Ooni-elect, Prince Ogunwusi Makes First Appearance In Ife
Thousands of Ife indigenes trooped out on Wednesday to welcome the 51st Ooni-elect of Ife, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, as he made his first public appearance to the people of the ancient town.
The Ooni-elect arrived Ife at about 2:15pm local time and was received by the Ife Traditional Council and other indigenes along the Ife-Ibadan expressway.
Meanwhile, Banks, stalls, markets and all commercial activities were shut in Ife and Modakeke towns to allow the people welcome the Ooni-elect.
The incoming monarch was later taken to the Obalufe of Iremo Quarters where he was received by the Traditional Chiefs and later turbaned before making his exit to the Giesi Ruling House later to be decorated as the ‘Sooko’ of the house.
His welcome witnessed various cultural and traditional display by the Ilaris and others.
On October 26, Prince Ogunwusi emerged as the new Ooni of Ile-Ife, becoming the 51st monarch of the kingdom.
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.