The Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Friday, revealed his rag-to-riches story but silent on the fraud scandal rocking him at the Ife Youths Economic Summit in Ile-Ife.
Speaking at the summit that he and Senator Babajide Omoworare co-sponsored, Oba Ogunwusi revealed how he went from being poor to rich by dint of hard work.
He said: “At 20 when people would still be under the care of their parents, I became a father and the horizon was very gloomy. I was torn between Pharaoh and deep Red Sea. When I left polytechnic, I was thinking about setting up an accounting firm and continue in that line of business.
“On the other hand, I was also contemplating going into business. Buying and selling and being my own boss. Shortly after my NYSC, I experimented with some businesses but I could not cope.
“I could not understand the language spoken in the market. What was it that I didn’t sell? Except human parts. I sold biscuit, vegetable oil, rice, sugar, name it. I kept on working. The going was rough and tough but I was not deterred.
“In the market, I started meeting people. I met Alhaji Aliko Dangote, I met Dr Adeleke, many emirs. Because I was dedicated and focused on what I was doing, I kept on going. Bit by bit, people started noticing me.
“As business improved, I began to divest into other things. Today, I give God all glory for making me to choose to be my own boss. I am one of you. Let’s start something new and create jobs. The future belongs to us and we must seize the initiative.”
However, Oba Ogunwusi was silent on the fraud scandal rocking him. It will be recalled that a Human Rights Activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman dragged the 41-year old Oba, and his company, Metropole Interproject Limited, before the EFCC over alleged N400m fraud.