Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Wednesday, welcomed the principal officers of the University of Ibadan to the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Ife, ably led by the distinguished Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola.
The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, while receiving the team from the University of Ibadan, said he is thrilled by the team and leadership, which he said:
“Is dedicated to working with me in preserving the resilience and innovative culture of our young populations through our mutual agreement which was signed today. We must never forget that Africa has become the most competitive and attractive innovation investment destination that the world is scrambling for,” he said.
He also used the opportunity of the visit to fulfil his 2017 promise to the institution, saying:
“In the fulfilment of my promise to you in 2017, I have therefore created the Royal African Young Innovators (RAYI) which will accommodate the development of 21st-century technological solutions that will offer better solutions to our nations critical problems.
RAYI will drive scientific and industry partnerships with the genuine provision of support for emerging technologies,” he said.
“Since November 2017 after my visit to the Silicon Valley where I met many outstanding young Africans that were building streams of inventions, it is clear and unambiguous that we must harness and support the innovative tendencies and optimized technological solutions that are being designed for the benefits of our continent by our own very young people. To do otherwise would be a footprint of nations in peril.
I’m committed to enabling the realizations of the dreams and ambitions of our young disruptive innovators,” the ” Ooni of Ife added.