Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Saturday arrived Bahia Airport, Salvador and visited Boka Dogio, a place of worship for the adherents of Sango.
Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Moses Olafare, in his statement, explained that the monarch was received in Salvador, the capital of Bahia state, alongside 17 other monarchs across South Western Nigeria, several priests from Ile Ife, academicians and art promoters.
Wearing all-white apparel, Ooni Ogunwusi assured the adherents, who had turned out in large numbers to receive him, of his support, urging them not to relent but to keep working for the sustainability of the African culture.
According to him, his mission is to seek, find and bring under one umbrella the people of Yoruba race, especially those living away from their ancestral home.
He also implored them never to see themselves as people without identity, stressing that all descendants of Oduduwa like Itsekiri, Edo, Ga, Anago, Igala, Lucumi, Napa, Yoruba and a host of others around the world belong to the same family with their ancestral roots located in Ile Ife.
Ogunwusi said, “My mission is simple. I am for peace and unity of the Yoruba race and all the races within the entire House of Oduduwa worldwide. Everywhere they are, I must seek and get them united with their roots. Sitting on the throne of Oduduwa means that I owe every descendant of the race that responsibility regardless where they are.
“If we are united, we can achieve greater things. to unite, repackage and promote globally Yoruba culture is an important work that myself and my brother kings here with me and at home, who are royal fathers in your ancestral homes in Yorubaland must ensure we do.
“By coming here today, you are assured of your roots. You are people with beautiful roots and great identity. You should know you are not forgotten. I urge to also reconnect with your roots back in Yorubaland.”
The leader of the African Worship Center, Ile Ase Bamgbose, Air Jose de Souza, also known as Bisilola, commended Ooni for the visit while stating the readiness of the group to forge stronger ties with their roots in Yorubaland.
Ooni later offered prayers for the adherents and all people of the race living in the diaspora, while the worshippers entertained the audience with various songs.