His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) the Ooni of Ife will be hosted at the White House in Washington on Wednedday 22nd June 2016 where he will receive the White House Ambassador of Peace Award.

In a statement signed by Director of Media and Pubic Affairs to the internationally respected monarch, Comrade Moses Olafare, about 80 prominent personalities that accompanied Ooni to the United States will grace the occassion.

Ooni Ogunwusi on Thursday arrived the United States of America accompanied by his beautiful queen Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi(Yeyelua) and entourage of prominent Yoruba monarchs which include the Orangun of Ila HRM Oba Wahab Adedotun(Bibiire 1), HRM Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Laminisa 1, Ajero of Ijero Oba Adewole Joseph, Olubaka of Oka-Akoko Oba Yusuf Adeleye.

Also accompanying the AROLE OODUA is HRM Obama Adedapo Aderemi the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, HRM Obama Olufon of Ifon Oba Al-Moroof Magbagbeola, HRM Oba Elerinmon of Erinmo Oba Ajayi Micheal, HRM Oba Onigbaye of Igbaye Oba Joseph Morontoye, HRM Oba Alaagba of Aagba Oba Ogunwole Joseph, Alara of Ara Oodaye, Adagba of Iyanfoworogi.

The Ife kingmakers are represented by HRH Oba Saka Olawusi the Obaloran of Ilode, Highchiefs Adekola Adeyeye Jaaran of Ife, Highchief Akinropo Zaccheus Waasin of Ife and Jimo Awe , Arode of Ife while Obadio of Ife, Chief Ifarotimi Faloba, Obalesun of Ife Chief O.O. Dada, Lokore of Ife Adegbolabo Agun, and Eredumi of Ife Chief Omiwenu Odeyele represented the chief priests.13346575_292172981126679_2128822753833114998_n

Ooni Ogunwusi is in the United States on a two week visit to attend the 2016 annual Odunde Festival believed to be largest gathering of the blacks in America holding in the of city of Philadelphia on Sunday 12th 2016

He will also on Friday be a guest at the United Nations Population Fund Building in New York, visit the African burial ground Manhattan NY where over 4 African slaves were buried alive in early 18th century.

Ooni Ogunwusi will be honoured with the presentation of the historical city of Newark and will be hosted at Colombia University town hall meeting at Lerner Hall, Broadway NY.

The other programs lined up to up mark the Arole Oodua’s historic visit to the US include:

  • A grand reception at New Jersey on Sunday June 11th put together by Ife Ooye in North America,
  • Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) New York on June 13th, Symposium at Howard University, Washington DC on 15th June,
  • Oduduwa Economic Development/Transformation Leadership Summit at Gaylord Hotels, Maryland on 16th June,
  • Business visit to HERSEY Chocolate factory for bilateral talks with the American biggest Chocolate company view to perfecting the markets for the newly unveiled cocoa plantation in Ife kingdom.
  • The visit will be climaxed by the annual convention of Egbe Omo Yoruba in Dallas with a royal dinner organized by the Ajilesoros at Husto Texas on 25th June 2016.




  1. Very interesting article on a historical moment so please, have someone proof it. There are some mistakes here, like “African burial ground Manhattan NY where over 4 African slaves” … 4?? the African Burial Ground in itself is historic being first National Monument to a burial ground of enslaved Africans due to hard grass roots work. https://www.nps.gov/afbg/index.htm , etc.


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