Monday, October 26, 2015 4:32 am
Governor Rauf Aregbesola has announced the new Ooni of Ife.
He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of the Giesi ruling house and a holder of Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic Ibadan. He is 40 years old.
According to a 24 October 2015 statement, entitled “Appointment of a New Ooni,” “This follows the completion of the due process and the communication of their (Kingmakers’) choice to the government.”
Ogunwusi will sit on the throne of Oduduwa, left by Oba Okunade Sijuade, who died on July 28 2015 in a London hospital.
The statement was signed by secretary to the state government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti.
The announcement of a new Ooni followed Friday’s judgment by an Osun State High court dismissing a suit challenging the Ooni of Ife 1980 Chieftaincy Declaration.
The plaintiffs asked the court to set aside the 1980 Ife Chieftaincy Declaration which they said was “lopsided, unjust, unconstitutional and unfair.”
Here is the new King’s profile, according to his website, www.adeyeyeogunwusi.com
Prince Adeyeye is best described as an astute entrepreneur driven by turning ‘impossibilities to possibilities’. His power of imagination has set him aside hence revolutionizing his approach to creativity and innovation. He is a distinct achiever with the conscience of youthful excellence.
The ambitious Young Prince with exceptional savvy business ideas delved into Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) locally and abroad for over 12 years. He is also actively involved in the development of over 2,500 housing units with various consortia of developers within the last 8 years. In Nigeria, He set up and fostered strong trade relationships through the Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe. One of the laudable achievements of this body includes the trade facilitation between the United Arab Emirates (Jebel Ali free Trade Zone development) and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
Furthermore, he led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 that promoted strategic alliances through a partnership with the Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the State (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) that gave rise to the formation of the ‘Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited’ – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He facilitated the development of Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only Steel Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines resuscitation projects, which has eventually become the major limestone feedstock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.
Prince Adeyeye has a clear track record of community development starting with his home town. Four years ago during the occasion of his Mum’s funeral, the community was without any form of electricity. The Prince embarked on a ‘Power Project’ to install transformers and light poles that generated electricity which till date is serving the good people of that community. This ‘Power project’ is also being extended to the other parts of the town. The Lafiaji community, off Orchid Hotel road, Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos also benefited from his community development projects with the opening up and reconstruction of a 6.5km road, with a 1.1km green extension without Government intervention. He also made possible the electrification of this whole stretch powered by his company, Gran Imperio Group.