In continuation of his parley with world leaders across the continent, Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II CFR recently visited East Africa; Kenya in Nairobi where he met with Kenyan President, His Excellency, William Samoei Ruto on a state visit accompanied by Governor of Machakos County in Kenya, Her Excellency Wavinya Ndeti and his queen; Olori Temitope Enitan Ogunwusi, to discuss his Global Peace Agenda and his Ojaja Pan-African Business Initiatives which is currently extending its tentacles outside the shores of Nigeria and his pursuit of welfarism for people of African descent, unification of African people globally for peace and economic stability as the spiritual head of the Yoruba Race globally.
Receiving His Imperial Majesty and his entourage at the Kenyan Government House in Nairobi, President Ruto noted that; he is fascinated at His Majesty’s quest to ensure Africa continues to wax stronger in peace and unity using his revered stool bridging the gap between the traditional institution, Government institution and the people.
He however also noted that; he has read a lot about the great exploit of His Majesty in investment in human development and business success which is why He and His people are opening their arms wide to his majesty and are willing to support His initiative and further strengthen the bond between Nigeria and Kenya.
“Your Majesty, I sincerely welcome you and your team on behalf of the government and good people of Kenya. We have been told of how you have consistently used your throne to work for peace and prosperity of our continent and the world at large, you are indeed a very unique Pan-African king of our time. This is what kings should be doing.
“Kenyans and Nigerians are partners in progress for the development of Africa. The two countries have enjoyed good diplomatic ties together and this visit and investment mission in Kenya will surely further strengthen the existing cordiality between our two countries.”
“Kenya is opening for big enterprises, come and set up businesses here and I can assure you and members of your Ojaja Pan-African Business Initiatives some of whom are already operating in some East African countries of the unflinching support of my government”, President Ruto disclosed.
Appreciating President Ruto’s warm welcome, Ooni Ogunwusi described him as a Pan-African president and exemplary leader the African people can trust. He further commended him for his sterling leadership qualities in making Kenya a leading stable democracy in Africa and also expressed his confidence in the president’s capacity to deliver monumental dividends of democracy to the people of Kenya.
“Africa is the most appealing continent, with immense natural fortune and untapped human capital that are altering the global workforce, trade, and investment. I’d like to pay special tribute to President William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto CGH for demonstrating the oneness of Africa and the unrivalled special reception he accorded me and my entourage during my official trade and investment visit to the Republic of Kenya.
“I’m thankful for the demonstration of his special commitment to push for the inclusion of traditional institutions as enablers of good governance in Africa as I unveiled the Ooni Ojaja Pan-Africa Business and Investment Initiative with a large contingent of entrepreneurs across Africa. It is clear that we must consciously expand our economic engagement with unprecedented access to markets between our two countries.
Nigeria needs Kenya, and Kenya needs Nigeria. Our ambition is to develop the most ambitious ties that will propel us to sell goods and services more easily across borders while our children can pursue opportunities across Africa without barriers of immigration and unfriendly movement policies.
“The borderless African continent is an unexploited asset that is critical to unlocking the economic potential of African countries. The vision of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is one of the flagships for the continent’s shared wealth and economic boom.
It is a game changer that can provide a tariff-free framework that should have been in existence since 1957 when Ghana became the first African country to achieve independence from colonial rule. It is time to build the “Africa that We Want,” not as a slogan, but as an epic movement that restores Africa’s honour, pride, and reverence, from aid to trade.” Ooni Adeyeye disclosed.
Ooni through the Ojaja Pan African business initiative is currently investing in many pies of business like; the Ojaja More retail outlets across South West Nigeria, Ojaja Resort currently in Ile-ife and Akure, Ojaja University in Ilorin among other business investments.