Queen Wuraola-Zynab Ogunwusi is the queen of the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. In the last 7 months, she has shocked a lot of people around the Palace at the fast pace at which she settled into her role as the wife of Ooni of Ife, one of the most powerful monarchs in Nigeria.
She has dropped her previous high profile life-style and has settled into her traditional role as the Yeyeluwa. That is why all over the palace and its environs this pretty queen is usually called Yeye, Yeye, Yeye. Yeyeluwa is the title for the queen or the most senior queen of Ife, as the first lady. The most senior wife of late Ooni Sijuwade has become the immediate past Yeyelua of Ife.
Her life-style has changed. She is very busy these days attending to traditional duties around the palace and inside Ile-Ife. She atimes leads some of the rites. She leads the traditional woman in the traditional rites they engage in, her fashion style has also changed. She now wears only white and she is always bedecked in coral beads not only on her neck, but ankles.
Gone are all her fitted dresses and trendy outfits. She now wears flowing dresses, boubous.
And she is very, very respectful. She shows courtesy to each and every person that steps into the Palace and she is getting used to her roles.
City people can authoritatively reveal that after she settled in as the wife of Ooni, the monarch got elderly people to sit her down for months to lecture and tutor her on her duties as the Queen of Ooni. Like an insider explained, “it was like going back to school for her. All the sessions she had with them prepared her for the new role she now plays”.
Unknown to many, she has an NGO which also takes her time. The Queen of Ile-Ife Foundation is an organization committed to expanding the possibilities for children, women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. We are an economy-focused Foundation with initiatives that focus on Education, Cultural Development, Poverty, Healthcare Intervention, and Enterprise Empowerment. With the continued help and support of our dedicated volunteers and sponsors, we can continue to fulfil our mission statement: to deliver relevant and a better quality of living to those in immediate need.
Our mission is to echo the voice of African women from the African source, while creating an enabling environment and means of livelihood for the underprivileged in Africa through cultural and global engagement.
The Queen of Ile Ife Foundation (QIIF) is a Non-Governmental Organization birthed out of passion and strong will for community and humanity development. The organization spreads her tentacles beyond Ile-Ife to the nooks and crannies of Africa and other continents. QIIF supports women and children from grass-root level in the achievement of their dreams and life goals. Our organization believes there are untapped strengths in many individuals and is focused on developing structures that will enable the unlocking of the potentials in African women.
Her Majesty, Olori Wuraola-Zynab Otiti Ogunwusi recently paid a surprise visit to the children of St Peters Anglican Primary School in Ile-Ife. Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of education and insists that they become the best that they can be and dream beyond the confines of their environment.
I encourage everyone reading this, to be that champion to a child around near you. Arm them with books, pencils, novels, and food. Teach them to read and empower themselves. For education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world especially in a nation like ours. #OloriWuraola #QueenWuraolaOgunwusi #OloriWuraolaEducationInitiative #HMWuraola #OoniofIfe. When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. Let us hold one another to a higher standard.
Her Majesty, Olori Wuraola-Zynab Ogunwusi photographed with Ile-Ife elementary and secondary school students at the Royal Palace. Over 1000 students were provided with school supplies, books and food for their school term. #Flashback #Olori Wuraola #Ooni of Ife #Education Matters.
We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”
In 2016, @UNICEF reports that there are over 153 million orphans in the world, many of whom live in institutional orphanages in deplorable conditions. The Queen of Ile-Ife Foundation is commited to help orphaned children fulfill their potential by assisting in the renovation of local orphanages while providing food and supplies for orphans in rural areas of Nigeria and across Africa.
The word “Siwaju” in Yoruba translates to, Forward. Siwaju is the enterprise development initiative of the Queen of Ile-Ife Foundation. Project Siwaju teaches women artisan trade skills to make high quality products from locally sourced materials.These women create bags, dresses, accessories and home de´cor for sale in local and international markets.
Our women are taught the art of weaving fabrics and create high quality products for trade and sale to enable them to earn money to support themselves and their families. They are also trained in the craft of tie-dying to create traditional scarves, garments and bags. Household items such as soaps, shea and cocoa butter will also be available for purchase. To Read more about Project Siwaju and how to volunteer or contribute to The Queen of Ile-Ife Foundation,
Her Majesty, Olori Wuraola-Zynab Ogunwusi along with His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni Oba (King) Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi have been named the official Royal ambassadors for Hepatitis Advocacy in Nigeria.
World Hepatitis Day and the SHECA Foundation in conjunction with NOhep has put together a series of events to promote screening, prevention and treatment of Hepatitis. The SHECA foundation, led by Princess Adepeju Hameed, is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing and sensitizing the public about the disease, as well as providing support for care. Hepatitis is manageable and curable if detected early and appropriate action is taken.
Other Goodwill Ambassadors include General Yakubu Gowon and Media Personality Latasha Ngwube, who kicked off the walk for Hepatitis July 28th in Ile-Ife Nigeria to create awareness and give free screening and vaccines to the people in the rural area. “If you or I want to make a change in this world, we must begin from home. If not us, who? If not now, when?” __
Her Majesty, Olori Wuraola-Zynab Otiti Ogunwusi at the Internally Displaced Peoples Camp in Abuja where thousands of people fleeing conflict and poverty in Nigeria due to Boko Haram reside. More than 14,000 families are living in Abuja’s IDP camps and over 1 million people are displaced across Nigeria due to extremists. This is a call to each and every single Nigerian to do what we can, wherever we are, to help our brothers and sisters, our children in dire need. This is not just a national problem, this is a global crisis. We cannot improve this situation by partial responses and relaxed methodologies. It’s time for us to come together as a community and as a nation to face the complexities of this matter.