The spiritual influence of the Aworis led to the emergence of Lagos State and some parts of Ogun State the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, made the disclosure on Friday while hosting the indigenes of Awori Kingdom during this year’s Ileya Omo Olofin Festival.
The Aworis were led by the by the Olota of Ota, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege.
Ooni described the Aworis as genuine princes of Ife who left to be the original settlers and owners of Lagos and some parts of Ogun State.
He said when leaving Ife, the Aworis left with the god of commerce “Orisa Aje” whose spiritual power accounted for the huge commercial success in Lagos and part of Ogun which he said they they owned.
The Ooni charged the Olota to work hard to ensure the unity of Awori kingdom.
He said he should champion the cause of unification of the Aworis at home and in the Diaspora.
Speaking at the occasion, Olota extolled the leadership qualities of Oba Ogunwusi.
He also thanked him for the befitting reception given to the people of Awori who were in Ife to celebrate their festival.
Also present at the occasion were the Olofin of Isheri, Oba Nurudeen Adekanmbi; the Onitetiku of Owode Ota, Oba Wasiu Ogungbayi and the Olojodu of Ojodu, Oba Sowemimo.
Present too were Onikotun of Otun Ota, Oba Akeem Odunaro; Seriki of Ota, Chief Olarenwaju Bashorun; Otunba Segun Johnson; Aare Atunluse of Aworiland, Chief Segun Osifeso; Oba Alagbe, Elegushi of Egushi Ota; Oba Opaleye, Oloobere-Ota; Oba Alaje of Ajegunle, Oba Oloyede Onijemo of Ijemo Ilogbo Ota; Oba Olorunda Oke Ore, Oba Johnson Okikiilu and others.