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Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Complete Biography by philkay(m): 10:34am On Oct 29, 2015
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan was born forty-one years
ago in the ancient city of Ile-Ife into the Giesi
Ruling House, Ojaja Royal Compound of
Agbedegbede in Ile-Ife. Many years before the
birth of the young prince, it was predicted that a
child of prominence that would impact the lives of
mankind would be born into the family at exactly
1pm. Indeed, Oba Adeyeye came into this world
at exactly 1pm on a Thursday, the 17th of
October, 1974.
With the news of the arrival of a new born prince,
he was specifically named Adeyeye by his
grandfather Pa. Joseph Olagbaju Adewole
Ogunwusi Jnr. The name Adeyeye in English
translates to ‘A Crown Befitting for a King’; Pa
Ogunwusi on setting his eyes on the new born
prince began to call him Adeyeye Ooni from that
very day till he passed away.
The young prince’s late mother also named him
Enitan which in English translates to ‘A child of
great story’.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is the 5th direct
descendant of the Giesi Ruling Family (Ooni Ojaja
Orarigba – Ayikiti ninu Aran reigned form
1878-1880, he was the 44th Ooni of Ile-Ife to
Ooni Ojaja Orarigba begat Adegosan Adewole
Ogunwusi, who was an extremely powerful prince
in Ile-Ife and a war veteran that never lost any
battle for Ile-Ife and the Yoruba race. Adegosan
Adewole Ogunwusi begat Pa Joseph Olagbaju
Adewole Ogunwusi (Jnr.), a very bold prince who
took after his father.
Pa Joseph Olagbaju Adewole Ogunwusi (Jnr.)
begat Prince John Oluropo Ogunwusi, a radio and
television anchor and star presenter that spanned
the entire mid-1980s to early 21st century in the
South-Western part of Nigeria. Prince John
Oluropo Ogunwusi begat Oba Adeyeye Enitan.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was quietly
delivered into the humble family of Prince Ropo
and late Margaret Wuraola Ogunwusi (Ile Opa
family compound, Ile-Ife). Like the proverb, “A
golden fish has no hiding place”, young prince
Ogunwusi’s excellence and outstanding acumen
would soon start to announce it for the world to
Oba Adeyeye is best described as an astute
entrepreneur driven by turning impossibilities to
‘possibilities’. The Young Prince’s power of
imagination has set him aside, hence,
revolutionizing his approach to creativity and
innovation. He is a distinct achiever with the
conscience of youthful excellence.
The ambitious young Prince with exceptional
business ideas delved into Engineering,
Procurement and Construction (EPC) locally and
abroad for over 12 years. He is also actively
involved in the development of over 2,500
housing units with various consortia of
developers within the last 8 years.
In Nigeria, he set up and fostered strong trade
relationships through the Association for
International Business (AIB) with presence in over
200 member countries across the globe. One of
the laudable achievements of this body includes
the trade facilitation between the United Arab
Emirates (Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone Development)
and the Federal Government of Nigeria through
the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission
Furthermore, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi led
the Government delegation to Canada in 2002
that promoted strategic alliances through a
partnership with the Ondo State Government on
solid mineral (Bitumen, Dimension Stones,
Granite, etc.) potentials of the state, which gave
rise to the formation of the ‘Amalgamated Mining
and Exploration Company Limited’ – wholly
owned by the Ondo State Government.
In addition, he facilitated the development of
Sparkwest Steel Galvanizing Plant (the only steel
Galvanizing Plant in Nigeria), National Iron Ore
Mining Company Limited and Jakura Mines
resuscitation projects, which has eventually
become the major limestone feedstock to Obajana
Cement Plant in Kogi State, Nigeria.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was involved in
the trading and marketing of commodities as the
main facilitator for Dangote Group’s break into the
‘up-country supply chain consortium’ between
1996 and 1999. To mention a few, he also traded
for Dohagro Allied, Global Apex, Olam, Clemco,
Stallion Group and Milan Group at about the
same period.
This was where he gained his expertise in
marketing which till date is one of his core
strengths. He also facilitated the biggest Lead and
Aluminum recycling plant set up in Nigeria by the
National Steel Company of India in Ota, Ogun
In 2002 Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was able
to revitalize the processing of rice and setting
them into different groups and sub categories. In
addition he was able to donate rice and tilling
equipments to the Oyo and Ogun State chapters
of the “Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria”.
The Young Prince was a major force in
propagating the Ofada rice production; which was
made possible under the chairmanship of Alhaji
Abubakar Wodi of the “Rice Farmers Association
of Nigeria”.
The industrious Prince began his strides in the
Real Estate sector with various dredging and land
reclamation projects in Lagos State. Oba Adeyeye
is the initiator of Essential Homes, a real estate
product launched in January 2014, formed to
deliver affordable upscale homes to middle and
low income earners.
The 1st phase of the product (the Southpointe
Estate, Lafiaji Road-Lekki, Lagos State) started in
February 2014 and has been successfully
delivered within a year with approximately 60%
occupancy recorded.
This attests to the huge market demand and
acceptability of the Essential Homes brand. He
also led the team that developed the prestigious
Northpointe Estate Phases I, II, III and Midland
Court on Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos.
In addition, Oba Adeyeye has successfully
undertaken numerous multi-billion Naira projects
across Lagos and its environs; Jacob Mews
Estate Yaba, Lakeview Park I and II Estate Lekki,
the ongoing Golden Leaf Estate, Lekki and Grand
Lake Estate Ajah, Lagos.
The Lord’s Estate which is in partnership with
Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the piling of Lagos Home
(a residential project powered by Lagos State
Government), Ilubirin, Lagos and the upcoming Ife
Grand Resort and Leisure.
Oba Adeyeye has a clear track record of
community development starting with his home
town. Four years ago, during the occasion of his
Mum’s funeral, the community was without any
form of electricity. The Prince embarked on a
‘Power Project’ to install transformers and light
poles that generated electricity which till date is
serving the good people of that community.
This ‘Power project’ was also extended to the
other parts of the town. The Lafiaji community, off
Orchid Hotel road, Lekki – Epe expressway,
Lagos also benefitted from his community
development projects with the opening up and
reconstruction of 6.5km road, with a 1.1km green
extension without Government intervention. He
also made possible the electrification of this
whole stretch powered by his company, Gran
Imperio Group.
Within a year, to actualize his dream of the
development of one of the best resorts in Nigeria,
he led a team that opened up a remote jungle
called Inagbe Island in Amuwo-Odofin LGA,
His vision and creativity transformed Inagbe
Island into a whole new community offering world
class relaxation and recreational facilities. The
multi-billion Naira Inagbe Grand Resorts and
Leisure, Lagos, Nigeria is the first of its kind in
the whole of West Africa bounded by the Lagos
Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. With this feat, he
is set to increase the country’s GDP through
tourism and reduce unemployment by providing
direct and indirect employment.
At the launch of this magnificent project in
December 2013, The Managing Director of First
Bank plc., Mr.Bisi Onasanya, told The National
Newspaper(published on December 13,2013) that
tourism remain a veritable means of
entrepreneurship and a source of revenue for
Nigeria. Hence, it should be given necessary
At the unveiling of the signage of the resort, Mr
Bisi Onasanya said” It is a shame to some of us
that we have waited this long for a younger
person to come and wake us up and show us
what we are able to do.”
Oba Adeyeye is very passionate about people and
their pursuit of happiness. Alongside his vibrant
personality, he is very down to earth and enjoys
being in the midst of his workers. He celebrates
and dances with them, dines with them, cracks
jokes and of course gets on the work grind with
Early this year, Oba Adeyeye disclosed his plans
to take Ile-Ife to greater heights by rebranding the
ancient town and replicating the Grand Resort in
Ile-Ife, having already acquired a good land mass
for the project. On the 7th of March 2015, Oba
Adeyeye was a recipient of the prestigious NIDSA
(National Ife Descendant Students’ Association)
GOLD AWARD for 2015 on the occasion of the Ife
Day celebration.
He is a grassroot fellow to the core, whose
humility is second to none and a lover of youths.
As a philanthropist, Oba Adeyeye has sponsored
numerous less privileged children and youths in
his hometown of Ile-Ife and likewise in Lagos
where he lives.
Many youths till date are beneficiaries of Oba
Adeyeye’s scholarship platform.
Oba Adeyeye is currently an employer of over
300 indigenous youths at the Inagbe Cocowood
Factory-Essential Homes Furniture brand, which
is the first of its kind in Nigeria using 100%
indigenous raw materials for production. He has
over 450 direct employees across his various
companies and over 3000 indirect employees.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is a Director on
the Board of Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank
Limited, (formerly GTHomes) which is a leading
National Mortgage Bank and former subsidiary of
one of the biggest banks in Africa; GTBank plc.
He is also a Director at Fina Trust Microfinance
Bank Limited; one of Nigeria’s foremost
Microfinance Banks focusing on SMEs and micro
credit facilities.
He is the founder and Managing Director of Gran
Imperio Group, which is the holding company of
his Real Estate and Construction, Manufacturing,
Facilities Management, Leisure and Tourism
companies in Nigeria.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi attended Sobuola
Memorial Nursery and primary school, Ibadan and
completed his primary school education at Ibadan
District Council (IDC), Akobo, Ibadan.
He then attended the prestigious Loyola College,
Ibadan in 1985, led by Reverend G.B Daramola,
the principal of the college. He later proceeded to
Ile Ife at Saint Peter’s Secondary School, Omi
Okun, Ile Ife led by Late Johnson Adebisi.
He holds a Higher National Diploma in
Accountancy from the Polytechnic Ibadan, where
he started cutting his teeth in outstanding
entrepreneurship, even as a student.
To mention a few, the royal prince of Ile-Ife (the
source) is a member of some dignified
professional bodies namely; Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate
Accounting Technician and a certified member of
the Institute of Directors (IOD) Nigeria. He is also
an active member of the Global Real Estate
Institute (GRI) having participated at various
He is married to Adedokun Adebisi Ogunwusi and
blessed with a daughter, Adeola Aanuoluwapo
To be a Prince in Yoruba land in itself is
outstanding. However, to be a prince of the
source, Ile-Ife, the Cradle of Civilizations is to be
truly blue-blooded. The young Prince is very
passionate about what he believes in; people and
possibilities and thus has achieved giant stride
from his very youthful age.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi over the years has
fostered numerous remarkable partnerships with
dignified Royal Fathers of Lagos(Yoruba Land) in
some of his Real Estate developments; HRM Oba
Saheed Elegushi, Kusenla III, Elegushi of Ikate
Land, Lagos(Development of Lake View Park 2,
Lafaji, Off Orchid Hotel Road, Lekki-Epe
expressway), HRM the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade
Sijuwade, (development of Northpointe Estate,
Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos), HRM Oba Oyekan,
Onilado of Ilado-lnagbe Island, Lagos
(Development of Inagbe Grand Resorts and
leisure, Lagos), HRM Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, The
Oranmiyan Osile Oke Ona of Egba Land, Abeokuta
(development of the Lord’s Estate, Buckswood
College Abeokuta)
Other Oba he manages estate for include: HRM
Oba Oloruntoyin Saliu, The Oloworo of
Oworonsoki, Lagos (partners in the proposed
Oworonsoki Redevelopment Scheme, Lagos), HRM
Oba Akinloye, Ojomu of Ajiran Land, Lekki – a
host to several developments which Prince
Adeyeye has embarked on. HRM Olofa, Oba
Mufutau Muhammed Gbadamosi (partnership
during the rice and sugar merchandising for
Dangote Group and others).
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is indeed a highly
dignified man, fearless and daring, a self-made
man who not only has passion for his home town
but for his country as a whole. He has forged
respectable alliances with some of the most
esteemed Royal fathers, leaders and kings of our
It is without doubt that the young prince of Ile –
Ife through his vision to impact the lives of
everyone around him and his fervent passion for
humanity has broken grounds as an investor in
people and a preservationist of the cultural
heritage of Ile-Ife. He is loved and highly admired
by the people of Ile-Ife and importantly, he
remains in tune with his roots and traditions.


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