Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

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Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is a Nigerian monarch. He has served as the traditional ruler, or Ooni, of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife since 2015.[1]

Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi

Ojaja II
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Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife
Assumed office
26 October 2015
Preceded byOlubuse II
Personal details
Born (1974-10-17) 17 October 1974 (age 44)
ChildrenPrincess Adeola Ogunwusi
ParentsPrince Aderopo Ogunwusi Princess Wuraola Ogunwusi
ResidenceIle Oodua (Ooni's Palace)
Real Estate Developer

Early life[edit]

He started his elementary education at Subuola Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Ibadan and Ibadan District Council, Akobo, Ibadan. He then proceeded to the prestigious Loyola College, Ibadan and later to St. Peters Secondary School, Ile-Ife, where he bagged his secondary school leaving certificate. He graduated as an accountant from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

Professional career[edit]

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also an Associate Accounting Technician. The Oba is a certified member of the Institute of Directors. He is also a member of the Global Real Estate Institute. He holds a number of honorary doctorate degrees: one in Public Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and another in Law from Igbinedion University.

The Oba is the Chancellor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Selection and coronation[edit]

Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was selected from amongst several well to do indigenes of Ile-Ife who were also heirs to the throne on 26 October 2015. He received his staff of office on 7 December 2015. He has been described as an ‘astute entrepreneur driven by the need to turn impossibilities into possibilities. The Oba is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his tribe and the world at large during annual festivals such as Olojo.[2]


Shortly after his coronation, Ooni Ogunwusi met with the Alaafin of Oyo and by so doing initiated a new era in the history of the Yoruba States. He effectively broke the jinx of institutionalised discord between the thrones that had plagued Ile-Ife and Oyo for decades previously. The Oba is an advocate for the empowerment and emancipation of women and young people. He has transformed Ile-Ife into a tourist zone, with changes including the beautification, redesign and re-construction of the ancient city. Oba Ogunwusi is also a renowned philanthropist[3] who is committed to humanity and an advocate for the less privileged. He has granted support over the years through the House of Oduduwa Foundation and, recently, through Hopes Alive Initiative.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ogunwusi was born at 13.00GMT on 17 October 1974 to the family of Oluropo and Wuraola Ogunwusi of the Giesi Royal House, Agbedegbede Compound in the city of Ile-Ife. His birth was predicted years before he was conceived. Hence, he was named Enitan by his mother while his grandfather named him Adeyeye, which means ‘the crown befits the throne.[5] The Oba is the fifth child in a family of seven.

Ogunwusi was involved in previous relationships. Notable among them is Adebukola Bombata, whom he married in 2008, Olori Wuraola Zaynab Otiti, his second wife (2016-2017), and Omolara Olatubosun, with whom he has his only daughter and with whom he is a co-parent. The daughter's name is Princess Adeola Aanuolouwapo Ogunwusi (born in May, 1994). Ogunwusi married Prophetess Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi in October, 2018.[6]


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  2. ^ "Punch Newspapers – The most widely read newspaper in Nigeria". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  3. ^ "Ooni Awards Scholarships To Secondary Schools Students". Premium Times International. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ "Ooni Of Ife: Dawn Of A New Era Of Unity, Progress, Peace And Development In Yorubaland". The Marble. 2018-03-26. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  5. ^ "BIOGRAPHY OF H.I.M OBA (DR) ADEYEYE BABATUNDE ENITAN OGUNWUSI (OONI OF IFE)". Vickie Robert Hospitality. 2018-03-29. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  6. ^ Ige, Tofarati. "Behold Ooni of Ife's new queen". The Punch. The Punch. Retrieved 22 October 2018.