Ifa Council Odeyemi and Popoola attack on Ile Ife and the Elders

From Agba Awo Oosasona, to Ijo Orunmila Adulawo, to Professor Wande Abimbola, to Chief Yemi Elebuibon and now to Professor
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From Agba Awo Oosasona, to Ijo Orunmila Adulawo, to Professor Wande Abimbola, to Chief Yemi Elebuibon and now to Professor Idowu Odeyemi……who’s next?
Am happy that my successor, Chief Solagbade Popoola is well steeped in the history of the evolution of Oke’tase and will be mindful of his steps.
The lofty vision we had for the propagation of Ifa as a worldwide religion through Ifa Council is greater than an individual or a town and must never be allowed to die, irrespective of the actions or inactions of Ife people. International Council for Ifa Religion(Ifa Council) is not Ife Council and should look beyond Ile-Ife if it is going to reach its goal.
May Ifa bless and protect the new Executive of Ifa Council headed by Chief Solagbade Popoola to enable it achieve the vision of the Council.

Ifa Council wrote a new note: For all those who have believed that Ile Ife is where the Odu of the World has always been cast:.
For all those who have believed that Ile Ife is where the Odu of the World has always been cast:
By
Solagbade Popoola
President of International Council of Ifa Religion
In 1956, a great Awo called Orisasona gathered all Awo in Yorubaland together and pleaded for cooperation among all Awo. He told all those present to build a Temple for Orunmila. That was how the Oke Itase Temple was built in Ile Ife. Trouble however soon started when they wanted to make the Oke Itase festival to be for Yorubas of all areas but the Ife people refused, insisting that it was an exclusive Ife festival and not for everyone. Prof Wande Abimbola was actually the one who made it possible for it to be a festival for all Yorubas but in the process, Baba Wande was fought by the Ife people. As time passed, Orunmila Youngsters really popularised the festival and later ICIR internationalized it. So the festival being international is really a recent thing. Up till today, the Ife people still celebrate their own Itase rites. As late as 1980, there was nothing like a International Annual Ifa Festival in Ile Ife. There was no such thing. By that time, the Ife people were still insisting that the Itase festival should remain an Ile Ife ceremony and were insistent against outsiders being involved.
Orisasona was eventually disgraced and humiliated and chased out of Ile Ife. Professor Wande Abimbola then stepped in but he too was disgraced and humiliated. Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon also became involved and he too was disgraced and humiliated. Then Professor Odeyemi came in through the International Council for Ifa Religion (ICIR). Professor Odeyemi was the one who finally was able to internationalize the festival. He however was also eventually disgraced and humiliated last year. These are the true facts. I’ve chosen to stay silent long enough. Ile Ife would not be in its position today if it wasn’t for these elders who wanted to see Ile Ife become great again.
(Someone please translate this for me into Spanish and Portuguese)
Solagbade Popoola

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• Gbenga Aluko I think Ile Ife people should be grateful to those people that works tiredly for making Itase Festival becomes what it is today. And for the recently concluded itase festival held in Ile Ife, the Ile ife group can now see very well where their arrogant and selfish interest has ed
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Solagbade. Why are you writing this things now . Why are we bringing shame to ourselves and our heritage. At a time when other races and religions are trying to come together and unite you guys chose to bring this disunity and confusion to our heritage. our religion our culture and our children because of you personal selfish missions. What is international about Ifa council??? The organization is an ordinary NGO like many others which do not represent Ifa and Orisa world wide. Oni and Araba including all the other Chiefs in Ile Ife afe the custodians of you I and all of the descendants of Oduduwa You said they are arrogant. You should be happy they are arrogant. If not they would have been driven away from the land .And then what? for us to inherit ruines. I wonder what you guys think you will achieve by doing this, You are referring to people of Ile Ife as if your ancestors are not from Ile Ife. Do you now want to change history.? Do you want to move the Shrine of Oduduwa from Ile Ife. Can you now move the Shrine of Obatala from Ile Ife. Why are you allowing yourself to be used. If there are misunderstandings among youselves is this the way to resolve it. I have a copy of the annual reading of Oke Agbonniregun that you published last year. Oke Olota was there then but there was no misunderstanding. Why are we trying to bring shame to ourselves.
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• Adedayo Ologundudu There is nothing wrong in building Ifa Temples across the world . But when you are trying to change our history. That is a slap on all of us faces from Nigeria to America, Cuba, Brazil,Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico,Haiti,our ancestors all the descendants of Yoruba that spreaded all over the world.
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• Solagbade Popoola Oloye Adedayo. Thank you for your writeup. If I may ask, where were you when those disgruntled elements were writing all those rubbish against dedicated people? Did you raise your voice to cautioned them? Why did you put on your sanctimonious tog.

For your information, the original home of Obatala where he succeeded beyond his level of success in Ile Ife is Iranje. I do not need to move anything away from Ile Ife. It is already out of Ile Ife. I have never said that Ife people are arrogant. I said that many of the Elders who are supposed to be the custodians of our tradition and culture are ingrates who pay good work of great men with humiliation. I love to be quoted correctly. I reserve my comments on the rest of tour allegations but I can assure you that your position is not that of an objective peace maker. Thank you.a now?…See More
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• Adedayo Ologundudu When you were here in the States last year I called you and asked you to pls lets find a way to resolve this confusions. I wish you should have made some efforts instead of this shame. If Baba Araba Agbaye and Dr Odeyemi who was the previous Preside…See More
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Why??? What do you have against Ile Ife your Cradle and the Ife people. I remember you mention this stupid story of Orisasona to me before in 1995 when I brought Mrs Kay Field “Sangobukola to Araba Agbaye for initiation during the Odun Ifa Oke Agbonniregun. I did not want to get into argument with you at the time . Instead I went on a research. I never find that record in any history book or find that was ever mentioned.
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Pls Pls pls .Dont drag the other elders in to these mess you guys have created. Let the elders speak for themselves. I see you mentioning Proff. Wand Abimbola, You mentioning Araba of Oshogbo Ifayemi Eleburuibon. Pls leave them alone.They are not with your agendas. When they started The Orisa Congress,instead of you all uniting. Some of you went to incorporate Ifa council and pushed Orisa Congress to the side. That was when the division started. I knew at that time that we are in confusion.
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• Solagbade Popoola What you say now is not stupid. That is the level of your intelligence and exposure. I will not honour you with any more response. Sorry for you.
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Adedayo Ologundudu Pls I am not writing this to engage in any internet controversy with you or anybody. You know that you rarely see any of my writings on the internet. But when you are writing referring to Ile Ife and the people of Ile Ife publicly, I am obligated to respond to you. Because you are referring to all of us from Onirisa to the youngest in Ile Ife. Thank you for the insults. The Irunmole hear you >>> From Araba Adedayo Ologundudu USA



• Adedayo Ologundudu Why??? What do you have against Ile Ife your Cradle and the Ife people. I remember you mention this stupid story of Orisasona to me before in 1995 when I brought Mrs Kay Field “Sangobukola to Araba Agbaye for initiation during the Odun Ifa Oke Agbon…See More
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Pls Pls pls .Dont drag the other elders in to these mess you guys have created. Let the elders speak for themselves. I see you mentioning Proff. Wand Abimbola, You mentioning Araba of Oshogbo Ifayemi Eleburuibon. Pls leave them alone.They are not with …See More
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• Solagbade Popoola What you say now is not stupid. That is the level of your intelligence and exposure. I will not honour you with any more response. Sorry for you.
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Pls I am not writing this to engage in any internet controversy with you or anybody. You know that you rarely see any of my writings on the internet. But when you are writing referring to Ile Ife and the people of Ile Ife publicly, I am obligated to re• Ifa Council and 7 others like this.

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• Adedayo Ologundudu Why??? What do you have against Ile Ife your Cradle and the Ife people. I remember you mention this stupid story of Orisasona to me before in 1995 when I brought Mrs Kay Field “Sangobukola to Araba Agbaye for initiation during the Odun Ifa Oke Agbon…See More
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• Adedayo Ologundudu Pls Pls pls .Dont drag the other elders in to these mess you guys have created. Let the elders speak for themselves. I see you mentioning Proff. Wand Abimbola, You mentioning Araba of Oshogbo Ifayemi Eleburuibon. Pls leave them alone.They are not with …See More
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• Solagbade Popoola What you say now is not stupid. That is the level of your intelligence and exposure. I will not honour you with any more response. Sorry for you.
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Adedayo Ologundudu Pls I am not writing this to engage in any internet controversy with you or anybody. You know that you rarely see any of my writings on the internet. But when you are writing referring to Ile Ife and the people of Ile Ife publicly, I am obligated to respond to you. Because you are referring to all of us from Onirisa to the youngest in Ile Ife. Thank you for the insults. The Irunmole hear you >>> From Araba Adedayo Ologundudu USA
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