Aregbesola said in the brief statement that the kingmakers of Ife had completed the required process and selected Prince Ogunwusi as the next Ooni.
Oba Sijuade, passed on July 28, 2015 in a London hospital.
The new Ooni, described in many circles as the Prince of the Source, a fearless and self-made business man, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, being the 4th direct descendant of the Giesi family, is in all context, the man for the throne.
About 40 years ago in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, a prince was born into the Giesi Ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compound of Agbedegbede in Ile-Ife. He was named Adeyeye. Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was quietly delivered into the humble family of Prince Ropo and Late Mrs. Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa family compound, Ile Ife). The father was a radio and television anchor and presentation star that spanned the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the South-western part of Nigeria. Though born quietly, Prince Ogunwusi's excellence and outstanding acumen would soon start to announce itself for the world to behold.
An astute entrepreneur, driven by turning 'impossibilities to possibilities', Adeyeye's power of imagination has set him aside, revolutionizing his approach to creativity and innovation. A distinct achiever, with the conscience of youthful excellence, his ambition is exceptional with savvy business ideas, making a mark in his immediate society and beyond.
He has been involved in engineering, procurement and construction locally and abroad for over 12 years and he is also actively involved in the development of over 2,500 housing units with various consortia of developers/promoters over eight years in Nigeria. He facilitated strong trade relationship through Association for International Business (AIB) with presence in over 200 member countries across the globe which he set up in Nigeria. One of the key achievements of this body is the trade facilitation between the United Arab Emirates (Jebel Ali free Trade Zone Development) and Federal Government of Nigeria through Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). He was a co-organizer for Ondo State Economic Planning and Implementation Committee. He led the Government delegation team to Canada in 2002 for strategic alliances and partnership with Ondo State Government on solid mineral potentials of the state (Bitumen, Dimension Stones, Granite, etc.) which led to the formation of Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited – wholly owned by Ondo State Government. He was involved in the facilitation and development of Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only Steel Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines resuscitation projects, which has eventually become the major limestone feed stock to Obajana Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.
Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was involved with trading and marketing of commodities, the main facilitator for Dangote Group's break into the 'up-country supply chain consortium' between 1996 and 1999. He also traded for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco, Stallion Group, Milan Group, etc, at about the same period. This is where he gained expertise in marketing prowess which up till date is one of his major strengths. He also facilitated the biggest lead and aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun State.
He began his strides in the real estate sector with various dredging and land reclamation projects in Lagos State. Adeyeye is the initiator of Essential Homes, a real estate product launched in January 2014 formed to deliver affordable upscale homes to the middle and low income earners. The first phase of the product (The Southpointe Estate, Lafiaji Road, Lekki, Lagos State) started in February 2014, and has been successfully delivered within 1 year with about 60 percent occupancy recorded. This attests to the huge market demand and acceptability of the Essential Homes product.
He also led the team that developed the beautiful Northpointe Estate Phase I, II, III and Midland Court, on Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos. In addition, Prince Adeyeye has successfully undertaken more multi-billion naira projects across Lagos and environs; Jacob Mews Estate, Yaba, Lakeview Park I and II Estates Lekki, the ongoing Golden Leaf Estate, Lafiaji, Lekki and Grand Lake Estate, Ajah, Lagos.
Adeyeye also has clear track record of community development starting with his home town. Four years ago, during the occasion of his mum's funeral, the community was without any form of electricity. Adeyeye went ahead to install transformers and light poles, generated electricity which till today, the community still boasts of. This electrification project is also being extended to other parts of the town. Part of his community development strides has also extended to the Lafiaji community, off Orchid Hotel Road, Lekki-Epe expressway, Lagos, with the opening up and reconstruction of a 6.5km road, with a 1.1km green extension without Government intervention. He also embarked on the electrification of this whole stretch which is being powered by his company, Gran Imperio Group.
In just one year, to actualize his dream of the development of one of the best resorts in Nigeria, he led a team that opened up a remote jungle, Inagbe Island, Amuwo Odofin LGA, Lagos, into a whole new community offering spectacular world class relaxation and recreational facilities. The multi-billion Naira Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, Lagos, Nigeria is the first of its kind in the whole of West Africa bounded by the Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. With this feat, he is set to increase the country's GDP through tourism and reduce unemployment by providing direct and indirect employment. At the launch of this magnificent project in December 2013, the Managing Director of First Bank Plc., Mr. Bisi Onasanya, told The Nation Newspaper (published on December 13, 2013) that tourism remains a veritable means of entrepreneurship and revenue earner for Nigeria, hence it should be given necessary support. The First Bank boss also said this at the unveiling of the signage of the resort, "It is a shame to some of us that we have waited this long for a younger person to come and wake us up and show us what we are able to do."