The Ooni of Ile-Ife (Ọọ̀ni of Ilè-Ifẹ̀) is the traditional leader of Ile-Ife which is a Nigerian town regarded as the place of origin of the Yoruba people.
Since Ife is known as the cradle of Yoruba, the town features the highest religious center of the Yoruba people.
Seen as the highest ranked Oba or, even more, Ooni of Ife is seen as the natural chairman of the Council of Yoruban Chiefs.
History Of Ooni:
The Ooni dynasties go back many decades ago. All the Ooni are linked back to Oduduwa who is regarded as the ancestral father of all the Yoruba people.
Ooni Oranmiyan, believed to have lived between 1200 and 1300 A.D, became honoured for birthing news towns
One of his son named Ajaka, became the first Alaafin of Oyo while another Eweka, became the first Oba of Benin. Another became Osile, of Oke-Ona Egba.
Ooni Lajamisan, who is another descendant of Oranmiyan is celebrated for opening a new history of Ife.
The four actual Ruling Houses are named from Ooni Lafogido, Ooni Osinkola, Ooni Ogboru and Ooni Giesi. The first three were sons of Ooni.
The ruling House include: The Oshinkola House, Iremo (present) [as of 1957], the Giesi House, More, the Ogboru House, Ilare, the Lafogido House, Okerewe
Lajodogun, and the later a maternal grandson of Ogboru.
Latest Ooni of Ife:
The recent Ooni is Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (born October 17, 1974)
Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the 51st Ooni of Ife.
He became the ruler after the 50th Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade joined his ancestors.
The latest ruler is forty-one-year old. he recent Ooni of Ife is known as an astute entrepreneur driven by turning impossibilities to ‘possibilities’”. This is because Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi began to gather experience in outstanding entrepreneurship while till in school.
The Ọọni holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic Ibadan.
On October 26, 2015,Governor of Osun crowned Adéyẹyè a king-elect out of 21 competitors to the Ọọ̀ni stool. His reign has been marked by a good number of modern and progressive outlook and policies.
He is from Giesi Family, one of the four royal families in Ilé-Ifẹ̀ whose turn it was to produce a king. Being a prince from the family, he won several competition including his elder brother.
The last Ọọ̀ni produced by his family was Ọọ̀ni Dérin Ọlọ́gbẹ́nlá (1880-1894).
Ọba Ògúnwùsì assumed the title of Òjájá (II). Ojaja (I) was from Agbedegbede Compound, Irẹmọ Quarters (the ancestral home of the Giesi).
His father is Prince Rọ́pò Ògúnwùsì, an experienced broadcaster. He is the third son of his parents have six children. He has three sisters.
He became married to Adebukunola Bombata in 2008 but they separated in 2016. He is took another wife named Wuraola Zynab Otiti the same year.
The marriage is believed to have been organised by the Oracle. The wedding took place in Benin City while the reception held in Ile-Ife.
Oba Ogunwusi received his Staff of Office from Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Raufu Adesoji Aregbesola on Monday 7 December 2015 at Enuwa Square, Ile-Ife in the presence of several dignitaries from all walks of life including the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
The new king said one of his visions is to bring Yorùbás together under a peaceful and prosperous reign.
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, is known as a man of class who knows the best thing to use for his position as a traditional ruler in Africa’s most populous nation. His dressing style; carriage and choice of items are all royal.
he businessman-turned-monarch uses world’s best luxury cars, a 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom.