By Sodiq Lawal
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has recently held talks with major business structures in the State of California with a mission to woo them for the economic advancement of Nigeria and Africa at large.
The Foremost African monarch who was in California on a week working visit began the activities of his visit with a business interactive session with the State government officials and major stakeholders of Silicon Valley at the Senate chamber of the Capitol in Sacramento, CA co-hosted by Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SV-NED Inc and African Technology Foundation Mr Stephen m Ozoigbo.
Presenting the visiting Ooni and entourage including some Yoruba notable Traditional Rulers at the meeting attended by representatives of Stanford University, Cisco, IBM, Tesla Motors Intel and some private investors, the CEO of Silicon Valley NED, Chief Temitope Ajayi described him as an uncommon leader who pays little attention to his fame but more focused on the unification and economic progress of Yoruba race, Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
“Fame and fortune is just an illusion it’s not the solution. The legacy is what we want to be remembered for. We should focus more on the economic development of our people. That is why he is here to bridge the economic link between Silicon Valley band the Kingdom of Ife through ecosystem. We need your help in Africa. There is so much intellectual properties in Africa, there’s so much human resources, first class brains, all we need is your help to tap them”.
“I decided To bring my father here because of his passion for development especially in Agriculture and youth development. There is something peculiar about him, he is our number one monarch in Yorubaland. I always see him. with millions of people, widows today, youths tomorrow, less privileged children next day He is indeed for the masses”. Temitope Ajayi said.
The Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Joseph Adewole urged California government to support Nigeria with the establishment of small units of solar energy to take care of local communities.
In his speech, the Co-Chairman of Nigeria Council of Traditional Rulers explained the importance of State of California as the sixth biggest economy in the world with the Silicon Valley which is the 8th technology wonder of the world as reason for his visit aimed at strengthening the capacity of the youth and economic development of the African continent.
“We see California as the American most populous state and the World’s sixth largest economy. We can’t just sit back at home to see our people suffering. We must reach out to the super economies like you”.
“Africa is greatly endowed with potentials, Nigeria is the nucleus of the continent while Yoruba region is the economic center of Nigeria and as the Spiritual leader of Yorubaland, I have decided to mobilise my brother kings for an economic revolution that will meaningfully utilize our untapped resources especially human capital”.
“There is a paradigm shift in Africa and Nigeria being the most populous if we don’t get it right, the entire Africa may not get it right”.
“That’s why we have come here to seek your collaboration in helping our teeming population most of whom are youths capable of being great human capital assets if well productively empowered through Agriculture, Science and technology so that their generation will not be wasted”.
“The government is there on our behalf and we support them”
“We have bountiful natural resources that we can bring to the table to benefit CA for a mutual benefit relationship, we grow so many things that are not here and we want to focus on organic products” Ooni explained.
The Silicon Valley business session was followed by a Business Round Table With Ooni organized by HAPA Awards Group at Woodland Hills, CA anchored by John Lasko.