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The Yoruba Heritage & Cultural Association of Victoria Inc. (YHCAV) is delighted to announce that His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, often referred to as “The Ooni” is visiting Melbourne Australia from 7 – 9 November 2019. The Ooni is the traditional leader of over 44 million Yorùbá people worldwide. The majority of this population is from Nigeria, where the Yorùbá make up 21% of the country's population, making them one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. Outside of Nigeria, Yorùbá communities span across African counties like the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as countries around the world such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Brazil, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago - dating back to the Atlantic slave trade from the 16th to the 19th centuries. YHCAV is the umbrella body promoting socio-cultural, economic and political development of Yorùbá people in Victoria. YHCAV hosts an annual Yorùbá Day event aimed at promoting Yorùbá culture and fostering peaceful co-existence amongst all culturally and linguistically diverse groups in Victoria. The Ooni and his wife Queen Naomi Ogunwusi are the special guests of honour at this year’s Yorùbá Day event on Sat 9th November. The Ooni is a first-class African monarch and Chartered Accountant by profession who has been hosted by top dignitaries and royalty around the world including His Royal Highness Prince Charles of the UK. The Ooni addressed the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania USA in 2016. During his visit to Melbourne, the Ooni will meet with top Government representatives and dignitaries with a message focused on the need for peace and understanding among all nations. Join the celebration: If you’re interested in sponsoring or partnering the 2019 Yoruba Day event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more: www.yorubaheritage.com.au Media Contact Mathew Adetifa | YHCAV President Phone: +61 421 652 967 | Email email@example.com
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Nigeria's Olubadan, ruler of Ibadan land dies at 101
An influential monarch in south-west Nigeria, the Olubadan, or ruler of Ibadan land, has died at the age of 101, his son has confirmed to the BBC. Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade, who ruled over Nigeria's third largest city Ibadan, died in his sleep on Tuesday evening, Nigeria's Punch newspaper quotes palace sources as saying. An official announcement of the Yoruba king's death is expected later. Although largely symbolic, the Olubadan still has strong regional influence.
Nigeria's many monarchs vary in hierarchy and importance with some ruling over large areas, while others are traditional rulers of a village or town. The Olubadan is one of the few unelected figures whom the government would consult on major policy issues in the south-west, reports the BBC's Chris Ewokor from the capital, Abuja.Speaking to the BBC, his son Prince Gbade Lana described the late Olubadan as "a good father, very very stern". "He preached humility... he taught us that once you are humble you will be able to achieve anything in life."
The Olubadan of Ibadan:
The title means "Lord of Ibadan", a Yoruba community founded in the 16th Century The king reigns over a population of nearly three million people Ibadan is the capital of south-western Oyo state - the third-largest metropolitan area by population after Lagos and Kano.
Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade was the 40th Olubadan. A former teacher, soldier, civil servant and politician, he was crowned at the age of 93 years.
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Mr Lana, himself the Oyo state commissioner for information, said he hoped his father would be remembered for "the passion he had for Ibadan as a city... to see that Ibadan grew and became a better place". A World War Two veteran, the late monarch was also a seasoned civil servant and a politician who served as a minister in the 1960s, our reporter says. In 1964, he led the Nigerian parliamentary delegation to a London conference about how to restructure the then-British colonies of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, now Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The name of his title, Olubadan, has been trending on Twitter across the country, since the news of his death broke.
Oba Odugade was on the throne for seven years following the death of the previous Olubadan in 2007.
Source : BBC News.