Come Monday, October 17, the ancient city of Ife in Osun State and its environs will literally stand still, as the the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will mark his royal birthday.
Already, friends, associates and loved ones are jostling to make the day a grand one for the respected monarch, who will celebrate his first birthday since he became the Ooni of Ife.
So far, his enthronement as the Ooni has been attributed to a new dawn in the annal of the ancient city as well as the Giesi Ruling House that produced him.
It will be recalled that immediately after the coronation, he began to unfold his development plans for the town to the admiration of all. It was gathered that many towns and hamlets that have one issue or the other have been enjoying his listening ears. It is also said that many of his decisions have been accurate, which confirms the belief in some quarters that he is a man blessed with uncommon sagacity.
Ever before he was born 41 years ago into the family of Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi, a retired radio and television presenter in the state and the late Margaret Wuraola, his emergence as the Ooni had been foretold.
Until he became the Ooni of Ife, Ogunwusi had been a major player in real estate sector; he had constructed highbrow and eye-popping estates such as Jacobs Mews Estate, Yaba; Lake View Park 1 and 2 located along the Lekki-Epe Road and Chevron Toll Gate; The Northpointe Phase 1 and 2 Estates, Golden Leaf Estate and the Lord’s Estates.
Also, he had been the main facilitator for Dangote Group’s break into the ‘up-country supply chain consortium’ between 1996 and 1999. About same period, he traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group, Milan Group etc. He also facilitated the biggest Lead and Aluminium recycling plant set up in Nigeria by National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.