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    Ooni formally receives Queen Opeoluwa with palace traditional rites (Videos)



    [dropcap]A[/dropcap]role Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwui,CFR, Ojaja II, The Ooni of Ife has formally received his wife, Olori(Dr) Opeoluwa Elizabeth Akinmuda in line with customs and traditions of the Ife Kingdom known as source of the entire Oduduwa race worldwide.

    The two day event which started with the historic arrival of the queen at the Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni in Ile-Ife at about 8:pm on Friday in company of her parent, family members and friends, also continued on Saturday with a brief thanksgiving service 11am and 12 midday inside the banquet room at the palace followed by a 2 hour recess to allow for other rites and subsequently climaxed by the reception party and entertainment of guests at main hall right inside palace lasted the whole day.


    The queen being ushered in by a group of women into the palace after she was received by a retinue of the Ooni’s traditional aides known as ‘Emese Ooni’ who led her to the Sacred “Yemoolu Well” to perform her first assignment as an Ooni’s wife. She was told a brief history of “Yemoolu” a one time Ooni’s queen who transformed to the sacred well which has since become mandatory Ooni’s water for drinking and other important uses at the palace.

    Having administered the Yemoolu rites on her, the Queen was escorted to the official residence of the Ooni where the waiting Ife high chiefs and Iyalodes led by The Lowa Adimula of Ife, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye rained traditional prayers on her and officially received her into the Ile-Oodua(palace ) before she was handed over by her father to the Olori Agba(most senior wife) in the Ogunwusi Royal family, Olori Margret Ogunwusi who handed her to Olori Mariam flanked by Olori Aderonke Ademiluyi Ogunwusi.

    Having been received by her husband, Queen Elizabeth was made to sit beside her husband as the rites continued till about 10pm before she was finally led to her residence which is less than 50 meters from the Ooni’s official residence.


    The colourful wedding ceremony which took inside the Multipurpose hall at the palace was witnessed by creme-de-la-creme of the society including the Olota of Ota Awori, HRM, Oba(Prof) Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege. The cutting of the masterpiece cake for the wedding was supervised by the SookoLaekun of Ife, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi who doubles as The Head Of The Princes Of Ife Kingdom.

    Speaking at the event, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Former president of Nigeria represented by King (Dr.) Amalate Turner, Obanobhan of Oloibiri Kingdom, Bayelsa State, expressed happiness to be at the event celebrating with the foremost monarch on his wedding celebration.

    “Ooni Ogunwusi has been a lover of peace and promotes it in every fora he is. Since mounting the throne of his forebears, he has been propagating peace all round the globe and we are very proud of him”. He said.

    It will be recalled that Ooni Ogunwusi had in the first week of October 2022 married Dr Opeoluwa Elizabeth Akinmuda, an Awori Princess room Ajibode Community in Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria, who is a PhD holder and Scotland-UK based Electronic Data Processor. She became his second wife at a traditional wedding engagement in Magodo, Lagos few days after taking Olori Mariam Ogunwusi as his first wife.

    The formal entry to the Ooni’s Palace by the queen is in fulfillment of the necessary spiritual and traditional rites in accordance with inherited royal wedding culture of Ile-Ife.

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    Celebrate Ileya Festival with Remi Aluko, Wale Thompson, Sir Shina Peters at Avalanche Club



    Avalanche Club is set to become the epicentre of celebration this Ileya Festival with a lineup of electrifying performances by some of Nigeria’s most beloved musicians.

    The festivities kick off this Friday, June 14, with a performance by the renowned fuji musician King Aderemi Aluko. Known for his dynamic stage presence and captivating fuji beats, Aluko promises to deliver a show that attendees won’t soon forget.


    Also read: Egungun festival in Oyo: A Spectacular Fusion of Egungun Masquerade, Fuji Music and Amala Cuisine


    IGWE as his fans love to call him is having the official welcome dance after a successful tour of Canada. Lovers of his music are assured of new fusion of fast tempo beats laced with lyrics that narrates his experience while in Canada.

    On Sunday, June 16, the celebration continues with juju music sensation Witty Wale Thompson.

    Thompson, a maestro of the juju genre, will take the stage at 7pm, bringing his smooth rhythms and engaging melodies to the delighted crowd. His performance is set to be a highlight of the weekend, as fans gather to enjoy his timeless hits and new compositions.

    The Ileya Festival festivities at Avalanche Club don’t end there.

    The following Friday, June 21, legendary musician Sir Shina Peters will grace the stage.

    Known for pioneering the Afro-Juju genre, Sir Shina Peters has a reputation for his high-energy performances and musical prowess.

    His show is anticipated to draw a large crowd, eager to see the legend perform live.

    These performances are powered by Metro Media Hub, ensuring top-notch production quality for an unforgettable entertainment experience.

    For those looking to attend these exciting events, reservations can be made by contacting 09075545626.

    Avalanche Club, known for its cozy ambiance and excellent service, is located at 5, Bamako Street, Opposite Omole Phase I, Lagos State.

    The venue is perfect for an evening of music and celebration, offering a comfortable and welcoming environment for all attendees.

    This series of events at Avalanche Club is more than just a celebration of the Ileya Festival; it’s a showcase of Nigeria’s rich musical heritage.

    “The mission of Avalanche is to serve its patrons the best of music, entertainment and food to celebrate the Ileya festival. Ours is premium entertainment with intention to create memories in the mind of patrons,” remarked Hon. Kehinde Bankole, CEO Avalanche.

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    Oba Prof. Obalanlege, top Awori monarch, embarks cultural outreach tour to Europe



    Oba Prof. Obalanlege, top Awori monarch, embarks cultural outreach tour to Europe

    His Majesty, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, Ph.D., MCIPR, MPRII, FHEA (Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode), the Olofin Apesin Olode, Olota of the Paramount and Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom, is set to embark on his official tour of Europe.

    Also read: Kitigbe o: Honouring six years of Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege’s reign as Olota of Otta-Awori Kingdom


    This tour aims to reach out to his subjects and all children of the Otta Awori Kingdom residing outside the African continent.

    The itinerary for His Majesty’s tour is as follows:

    -23rd June: Departure from Lagos to Rome.

    -24th June: Arrival in Rome.

    Stay in Rome from 24th to 27th June (3-night hotel stay).

    -25th June: Event at the Nigerian Embassy in Rome, where the Olota will be hosted.

    -27th June: Departure from Rome to Vienna, Austria.

    Arrival in Vienna on the same day.

    -27th June: Visit to the Susan Wenger Foundation.
    Stay in Vienna from 27th to 30th June (3-night hotel stay).
    Other events in Vienna include participation in the Nigerian Cultural Carnival and a carnival party.

    -30th June: Departure from Vienna back to Lagos.

    This historic tour represents a significant cultural outreach effort by the Awori monarch, aiming to strengthen the bonds between the Awori Kingdom and its diaspora in Europe.

    The Olota’s visit to key cultural and diplomatic institutions is in consonant with the importance of maintaining and celebrating Nigerian heritage abroad.

    Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege’s tour will not only provide an opportunity for cultural exchange but also foster unity among the Awori people worldwide.

    The events planned in Rome and Vienna promise to showcase the rich traditions and vibrant culture of the Awori Kingdom, reaffirming its significance on the global stage.

    His Majesty, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, Ph.D., MCIPR, MPRII, FHEA (Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode), the Olofin Apesin Olode, Olota of the Paramount and Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom

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    Minister of Tourism, Ade-John Inspects Ongoing Renovation at Obudu Resort



    Minister of Tourism, Ade-John Inspects Ongoing Renovation at Obudu Resort

    The Minister for Tourism, Mrs. Lola Ade-John, recently visited the Obudu Mountain Resort to inspect ongoing renovation activities currently being carried out by the new concessionaire, CIBA Hospitality Limited.
    The concessionaire to the Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly Obudu Cattle Ranch) is already into a business relationship with Marriot International to redevelop and manage the facility.

    CIBA Construction Company Limited was last year picked as the most preferred concessionaires to re-design, redevelop and upscale the Resort.

    A statement yesterday, quoted Dami Adepoju of Marriot Hotels International, the progressive partnership with CIBA Hospitality Limited on the remodeling and management of the Obudu Mountain Resort, to have provided an alignment with leisure and business travelers’ behaviors.

    The visit by the minister to the Resort was to assess the current state of the resort in alignment with the national eco/community tourism roadmap of the current administration, and being driven by the Federal Ministry of Tourism.

    “This is to ensure that tourism sector delivers economic benefits, positive social change and profound goodwill to the country,” the statement added.

    While responding, the Group Managing Director of CIBA Construction Company limited, Mr. Josiah Samuel commended the Minister for Tourism for her great strides since assuming office.

    He assured the Minister and the Cross-River government that CIBA Hospitality Limited would work to revive and reposition the Obudu Mountain Resort, to stand out as one of the recognisable touch-points in tourism industry in Africa.

    “Glady, the ongoing construction of the Obudu International Passenger and Cargo Airport is a growth pole that will open socio-economic activities of Obudu axis. When completed, it will serve as an accessibility point for international travellers, as well as tourists who desire to meet nature and enjoy the serene environment and scenic views that the Obudu Mountain Resort offers.

    “Obudu International Passenger and Cargo Airport will provide critical connectivity that will be a significant engine of economic development and catalyst for growth and will be beneficial for communities in northern Cross River as well as industries in Ebonyi, Benue and Taraba States that are reliant on quick transportation, such as logistics, manufacturing, and e-commerce,” the statement added.

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