The Ooni of Ife; His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, is expected to join Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, other members of the Royal Family, Commonwealth Secretary General and other leaders of the Commonwealth as Special Guest Speakers during this year’s Commonwealth Day Service and Commonwealth Africa Summit 2017, where “Leveraging our Commonwealth Heritage for economic development and collective growth” will be at the top of conversations during summit slated to hold from the 13th – 15th March 2017.
Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, an accountant and now the 51st Ooni of Ife succeeded the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who passed away July 2015. Ogunwusi was assigned Ooni of Ife in October 2015 after being selected as the King-elect out of 21 contenders
In line with the yearly history of the rich tradition of Commonwealth celebration, which is geared towards the promotion of mutually respectful cultural values of all member states, Ooni Ogunwusi will be involved in a number of events during his 2 week visit to the United Kingdom, where the African foremost monarch is expected as a keynote speaker and a Special Guest of Honour to lay wreath at the Memorial Gate in remembrance of Africans who died in the 2nd world wars.
In addition to meeting with Nigerians living in the UK, he will also visit the Old Royal Palace of Queen Elizabeth I at Hatfield House, where he will be decorated as the promoter of African Culture in modern Europe with a performance of MOREMI stage drama by the Elite Royal College of Music, London.
Find out more about the historic visit here.