Ooni Signs MOU With Oxford University For Scholarship In African Studies, Honoured By Birmingham City University


As part of his activities in the UK, the Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has signed a Scholarship Memorandum Of Understanding with the University of Oxford to enable him assist students in the study of African studies.

Ooni Ogunwusi who was hosted by the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Robert Easton on Monday 27th November, 2017 signed the scholarship agreement in partnership with the University’s African Studies Centre ASC saying it is a dream come true.

Presenting the Spiritual leader of Yoruba race worldwide to the Oxford University management team led by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, the Director of African Studies Centre, Professor Wale Adebanwi said the scholarship is for the Postgraduate students in Africa studies. He declared Ooni Ogunwusi as the first African leader to be so honoured by Oxford, describing him as the messiah sent by God to revitalize the dying African Culture and tradition.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr Robert Easton expressed optimizm that the number number of Nigerian students in Oxford will increase with the Ooni Ogunwusi/Oxford MSc Scholarship Scheme.

He commended the highly revered monarch for his pragmatic approach to ensuring a better society for the Africans and the mankind, saying the University is motivated by Ooni to continue welcoming more Nigerians into the school.

“We welcome a lot of Nigerians here yearly and we do give the unequaled qualitative education preparing them for leadership in the global society both in public and private sectors”

“Your Majesty, we have about 60 Nigerian students here which is still very low compared to South Africa’s 150 students. Am sure this your scholarship partnership with us will surely help in increasing the number of the students from Nigeria yearly”.

Ooni in his speech thanked the Oxford University for the appointment of a Nigerian from the State of Osun as the first African to head the African Studies Centre of the prestigious University.

He called Professor Wale Adebanwi his good subject and a great son of Africa who is worthy of the position, saying Africans should tell the African stories.

“Seeing Professor Adebanwi today in good spirit of origination makes me very proud as his father because this is the first time a black man would be serving in the. capacity, for this, I heartily thank the authorities of this school”.

“Africa must become a place of pride and we must join hands to make it happen. There was nothing like Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa before, we used to be one single people of one humanity, one race, and one source with several Kingdoms.

Nobody can tell our stories, we are the ones to tell our stories. We must know where we are coming from, where we are and where we are going.

As the Arole Oodua and Spiritual Leader of Yorubaland, I congratulate Professor Wale Adebanwi and Am very happy to be associated with you and African Studies Centre of Oxford University”. Ooni said.

The Birmingham City University also had earlier on Friday 24th 2017 announced a plan to establish partial scholarships for Yoruba students in honour of the king, saying the University has a long a d proud history with Nigeria.

The Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University, Professor Philip Plowden who stated this during a programme organized for the king was corroborated by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands in UK, Dr Beverly Lindsay

Dr Lindsay said that the turnout of the African students to welcome the Ooni to the University attests to the acceptability of continent of Africa to the great University. She urged Ooni to see the entire Commonwealth family as his constituency.

“As Her Majesty the Queen’s Representative here, I am delighted to welcome you to the city of Birmingham which is the Heart of England with a historical vibrant religious and cultural diverse community”.

“Your Majesty, nations that share a common respect for humanity can proudly call ourselves the Commonwealth of nations. We are bounded by history, shaped by culture and enriched by our people”.

“We are optimistic to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and we hope that you will visit us during the games “. Vice Lord-Lieutenant said.

Responding, Ooni Ogunwusi said he remains very proud of African cultural heritage and promised not to relent in showcasing to the world. He thanked the Birmingham City University for honouring him and urged the Nigerian students led by their president, Damilola Adebambo to return home after their studies to contribute to the progress of the country.

Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.


Congregation of the Shilonite Gospel Church of Christ of Cherubim and Seraphim hosts Ooni

Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has asked the Nigerian spiritualists across religious divide to always remember Nigeria in prayers and always make positive prophecies about the country, saying the problems being faced by the country are not too much for God to permanently solve.

Ooni Ogunwusi said this on Sunday while addressing the congregation of the Shilonite Gospel Church of Christ of Cherubim and Seraphim, Audley Road in Birmingham, UK.

He admonished parents to always talk positively into the lives of their children to be successful in life, saying there is power in the tongue. He urged members of the church to emulate Pastor Esther Ajayi of Love of Christ Generation Church C&S, London who he called an epitome Godliness.

“In the beginning was word and the word was with God and the world was God. This word is being spoken today through the ability of our tongues.

“How often do you say good things or bad with your tongue? Power lies in your tongue. Always profess positively into the lives of your children even when they wrong you”

“There are millions of unseen spirits around us everyday. Always say good things about Nigeria. Things like “Nigeria is great” “God bless Nigeria” etc.

“Look at Pastor Esther Ajayi(Iya Adura) here, Her lifestyle represents happiness, kindness and love. She is always smiling and showing love to people. She is indeed an epitome of Godliness”. Ooni said.

In the same vein, the Spiritual leader of Yorubaland had earlier in America vowed to spend the rest of his life glorifying God, serve the humanity and care for the poor people in the society.

He made the vow penultimate Sunday 19th November 2017 while worshiping with the members of the International Christian Center(ICC) located on Chadron Avenue in Hawthorne, California 90250 saying it is sacrilegious to do otherwise.

“vanity upon vanity! You become very rich and you can’t care for the poor, vanity upon vanity! You become so influential in the society and you can’t bow to God Almighty, vanity upon vanity! “.

“We die everyday. The moment you go asleep, you don’t remember all what you think you have that pushes to be so arrogant to God and callous to your fellow human beings until you wake up the next morning. This is exactly what happens when you finally die and God can take your life anytime. Vanity upon vanity! Care for the needy because your wealth means nothing to God if it is not for the benefit of the poor, “.

The king admonished members to always avoid any act that doesn’t reflect Godliness in their lives, saying God is the greatest being to whom everything and everyone must bow.

“everything and everyone irrespective of who you are must bow to the name of God who is our only creator. He doesn’t need our money, he doesn’t need our food, he only needs our total submission. As for me, I have vowed to live the rest of my life to glorify God, serve the humanity and care for the poor because he has been so wonderful in my life. That’s why I will forever bow to him in praises”. Ooni declared.

The founder of the church, Pastor Oladipo Kalejaye said the church was so excited to host the Ooni calling him the king of love and peace who is well loved by all and sundry. The pastor prayed for him and the other monarchs that accompanied him reading from Psalm 22 in the Bible.

“Your Majesty, people love you, seeing you here today, I now know why people love you so much. I have read about you and listened to your speeches a lot, something keeps reoccurring in your speechs, love! love! love! You are truly a king of love and peace.”

The world renowned American Clergy, Bishop Charles E. Blake of the West Angeles Church Of God In Christ had earlier same day during the first service received the Foremost African monarch and entourage who had come to worship at the church Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

Bishop Blake praised Ooni Ogunwusi for his gospel of love, unity and peace that has been taking him around the world. He said the black race is so lucky to have been blessed with such a great leader who has always demonstrated all the qualities God wants to see in a leader.

“Brethrens, there is a very big global personality in our midst this morning, I have had about him and I have read about him, even if you have not heard about him, his movement as he walked into this big Cathedral today, you all knew somebody very special has joined us to worship”. Bishop Blake announced.

The two church services had been planned to officially climax the one week working visit of the Ooni to the State of California in USA which witnessed series of activities organized by the HAPA Awards Group led by Tina Weisinger and Silicon Valley – NED led by Chief Temitope Ajayi.

The activities were Business Interactive Session with some Silicon Valley investors at the Governor’s office in Sacramento, Business Roundtable with Ooni at Woodland Hills, visits to the Hollywood High School, Hollywood and African Prestigious Awards, discussion of “Integrating the Black Diaspora at the California state University, Business meeting with Merrill Lynch & Bank of America, Omo Yoruba Grand Reception Night, Thanksgivings at the church and others.

Ooni Ogunwusi and entourage left the Los Angeles Airport Monday evening and arrived at the Heathrow airport in London, UK on Tuesday morning joyfully received by scores of Nigerians and Caribbeans led Pastor Esther Ajayi of Esther Ajayi Foundation and the Jamaican born Marcia McLaughlin of Phoenix Newspapers with dances and songs.

Signed ;
Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.


OONI AT THE CHATHAM HOUSE4The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Thursday at Chatham House United Kingdom (UK) said his late mother’s core values of responsibility really prepared him ahead for leadership roles as an individual and traditional ruler, saying African youths must imbibe the spirit of responsibility and commitment to positive ideals that can enable them to contribute meaningfully to the development of their society.

Ooni Ogunwusi who spoke at Chatham House, London in UK on “INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL LEADERS” recalled how a bungled errand given him by his late mother actually moulded him for leadership position in life.

“As a child, she would send me on an errands. She one day gave me her most valuable dress to iron. I plugged the iron and went to play to come back to fulfil what she told me to do not knowing the iron had become so hot that I got the dress burnt to the anger of my mother”.

“You will pay for this dearly, I will punish you well so you will know what you have done every day punished. That was a dress I was saving in case the King requested to meet me.

“That Phrase stuck into my brain. She had reserved a dress in case the King requested to meet her. This shows the recognition of Kingship]

The foremost African monarch admonished children obey their elders and parents. He equally charged parents to respect the traditional leaders in society in line with African culture and traditions.

The Co-Chairman of Nigerian Council of Traditional Rulers also stated the involvement of Traditional Institutions in governance for a better tomorrow.

“You cannot separate nature and human beings we believe traditional leaders and institutions are key in national building human capital development civilization”.

“Traditional institutions based on my background is part of natures custodian of heritage and culture. We had ancient means of governance in the Kingdoms”.

“Before governance came into play traditional rulers were the first to smelt iron basis of civilization. The first to weave cotton started from the mother continent in Nigeria and the entire Yoruba race so many discoveries”

Ooni said further “Antiques artefacts all over the world that has shown that civilization started from us

“Traditional leaders excelled in everything. We are today benefitting from. It was pioneered before the advent of modern day Government”.

“Traditional Rulers need to be properly included, blended with modern day government. This will make a significant change.

“A nation that wants to grow must uphold the heritage and tradition of that nation. If it is taken away there is no nation.

A nation cannot grow without the heritage of that nation and the traditional culture of that nation

“We have lost touch with our root” heritage and tradition. Before the advent of colonialization we had kingdoms across Africa. Colonialists had to go through the traditional leaders”.

“Northern and southern protectorate were in 1914 merged to become Nigeria. This had to be done through traditional rulers and several African monarchs were either elected or appointed to serve in government”.

“At the Nigeria’s Independence, Former Ooni of Ife, Sir Adesoji Aderemi was the first Indigenous African Governor. The government across Africa couldn’t do anything without including the traditional leaders in decision making, administration and policy making. It is a beautiful system we have now”.

“It is natural till today that any politician that wants to get to into power must go through the traditional institutions. It’s about time for that to be properly synchronized and aligned”.

Ooni said Nigeria is at the forefront of leading Africa and urged the government to join hands with the traditional institutions to take that continent out of our current state, saying the continent is the fastest growing population with
70% as youths mainly between the age of 16 – 25, which is a strong human capital if properly utilized.

He added that Africans should go back to the root.

“Very important to rise-up to that occasion and know that at some point things were running well in Africa when the traditional rulers were at the forefront. Let us blend our tradition and culture in everything we do today”.

“Asia is still holding on to their heritage and culture. Africa is losing our culture and tradition. We need to know the key roles and involvement with tradition rulers in our day to day lives in Africa”

“Africa has have lost its roots. We lust learn to project the continent in a positive light”.

“You must know history to know where you’re going”.

Signed ;
Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.


OONI AT SILICON VALLEY1The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II last week held talks with major business structures in the State of California with a mission to woo them for the economic advancement of Nigeria and Africa at large.

The Foremost African monarch who was in California on a week working visit began the activities of his visit with a business interactive session with the State government officials and major stakeholders of Silicon Valley at the Senate chamber of the Capitol in Sacramento, CA co-hosted by Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SV-NED Inc and African Technology Foundation Mr Stephen Ozoigbo.

OONI AT SILICON VALLEYPresenting the visiting Ooni and entourage including some Yoruba notable Traditional Rulers at the meeting attended by representatives of Stanford University, Cisco, IBM, Tesla Motors Intel and some private investors, the CEO of Silicon Valley NED, Chief Temitope Ajayi described him as an uncommon leader who pays little attention to his fame but more focused on the unification and economic progress of Yoruba race, Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

“Fame and fortune is just an illusion it’s not the solution. The legacy is what we want to be remembered for. We should focus more on the economic development of our people. That is why he is here to bridge the economic link between Silicon Valley and the Kingdom of Ife through ecosystem. We need your help in Africa. There is so much intellectual properties in Africa, there’s so much human resources, first class brains, all we need is your help to tap them”.

“I decided to bring my father here because of his passion for development especially in Agriculture and youth development. There is something peculiar about him, he is our number one monarch in Yorubaland. I always see him with millions of people, widows today, youths tomorrow, less privileged children next day He is indeed for the masses”. Temitope Ajayi said.

The Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Joseph Adewole urged California government to support Nigeria with the establishment of small units of solar energy to take care of local communities.

In his speech, the Co-Chairman of Nigeria Council of Traditional Rulers explained the importance of State of California as the sixth biggest economy in the world with the Silicon Valley which is the 8th technology wonder of the world as reason for his visit aimed at strengthening the capacity of the youth and economic development of the African continent.

“We see California as the American most populous state and the World’s sixth largest economy.
We can’t just sit back at home to see our people suffering. We must reach out to the super economies like you”.

“Africa is greatly endowed with potentials, Nigeria is the nucleus of the continent while Yoruba region is the economic center of Nigeria and as the Spiritual leader of Yorubaland, I have decided to mobilise my brother kings for an economic revolution that will meaningfully utilize our untapped resources especially human capital”.

“There is a paradigm shift in Africa and Nigeria being the most populous if we don’t get it right, the entire Africa may not get it right”.

“That’s why we have come here to seek your collaboration in helping our teeming population most of whom are youths capable of being great human capital assets if well productively empowered through Agriculture, Science and technology so that their generation will not be wasted”.

“The government is there on our behalf and we support them”

“We have bountiful natural resources that we can bring to the table to benefit CA for a mutual benefit relationship, we grow so many things that are not here and we want to focus on organic products” Ooni explained.

The Silicon Valley business session was on Wednesday 15th November 2017 followed by a Business Round Table With Ooni organized by HAPA Awards Group at Woodland Hills, CA anchored by John Lasko.

Also at the Bank of America(Merrill Lynch) on Friday, the Ooni received an Executive of Merrill Lynch; which is a subsidiary of Bank of America and one of the biggest wealth management firms in the world wanted the bank to always make African African friendly policies.

The king who was officially introduced by Mr Tosin Abraham Carons, a Nigerian who works with the bank as a financial advisor expressed great delight for the top notching roles the black people play in the Management of the Merrill Lynch organization.

“While you are here, please remember your fellow Africans who also have the potentials but no opportunity.

Am so happy to be here and am particular delighted that you can be occupying such an exalted position at this world renowned big financial institution.

I can see in you the joy of origination which is the greatest joy. When you get connected to your root from where you have been disconnected long ago, it is naturally a day of great joy”. Ooni said.

Abraham Carons in his emotional speech said the visit of Ooni is a major impact in his life as he truly felt spiritually connected with the home continent Africa. He told the monarch that apart from him, there are also several other black Americans, Africans and Nigerians working with the bank. He promised to always make the Nigeria and African people proud.

“Your Majesty, you got, you really got it, I can’t even tell you the emotions passing through us right now, it is a great spiritual connection with our ancestral home. We love you for your selfless service of connecting the mother continent Africa to the African Americans and other black people around the world”. Abraham Carons said.

Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.



The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oodua, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has assured that the continent of Africa will soon get its house in order and become a major rallying point of leadership for the the entire world, saying the world will soon gravitate towards the continent for stability and survival.

The African foremost monarch who is on a week working visit to the State of California in USA stated this on Thursday while addressing the black students of the California state University in Los Angeles during an interactive session organized by the College’s department of African Languages.

While answering questions from the students, the Ooni described all the black people in America and all over the world as indigenes of Africa who must always work for the greatness of the continent with the philosophy of “one humanity, one source, one race”.

“My children, you may be Americans, you may be Jamaicans, you may be Haitians, you may be Cubans or Brazilians, the truth is that you are all my children from Africa”

“Africa must progress, you must key into the cultural reawakening mission that will soon positively reposition our continent which is the source of mankind ”

“Imbibe the spirit of one humanity, one source, one race. We were once the leaders of this world and we must get our global leadership back through cultural reawakening”.

“Everything started from us, bronze age, stone age, cloth technology, all of this started from Africa, we must now begin to say this aloud because they will never talk about it for us. In fact, you must always be proud to say that Africa is the only continent that hasn’t moved an inch from its original location. Also know that over 40% of the resources in this world are in Africa, and if we struggle together as one people, the world will soon begin to gravitate towards Africa for stability and survival”. Ooni Ogunwusi assured.

The Co-chairman of Nigerian Council of Traditional Rulers and Spiritual leader of Yorubaland had earlier same day visited the Los Angeles High School of Performing Arts where he admonished the students who turned out in their hundreds to receive him to believe in themselves and remain focused in their educational career to succeed in life, calling them the leaders of tomorrow.

“Thank you all for coming out of your classrooms to honour me. I have no doubt about your brighter future, you are indeed the leaders of tomorrow”.

“I was like you, President Trump was like you Barrac Obama was once like you, your teachers were once like you, we all made it to the top because we were very dedicated to our studies and very focused”.

“I want you to first believe in yourself and I pray for you today that greatness and goodness of tomorrow will be yours. Face your studies and love one another because you are one big family irrespective of your colour race and religion”.Ooni said.

With him at the two events were the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Joseph Adewole, Ogoga of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Samuel Adejimi, Alayemore of Ido-Osun, HRM Oba Aderemi Adedapo, Obaluru of Ife, HAM Oranfe Abiodun Mulatto, Osogun of Ife, HSE Oladapo Olafiranye the former WBA Champion, Gerrie Cortzec, Director of HAPA Awards Tina Weisinger and her partner Amber.

Comrade Moses Olafare,
Director, Media & Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace.


The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has commiserated with the family of the former Governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over the sudden death of his eldest son, Jide Tinubu saying the death is shocking, untimely and heartbreaking.

The Spiritual leader of Yorubaland who made this expression on behalf of all the descendants of Oduduwa all over the world in a statement on Friday by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare described Jide Tinubu as an excellent and upright young man bountifully endowed with attributes of greatness capable of taking him higher in the nearest time

“The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on behalf of all the descendants of Oduduwa worldwide expresses his heartfelt commiseration over the sudden death of Mr Jide Tinubu, the eldest son of the former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which sadly occurred in Lagos on Wednesday November 1st 2017′”.

“Even though customs of our land disallow a reigning Oonirisa from visibly mourning any death from the time of our forefathers. Words are certainly not adequate to measure how Baba Ooni feels about this ugly incident that has bedeviled not only the Tinubu family but also the entire Yoruba people, Nigerians and Oodua race across the globe.”

“Considering his impressive profile, Jide must have been parentally well brought up to succeed in life with an undoubted capacity to in the nearest future join in positively moving our society forward just like his father who has immensely contributed to the advancement of our country”.

“Baba Ooni believes that even though the loss of a wonderful child like Jide Tinubu is so heartbreaking, he wants Asiwaju Tinubu and the entire family to rather remain strongly unshaken and continue to look up to the Almighty Olodumare. He also prays that they may find the strength needed to get through the period of healing the wounds caused by the demise of this great young man”. Olafare said”.


The 1977 – 1981 set Alumni Association of St. John’s Grammar School, Oke-Atan, Ile-Ife has implored government to consider returning the schools taken over from the missionaries and other private owners back to them for an improvement in the educational sector.

The Alumni made this conclusion last Friday at the school premises during an event witnessing the handing over some renovated blocks of classrooms to their Alma mata.” marked with a Symposium themed “RENAISSANCE OF OUALITY EDUCATION: STAKEHOLDERS PERSPECTIVE”.

While delivering his lecture as the Guest Speaker, Prof. Olatunde Arayela, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure(FUTA) who is also an alumnus of the school frowned at the level of indiscipline among the students of nowadays lamenting that discipline which used to be the core values of learning in their time has been regrettably eroded as students now hardly adhere to their teacher’s instructions to guide them in life.

Professor Arayela expressed delight at the quality of personalities earlier produced by the school especially the 1977/1981 set. He attributed the success of these products to the painstaking qualitative education given to them by the Catholic missionary school under the leadership and supervision of Reverend Father Fabian Cloutier who instilled discipline of morality, values and diligence in the then students who have today become distinguished at the zenith of their various endeavors.

“What we are today is as a result of what we learned here under Rev. Fr. Fabian Cloutier of blessed memory who inculcated morals, values and diligence in us.”

“I’m proud today because our set of 1977-1981 have produced distinguished people who have reach the zenith of their professions and are still moving upwards.” Professor Arayela said.

Canvassing for return of the missionary schools to their original owners, Chairman1976-1981 set, of St. John’s Grammar School in Ile-Ife, Siyanbola Oladapo, the association Secretary, Segun Omoworare and Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, Special Adviser on Communication to Lagos State Governor while speaking at different times to the press acknowledged the enormity of the responsibility of government saying the schools if returned will enjoy better management and proper monitoring from the owners while the government can face other sectors that need utmost and adequate attention of government.

“What we are doing here is to give back to the society. We are doing this to challenge other alumni to have it at the back of their mind that it is good to give back to their Alma-mata.”

“What we met here was total abysmal as a boys school has turned to a mixed school. The school field which has produced several International athletes and footballer like Emmanuel Okorie has turned to a social party stage.”

We appreciate the efforts of government to make education affordable and accessible but it is high time they allow missionaries to take over the school.”

“Though, government should be formulating policy that would make them to operate effectively.” The Alumni said.

St. John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife was founded in 1962 as a boys school by a Catholic Church priest, Reverend Father Fabian Cloutier has produced Several successful men and national figures in the Nigerian society like Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, MD/CEO of Vanguard Newspapers and former President Nigerian Guild of Editors, Gbenga Adefaye, a renowned journalist, Dele Agekameh, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Former National Secretary of PDP, Professor Wale Oladipo, two term Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA in Lagos and currently a Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, an EX Super Eagles footballer, Emmanuel Okorie and a host of others.