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Ooni of Ife: Promoting tourism through Motherland Beckons


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Nigerians in the Diaspora (NIDO) has opened its Motherland Beckons Office in Enuwa, Ile-Ife. This is the organization’s show of commitment to the efforts of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s efforts to develop the ancient town into a world-class tourism destination.

It would be recalled that the Ooni of Ife formally declared the ancient city a Tourism Zone last February. The formal opening of Motherland Beckons Nigerians in Diaspora (NIDO) office at the Enuwa Palace was performed by the Ooni who is also the grand patron of Motherland Beckons, an organisation founded by Otunba Wanle Akinboboye which is dedicated to the promotion of Africa and enhancing linkage between the Diaspora and Africa.

On the occasion, Oba Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11) spoke of his ennobling vision of uniting Nigerians in the Diaspora and responsibility towards them as he sees them as one of his primary consistencies in his grand design of fostering peace, unity and development in Nigeria as well as Africa.

The monarch also emphasised the significant role of the Diaspora in the development of the nation.

He said America was developed by immigrants from Europe and not the native Red Indians. Oba Ojaja 11 then used the occasion to express gratitude to the members of NIDO America for the warm reception and hospitality accorded him and his entourage during his visit to the USA in June.


He urged NIDO members not to relent in their efforts in contributing to national growth and development and showered royal blessings on them and stressed that the new NIDO office is for NIDO America, NIDO Europe, NIDO Africa and the Caribbean.

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