member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Global Real Estate Institute. He holds a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in Public Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and another in Law from Igbinedion University.

Oba Ogunwusi is the Chancellor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Selection and coronationEdit

Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was selected from the Giesi Ruling House of Ile-Ife, amongst indigenes who were also heirs to the throne on 26 October 2015. He received his staff of office on 7 December 2015. He has been described as an 'astute entrepreneur driven by the need to turn impossibilities into possibilities. Oba Ogunwusi is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his people and the world at large during annual festivals such as Olojo.[5]

AchievementsEdit

Shortly after his coronation, Ooni Ogunwusi met with the Alaafin of Oyo and by so doing initiated a new era in the history of the Yoruba States. He effectively broke the jinx of institutionalised discord between the thrones that had plagued Ile-Ife and Oyo for decades. The Oba is an advocate for the empowerment and emancipation of women and young people. He has transformed Ile-Ife into a tourist zone, with changes including the beautification, redesign and re-construction of the ancient city. Oba Ogunwusi is also a renowned philanthropist[6] who is committed to humanity and an advocate for the less privileged. He has granted support over the years through the House of Oduduwa Foundation and, recently, through Hopes Alive Initiative.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Ogunwusi has been involved in a number of publicised relationships.

He had his first child Adeola Aanuolouwapo Ogunwusi (born in May, 1994), with Omolara Olatubosun in Ibadan when they were both teenagers. They are co-parents. In November 2021, Omolara granted an interview in which she mentioned that he was an absentee father for the first years of their child's life.[8]

In 2008, Ogunwusi married Adebukola Bombata, from whom he separated in 2016.[9]

From 2016 to 2017, he was married to Zaynab Otiti Obanor from Edo State.[10]

In October 2018, he married Prophetess Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi.[11] On December 2021, Morenike Naomi posted on Instagram that they were separated, but it was debunked hours later by the palace[12]

He has also been rumoured to be married to Olori Ashley Afolashade whom he introduced to his birthday party guests as his wife in October 2021.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Josiah, Oluwole (25 August 2015). "Crisis in Ile-Ife as ruling houses battle over Oba Sijuwade's successor". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II: …the Man, his Passion and the Crown". 7 December 2015.
  3. ^ "BIOGRAPHY OF H.I.M OBA (DR) ADEYEYE BABATUNDE ENITAN OGUNWUSI (OONI OF IFE)". Vickie Robert Hospitality. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Polytechnic Ibadan graduate is new Ooni of Ife". 26 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Ooni of Ife: New Yoruba king crowned in Nigeria". BBC News. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Ooni Awards Scholarships To Secondary Schools Students". Premium Times International. 28 March 2018. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Ooni of Ife: Dawn of a New Era of Unity, Progress, Peace And Development in Yorubaland". The Marble. 26 March 2018. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  8. ^ "'You Were An Absentee Father' — Mother of Ooni's First Child Speaks Out for The First Time Ever". Foundation For Investigative Journalism. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  9. ^ "TIMELINE: Ooni Ogunwusi Adeyeye's Failed Marriages". Foundation For Investigative Journalism. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Olori Wuraola confirms marriage crash with Ooni of Ife | Premium Times Nigeria". 30 August 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Ooni of Ife reveals new wife, Naomi Oluwaseyi | Premium Times Nigeria". 19 October 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  12. ^ "BREAKING: Ooni's wife Naomi quits as queen". The Nation Newspaper. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
  13. ^ Ige, Tofarati (20 October 2018). "Behold Ooni of Ife's new queen". The Punch. The Punch. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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