The Mayor of the City of Sumerset, Franklin , New Jesrsey, USA, Honourable Philip Kramer has described His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) as an African monarch specifically enthroned to bless the entire mankind clearly manifesting through his developmental mission which he has been taking around the world in the last six months and pledged to partner with Ife Kingdom for necessary development.
This assertion was made on Saturday when Ooni Ogunwusi was presented with the key of the City of Sumerset, Franklin Township NJ America and honoured with the proclamation of the town of Franklin along side his wife Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi (Yeyelua) and Dr Akin Awofolaju a prominent Ife indigence with an age long development partnership with the town.
The presentation of the key and proclamation were performed by the Honourable Mayor Mr Philip Kramer.
The event was witnessed by other member of Council like Hon. Theodore Chase Jr. Deputy Mayor, Hon. Shamnel Y. Robinson, Kimberley A. Francois, Rozalyn Sheman and Charle Onyejiaka who gave the welcome speech on behalf of the sitting Mayor.
While thanking the Mayor, the Council and the entire indigene of the town for the honour done him and his wife, Ooni Ogunwusi promised to continue the good work as he has already identified an area of possible business partnership between Ife and Sumerset.
The traditional rulers at the events include the Orangun of Ila HRM Oba Wahab Adedotun(Bibiire 1), HRM Timi of Ede HRM Oba Munirudeen Adesola Laminisa 1, Ajero of Ijero Oba Adewole Joseph, Olubaka of Oka-Akoko Oba Yusuf Adeleye, HRM Obama Adedapo Aderemi the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, HRM Olufon of Ifon Oba Al-Moroof Magbagbeola, HRM Oba Elerinmon of Erinmo Oba Ajayi Micheal, HRM Oba Onigbaye of Igbaye Oba Joseph Morontoye, HRM Oba Alaagba of Aagba Oba Ogunwole Joseph, Alara Oodaye of Ara Oba Segun Layade, Adagba of Iyanfoworogi One Bolu Fatunmise and the Regent Adebusola Oluwatuyi of Isolo kingdom Akure.
The kingmakers represented by HRH Oba Saka Olawusi the Obaloran of Ilode, Highchiefs Adekola Adeyeye Jaaran of Ife, Highchief Akinropo Zaccheus Waasin of Ife and Jimo Awe , Arode of Ife while Obadio of Ife, Chief Ifarotimi Faloba, Obalesun of Ife Chief O.O. Dada, Lokore of Ife Adegbolabo Agun, and Eredumi of Ife Chief Omiwenu Odeyele represented the chief priests.
Also on the entourage are former OAU’s VC Professor Wande Abimbola, Professor Jeleel Ojuade, Ace broadcaster Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, Director of Media Moses Olafare, Traditional Secretary Idowu Salami, Sarun Oodua Oriowo Oyeyemi, Special Duties Akin Daodu, CSO Emmanuel Kolawole, Jumoke A. Awesu,Solomon Tiamiyu, OAU’s PRO Biodun Olanrewaju & wife, Barrister Lanre Alli, Mr Kola James, Muyiwa Afolabi, Rotimi Osoberemekun, Dr. Makinwa Adereti, Alabi Hundeyin(Dudu Heritage), Princess Eyinade Alake, Motunde Sodunke, Barrister Lakan Ijiyode, Akeeb Ajilesoro, Comrade Biyi Odunlade, Abimbola Ajilesoro, Dr Akin Awofolaju and a host of others.
While the Awise of Ife Professor Wande Abimbola opened the event with a special Iwure, Mrs Modele Sarafa-Yusuf gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the AROLE OODUA and the train subsequently moved to the Ukranian Center Sumerset the venue of the grand reception in honour of His Majesty organized by the members of IFE OOYE NORTH AMERICA.
Credit:Director of Media and Public Affairs,Ooni’s Palace.