Ooni to name son after late monarch

Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has vowed to name his son after the 49th monarch of the ancient town, late Sir Adesoji Aderemi, as a mark of love and in appreciation of his good works.

The revered monarch spoke on Friday at a programme organised to mark the 40th year remembrance for the late Ooni who reigned between 1930 to 1980.

The programme was organised by the late monarch’s princes, princesses and grandchildren inside the Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife.

Oba Ogunwusi described the late monarch as a great icon who will forever be remembered for his immeasurable contributions to the independence, stabilisation, and growth of Nigeria.

“Today, the ancient city of Ile-Ife and indeed the entire human race is proud to have had Sir Adesoji Aderemi whom we shall continue to celebrate. Plans are underway to immortalize him and I have discussed it with members of the family. I am going to name my prince after him as a mark of love,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Owoade Aderemi thanked Oba Ogunwusi for the warm reception and acknowledgement of their father’s giant strides during his lifetime.

Earlier, the Ooni led members of the Aderemi family to lay wreath on the tomb of the late former governor of the western region as a mark of respect after which he led top dignitaries to inspect the White House built by Sir Aderemi in 1937 which he (Ooni Ogunwusi) has remodified.