The foremost hospitality and hotel management company in the USA, American Resort Management (ARM), Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday dispatched a team of its top Directors to the Ooni of Ife, his Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.
The team includes Amanda Burkey, VP, Operations, ARM, US, Dr Tom Moucka, Board of Advisors, Smart Guobadia, COO- ARM Africa, Terry Richard and Soma Silver-Brown, ARM, Africa held a closed-door meeting with the Ooni of Ife at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
According to Amanda Burkey,” We are here in Nigeria to specifically acknowledge the inestimable contribution of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to global peace, intercontinental commerce and commitment to the emancipation of youths from the corner of relegation to the platform of responsible visibility.”
She said that Ooni of Ife has distinguished himself as “A global brand of the glory of the Monarchical system which does not prey on fiefdom but consistently digging and enhancing the development of his race, his country and his people.”
Amanda said that ARM, US, has calmly observed and taken note of Ooni Ogunwusi’s, acts, deeds and interactions for the past years, all depicted him as a unique traditional ruler who has a cosmopolitan mission for global consumption.
She disclosed that ARM, US, was willing and ready, not only to associate with Oba Ogunwusi in his efforts at empowering, enabling and projecting the hope of the youth but also to add value and enhanced the Arole Oodua royalty.
Amanda said that ARM, US, with a portfolio in 17 states in the US was networking into Africa and the first port of call is Nigeria “thus our humble knock and seeking of the audience with His Imperial Majesty Ooni Ogunwusi who is not only mere a player in the hospitality sector but also an Oak in Resort management.”
Smart Guobadia in his speech revealed that Oba Ogunwusi’s intercontinental activities and business empire have shored up the hope of African in Diaspora who see him not only as a mentor but also a dependable fatherly figure who one can run to in one’s efforts at adding value to the economic growth of this country.
Terry Richard of ARM, Africa, who lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for his vast interest in the hospitality sector, disclosed that “We are happy to be here today. We are extremely happy to find in Africa, a Monarch of tremendous energy whose one of his objectives and mission is to uplift and enhance the advancement of the youth. It is in this line, that we are here to humbly ask and propose that Ooni Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, be the Chairman of American Resort Management, Africa.”
Tom Moucka said, “Your Imperial Majesty, your acceptance of this proposal to be the Chairman of Board of ARM, Africa will be the continuation of your commitment to advancing and accelerating the process of mutual respect, trust, confidence, togetherness and unity of purpose between races of the world.”
Ooni Ogunwusi in his response thanked the powerful team of ARM, US, for having confidence in Nigeria as a nation by visiting the country at this time and also by coming to him with a goodwill proposal.
The Ooni who was visibly impressed having thoroughly interrogated and interacted with each member of the team for two hours promised a favourable response to the proposal and offer of being the Chairman Board of Directors, American Resorts Management, and Africa.
Soma Silver- Brown, ARM, Africa, Nigeria representative, praised Ooni Ogunwusi for his warm and royal hospitality bestowed on the team and thanked him for his educative remarks in peacebuilding, tourism tradition, culture and arts.