By Sodiq Lawal
Renovations of shrines and worship centers by the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi , is increasing tourism patronage in Ile-Ife. Onimole Olu Ifa Agabaye Olusese, Chief Adisa Aworeni has said.
Chief Adisa said festivals in Ile –Ife is attracting tourists especially from the foreign countries than ever since the reigning of Oba Ogunwusi.
According to him, there is no festival in Ile – Ife in the last one year that recorded less than 1000 tourists across the globe.
Aworeni while speaking with Ife City News during this year Annual World Ifa Festival attributed the increase in the patronage to the awareness and renovations of shrines by Ooni Ogunwusi which is making most of the shrines attractive.
He explained that the development is increasing the economic prospects of Ile-Ife as tourists are now spending more than ever on shrines, museum and hotels.
“Our status as the source of the universe is surely beyond any doubt, the renovation of shrines is expanding our economy with thousands of visitors for our annual festival.
“Ile Ife economy is booming with tourism that is diversifying and improving yearly. Tourists are the leading driver for grow our cultural attractions, we will keep promoting the impressive breadth of our culture,” Olusese said.