Lagos, Sept. 6, 2019
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that Nigerians are at present among the most educated immigrants in the United States of America (USA).
The traditional ruler told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Nigerians have prospects and they should not be regarded as the worst group of people in the world.
He noted that nationals from other countries were fond of labeling some of the Nigerians living in the Diaspora as the most fraudulent group and failed to identify the positive records and contributions by some of them.
“It is so sad to note that the only thing most nationals of other countries say about Nigerians living and working in their countries is that Nigerians are fraudulent.
“That is not true. Nigerians are among the most educated immigrants in the USA.
“They are breaking existing records and creating new ones in different sectors; yet, nobody is talking about them or celebrating such feats.’’
The traditional ruler said that it was high time Nigerians began to promote the good things Nigerians had achieved over the years.
He also advised Nigerian youths in the Diaspora flying the flag of the country high to continue with it in the spirit of nationalism and patriotism to their fatherland.
He said that they should continue to promote the heroic deeds of their ancestors through their actions and deeds wherever they find themselves.
“It is about time for us to begin to appreciate our own possessions, our creativity. It’s time for us to tell our stories in positive ways,” he said.
The cultural promoter also said that the Oduduwa Heritage Museum that would be inaugurated on Saturday would be a mind-blowing one to both local and foreigner investors.
“Foreigners always want to see and appreciate our talents because they admire the creativity in our culture and tradition.
“For us, the Oduduwa Heritage Museum project will give birth to a lot of positive things that will include exchange programmes between the nation’s youths and others from countries that had indicated interests in the museum project,” he told NAN.
NAN reports that on Thursday, Sept 5, 2019, the Ooni of Ife launched the Royal African Young Emerging Entrepreneurs Summit (RAYEES), in furtherance of his efforts toward ending unemployment among Nigerian youths.
The Special Adviser to Ooni on Youth Development and Wealth Creation, Mr. Olamide Awosunle, explained that the Ooni had, since his ascension to the throne, been enriching African youths through countless laudable activities.
“This initiative is another developmental idea of Oba Ogunwusi to meaningfully engage the youths, contribute to government’s fight against unemployment and massive wealth creation.
“In the past years, we have empowered thousands of young and old through various empowerment programmes initiated by the monarch.
“Through RAYEES, about 50 enterprising and innovative youths will be empowered and gain training based on international best practices on how to run outstanding businesses.
“RAYEES’ maiden edition is organized in partnership with Henley Business School in the United Kingdom and is supported by world renowned organizations like Oracle, Afrinolly, Intertalent .
“It is also being supported by the Federal Government’s agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and others.
“The selection process of participants will be announced shortly.” he stated.