Ooni Sends Strong Message To Yorubas, Nigerians

Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi of Ife has called on Nigerians, especially Yoruba descendants, to show genuine concern for humanity by assisting the poor and other vulnerable people in the society.


Ogunwusi spoke on Monday while receiving a joint delegation of Jack-Rich Special Support Initiative, Belema Oil J.V & BELEMA Aid & Foundation led by the wife of founder, Mrs. Elizabeth Jack Rich.

Ooni stated, “My dear daughter, your husband is a detribalised Nigerian philanthropist who has led these wonderful organisations to do several projects in the South South, South East and in the Northern parts of Nigeria. I want you to also make the southwest your next destination for philanthropic projects.

“I am so happy to have you and your team here. We all must be concerned about the well-being of our neighbours, let us emulate the kind gesture of the lovely Jack Rich’s family whose investment in human development and capacity building are so incredibly massive.

“They have executed several projects towards making the world a better place for all and they are still working on many others. They appreciate nature, they value culture and I am so happy to host the wife who is a daughter of Oduduwa from Ondo state.”

Mrs. Rich described the African foremost monarch as her respected father.

She said, “Kabiyesi, you are my father by virtue of your position as the head of the land of Oduduwa. You are also the father of my husband because he is married to your daughter.

“This is my first visit to Yorubaland apart from Lagos since I was born. Jack Rich is bringing projects to Yorubaland and we are starting from Ile-Ife because this is the source and ancestral home for all of us in Yorubaland.

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“I am so overwhelmed with what I have seen here today and I want to say that I am proud as a Yoruba daughter. His Majesty has really done a lot for the entire continent of Africa through the promotion of the prestigious Yoruba culture and through his youth development programmes. I am so proud to identify with him.”


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