By Dotun Ibiwoye
In a bid to bring Yoruba women and men in diaspora under one umbrella, the Ooni of Ife, HRM Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi will embark on a European tour to meet them and honour distinguished individuals.
Ooni’s tour will include signing of MOU with multinational Agro-Allied companies and United Nation Agencies, lectures, which would be delivered by him, royal visits to kings and queens within Europe, cocktail party, diplomatic dinner with African envoys, visit to museum and historical places and town hall meetings.
The tour which is scheduled for October, will enable thousands of Yoruba women and others meet with the Oni, one of the most influential monarchs in Africa.
The tour and award is being organised by Africulra, an organisation that promotes African culture; in conjunction with over 127 Yoruba Associations and communities in Europe with direct diplomatic support of Nigerian consulate offices in Germany, Netherland, Austria and Hungary.
Africulra President, Barr Barr Adeyanju Adewale Toyin, pointed out that other diplomatic missions in Europe will be hosting his imperial majesty Kabiyesi Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi alongside other Nigerians as Promoters of cultural heritage of Africans home and abroad to awards Dinner in Hamburg in October.
He stated that Ooni’s tour has become important now due to the fact that most Yorubas spread across the globe find it difficult to trace and identify their origin.
“These people are deeply inculcated into and consumed by the culture and ways of lives of the host countries. This syndrome is traceable to so many factors some of which are: immigration barrier, economy push out factors, Psychological perception of kinsmen, and empirical experience amongst others”, he said
Adeyanju stated that in view of this, Africulra Awards came into existence in the 2012 as a program designed to locate, and identify Africans, interact and discover, develop and sustain the uniqueness and values of African culture in them, despite their present mental orientation and perceptions.
He noted that the Yoruba nation is privileged to have a young, dynamic, humble and energetic King of the entire Yoruba race in Europe with his forefront role of uniting the entire Yoruba home and abroad.
“He has brought access of the throne of Oodua which is an unprecedented effort since the history of Ooniship. His royal drive and passion towards economic and socio-cultural growth and development of Ile Ife and Yoruba tribe generally in terms of tourism, culture and agriculture is immeasurable”.
The Ooni’s tour is expected to include: lectures, which would be delivered by Ooni, royal visits to kings and queens within Europe, cocktail party, diplomatic dinner with African envoys, visit to Museum and historical Places, town hall meetings, dinners, business meeting, Signing of MOU with multinational Agro-Allied companies, United Nation Agencies.