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Inclusive Governance and Community Engagement in Nigeria: The Role of Traditional Leaders

Chatham House, London


His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II), Oòni of Ifé
Chair: Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House


As the traditional leader of the Yoruba people in Nigeria, the Oòni of Ifé, His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II) is the monarch of a diverse constituency in Ilé-Ifè and across Nigeria’s Yoruba population comprising different faiths and cultural values.
The Oòni has utilized his unique position as a highly respected intermediary between local communities and formalized governance structures to promote community participation and economic diversification, including a push to increase agricultural production in Ilé-Ifè to create jobs and reduce food insecurity. The Oòni has also encouraged inclusive cross-cultural debate in Ilé-Ifè, setting up a truth and reconciliation committee to promote peace co-existence between Yoruba and Hausa peoples in the region, following clashes in which 46 people were killed earlier this year.
At this event, His Imperial Majesty Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II) will discuss the role of traditional leaders in Nigeria and the importance of community participation in governance.