HISTORY IN THE MAKING Ojaja II of Ile Ife & Oloyotunji II of Oyotunji MEET-Progress Facilitated for the Diaspora| June 16, 2016| Never Before Seen Photos Inside
Ooni meets Oloyotunji of Oyotunji to Reinforce Yoruba's Unity across the Diaspora.
Traveling to Washington DC with a Royal Entourage of 20 and caravan of 5, His Royal Majesty Oba Adejuyigbe Egunjobi Adefunmi Oloyotunji II took the journey on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to the east coast to pay formal tribute to the Arole Odudua His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II the Paramount Ruler of Yoruba people in the world. A few notable individuals accompanying HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji was the Osi Oba Efunlade Oyewole, Nigerian Visual Artist Oluwanbe Amodu, Prince Adekoya Adefunmi, HRG Olori Iyalosa Yeyefini Efunbolade, HRG Olori Olaketu Ooyesegun, Princess Agotime Adefunmi, Princess Osunmiwa Olasowo, Ilari Ajisafe Adeyemi and Chief Lookman Ojora Arounfale, the Borkini of Ojora Land, Lagos.
During His Royal Majesty Oloytunji's visit with His Imperial Majesty the Ooni of Ife, Oloyotunji had the opportunity to meet with as many as 10 other Obas from Osun State to discuss and explore possibilities of unification of the Yoruba of Yorubaland and Yoruba in the Diaspora, cross cultural educational exchange as well as cross cultural economic exchange.
Borokini of Ojora Land, Chief Lookman who is also a spokesperson of Oyotunji across the world and Prince Ayotunde Adebayo Falade facilitated HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji II 30-car convoy to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center to meet Ooni of Ile Ife Ojaja II.
Upon arrival HRM recalls that it was cloudy and raining, however when the Ooni and his entourage arrived early in the morning, the sun came out. Strange enough, Ooni had previously surprised guests at the New Jersey Essex County House of Records outside reception guests to look-up to the sky at about 2:15 p.m and see how the Moon and the Sun came out at the same time one in the North and other in the South of the sky.
This indicates Eledumare, the Kings of Kings prediction of the arrival of a new dawn-worldwide unifying Oodua leader.
"I preached and brought unity in diversity amongst all Yoruba in the continent of Africa and in diaspora especially, to my African-American brothers and sisters brought across the shore that facilitated USA developments" Ooni Adeyeye said, "Let us us unite more than ever before," Ooni Adeyeye finished.
"Kabiyesi and his entourage peaked the same staircase at the same time that our entourage did, on opposite sides of the wall. When we turned to greet one another Kabiyesi called out to us in delight 'Oba Oyotunji!!!!' ", Oloyotunji recalls the first moments when the two Obas met.
As the two groups approached one another the entourages gathered swiftly around the Obas to protect their first moment and provide some level of privacy. Initially there was a level of tension because of all of the outcry and lamenting regarding Ooni Adeyeye's canceled trip to Oyotunji. However, it quickly disseminated.
"Ooni embraced us and said that all is well and would be well. Stating very firmly that we were his brother; I immediately said no Kabiyesi you are my father and traditionally prostrated for the Ooni the way that all Yorubaland Kings do."-Oloyotunji Adefunmi
It was at this point that the entourages began to sing, dance and rejoice, celebrating the reunification of the Ooni and Oloyotunji.
Later in the day HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji traveled within a 40 car convoy, accompanying HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to Howard University where they received a warm regal welcome.
The Ooni of Ile Ife invited HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji II to speak during the Ooni of Ife Ojaja II Symposium at the Howard University Blackburn Center; and Kabiyesi Oloyotunji did just that.
Addressing the audience directly after Dr. Wande Abimbola, HRM Oloyotunji spoke about how unification of Ile Ife and the Diaspora began 40 years ago with Ooni Oba Sijuwade Olubuse when he recognized Oyotunji and the Oba Efuntola Adefunmi and that it is our responsibility to not forget and continue the relationship. Posing the question: What has been done since Ooni Sijuwade built the bridge to cultivate relations in the Diaspora? Have we dropped the ball? and How will we carry this newly energized unity? The Oba stressed and highlighted the importance of culture, tradition and the responsibility we each have to it.
The event was concluded by HIM Ooni Adeyeye, who spoke directly to the audience about his plans to internalize the messages received by all on that day, followed by photos.
In the last private conversation that HIM Oba Adeyeye and HRM Oba Adejuyigbe had, the Ooni promised Oloyotunji that he walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk and that it was his intent to assist with developing Oyotunji along with cultivating a deeper understanding of Yoruba culture in the Diaspora. The Obas agreed to bury any past misunderstandings and continue forth in unification, peace, LOVE and in total spirit.
"We're brothers and must relate together and indeed we were cut from the same cloth. I'm prepared to assist you in whatever ways possible to achieve unity, cultural and other developments amongst continental Yorubas and those in the Diaspora. I appreciate your good works. I have heard a lot about Oyotunji." -HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Oguwusi 51st Ooni of Ife Ojaja II
HRM Oba Adejuyigbe Egundjobi Alladahonu Oyewole Adefunmi II, Oloyotunji of Oyotunji