Ooni of Ife to address the world on the role of traditional leaders in governance
The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi with Prince Charles at a recent event in London. Pic CNN
London, Nov. 22, 2017 (AltAfrika)-As the traditional leader of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, the Oòni of Ifé, His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II) is the monarch of a diverse constituency in Ilé-Ifè and across Nigeria’s Yoruba population comprising different faiths and cultural values.
The Oòni has utilized his unique position as a highly respected intermediary between local communities and formalized governance structures to promote community participation and economic diversification, including a push to increase agricultural production in Ilé-Ifè to create jobs and reduce food insecurity.
The Oòni has also encouraged inclusive cross-cultural debate in Ilé-Ifè, setting up a truth and reconciliation committee to promote peace co-existence between Yoruba and Hausa peoples in the region, following clashes in which 46 people were killed earlier this year.
Against this backdrop, His Imperial Majesty Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II) will discuss the role of traditional leaders in Nigeria and the importance of community participation in governance at an audience packed Chatham House in London on Thursday, November 23rd 2017.