Ọọ̀ni’rìsà of Ilé-Ifẹ̀ Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) is the 51st Ooni of Ife. The Ooni of Ife is the traditional ruler of Ilé-Ifẹ̀ whose dynasty goes back hundreds of years.
In line with the yearly history of rich tradition of Commonwealth celebration which is geared toward the promotion of mutually respectful, cultural values, peaceful and prosperous and that also “cherishes equality, diversity and shared values” of all member states, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) will be officially visiting the United Kingdom in March 2017 as part of his commitment and allegiance to the greatness of the Commonwealth Day celebration and his global outreach.
His Imperial Majesty Oba Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) ascended the stool as the Ọọ̀ni’rìsà of Ilé-Ifẹ̀, the Àrólé Odùduwà and Father of all Yorùbá people and race on the 7th December 2015. His Imperial Majesty would be involved in a number of events including the Commonwealth day observance service and Commonwealth Africa summit holding on the 13th and 14th of March 2017 where he is expected as a keynote speaker and a Special guest of Honour laying wreath at the Memorial Gate to honour Africans who died in the 2 World War.
Other activities Include:
Official Visit to the British Museum
The iconic world respected museum led over 50,000 participants to the exhibition of sculpture and other artefacts from Ife in 2010 entitled, “Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa”. It was an historical three months exhibition that attracted huge British community and was graciously attended by His Royal Highness, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade II under the initiative of the British Museum management.
His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) and His entourage will have an official tour of the Kingdom of Ife Archive, other African objects, artefacts, and special materials that are housed at the British museum. His Majesty will be meeting the British museum management to engage in high level discussion on the preservation of African artefacts, and to consider areas of partnership and collaboration.
Móremí Ajasaro: Musical Masterpiece in London
As an iconic figure of historical significance in Yoruba nation, Móremí Ajasoro is triumphing both in the bodies of knowledge and artistic world. Her new statue in the modern Yoruba nation as recently unveiled by His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) remains the third tallest in Africa. The artistic dexterity of her operatic work is being championed by cultural lovers, admirers, and new generation of scholars. With an epic of romance, sacrifice and bravery, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Ògúnwùsì and his entourage are bid to enjoy a new twist to this operatic dominance during His historical commonwealth visit.
Celebration of His Majesty as the Promoter of African Culture
The Old Royal Palace of Queen Elizabeth I at the Hatfield House remains a contemporary cultural foundation for the European and global enlightenment. Ensuring a sustainable future for African culture are of grave concern to all those who care for the preservation of global heritage spirit, soul and memory.
In the spirit of Commonwealth, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) will be honoured, celebrated and commissioned by the Heritage Hub as the “Promoter of African Culture in the UK” at the Old Royal Palace of Queen Elizabeth I.
Rescuing Generation in Peril?-Impacts of African Culture in Modern British Society (Academic Lecture)
The recent advocacy of fostering inter-cultural dialogue as a means of achieving greater community cohesion and integration remains very critical to the development of moral, ethics and way of life in modern British society.
From time immemorial, African culture have drawn considerable artistic, political and scholarly attention and has remained the most important space for cultural identity for children, youth, teenagers and all admirers of the culture. With this exceptional Commonwealth visit, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) will engage the heart and intellectual minds of distinguished scholars in the field of African culture and studies.