The Ooni of Ife continued his worldwide mission to attract international businesses to invest in Nigeria and take advantage of the importance country, in particular, and Africa as a whole, on a global scale.
The Ooni, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, was on a week-lond visit to California, in the USA, meeting government officials and prominent business partners, to highlight the value of the continent today and for future investments.
In meeting with major stakeholders of Silicon Valley at the Senate chamber of the Capitol in the State capitol, Sacramento, His Imperial Magesty met, for one, Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SV-NED Inc and African Technology Foundation Mr Stephen Ozoigbo, as he and his entourage; which included some of his Yoruba Kingdom’s leading light, who stood side-by-side with representatives of Stanford University, Cisco, IBM, Tesla Motors Intel and private investors.
Chief Temitope Ajayi, CEO of Silicon Valley NED, described The Ooni 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,” he said during the round-table debate. “The Ooni is our number one monarch in the Kingdom with millions of followers worldwide and a beacon for all – no matter what their circumstances; man, woman, or child – rich, poor, or indifferent. He is a true representative of all Yoruba people.”
In his speech, the Co-Chair of Nigeria Council of Traditional Rulers, The Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, HRM Oba Joseph Adewole, 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.
“California is the world’s sixth largest economy and as such, we must reach and not miss the joint opportunities for us both.
Africa offers great potentials,” he said. “Nigeria is the nucleus of the continent while Yoruba region is the economic centre 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.
We are look to collaborate 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 Ooni explained: “The vast natural resources we have at our disposal can be of immense benefit to the State of California CA as we nurture a mutual benefit relationship.”
Directed to HRM Oba Joseph Adewole, His Imperial Majesty said: “I am delighted that you can be occupying such an exalted position at this world renowned big financial institution.
I can see in you the joy of origination which is the greatest joy. When you get connected to your root from where you have been disconnected long ago, it is naturally a day of great joy.”
Abraham Carons said the visit of Ooni is a major impact in his life as he always felt at one with this homeland promised to always make the Nigeria and African people proud.
“Your Majesty, I can’t tell you the emotions passing through us right now,” he said. “It is a great spiritual connection with our ancestral home. We love you for your selfless service of connecting the mother continent Africa to the African Americans and other Black people around the world. You truly are an inspiration.”