The Ooni of Ife His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) has charged the African Americans to come together and work for the greatness of the continent of Africa which he called their Ancestral home.
Ooni Ogunwusi said this on Tuesday at the Congress Library, Capitol Hill, Washington DC during an event in his hònour organized by a world famous Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as the Constituency For Africa (CFA) and hosted by the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Nigerian Caucus, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee and Congressman Steve Chabot.
Ooni described the occasion as a historic demonstration of love to a yellow Africa driven by the undying spirit of origination which brings the greatest joy in life. He emphasized that the continent used to be one without boundaries before the Berlin Conference of 1884 termed “the Rush for Africa” and pleaded for collective efforts by all Africans both at home and in Diaspora, especially the USA, to work for the peace, unity and progress of the continent.
In her welcome speech, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee representing Texas with district and Co-Chair Congressional Nigerian Caucus, showered encomiums on the monarch for taking the bull by the horns as all the members of the black caucus in the Congress are Africans and ready to join hands with the continent’s leaders for peace, unity and progress which Ooni Ogunwusi is globally known to have been working for in the last six months.
She said: “”Your Majesty, thank you so much this sacrifice, thank you for taking the bull by the horns. I can assure you that all of us who are your children and members of the Black Caucus are with you on this project. We are all Africans and ready to join all the leaders back home to ensure peace, unity and progress which you are known to have been pursuing in the last six months”.
On his own, the President of Constituency For Africa (CFA), Mr Melvin Foote, commended the lawmaker for making the Black Americans proud by
her unflinching support for the course of Africa especially Nigeria as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Nigerian Caucus.
Mr Foote explained the mission of his NGO as an initiative to build a base of support for Africa in the United States and the African Diaspora. The CFA, according to him, established itself in the last 25 years as a leading organization in the USA committed to educating and mobilizing the American Public on matters pertaining to Africa and has actively worked in support of major initiatives including AGOA, PEPFAR, YALI and others.
Foote thanked Ooni Ogunwusi for giving the African-Americans a sense of belonging as stakeholders in the affairs of Africa which is their fatherland and pledged to work with him to improve the quality of Africa.
“In keeping with the spirit of CFA’s work, it is truly an honour to welcome His Imperial Majesty to Capitol Hill as a global advocate of peace and economic opportunity. We’re pleased Your Majesty is reaching out to the Diaspora for Technical assistance and patnership. And in patnership, I can personally assure His Majesty the CFA stands ready to work with you to improve the quality of life in Africa and throughout the Diaspora”. Mr Foote said.
The traditional rulers at the event include the Orangun of Ila, HRM Oba Wahab Adedotun (Bibiire 1); 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 Moronfoye; HRM Oba Alaagba of Aagba Oba Ogunwole Joseph; Alara of Ara Oodaye and the Adagba of Iyanfoworogi, Oba Adebolu Fatunmishe.
Ile-Ife kingmakers and aides to Ooni Ogunwusi were also on his entourage.
They include HRH Oba Saka Olawusi the Obaloran of Ilode; High chiefs Adekola Adeyeye Jaaran of Ife; Akinropo Zaccheus, the Waasin of Ife and Jimoh Awe , the Arode of Ife. Others are Obadio of Ife, Chief Ifarotimi Faloba; Obalesu of Ife Chief O.O. Dada; Lokore of Ife Adegbolabo Agun and Eredumi of Ife Chief Omiwenu Odeyele.
Others are the king’s elder brother Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi; the chairman of Central Association of Nigerians in the UK Babatunde Loye; a business magnate Kola James; Dr Mrs Remi Duyile; Captain Dapo Majekodunmi; Vetran broadcaster Chief Funmilola Olorunnisola; Special Adviser (SA) Special Duties, Mr Akin Daodu and Barr. Wale Ojo among others.