By Sodiq Lawal
Barely Three days to the birthday celebration of Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the accient city is already in high celebration mood.
Ooni will add another year on the 17th of October as scores of admirers, youths, government officials and traditional rulers are expected to grace the occassion.
The Ile Oodua Palace is by now astir with preparations as corporate organizers, prominent socialites as well as the people of Ife kingdom stormed the palace like effervescent bees buzzing around a hive.
Oonii’s subjects and admirers have literally dominated the social and traditional media with posters and anticipatory messages, while some swanky spots in Ile-Ife have been booked for a huge birthday shindig.
High profile politicians, traditional rulers, business heavy weight have been invited as the Ile Oodua palace rolls out the drums for a high octane birthday bash.
The highly admired Yoruba monarch has spent nearly 2 years on the throne of his fore fathers building enduring friendships and a reputation for integrity and straight forwardness along the way.
Unlike some who are praised abroad but derided at home, Ooni Ogunwunsi is a man dear to the hearts of the people on account of his tremendous achievements, within a short period, which have put Ile-ife on the world map as well as his service to humanity.