Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, would host the first Yoruba Speaking International Olorisa Leaders’ Conference at Ile-Ife from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th of January 2019.
A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of Ooni palace, Mr Moses Olafare, said the programme has the backings of Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Adeyemi (III), and the federal government, as endorsed by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
He said the programme is scheduled to commence on Thursday with the arrival of traditional rulers and spiritual leaders from Yorubaland, followed by conference which holds on Friday, 25th January, 2019, by 10am-4pm, at Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
According to the statement, reception will hold at the Ooni’s Palace on Friday, while the closing session will be Saturday 26th 2019 at the Ife Grand Resorts, Ile-Ife.
He said, during the event, Yoruba speaking leading practitioners of ancient Orisa traditions in Ile Ife and Yorubaland will present their commendations & concerns to facilitate a strategic direction for international development as being advocated by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
He called on dignitaries across the world, particularly, promoters of the rich cultural values of the Yoruba nation, to attend the programme.
“Delegates during the conference will reflect on the era of Ooni Sir Adesoji Adérèmí, Ooni Sijuade and that of Ooni Ogunwusi in order to facilitate a strategic spiritual direction for the Yoruba race.
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“Spiritual & Traditional Leaders are coming from Abidjan, Porto Novo, Mauritania whilst Non Yoruba Practitioners from Trinidad & Tobago have forwarded commendations & concerns to be considered. It is being coordinated by the UK based Erelu of Ode-Remo in Ogun state, Hon. Mrs Alderman Lola Ayonrinde.