These are the thought-provoking words of the Ooni-elect Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, 40, on October 28 as he walked triumphantly into the royal palace of Ile Ife to assume the throne of his forefathers…
From birth, my life has been a journey; one that I embarked on, saddled with great conscientiousness when I became a responsible father at the age of 19, which shaped and groomed me for greater challenges ahead.
To cater for my family as a young father, I became very enterprising with the knack of building something out of nothing. This certainly increased my temperament for being successful in all my endeavours, as well as towing the right path as a responsible father.
Thus, in the following years, I was able to build consortia of companies with a team of well-versed, highly skilled and unskilled professionals from scratch and with hard work and God’s providence. This has made me a huge employer of labour and a captain of industries. The story of Ile-Ife begins as the cradle of civilisation and has spread its tentacles beyond black Africa.
Now, with our resolve to transform Ile-Ife, we are set to leave no stone unturned in the drive to put Ile-Ife on the map of the world. Our ultimate goal is to reposition the House of Oduduwa as a worthy example of successful inward-looking community.
The Ooni stool is highly revered and exalted and as the world looks on, our strength and emphasis need to be injected into the development of Ile-Ife as a beacon of hope and enviable city.
It suffices to say that Ile-Ife is the ancestral and spiritual home of all bona fide Yorubas in Nigeria and the Diaspora, and the world headquarters of the House of Oduduwa, which comprises people resident in nearly all the continents of the world.
Thus, the Ooni, as the head of the vast Oduduwa family, must be no less versatile and resourceful. Available evidences from the curatorial community and archaeological discoveries have put the origin of Ile-Ife around 2000 years BC.
I am not coming to the throne to pass judgement on those that have maliciously wronged me. But then, I should think that a bid to be enthroned as the foremost Oba in Yoruba race should be healthy and ordained of God. There is also the Ifa divination that also synthesizes the process, just in case human beings are partial.
Therefore, I am coming to set a good example and show the world that I am truly called by God to lead Ile-Ife into a state of tranquillity, conscientiousness and prosperity. It is my fervent prayer that the Lord will continue to guide us all and bestow us with great wisdom to carry out our incumbent tasks.
So help him Jehovah for it is obvious he cannot do without Ifa divination as Ooni. Upon his much celebrated welcome to Ile-Ife and the palace, Prince Ogunwusi would proceed into ‘Ipebi’ for the mysterious rituals to prepare him to ascend the throne as a royal deity.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the new Ooni-elect on Wednesday urging him to foster a greater unity of the traditional rulers in Yoruba land. He tasked Prince Ogunwusi on the need to build on the legacies of the past Oonis, including Aderemi, Olubusi among others.