The ancient city of Ile Ife and beyond is in a celebratory mood for the Ooni of Ife, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.
Oba Adeyeye hit 44 years today, October 17, 2018 and the city is bubbling with well wishers still trooping in to celebrate with the monarch.
Activities to mark the day kicked off with a public lecture at the Oduduwa Hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in his opening remarks congratulated the Ooni of Ife. Noting that Oba Adeyeye would live longer than his fore fathers
“Today is your day and I am so happy that you have carried the epic dynasty we all admire far”
“I pray God give you more years to carry on with the cradle of Yoruba land”, Akeredolu enthused.
Also commenting on the birthday, Prof. Eyitope Ogunmodede, the Vice Chancellor of Oba Awolowo University, said his three years on the throne have been most remarkable for the dynasty.
Illustrated by his contributions to the educational, social and cultural development of the youths, in and outside Yoruba land.
Ogunmodede extolled Ooni’s courage in upholding the values of intergrity, hard work and search for knowledge, which has been the hallmark of the great Ile-Ife empire.
Other activities included prize presentation to best students of Ooni Free ICT Training Programme.
While Ooni Leadership Milestone Magazine was also launched in honour of the Ooni of Ife.
In attendance at the ceremony are traditional rulers and other dignitaries. Such as Oba Adebowale, the Adimula of Ife land; Oba Johnson Omotoyosi Akindoyin, Jagun Osun of Ife land.
Others are Oba Idowu Olaniyi Adediwura and Oba Adeyeye Adetola Abraham.
Traditional rulers from other neighbouring towns, including their chief were also in attendance.
Apart from guests from Osun State, eminent personalities across the country also made it to Ile-Ife to witness the historic occasion.
Traditional and cultural dancers from Oyo and Osun states added colour to the event. They entertained guests with different dance steps and beats to make it a memorable day.
Oba Adeyeye in his closing remarks appreciated the entire OAU students. And the vice chancellor for their patience, love and support.
“This is already a success and you have all made my day”.
“I will continue to fight the course of the youth and I will always use my birthday to connect them for a better tomorrow”. Ooni stated.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhiayeme