The Adunni Olorisha Trust (AOT), a registered Trust, was established in 1998 in Nigeria to support Susanne Wenger’s work following the death of her long-time patron and friend, Chief Adebayo Adeleke. After Susanne’s passing at the age of 93 in 2009, the Trust took responsibility for ensuring that her remarkable legacy continues. Today, the AOT is chaired by Chief Adebayo Adeleke’s son, John Adeyemi Adeleke.
The Trust is named after Susanne’s Yoruba name “Adunni” meaning “the adored” and “Olorisha” meaning “of the deities”. The name represents Susanne’s deep commitment to and respect for Yoruba culture and the art form it inspired.