Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye
Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) on Friday said that
Yoruba are more than 500million in the world.
He made this known while receiving Oba Adefunmi
Egunjobi Oloyotunji of oyotunji, Sheldon South
Carolina, USA in his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.


“Yoruba constituted over 500 million people in the
world, majority of this population migrated from
Nigeria to other part of the world to domicile like
Caribbean Island, North- America, Brazil, Argentina,
Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritania, Ivory-
Coast, Ghana among others especially during the
atlantic slave trade, but yet they still find thier root
with identification as YORUBA LINEAGE ” says

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He stressed further that Yoruba people are
distinctive people whom are bound together by a
common language with different dialect,they also
share rich culture ,traditions and value extensively
and globally yoruba religion and tradition was
practiced which has brought Oba Oloyotunji back to
his root and ancestral home , he offered prayers,
royal blessing on Oba Adefunmi , his entourage and
all in attendance.
Oba Adefunmi Egunjobi Adejuyigbe II, Oloyotunji of
Oyotunji thanked Ooni and the people of Ile-Ife for
the warm reception given to him and his entourage
on royal home coming visit to african ancestral

“Am so delighted coming to my ancestral
home and the source of yoruba origin in Ile-Ife ,to
seek royal blessing from my ancestor and also to
promote bilateral relations between Nigeria and
United States especially South Carolina in the areas
of trade and commerce, education, tourism, arts,
culture and agriculture.
while speaking on the Oyotunji Cultural Fiesta 2017,
which has been endorsed, accepted by Ooni of Ife
as the Special Guest of Honour as scheduled in
July/August 2017 -Oba Adefunmi expressed his
delight as this is one of his dream coming through
(promoting Yoruba culture all through the American
soil) Rotimi Vaughan Ambassador to the Crown and
Kingdom of Oyotunji said the home coming of Oba
Adefunmi Adejuyigbe Oloyotunji of Oyotunji African
Village as historic-cultural event for the
development of strategic promotions, Royal
blessing, Cultural exchanges, relations ties between
Ile-Ife (The Source)and Oyotunji African Village,
Sheldon, USA. Ambassador Vaughan further said:

“As a direct descendant of Ex-slaves, history has
revealed that slaves left the land with cries,
bitterness, humiliation, and suffering, but we have
come to Ile-Ife to appease to gods/ancestors and
to seek royal blessing on our project


and assuring that there will be great
radical transformation and prosperity in Oyotunji
African Village and the entire Yoruba nation.

The project is a new dawn for the region especially
in the areas of tourism, arts & culture, trade and
commerce, agriculture, education, youth and social
development, academic institutions alliances,
advancing humanity, while combating modern
slavery. The opportunity has come about as a result
of the family ancestral link and bond between
Sheldon South Carolina, USA and Nigeria.

Ambassador Vaughan presented the blue print ”

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for endorsement , emphasis on the activities
of NASO and Atlantic Bond Initiative (ATBONDI)
which he initiated to promote african culture and
heritage, tourism , education between Nigeria,
Oyotunji village and the entire 23countries in North
America. Olaniyan Omo Oba Olasowo, a prince in
Oyotunji African village praised Oonirisa in yoruba
dialect, chanting and eulogising the monarch with
song he composed. while a powerful cultural
display was performed by different cultural groups
and Ife tradition Drummers to entertain the

In attendance: Chief Oluwambe Amodu,
(Aare Apo of Oyotunji SC), Chief (Mrs) Oyefunke
Ogunfuye, High Priest Ifabukumi Adewale ,Ifabunmi
Adefunmi, Yeye Osun, Mr Mosobalaje Olusegun
amongst others dignitaries

Courtesy: TNR