Real estate tycoon, Ogunwusi, emerges Ooni of Ife

By Ajani Okanlawon

Adeyeye Enitan OgunwusiIle-Ife in Osun State now has an Ooni.

He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

The 40-year old real estate tycoon from the Giesi Ruling House succeeds the late Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade to become the 51st holder of the highly coveted title.

His appointment was made official in a statement by the Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti.

It reads: “The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has approved the appointment of a new Ooni of Ife.

“He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of Giesi Ruling House of Ile-Ife, State of Osun.

“This choice follows the completion of the due process by the kingmakers and the communication of their decision to Government.”

Ogunwusi was selected from 21 candidates presented by the Giesi ruling house for the exalted stool.

He was until his appointment a non-executive at Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited (a subsidiary of GTBank).

A graduate of Accountancy, Ogunwusi is a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

Adeyeye is currently the Managing Director of Howard Roark Gardens Limited which is undertaking multi-million naira Jacob Mews Estate project in Yaba and the Lakeview real estate development in Lekki.

He has been involved in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts locally and abroad for over 11 years.

He was involved in the development of the Northern Foreshore Estate, Cityscape International Limited’s Buena Vista project in Lekki, Primewaterview Limited’s projects, Westcom Limited’s projects, and the Ajaokuta Steel’s and Delta Steel’s resuscitation projects

His predecessor, Oba Sijuwade, died at the age of 85 at a London hospital on July 28.