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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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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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