Ooni of Ife reveals there are more than 500 million Yoruba people in the world

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[Osun]–His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), the Ooni of Ife, on Friday revealed that there are more than 500 million Yoruba people in the world.

He made this revelation while receiving Oba Adefunmi Egunjobi Oloyotunji of oyotunji, Sheldon South Carolina, USA in his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

According to the Oba Enitan, “Yoruba constituted over 500 million people in the world, majority of this population migrated from Nigeria to other part of the world to domicile like Caribbean Island, North- America, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritania, Ivory-Coast, Ghana among others especially during the atlantic slave trade, but yet they still find thier root with identification as Yoruba lineage.”

Oba Adefunmi Egunjobi Adejuyigbe II, Oloyotunji of Oyotunji thanked Ooni and the people of Ile-Ife for the warm reception given to him and his entourage on royal home coming visit to african ancestral home.

“I’m so delighted coming to my ancestral home and the source of yoruba origin in Ile-Ife ,to seek royal blessing from my ancestor and also to promote bilateral relations between Nigeria and United States especially South Carolina in the areas of trade and commerce, education, tourism, arts, culture and agriculture.”

He also spoke on the Oyotunji Cultural Fiesta 2017, which he said has been endorsed, accepted by Ooni of Ife as the Special Guest of Honour and has been scheduled to hold in July/August 2017.

Oba Adefunmi expressed his delight as this is one of his dream od promoting Yoruba culture all through the American soil coming through.

Rotimi Vaughan, Ambassador to the Crown and Kingdom of Oyotunji said the home coming of Oba Adefunmi Adejuyigbe Oloyotunji of Oyotunji African Village has historic-cultural event for the development of strategic promotions, royal blessing, cultural exchanges, relations ties between Ile-Ife and Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon, USA.

Ambassador Vaughan further states, “As a direct descendant of Ex-slaves, history has revealed that slaves left the land with cries, bitterness, humiliation, and suffering, but we have come to Ile-Ife to appease to gods/ancestors and to seek royal blessing on our project “Back to my root Nigeria” and assuring that there will be great radical transformation and prosperity in Oyotunji African Village and the entire Yoruba nation.

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