Today is a day of double celebration for a “global leader of excellence”, a “philanthropist”, “detribalised Nigerian”, “ambassador of peace and progress” whose early exposure to various cultures and religions are responsible for his ability to mix with people from diverse nationalities and in different areas of Nigeria.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is a year older today. The global community, Nigerians as a whole, the people of Yoruba race, all sons and daughter of Ife, family members and friends joined him to celebrate the event at the All Saints’ Church, Yaba, Lagos Mainland.
Born on October 17, 1974, exactly forty-two years ago in the ancient city of Ile-Ife into the Giesi Ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compound of Agbedegbede in Ile-Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has excelled on many fronts.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the 5th direct descendant of the Giesi Ruling Family (Ooni Ojaja Orarigba – Ayikiti ninu Aran reigned form 1878-1880, he was the 44th Ooni of Ile-Ife to rule.
Pa Joseph Olagbaju Adewole Ogunwusi (Jnr.) begat Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi, a radio and television anchor and star presenter that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the South-Western part of Nigeria. Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi begat Oba Adeyeye Enitan.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was quietly delivered into the humble family of Prince Ropo and late Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compound, Ile-Ife). Like the proverb, “A golden fish has no hiding place”, young prince Ogunwusi’s excellence and outstanding acumen would soon start to announce it for the world to see.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi is best described as an astute global leader, entrepreneur driven by turning impossibilities to ‘possibilities’. Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s power of imagination has set him aside, hence, revolutionizing his approach to creativity and innovation. He is a distinct achiever with the conscience of youthful excellence.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi has a clear track record of community development starting with his home town. More than four years ago, during the occasion of his Mum’s funeral, the community was without any form of electricity. Ooni Ogunwusi embarked on a ‘Power Project’ to install transformers and light poles that generated electricity which till date is serving the good people of that community.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi is very passionate about people and their pursuit of happiness. Alongside his vibrant personality, he is very down to earth and enjoys being in the midst of his workers. He celebrates and dances with them, dines with them, cracks jokes and of course gets on the work grind with them.
Early this year, Oba Adeyeye disclosed his plans to take Ile-Ife to greater heights by rebranding the ancient town and replicating the Grand Resort in Ile-Ife, having already acquired a good land mass for the project. On the 7th of March 2015, Ooni Adeyeye was a recipient of the prestigious NIDSA (National Ife Descendant Students’ Association) GOLD AWARD for 2015 on the occasion of the Ife Day celebration.
He is a grass root leader to the core, whose humility is second to none and a lover of youths. As a philanthropist, Ooni Adeyeye has sponsored numerous less privileged children and youths in his hometown of Ile-Ife and likewise in Lagos where he lives.
Many youths till date are beneficiaries of Oba Adeyeye’s scholarship platform.
Oba Adeyeye is currently an employer of over 300 indigenous youths at the Inagbe Cocowood Factory-Essential Homes Furniture brand, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria using 100% indigenous raw materials for production. He has over 450 direct employees across his various companies and over 3000 indirect employees.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & FAMILY LIFE
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi attended Sobuola Memorial Nursery and primary school, Ibadan and completed his primary school education at Ibadan District Council (IDC), Akobo, Ibadan.
He then attended the prestigious Loyola College, Ibadan in 1985, led by Reverend G.B Daramola, the principal of the college. He later proceeded to Ile Ife at Saint Peter’s Secondary School, Omi Okun, Ile Ife led by Late Johnson Adebisi.
He holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic Ibadan, where he started cutting his teeth in outstanding entrepreneurship, even as a student.
To mention a few, the Ooni of Ile-Ife (the source) is a member of some dignified professional bodies namely; Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Accounting Technician and a certified member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) Nigeria. He is also an active member of the Global Real Estate Institute (GRI) having participated at various levels.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is indeed a highly dignified monarch, fearless and daring, a self-made man who not only has passion for his home town but for his country as a whole. He has forged respectable alliances with some of the most esteemed Royal fathers, leaders and kings of our time to move Nigeria forward.
It is without doubt that the hardworking Ooni of Ile –Ife, through his vision to impact the lives of everyone around him and his fervent passion for humanity, has broken grounds as a global leader of people and a preservationist of the cultural heritage of Ile-Ife.
He is loved and highly admired by the people of Ile-Ife and importantly, he remains in tune with his roots and tradition.