After months of controversies and speculations, a new Ooni of Ife has been crowned. His name is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. Here are 10 things to know about him:
1 He is quite young. For context, if the new monarch was nominated into President Buhari’s incoming cabinet, he will be the youngest person there.
He was born 40 years ago into the Giesi Ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compund in Ile-Ife to Prince Ropo Ogunwusi, a popular radio and television anchor and presentation star that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the Southwestern part of Nigeria and Late Mrs. Margaret Wuraola Sidikatu Abegbe Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compund, Ile-Ife)
2 He has an HND. At a time and place where the paper certificate of a university degree is a big deal, the new Ooni is flying the flag of a polytechnic.
He is an alumni of The Polytechnic Ibadan, in neighbouring Oyo state, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy.
Adeyeye is MD/CEO of Gran Imperio Group (GIG), a formidable real estate consortium in Nigeria, Director, Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited, (formerly GTHomes), a leading National Mortage Bank and a former Subsidiary of GTBank. He is also a Director, FinaTrust Microfinance Bank Limited, one of Nigeria’s foremost Nigerian Microfinance banks focusing on SMEs and micro credit facilities.
4 He is a member of many professional bodies
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Institute of Management, An Associate Accounting Technician, certified member of the Institute of Directions (IoD), and a member of Global Real Estate Institute (GRI).
5 He is a marketer – hopefully he uses this I’m the course of his work in the ancient city.
He was 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. He also traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group and Milan Group at about the same period.
6 He is a real estate developer
He is the initiator of EssentialHomes, a real estate product launched in January 2014 formed to deliver affordable upscale homes to the middle and low income earners. He has undertaken multi-billion Naira projects including: The Southpointe Estate, Lafiaji Road, Lekki, Lagos State, 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. 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. He also led the team that developed the prestigious Northpointe Estate Phases I,II,III and Midland Court on Chevron Drive Lekki Lagos.
7 He seems to be a good middle man
He is the facilitator of the biggest Lead and Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by the National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State. He led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 for strategic alliances and partnership with Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the state (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) which led to the formation of Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He was also involved in the facilitation and 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 feed stock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.
8 He claims to be a recipient of various awards
He is a recipient of over 160 awards including “the prestigious NIDSA (National Ife Descendants Students Association) Gold Award for 2015.”
9 He was involved in 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. He is responsible for setting up and fostering strong trade relationships through the Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe. One commendable achievement of the AIB is the trade facilitation between the United Arab Emirates (Jebel Ali free Trade Zone development) and the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
10 He is a philanthropist and community developer
Adeyeye also has clear track record of
community development and philanthropy. Four years ago, during the occasion of his mum’s funeral, the community was without any form of electricity. Adeyeye went ahead to install transformers and light poles, generated electricity which till today, the community still boasts of. This electrification project is also being extended to other parts of the town. He also opened up and reconstructed a 6.5km road, with a 1.1km green extension in Lafia community, off Orchid Hotel Road, Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagod without government intervention. He also embarked on the electrification of this whole stretch which is being powered by his company, Gran Imperio Group. Being a philanthropist with over 400 philanthropic projects, Adeyeye has sponsored less privileged children and youth in Ile-Ife and Lagos where he lives. He is presently an employer of over 300 indigenous youth at the Inagbe Cocowood Factory – Essential Homes Furniture brand, first of its kind in Nigeria using 100% indigenous raw materials for production.