Queen Elizabeth, Buhari, 20 govs to attend Ooni’s coronation
Her Majesty the Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra;
President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo (SAN); and governors from at least 20 states,
ministers and other dignitaries are expected to attend the
coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan
Ogunwusi Ojaja II.
The Chairman, Media Committee of the coronation, Mr. Biyi
Odunlade, said this at a press conference that started a
series of activities lined up for the coronation scheduled to
hold on December 7.
Odunlade, however, explained that the queen might be
represented at the ceremony. He added that guests from
many nations of the world had been invited for the
development of Ife with a series of policies, which he said,
would make the Yoruba people proud anywhere they found
The monarch, who was represented at the press conference
by his elder brother, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, said he
would do everything possible to address the problem of
youth unemployment in the town.
Ogunwusi, who donated 50 transformers to some
communities in Ife before he emerged as the new Ooni, said
he would donate additional 50 transformers within the next
30 days to boost electricity supply in the ancient town.
He noted that this gesture would make small scale
businesses in the town to thrive because power problem
would have been reduced.
than 70 days. I have given out over 20 electricity
transformers worth about N250m.
“I donated 50 transformers when I was a prince. I will buy
another 50 transformers within the next 30 days to further
enhance electricity distribution. With this, small scale
businesses of welders, tailors and others will naturally
“Providentially, I know the core investor and the Chairman,
Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Tunde Ayeni,
personally and very well. I have engaged him and his team
to make this a reality and work has commenced in earnest.
We will witness this transformation by the very special
grace of God.”
“To revamp the stadium, I have already opened discussion
with the Osun State Government on this. I will set up a
football academy and we will have 16 clubs in Ife.”
The new monarch also promised to establish a football
While the press conference was going on, the new Ooni and
other guests were at an inter-religious service held at
One of the religious leaders, who spoke at the service,
Apostle Joshua Fagbule, urged the people of Ife to rally
round Ogunwusi in order for him to bring about meaningful
development to the town.