Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

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Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi

Ojaja II
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Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife
Assumed office
26 October 2015
Preceded byOba Okunade Sijuade, Olubuse II
Personal details
Born (1974-10-17) 17 October 1974 (age 46)
Spouse(s)Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi
ChildrenPrincess Adeola Ogunwusi
ParentsPrince Aderopo Ogunwusi
Princess Wuraola Ogunwusi
ResidenceIle Oodua (Ooni's Palace)
Real Estate Developer

Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, is a Nigerian monarch. He is the 51st and current traditional ruler, or Ooni, of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife. He was proclaimed as Ooni in 2015, holding the regnal name Ojaja II[1] succeeding the deceased Oba Okunade Sijuwade.[2]

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 Loyola College, Ibadan and later to St. Peters Secondary School, Ile-Ife, where he received his secondary school certificate (SSCE). He graduated as an accountant from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.[3]

Professional career[edit]

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also an Associate Accounting Technician. Oba Ogunwusi 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.

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

Selection and coronation[edit]

Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was selected from the Giesi Ruling House of Ile-Ife, amongst indigenes 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. Oba Ogunwusi 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.[4]


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. 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[5] 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Oba Ogunwusi was born 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. It was said that his birth was predicted years before he was conceived, Hence, the name Enitan was given by his mother while his grandfather named him Adeyeye, which means ‘the crown befits the throne.[7] He is the fifth child in a family of seven.

Ogunwusi was involved in previous relationships. He had his first and only child, Adeola Aanuolouwapo Ogunwusi (born in May, 1994), with Omolara Olatubosun in Ibadan. They are co-parents.

In 2008, he married Adebukola Bombata, from whom he separated in 2016 to marry Zaynab Otiti Obanor, (his second wife from 2016 to 2017). He is currently married to Prophetess Morenike Naomi Oluwaseyi whom he wedded in October, 2018.[8]


  1. ^ "Biography Of H.I.M Oba (Dr.) Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi (Ooni Of Ife)". Nigerian Voice. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ Josiah, Oluwole (25 August 2015). "Crisis in Ile-Ife as ruling houses battle over Oba Sijuwade's successor". Premium Times. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Polytechnic Ibadan graduate is new Ooni of Ife". 26 October 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Ooni of Ife: New Yoruba king crowned in Nigeria". BBC News. 7 December 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Ooni Awards Scholarships To Secondary Schools Students". Premium Times International. 28 March 2018. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Ooni Of Ife: Dawn Of A New Era Of Unity, Progress, Peace And Development In Yorubaland". The Marble. 26 March 2018. Archived from the original on 26 March 2018. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  7. ^ "BIOGRAPHY OF H.I.M OBA (DR) ADEYEYE BABATUNDE ENITAN OGUNWUSI (OONI OF IFE)". Vickie Robert Hospitality. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ Ige, Tofarati. "Behold Ooni of Ife's new queen". The Punch. The Punch. Retrieved 22 October 2018.

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