On Thursday, November 23, 2017, The Royal International Institute of Foreign Affairs in the United Kingdom hosted His Imperial Majesty, Ọba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjájá II), Ọọ̀ni’rìsà of Ilé-Ifẹ̀ who is also the Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), where he passionately lectured on the topic, “Inclusive Governance and Community Engagement in Nigeria: The Roles of Traditional Rulers.

Former UK diplomat, Mr Robert Dewar welcomed, Ooni Ogunwusi to the Chatham House, he together with the Africa section executive team at Chatham house led by Dr Alex Vine OBE and executive members of Ooni of Ife Global Outreach in charge of the lecture, briefed His Imperial Majesty in a private discussion and was led to lecture hall with warm reception from the audience.

His Imperial Majesty moved straight into his speech starting off with a historical background on governance from the traditional perspective and its importance in this modern world. He further called on African governments to find it paramount to include traditional institutions in the democratic processes during decisions making as the grass root understanding of every community is built in the tradition which must not be thrown away.

Closing his unscripted presentation, he carefully made it clear to the audience that Africa is in the frontline and plays a key role in globalization and must not be ignored by the world.

We enjoyed his speech and have learnt a lot from it, His Imperial Majesty made time to have one-on-one chat with each attendee and toured The Chatham House with the help of Mr Robert Dewar and Dr Alex Vine OBE.

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