The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja ll) has urged tourists all over the globe to tap the tourism potential in Ile-Ife, saying that there is the need to be better educated about the creation of earth.
Speaking at the official declaration of Ile- Ife as a tourism zone for the entire world at the weekend in Ile-Ife, the Ooniclaimed that the biblical Ark of Noah and the Tower of Babel are in the ancient town.
Besides, the royal father said many mystical signs, primeval artefacts and ancient relics abound in the town, saying that everything started in Africa as established by research, historians and archeologists.
He added that the historical assets in Ile-Ife was enough to empower Nigeria and Africa at large but lamented the neglect of cultural endowments in Africa and Nigeria in particular.
The Ooni said both anthropology and archaeological findings attest to the origin of mankind from Africa, saying there are more than enough evidence to show that the actual origin of creation is Ile Ife.
The reverred royal father noted that African endowments and culture are gradually being threatened with extinction and called on Africans to come together to salvage their heritage.
He said, “The world is gravitating towards the African culture but we (Africans), the custodian of culture do not value it,
“The bottom line is that everything started in Africa and it has been established by researches and historians. Wherever in Africa the origin of man started, it’s our general asset. We have to take the continent out of the poverty that we are.
“The positive spirit of the creation is behind the successes of sons and daughters of Yoruba across the globe. Yoruba settlements are found in all the regions of Africa, North and South America, Europe and United States of America, Australia and many other parts of the world”.