Oba Ogunwusi has a passion for promoting tourism in Nigeria.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and his new wife, Olori Wuraola, celebrated their recent marriage with a honeymoon at the Lacampagne Tropicana Resort in Lagos.
The monarch in an exclusive interview with National Tribune has revealed why he spent his honeymoon in Nigeria, rather than travelling abroad.
According to Oba Ogunwusi, there is a need to promote local tourism industry. As a leader in Nigeria, it was very important for him to patronise resorts located in the country.
He said, "There is a saying that charity begins at home. It’s very important that we have home grown tourism. I am very passionate about domestic tourism."
"Why should I go abroad? Why? Does it have any economic meaning? No. It does not and I am an advocate of anything Nigerian; I walk with it, I sleep and wake up with Nigeria, it rings in by brain and I am Nigerian to the core."
Oba Ogunwusi is a strong advocate of tourism. He has repeatedly stated that his home town, Ile-Ife, has the potential to become one of the world's best tourist centers.
He spoke of economic empowerment and occupation of the youths as one of perks of having a functional tourism industry.
"I am a tourism gospel spreader and I cannot or no longer hide myself."
"Tourism is important. It is one economic sector which Nigeria, as an entity, and Nigerians as a people, have not come to terms with, in relations to its economic indispensability."
"If we have positive movement in the area of tourism, it will empower a lot of youths."
The monarch has developed a hands-on approach to some of the challenges in Ile-Ife and Osun State in general.
He is quite adamant that with dedication and effective collaboration, the state would soon start to live up to its potential.
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