The Palace of the Ooni of Ife has announced the cancellation of the proposed trip of the Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi to the US.
The cancellation was contained in a press release by the monarch’s spokesperson Moses Olafare on Thursday.
Mr Olafare said the decision of the Ooni to cancel the trip was necessitated by the postponement of the TellAfrica International Art And Craft Festival formerly slated to hold in December.
The event is now scheduled to hold in June 2019.
“The 3-day event for which Arole Oodua, Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II is expected to be in the USA from tomorrow has been postponed and this has warranted the cancellation of the proposed trip.
“The Art festival will now hold in June 2019 in commemoration of the Black History Month/Odunde festival in Philadephia and the 400 Years Anniversary of Blacks in America to which His Majesty has also been invited as a Special Guest.
“This is to enhance total inclusion owing to the fact that, Kabiyesi intends to ensure all Africans nationwide do not miss the big event which is expected to unite the world as a whole,” Olafare said.
Project director & CEO of TellAfrica Gbemisola Bisi-Taiwo had earlier in a press statement announced that the event has been rescheduled to the 14th, 15th and 16th of June 2019.