OYOTUNJI VILLAGE ANNUAL IFA FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE ON THE 5TH OF JULY 2015.
The Araba of the United States of America Araba Chief Adedayo Ologundudu attended the annual Ifa festival at Oyotunji Village on Sunday the 5th of July 2015 on official invitation by his Royal Highness Oba Adejuyigbe Adebolu Adefunmi 11. Also in attendance was the official spoke person of the Kingdom, Chief Lukman Arounfalejo. The joyful and spiritual occasion signify the collaboration between the Yoruba root from Nigeria and the continuity of Yoruba culture and religion in the New World.
The Oyotunji village was founded over 40 years ago by his Royal Majesty Oba Efuntola Adefunmi 1 and it is the cradle of Yoruba culture in America. He introduced Yoruba ways of life to America. At a very early stage of the foundation of Oyotunji village the Oba embraced and introduce Yoruba clothing and dresses, Yoruba food, Yoruba language Yoruba music, Yoruba drumming and literature including the tradition of tribal facial markings to the Americans. The current Oba who will be ten years on the throne is celebrating his ten years anniversary in October 2015 He have been working hard to continue the legacy of his predecessors and ancestors.
In a closed door meeting among other discussions, the Araba of the US and Puerto Rico Chief Adedayo Ologundudu through the official spoke person for Oyotunji village ,Chief Lukman Arounfalejo, proposed to honor some of those practitioners of Ifa and Orisa religion among the people in the diasporas with Awo Orunmila chieftaincy titles, based on his royal highness or and the chiefs recommendations of the individuals by the same time next year 2016.
For those Awos that have made significant contributions to their communities and societies, in the areas of spreading the knowledge and ethics of the Yoruba culture and religion, The Araba will honor them with title of Oluwo in all 50 States of the US, Awo Orunmila titles like Akoda, Aseda, Asiwaju Awo Agbongbon Ojugbona Awo , Amosun Awo , Amore Awo, Iya Agba Awo Iyaloja Awo are all in the making for qualified Awos that have made contributions in any way to the upliftment of our culture and religion in America. Araba will honor them and present them with Opa ase and the “Peke” triangle emblems they will wear.
The Araba urge African American Ifa and Orisa practitioners to please align themselves with the Kingdom of Oyotunji village and the legacy of our ancestors for the sake of unity. Araba stated that this is a new time and we have learnt from the mistakes of our predecessors. It is time to let by gone be by gone so we can together move forward to establish our own place in the American society.