OONI OF IFE SPEAKS
At The 2016 Tourism & Hospitality Forum
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.