The Ooni of Ife's wife,Olori Wuraola Zynab Ogunwusi(Yeyelua) was on Wednesday 23th August 2016 honoured as the Grand Patroness for all the market women in Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo state, Nigeria.
The award ceremony took place at the Ile Oodua Palace of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ife Kingdom during a courtesy call on the revered monarch by Idanre council of market's heads (Iyaloja) led by the Iyaloja of Idanre Kingdom,
Princess Nike Aroloye-Akingboye who showered encomiums on Ooni Ogunwusi for his unprecedented women empowerment Initiatives with a reference to his recently launched five cooperative societies for over five thousand widows across Ifeland describing him as a loving and caring father of all African women who deserves to be loved and honored in return.
Presenting the award plaque to Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi on behalf of the women delegation including two majestic wives of the Owa of Idanre Kingdom, HRM Oba Frederick Aroloye, Princess Aroloye-Akingboye said the honour bestowed on the Ife queen was in recognition of her position as wife to the Ooni who is the Arole Oodua and her love for the children which she has displayed with several visits to Orphanage homes and this year National Children's Day celebration party she and her husband organized for thousands of school children at their residence within the palace on May 27th 2016.
In his speech, the African foremost monarch who is the spiritual leader of Yoruba race expressed his delight for the historic visit and commended the visiting Iyalojas for the honour bestowed on his wife. He promised to continue empowering the women in the society and assured that his wife will not stop showing love and care to all children especially the less privileged ones who are the leaders of tomorrow.
Ooni Ogunwusi concluded with a pledge to storm the kingdom of Idanre very soon in a grand style saying that the historical town formerly known as Ife'ke or Ifeoke(Ife on the hill) did not only migrate from Ile-Ife several centuries ago but also still maintains cultural and tourist similarities with the cradle of Yoruba race.