The Swaggerlicious King with a selfie stick – Meet the new Ooni of Ife


The swag on fleek, 40-year old Prince was announced as the successor to Oba Okunade Sijuade some hours ago, and there’s already a reported feel of regal freshness in the air in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, and even on social media. All things being equal, we should be in for some 21st century-grade royal impact in south-west Nigeria.

The waiting game ended in the early hours of Monday as Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, approved the appointment of Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi the new Ooni of Ife.

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi being the 5th direct descendant of the Giesi ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compound of Agbedegbede, was born 40 years ago  into the family of Prince Ropo and Late Mrs Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compound, Ile Ife).

His father was a radio and television anchor star that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the South-Western part of Nigeria.

Adeyeye is a holder of Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Polytechnic Ibadan, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Institute of Management and an Associate Accounting Technician..

The ambitious Young Prince with exceptional and savvy business ideas delved into Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) locally and abroad for over 12 years. He is also actively involved in the development of over 2,500 housing units with various consortia of developers within the last 8 years. In Nigeria, He set up and fostered strong trade relationships through the Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe.

He is a firmly-established Real Estate Aficionado.

He developed one of the best resorts in Nigeria, leading a team that opened up a remote jungle called Inagbe Island in Amuwo Odofin LGA, Lagos. His vision and creativity transformed Inagbe island into a whole new community offering spectacular world class relaxation and recreational facilities. The multi-billion naira Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, Lagos Nigeria is the first of its kind in the whole of West Africa bounded by the Lagos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. It was launched in December 13, 2013.

Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was also involved in the trading and marketing of commodities as the main facilitator for Dangote Group’s break into the ‘up-country supply chain consortium’ between 1996 and 1999. To mention a few, he also traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group and Milan Group at about the same period. This was where he gained his expertise in marketing which till date is one of his major strengths. He also facilitated the biggest Lead and Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by the National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.

He began his impactful strides in the Real Estate sector with various dredging and land reclamation projects in Lagos State. Prince Adeyeye is the initiator of Essential Homes, a real estate product launched in January 2014 formed to deliver affordable upscale homes to the middle and low income earners. The 1st phase of the product (The South pointe Estate, Lafiaji Road, Lekki, Lagos State), started in February 2014. He also led the team that developed the prestigious Lagos.

In addition, Prince Adyeye has successfully undertaken more multi-billion Naira projects across Lagos and its environs; Jacob Mews Estate Yaba , Lakeview Park I and II Estates Lekki the ongoing Golden Leaf Estate Lafiaji Lekki and Grand Lake Estate Ajah, Lagos. The Lord’s Estate which is in patnership with Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the piling of Lagos Homes, Ilubirin, Lagos and the upcoming Ife Grand Resort and Leisure.

Adeyeye is MD/CEO of Gran Imperio Group (GIG), a formidable real estate consortium in Nigeria. He has successfully undertaken multi-million dollar projects in Nigeria including the legendary Inagbe Grand Resorts & Leisure, Lagos Nigeria. He is currently a Director, Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes), a leading National Mortgage Bank and former subsidiary of GTBank. He is also a Director, FinaTrust Microfinance Bank Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost Microfinance Banks focusing on SMEs and micro credit facilities.

Furthermore, Adeyeye headed the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 that promoted strategic alliances through a partnership with the Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the State (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) that gave rise to the formation of the Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He facilitated the development of Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only Steel Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines resuscitation projects, which has eventually become the major limestone feedstock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.

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