The traditional ruler of Ife Kingdom, Osun State, Nigeria, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has disclosed the creation of the Royal African Young Innovators (RAYI).
According to the traditional ruler, the initiative is aimed at accommodating the development of 21st century technological solutions.
Ọba Ogunwusi stated that RAYI will offer better solutions to the country’s critical problems.
In his words, “RAYI will drive scientific and industry partnership with genuine provision of support for emerging technologies.”
This was disclosed on Wednesday September 8, 2021, during a visit by the principal officers of the University of Ibadan to the Royal Court in Ife Kingdom.
While officially welcoming the team which was led by the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola, to his kingdom, the king commended the leadership of the university.
“I’m thrilled that the University of Ibadan’s leadership team is dedicated to working with me in preserving the resilience and innovative culture of our young populations through our mutual agreement which was signed today.
“We must never forget that Africa has become the most competitive and attractive innovation investment destination that the world is scrambling for,” the king said.
He added, “Since November 2017 after my visit to the Silicon Valley where I met many outstanding young Africans that were building streams of inventions, it is clear and unambiguous that we must harness and support the innovative tendencies and optimized technological solutions that are being designed for the benefits of our continent by our own very young people.”
He said that anything contrary to that would be a footprint of nations in peril.
The king also reiterate his commitment to enabling the realizations of the dreams and ambitions of our young disruptive innovators.
“In the fulfilment of my promise to you in 2017, I have therefore created the Royal African Young Innovators (RAYI) which will accommodate the development of 21st century technological solutions that will offer better solutions to our nations critical problems.
“RAYI will drive scientific and industry partnership with genuine provision of support for emerging technologies,” he added.