The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Tuesday threw a huge party to celebrate all workers at the ancient Ile Oodua Palace of Ile-Ife and his traditional aides as part of activities marking his 7th coronation anniversary.
Explaining the motive behind the event which was powered by Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI), a nongovernmental organization belonging to his wife, Olori Temitope Enitan-Ogunwusi, the Ooni stated that he has recorded numerous successes because of the contributions of all Palace staff members and traditional aides around him.
“All I have to say here today is a very big thank you to you all for all you do day and night which has made my duties as the Arole Oduduwa easier. Please do not stop, huge rewards beyond mere physical goodies await you and I pray that the Almighty Olodumare in his infinite mercy rewards you abundantly.” The Ooni said.
Ooni Ogunwusi who doubles as Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) eulogized his his beautiful queen; Olori Temitope describing her as a great woman of substance with great philanthropic character who has worked with him for 5 years in caring for the needy.
“My appreciation can not but go to Hope’s Alive Initiative particularly my darling wife, Olori Temitope who has spent her last 5 years complementing my efforts especially in the area of poverty alleviation and empowerment for the less privileged people in the society.
“God has indeed blessed me with good wives who are my true friends and partners in progress. The purpose of having many Oloris is not to engage in competition but rather to give an avenue to raise the glory of Africans in the bid to work more in the area of helping the humanity through the queens who are institutions in their own right. They are products of prestigious Universities in Nigeria and abroad. I have Doctor, I have a Lawyer, I have a Marine Scientist cum Fashion Designer, I have Alumni of Cambridge and Harvard, I have UK Citified Chartered Accountant and so on. My wives are not just physically beautiful, they are also mentally sound, well educated, civilized and we’ll brought up through balanced parental systems. Why won’t I bless the Almighty Olodumare?
“I have become everything I have wanted to become in life, all I need now is to be raising people to the top, support the less privileged ones in our society and help the African youth to grow in productivity, and I’m blessed to have quality women of substance who dedicated to my vision. Why won’t O bless God Almighty?” Ooni Ogunwusi said.
In concluding his remarks, signed appreciative letters were given out to deserving staffs with a sum of #100,000 each for five people, #200,000 each for three people, #250,000 each for two people, one staff got #300,000 naira while three outstanding staff got one million naira(#1m) each one of whom won the star prize; a car worth Seven Million naira(#1m).
In her opening remark, Olori Temitope Adesegun Enitan-Ogunwusi who is the Deputy Convener/CEO,
eulogized her husband the Ooni Of Ife for giving her an opportunity to be a blessing to this generation. She described the event as the start of a new dawn in the ancient Palace. Olori Temmy (as fondly called) praised the staff and royal aides at the palace, encouraging them to continue to give their best in promoting the glory of the Oduduwa race through the Ooni of Ife who is the Natural Head of the race globally.
“I’m forever grateful to my caring and loving husband; Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II for giving me the opportunity to so useful like we are witnessing this evening. My word tonight is that of advice to you all, I want you to know that serving the Arole Oduduwa is a rare privilege which I want you to treat as such. Be assured that your efforts day and night are seen and appreciated.” Olori Temitope Ogunwusi stated.
Otunba Moses Olafare is the
Director, Media & Public Affairs,