Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:12 pm
The activities marking the events of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II, continue today with congregation of traditional worshippers at Enuwa. The worshippers gathered to pray for peaceful rule for the Oba.
The programme of events started on Monday, 30 November with an interdenominational service at Enuwa Palace Square while there was coronation carnival round Ife town the following day. On Wednesday, various musicians gathered to entertain people at the same Enuwa Palace Square on what the organisers of the programme tagged, ‘Artistes Convocation Day’.
On Friday, 4 December, there will be special Jumat Service for the king at the Central Mosque, Enuwa, Ile-Ife while youths of the town will embark on carnival and fashion show immediately after the service. Football match between the Ajiroba FC and Shooting Stars of Ibadan holds at the Sport Centre of the Obafemi Awolowo University by 9.00am. Immediately after, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will deliver Ife Summit Lecture titled, ‘Development, Prospect and Unity of the land of Oduduwa’ at Oduduwa hall of the University.
Another interdenominational service holds on Sunday, 6 December at Enuwa Square at 10.00am while there will be the launching of Ife Resorts at the Ife Toll gate, Ajebandele, along Ibadan Road later that day.
Official inauguration and presentation of staff of office to the Ooni, Oba Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II by the State Governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola at the Enuwa Square will take the centre stage on Monday, 7 December 2015. Among those expected during the historic event are Her Majesty, the Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra (though it is being said she may because of her age, she may send a representative); President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof Yemi Osinbajo together with at least 20 state governors.
Meanwhile, the newly crowned monarch has assured the people of Ife kingdom of better things during his reign. He said if he could gave out 20 electricity transformers worth about N250m and another 50 when he was a prince, ‘I will buy another 50 transformers within the next 30 days to further enhance electricity distribution. With this, small scale businesses welders, tailoring and others will naturally witness improvement.’
The Oba who spoke through his elder brother, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, said his cordial relationship with the core investor and the Chairman of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, will make this a reality. He assured of rapid transformation of the town.