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Brooklyn's MoCADA to Welcome the 51st Ooni of Ife Next Week

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, is slated to touch down in NYC for a private reception and arts forum hosted by MoCADA on Monday, June 13.

Recently anointed 51st Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi—the traditional ruler of Nigeria's Ile-Ife, considered the birthplace of all Yoruba people—has been making rounds lately.


The 40-year-old monarch visited the Lagos home of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward Obafemi Martin on Sunday, according to Complete Sports Nigeria.The former Inter striker posted a dimly lit video of the Ooni of Ife’s stopover.

The Oni of Ife HRM Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi @ my place

A video posted by Obafemi Martins (@obagoal) on

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@obagoal and Ooni of Ife , Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojajall) ?????????

A video posted by Obafemi Martins (@obagoal) on

And the National Cashew Association announced Monday that Ogunwusi plans to invest in a much needed cashew plantation that would cover 100 acres of land in Ile-Ife, Oshun, Vanguard reports.

“The dynamic traditional ruler took to cashew farming so as to create jobs and make Osun the leading cashew powerhouse in Nigeria and worldwide,” a NCAN spokesperson says.

What’s more, his Royal Majesty is slated to touch down in NYC for a private reception and arts forum hosted by Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts Monday, June 13.

Okayafrica’s very own CEO, Abiola Oke, will be in conversation with the traditional Yoruba monarch about the importance of African arts as part of the forum.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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