Ooni to join Osinbajo, Obasanjo, others at opening of Yoruba World Center project

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi will on Tuesday, November 23 join Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and others at the opening of Yoruba World Center’s project within the University of Ibadan (UI).

The project is being coordinated by the International Centre For Yoruba Arts and Culture (INCEYAC).

The Ooni, while speaking at his palace when an INCEYAC team led by the initiator and publisher of Alaroye Newspapers, Alao Adedayo, visited him to brief and invite him to the event said, “I am sincerely glad that you respected children of Yoruba land have decided to institute a center for the study of our language and culture. In fact, I will say I am excited. History and posterity will not forget you in a hurry because what you are doing is going to ensure that our culture and tradition are preserved.”

Oba Ogunwusi commended Mr Adedayo and his team, and pledged that he will be ready to collaborate and also play whatever role is necessary to make the project a success.

“This is the right moment for all Yoruba sons and daughters to proudly come together to ensure that this project is successful. We need this to enhance our unity as a major Nigerian ethnic group,” the monarch said.

In response, Adedayo noted that the aim of putting the project together is to ensure there is documentation and proper care for old records, traditional tools and historical materials.

The INCEYAC team that visited the Ooni included renowned cinematographer, Tunde Kelani; and Adeola Faleye of the Obafemi Awolowo University.

Others billed to attend the event include all the governors of the south-west states, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu; Pa Ayo Adebanjo; General Alani Akinrinade (rtd); Tunji Alapini and many others.