Ogunwusi Emerges 51st Ooni Of Ile-Ife
A statement issued by the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, confirmed that the Kingmakers of Ile-Ife had completed the required process and communicated the choice of Prince Ogunwusi to his office for approval.
Prince Ogunwusi takes over from Oba Sijuade, who died on July 28, 2015 in a London hospital.
The Ooni was selected from 21 candidates presented by the Giesi ruling house for the exalted stool.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, consequently congratulated the new Ooni of Ife on his ascension to the throne.
Dogara said in a congratulatory statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, that the role of traditional rulers in nation-building cannot be over-emphasised.
Prince Ogunwusi is a graduate of Accountancy and a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Institute of Management.
Before Prince Ogunwusi’s appointment, the last descendant of the Giesi ruling house that occupied the position was Ooni Derin Ologbenla and that was between 1880 and 1894.