Nigeria’s foremost Royal King, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife has adopted a talented corn seller who drew a portrait of him.
The 17-year-old boy, Samuel, who used pencil to reflect the true image of the royal father has been promised a scholarship to university.
The Ooni of Ife vows: ‘My Royal Stool is dedicated to ambitious young Nigerian populations who are daily pushing hard through the barriers of economic instability and uncertainties to gain better livelihood’.
“Superlative Samuel who is just about to graduate from secondary school has been adopted by me. His fees till his tertiary education will be taken care of by me and he will be gainfully employed right here in my palace”.
According to Oba Ogunwusi: “I got tagged on Twitter a few months back from a young man who made a brilliant pencil drawing of myself, in my appreciation for his art I invited him to my palace.
“It’s clear that if we all work together as a people, irrespective of our special positions or privileged social status, we can deliver access to sustainable socioeconomic opportunity’s that suit our people.
It was an endless gratitude for me meeting his mother who is a corn seller and who demonstrates an incredible heart of motherhood. She reveres in awe of the Stool of Oduduwa at the sight of me.
“I thank God for the position he has put me in. Since my ascension, my Royal Stool is dedicated to ambitious young Nigerian populations who are daily pushing hard through the barriers of economic instability and uncertainties.