OOni of Ife causes a stir on arrival at the Gaylord, Maryland

The arrival of His Imperial Majesty, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife accompanied by Queen Wuraola, to the Gaylord Resort Maryland USA, was somewhat reminiscent of the 1988 epic movie ‘Coming to America’ starring Eddie Murphy. The OOni of Ife was welcomed by a mammoth crowd of supporters, admirers and well-wishers.

His Imperial Majesty, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife from Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria is visiting selected cities within the United States on a 20 day tour ( June 9-27) 2016. His tour is an initiative designed to advance relationships between the citizens of Yoruba land and the USA. The mission is to attract foreign investors for economic development in Yoruba regions and environments.

Some prominent kings in the entourage include; His Royal Majesty, Oba, Oyedotun Oluwakayode Abdulwahab – Orangun Ila, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Lawal Munirudeen Adesola – Timi of Ede, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Adedapo Aderemi A. A. – Alaremo of Ido Osun, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Al-Moroof Magbagbeola – Olufon of Ifon, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Okunola Joseph Morontoye – Onigbaye of Igbaye, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Ogunwole Olayinka Rufus – Alaagba of Aagba, His Royal Majesty, Oba, Ajayi Michael Odunayo – Elerinmo of Erinmo, and His Royal Majesty, Oba Adewole Joseph Adebayo – Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti.

The Ooni’s entourage consist’s of prominent Obas (kings), expected visit of the States Governors and other dignitaries. His Imperial Majesty’s messages will be focused on facts about nature, culture and exclusive information on business opportunities in Nigeria in general. The city of Ife, Osun State Nigeria is endowed with abundant natural resources, solid minerals, agriculture and varieties of artistic expressions.

During his visit, the Ooni of Ife, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II will be awarded with “PEACE AMBASSADOR” in Washington, DC.  One of the important highlights of the Monarch’s visit is the Oduduwa Economic Development & Growth/Transformation Leadership Summit 2016 & Awards Dinner scheduled to hold at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Resorts, Maryland. The Ooni and his entourage has since visited New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

By Tosan Aduayi and George Akoji in Washington, DC


At the Blackburn Center, Howard University, Washington, DC for the Premiere ‘Ooni of Ife Ojaja II Symposium.

Theme: Culture, Healing and Development



The Oduduwa Economic Development & Growth/Transformation Leadership Summit was hosted recently as part of the events lined up during the official visit of the Ooni of Ife to the USA. The event featured great presentations from business leaders including His Imperial Majesty, Dr. Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Prof. K. Makinde, Berny Dohrmann among others.


His Imperial Majesty, Dr. Adeyeye Ogunwusi and his visiting team took a tour of the Marlton Golf Course, the only Black owned Golf course in Maryland and the fourth Black owned Golf course in the United States. The Ooni took time out to catch a swing on the greens to the admiration of all. An Awards and Dinner event organized in honor of the Ooni of Ife featured the presentation of several Awards and proclamations to the monarch including; Recognition by Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Citation by the Maryland State Governor, Resolution by the Maryland State Senate among others.

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