Ooni of Ife’s young and pretty queen, Olori Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi has started adapting to her role as queen of the great Ife Kingdom.
The 25-year-old queen and her husband played hosts to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, who was in Ile-Ife on Friday to congratulate the couple on their wedding which took place recently.
Describing Ooni Ogunwusi who is a Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria as his father and longtime friend, Governor Obianor called Ile-Ife the spiritual home of the Yorubas where everyone came from.
Your Majesty, I was far away in America when you got married last week. As a son and longtime friend of yours, I consider it necessary to come and congratulate you and your beautiful Yeyeluwa because you have always shown love to me, to my wife to our government, to the people of Anambra state and Igboland in general. My wife and I are so proud to be associated with you as the king of this town Ile-Ife which is the spiritual home of the Yorubas where everyone came from,” Governor Obiano said.
“Kabiyesi, I pray for your long life on this sacred throne of Oduduwa, I wish you and your wife, Yeyeluwa good health and God Almighty will bless your marriage with good children”, he added.
Responding, the Arole Oduduwa thanked Governor Obiano for the visit, describing him as a long time friend who has always shown love and respect to the throne of Oduduwa and the overall traditional institution in Nigeria.
He said, “Your Excellency, on behalf of Yeyeluwa and I and on behalf of the people of Ife Kingdom, I welcome you to your home, this is the throne of Oduduwa, father of over 500m people worldwide.
We have come a long way together; you are my long time friend even when we had nothing and when we didn’t know God had prepared exalted positions for both of us in this country. You have also made me so proud of you as one of the very best governors this country has ever produced. You have been working assiduously in the service of your people and that is why you are well loved by the people of Anambra and Igbo nation as a whole.
The African foremost monarch called for a standing ovation from the people in the hall including Yeyesorun, the wife of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti and her entourage in honour of the governor, appreciating him as a good example of accountability and leadership. He implored him to remain focused and never relent in his determination to develop Anambra state.
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