…they are genuine princes, princesses of Ile Ife
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has disclosed that the Aworis are genuine princes and princesses of Ile Ife, the ancestral home of the Yoruba race.
Oba Ogunwusi who made the disclosure on Friday while hosting the indigenes of Awori Kingdom during this year’s Ileya Omo Olofin Festival, also revealed how the spiritual influence of the Aworis led to the emergence of Lagos State and some parts of Ogun State as major commercial nerve centres of Nigeria.
The Ooni in his disclosure said when the Aworis were leaving Ife, they left with the god of commerce “Orisa Aje” whose spiritual power accounted for the huge commercial success in Lagos and parts of Ogun which he said they owned.
He, however, charged the Olota of Ota, Oba Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, to work hard and ensure the unity of Awori kingdom.
Oba Ogunwusi further urged the Olota to champion the cause of unification of all Aworis at home and in the Diaspora.
The Olota had on Friday, led powerful stakeholders, including Obas and high chiefs, of Awori Kingdom in an epic visit to Ife for the 2019 edition of Ileya Omo Olofin festival.
Speaking at the occasion, Olota extolled the leadership qualities of Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi in Yoruba land.
He also thanked him for the befitting reception given to the people of Awori who were in Ife to celebrate their festival.
Notable Awori royal figures present at the occasion were the Olofin of Isheri, Oba Nurudeen Adekanmbi; the Onitetiku of Owode-Ota, Oba Wasiu Ogungbayi and the Olojodu of Ojodu, Oba Sowemimo.
Others are Onikotun of Otun-Ota, Oba Akeem Odunaro, the Seriki of Ota, Chief Olarenwaju Bashorun, Otunba Segun Johnson, Aare Atunluse of Aworiland, Chief Segun Osifeso; Oba Alagbe, Elegushi of Egushi-Ota.
Other royal fathers present include Oba Opaleye, Oloobere-Ota, Oba Alaje of Ajegunle, Oba Oloyede Onijemo of Ijemo Ilogbo-Ota, Oba Olorunda Oke Ore, Oba Johnson Okikiilu among others.