The Ooni of Ile-Ife (Ọọ̀ni of Ilè-Ifẹ̀) is the traditional ruler of Ile-Ife. This Nigerian town is seen as the cradle of the Yoruba people. The Ooni dynasties go back hundreds of years. Because the oral tradition was only recently transcribed, there are several detailed lists that contradict each other.
Nevertheless, some key figures are common to all of them. All the Ooni are traced down to Oduduwa, who is seen as the ancestral father of all the Yoruba people. Ooni Oranmiyan, who is said to have lived between 1200 and 1300 A.D, became legendary for his role in creating many new towns. One of his sons, Eweka, became the first Oba of Benin. Another son, Ajaka, became the first Alaafin of Oyo. Another, Osile, of Oke-Ona Egba. Ooni Lajamisan, another descendant of Oranmiyan is often said to have opened the modern Ife history.
The four actual Ruling Houses are named from Ooni Lafogido, Ooni Osinkola, Ooni Ogboru and Ooni Giesi. The first three were sons of Ooni Lajodogun, and the later a maternal grandson of Ogboru. The current Ooni is Adeyeye EnitanOgunwusi Ojaja II (born October 17, 1974)
Here are 10 things you should know about the new Ooni of Ife,Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi:
1. The 42 years old prince is of the Ojaja Royal compound of Agbedegbede in the Giesi Ruling Hous. He is a prince in the Ojaja Royal compound of Agbedegbede in the Giesi Ruling House and the 5th direct descendant of the Giesi family.
2. The new Ooni of Ife who attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy was responsible for the establishment of the Association for International Business (AIB) in Nigeria.
3. He led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 for strategic alliances and partnership with Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the state. This would lead to the formation of Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited, owned by the state government.
4. The monarch facilitated the biggest Lead and Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.
5. Prince Adeyeye is the founder of Essential Homes, a real estate project that delivers affordable upscale homes to the middle and low income earners.
6. The Ooni of Ife employs over 300 youth at the Inagbe Cocowood Factory and has over 450 direct employees in his various companies.
7. Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is on the Board of; Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes), GTBank Plc and FinaTrust Microfinance Bank Limited.
8. He is a member of several professional bodies, which include; Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate Accounting Technician and a certified member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria as well as Global Real Estate Institute (GRI).
9. Prince Ogunwusi has carried out real estate developments for several monarchs, which include:HRM, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Kusenla III, Elegushi of Ikate Land, HRM, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, HRM, Oba Oyekan, Onilado, of Ilado Inagbe Island, Lagos, HRM, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, The Oranmiyan Osile Oke Ona of Egba Land, Abeokuta, HRM, Oba Oloruntoyin Saliu, the Oloworo of Oworonsoki, Lagos, HRM Oba Akinloye, Ojomu of Ajiran Land, Lekki, HRM, The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Muhammed Gbadamosi.
10. Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was born to Prince Ropo and Late Mrs Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compound, Ile Ife). His father was a radio and television anchor.