OONI OF IFE SPEAKS

At The 2016 Tourism & Hos­pi­tal­ity Fo­rum

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His Im­pe­rial Majesty, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adey­eye Eni­tan Ba­batunde Ogun­wusi, Ojaja II was the Royal Fa­ther of the day at the 2016 Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Fo­rum. He ar­rived amidst a grand dis­play with all the royal cer­e­monies that go with his en­trance and set­tling down: from the royal en­tourage and an­nounc­ers of his ar­rival to women who waited to sing his praises as he made his en­trance.

The en­tire event was lit­er­ally held up out of re­spect un­til he had set­tled...and as ex­pected of a fa­ther, he came with much knowl­edge, some of which we high­light here: Any­thing that has pas­sion in it has fire.

Our coun­try Nige­ria is blessed...i mean the most blessed na­tion in the world. In terms of our cul­ture, in terms of our tra­di­tion, no-one can beat us to it. Tourism is enough for us in this coun­try...that is enough, and the en­tire world will come around to this great coun­try of ours to ex­pe­ri­ence what God has ac­tu­ally given to us.

It has been es­tab­lished ... that in­deed ... civ­i­liza­tion started from here. We played pivot al roles in (The Bronze and Stone Ages). The Western world went ahead and (us­ing car­bon-dat­ing) com­pared the bronze that were casted in Ife, Benin and other parts of the coun­try... with the bronze from the Ro­man, Ot­toman and Greek em­pires and it was re­al­ized that our own was in­deed the old­est and... the best. Up till to­day they show­case this our an­cient cul­ture in all... mu­se­ums all over the world.

I am from Ile-ife - The Land of Ex­pan­sion. The story of Ife is a very in­ter­est­ing story, I have never seen a mys­tery like that... the mys­ter­ies are there.

Do you know that in Ile-ife the source of the en­tire ocean of the world is there, any­time the color of the ocean is about to change it changes first there. It changes from blue to green. That is mys­tery. If you of­fer any sac­ri­fice there in the line of na­ture, any­where in the world that you want it to get to, it will get there. If you don’t be­lieve it, then come to the Land of ex­pan­sion, come to Ile-ife.

As Africans, as a black na­tion - our rich cul­ture, our rich her­itage, our rich tra­di­tion... that is what we are known for.

Our ma­jor fault is that we for­get our source, our root, what we are known for as Africans, as a black na­tion. Our rich cul­ture, our rich tra­di­tion, our rich her­itage, that is what we are known for. Can we come back to our roots? The an­swer is yes.

The de­vel­op­ment, the trans­for­ma­tion should start from you and I.

We need to go back to our source to spring­board all... that we have in terms of cul­ture and our tra­di­tion...

Re­mem­ber the joy of orig­i­na­tion.

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