The Ooni Of Ife, Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi has been praised for his unprecedented women empowerment initiatives which is positively impacting on the lives of widows in Ile Ife and its environs in particular and women generally in the country.
The market women in Idanreland led by the Iyaloja of Idanre showered this encomium on Ooni Ogunwusi on Wednesday 23th August 2016 during a courtesy call on the revered monarch by Idanre council of market’s heads(Iyalojas) led by the Iyaloja of Idanre Kingdom, Princess Nike Aroloye-Akingboye.
Princess Aroloye-Akingboye made reference to Ooni’s recently launched five cooperative societies for over five thousand widows across Ifeland describing the royal father as a loving and caring father of all African women who deserves to be loved and honored in return.
As a mark of appreciation, Ooni’s beautiful wife, Her Royal Majesty Olori Wuraola Zynab Ogunwusi(Yeyelua) was honoured as the Grand Patroness for all the market women in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo state, Nigeria.
The award ceremony took place at the Ile Oodua Palace of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ife Kingdom
Presenting the award plaque to Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi on behalf of the women delegation including two majestic wives of the Owa of Idanre Kingdom, HRM Oba Frederick Aroloye, Princess Aroloye-Akingboye said the honour bestowed on the Ife pretty queen was in recognition of her position as wife to the Ooni who is the Arole Oodua.
The market women also recognised Olori Wuraola’s love for the children which she has severally displayed with constant visits to Orphanage homes and this year National Children’s Day celebration party she alongside her husband organized for thousands of school children of Ile-Ife at their White House residence within the palace on May 27th 2016.
In his speech, the African foremost monarch who is the spiritual leader of Yoruba race expressed his delight for the historic visit and commended the visiting Iyalojas for the honour bestowed on his wife. He promised to continue empowering the women in the society and assured that his wife will not stop showing love and cares to all children especially the less privileged ones as are the leaders of tomorrow.
Ooni Ogunwusi concluded with a pledge to storm the kingdom of Idanre very soon in a grand style saying that the historical town formerly known as Ife’ke or Ifeoke(Ife on the hill) did not only migrate from Ile-Ife several centuries ago but also still maintains cultural and tourist similarities with the cradle of Yoruba race.