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Obama to Honor the 51st Ooni of Ife as NYC Declares June 13 'Yoruba Day'

A visit to the White House, the Odunde festival and ‘Yoruba Day,’ and more make up the 51st Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi’s busy U.S. visit.

As we mentioned previously, the 51st Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is to have a private reception and take part in a public arts forum hosted at Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCada) in Brooklyn, NY. There, he’ll be in conversation with Okayafrica’s CEO Abiola Oke.


But word is now that on the same day as Monday’s event, NYC Senator Kevin Parker and the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam have obtained permission to declare June 13 as “Yoruba Day” to honor the 40-year-old monarch, Punch reports.

U.S. President Barack Obama will also receive and honor his Royal Majesty as an Ambassador of Peace at the White House on Wednesday.

Additionally a jam-packed U.S. visit includes a special guest appearance at the illustrious Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, Pa, which was established in 1975 to celebrate the Yoruba people and captivates 500,000 people annually. It will also be an opportunity for the traditional ruler of Nigeria’s Ile-Ife—considered the birthplace of all Yoruba people—to engage more than 3,000 Ife indigenes living in the U.S. on development of the ancient Yoruba town. Plans are already in the works for the king to invest in a much needed 100-acre cashew plantation—news that the National Cashew Association announced Monday, as Vanguard reports.

“All Ife natives in the US are excited and energised for this epochal occasion,” one of the leaders of Ife Ooye North America group, Chief Olubunmi Awopileda says, according to Punch. “It will be an occasion to showcase our very rich culture with our king as the symbol.”

The Ooni of Ife paid a visit to United Nations headquarters in NYC, Naira Naija News reports, as well as an African Burial Ground Monument in lower Manhattan on Friday.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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