For being probably the first traditional king to visit the president of the United States, the Chief Priest of Ife, Chief Olaolu Oladotun Dada has described the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan-Ojaja II as a spirit, not an ordinary human being.
Chief Dada according emphasised that, Oba Adeyeye has broken a
jinx as the number one Ooni of the ancient Ile-Ife
to visit a president of United State of America, USA.
“We spent over five hours at the White House, while
the Ooni and his
adorable wife had a close door meeting with President Barack Obama,
this had never happened in the history of Ile-Ife.
“Even I can boldly say that, Oba Adeyeye is the first Yoruba Oba to
have such an opportunity and if I say that he is the first Oba
in Nigeria as well to visit USA President, I am not mistaken at all.
“Indeed, this development confirms Ooni as a spirit and not an ordinary being,
being the first African king to have visited the American power house,” the chief priest said.
He explained that the fact that Ooni is not an ordinary being
but a mortal
himself was manifested in the way the royal father and his entourage were
welcomed by the entire American government.
The Chief Priest said the warm reception given to them was far beyond
their expectations, saying the trip would forever remain a reference point
in the history of Ile-Ife, and black Africa at large.
He further disclosed that American Government gave an award of Ambassador
of Peace to Ooni Adeyeye Enitan in recognition of his outstanding quest for
peace in Yoruba land and Nigeria as a whole.
The prominent traditionalist added that an American based
organisation, African View also gave him an award as an “African
Spirit” for his excellent prowess and skills in appeasing gods of
Obatala and Eledumare.
“Our trip to the USA with Ooni of Ife, will forever
remain evergreen and indelible in our memory.
“We did not expect the kind of attention and hospitality we got from the
American government, we were treated like the real African royal entourage
that we are. It was awesome, interesting and wonderful.
“We went to the White House with our drums and flutes, as we beat our drums
and sang our traditional songs to the admiration of officials at the state
house,” Dada said.