His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, was a guest at the the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton where he stopped by for an official visit late March.

The 51st Ooni spoke to curators about various artifacts, including an ancient Yoruba crown, that have been donated to the museum with little or no accompanying information said:

“We are here to connect the dots,” His Majesty told CNN. “Because so many of our artifacts and antiquities that have been taken for many centuries can’t be properly interpreted.”

“We want to come up with an initiative whereby every museum we’ve gone to in the world will loan our artifacts and antiquities, although they belong to us!”

“If they are being kept on our behalf we can loan and put them on display, then we can talk about our things, nobody can talk about them more than us, that was very evident today.

“We are the ones who will tell our story by ourselves, nobody will tell our stories, our mission is to unite all the custodians of heritage and tradition across the entire continent of Africa.”


The Black Cultural Archives was not the Ooni of Ife’s only stop. He had a private session with the British Monarchy and was invited for commonwealth remembrance ceremony. He later met the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Andrew, which he said was to further develop a relationship within Nigeria and Africa as a whole within the British system.

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