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Ooni of Ife empowers over 300 fashion designers in Ife, environs

The Ooni, the Queen and the graduands

By Dorcas Elusogbon

Ile-Ife (Osun), Nov 1, 2022

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, has empowered more than 300 fashion designers in Ife and its environment as part of his 11-point agenda set up for the throne to assist the less privileged.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Ojaja Fashion Training Institute, on Tuesday, at the Ooni’s Palace, the Royal Father said that he was highly impressed by the progress so far made since the commencement of the programme.

He commended Queen Temitope Ogunwusi for partnering with him to sponsor the Ojaja Philanthropist’s initiative through which the less privileged were being trained to acquire different skills.

According to him, the efforts of Queen Temitope cannot be over-emphasised, as even before she became Queen, she had been supporting him with her “Hope Alive Initiative” for Children’s Day and Christmas Carols programmes in the palace.

The Ooni also thanked the parents of the graduands for standing with their children from birth till date to ensure they succeed in life.

The Royal Father acknowledged the Coordinator of Ojaja Fashion Training Initiative and Ojaja Vocational Training School, Mr. Samuel Adeyanju for modeling these lives towards self-reliance.

Oba Ogunwusi explained further that he was always energised when assisting the needy with the hope of giving them a brighter future.

In the same vein, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of “Hope Alive Initiative,” Queen Temitope Ogunwusi, applauded the Ooni for being a responsible Royal Father who wants everybody to make it in life.

Queen Ogunwusi said that her husband doesn’t believe that something is impossible, and that this motives him to always help the downtrodden both in academics and non-academic fields.

“If anybody wants to attribute anything to Ooni, it is humanitarian service, for he loves all and sundry with the belief that all fingers are not equal,” she said, stressing that the monarch strives to fulfill God’s mandate that well-meaning people should assist the less privileged. “That’s why I see him as my number one role model,” she said.

“My being here is the fulfilment of the Will of God for me, because helping others is my passion,” she said further, pointing out that seeing the Ooni daily having compassion for the poor assists her to fulfil her own dreams of helping to uplift the less privileged.

Queen Ogunwusi charged other philanthropists to stand up to help others by emulating the Ooni, especially since everyone would give account of him/herself on judgement day.

The CEO admonished the graduands to work on their minds and not to stop at the tailoring level, but to aspireto go further into fashion designing so as to become modernised fashionistas.

Queen Ogunwusi appealed to them to see the training as foundational knowledge and ensure that they do not stop there but should try to be their best. “With God on their side, they would move mountains,” she noted.

The Coordinator of Ojaja Philanthropist Initiative, Mr. Samuel Adeyanju appreciated the Ooni for all his efforts aimed at giving a voice to the voiceless.

Adeyanju, who noted that the Ooni has been doing such before now and would continue to further improve on it, urged the beneficiaries to utilise the opportunity given to them to improve their lives and ensure they assisted other less privileged individuals.

He assured that training the youths would reduce the level of criminality in all nooks and crannies of the society, because ‘an idle hand is the devil’s workshop’.

A parent that spoke on behalf of the others, Chief Mosediq Akanni, lauded the Royal Father for deeming it fit to train their children and set them up with sewing machines at the end of the training.

Akanni urged other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the steps of the Ooni to deploy what they have for the needy, saying that government alone cannot do it, but all hands must be on deck to assist the less privileged citizens.

One of the graduands, Opeyemi Titilayo, who spoke to newsmen, appreciated Oba Ogunwusi for training them for a year free of charge and for empowering them to stand on their own at the end of the training.

“We all appreciate the efforts of our Royal Father for turning our lives around for the better and giving us hope for the future.

“We promise that we would not abuse the privilege given to us and we too will reciprocate this gesture to the needy in the future,” she promised.

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