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Contact : Joe Adewumi

Amarachi Restaurant

189, Bridge Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Email : [email protected]


Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II

Brooklyn, New York, June 8, 2016:

A foremost monarch, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II,The Ooni of Ife, He is the traditional ruler of Ile-Ife. All the Ooni's are traced down to Oduduwa, who is seen as the ancestral father of all the Yoruba people. Ile-Ife is an ancient African city located in the south-western region of Nigeria, comprised of mainly the Yoruba ethnic group. The Ooni will be visiting America for the first time since his coronation last December. Oba Ogunwusi’s visit comes against the backdrop of his widely commended efforts to promote peace and love among his people and leaders of various ethnic groups that make up the heterogeneous nation of Nigeria. The visit is also intended to advance relationships between Yoruba land and the United States and also attract and collaborate with foreign companies on economic development projects in the Yoruba

regions of Nigeria.

Since the plan for the highly revered monarch’s visit was set in motion his immediate subjects who reside in America under their Aegis of “Ife Ooye North America (IONA) and Chairman of the Grand Reception Planning Committee Chief Olubunmi Awopileda, have been making elaborate preparation for a grand reception to be held at the Ukraine Center in the City of Somerset, New Jersey on Saturday June 11, 2016. The monarch who will be traveling with an entourage of about 70 dignitaries will be honored at the occasion. The event will also be attended by US governmental officials including mayors and state and local legislators. The event, expected to be attended by 500 people,

is strictly by invitation.

Aside from the grand reception being planned for the King on his visit, other events have been lined up to make the visit memorable. On Sunday June 12, 2016, the monarch will be the Special Guest of Honor at the prestigious ODUNDE festival in Philadelphia. ODUNDE, created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur, is a festival that attracts about 500,000 people annually. The festival whose concept originates from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, West Africa, celebrates the coming of another year for African Americans and African descent people around the world and is the largest African American street festival held in the country.

In New York, the Amarachi Restaurant will hold a reception honoring His Majesty where he will receive, sponsored by the State Senator Kevin Parker and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a NYC proclamation declaring Monday June 13, 2016 as Yoruba Day in honor of the visiting King. On the same day, the Museum of the Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) will receive the monarch in a private reception as well as public forum session. Expected at event will be Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James. The monarch will then travel to other parts of the US to attend economic and leadership summits before being received by President Barack Obama through The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

For more information, contact IONA Chief Olubunmi Awopileda, Mr. Michael Ojo 646 361 5931, Amarachi Restaurant Joe

Adewumi 646 384 4341.