According to a statement by the media aide to the monarch, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Ooni made this known when receiving the delegation from Oyotunji, South Carolina, U.S.A led by the founder of Nigeria Socio-Economic Group (NASO) and ambassador of the village to Nigeria, Barrister Rotimi Bond on Thursday 19th January 19 2017 in his palace in Ile-Ife.
Oyotunji is an African village promoting the Nigerian cultural values in the United States of America has invited His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II as the Special Guest of Honour in its forthcoming Cultural Heritage Celebration.
His Royal Majesty, Oba Adejuyigbe Adefunmi II, the head of the village through his delegation Ambassador Rotimi Bond said this year’s celebration is all encompassing as it will be the biggest ever celebrated in history hence the presence of His Imperial Majesty will make more glorifying.
Also to be present at the celebration are the governor of the state of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and his Lagos counterpart Governor Akinwunmi Ambode among other prominent Yorubas.
Barrister Bond made more emphasis on the activities of NASO and Atlantic Bond Initiative (ATBONDI) which he initiated to promote and develop bilateral relations in the areas of trade and commerce, education, tourism, arts, culture and tradition, between Nigeria, Oyotunji Village and the entire 23 countries in North America will leave no stone unturned in realising peace and unity in yoruba nation both home and in the Diaspora.
Ooni Ogunwusi while receiving the guests conferred the honorary citizenship of Oyotunji African village on Akintunde Ambode, Bukola Fabeku, Dare Adefuye, Christy Ada Chineke while Funke Ogunfuye was honored with the Yeye Oge of Oyotunji.
Oba Adefunmi is scheduled to visit Nigeria in February 2017 to pay President Buhari a courtesy visit. During this visit, Ooni of Ife will host him and the NASO Group in Ile-Ife to a grand reception where the itinerary and date of the Oyotunji Nigerian Cultural Heritage Celebration will be formally released and blessed by the Ooni of Ife.