“CALLING DOWN IFA ON 12/21st AND NOT DECEMBER 31st- WINTER SOLSTICE”

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By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

January 2nd, 2020

US, Florida: Firstly, the History Channel (2010) indicated that New Year’s around the world does not fall on the same day nor occurs at the same time due to time zone differences. Booth (2017) stated that December 21st is the 355th day which makes one year and on a leap year it is the 356th day. The other ten days towards the end of the Gregorian calendar remain for transitioning. Many babas and iyas in the Orisa- Ifa religion are stressing that people are obligated to follow a tradition upon seeing the 5th annual American Ifa reading which came out on December 21st in America. It is a tradition, simply one they do not share.

Let’s begin by defining traditions and discuss why these broken traditions in Orisa and Ifa-Afa practices in the United States or Diaspora are the norms and religious customs. Many Lucumi/Santeria and kitchen top spiritual practices battle with others who are following the original traditions before slavery or before Christ. Google dictionary describes “tradition as a belief or behavior [that is] passed down within group[s] or societ[ies]” with similar ideas, social norms, and practices. Oderinde (2018) article stated that traditions such as religious practices, ceremonies, or festivals were the vital parts of cultural heritages. It is understood that different groups believe these activities are part of the essential fabric to their culture’s survival and circulation. These events provide perspective and help to see the differences in various regions and their traditions (Oderinde, 2018). According to some, if a person leaves their adopted communities; they have severed themselves from either their roots or kinships. It is possible the person severed the ties that chained them to roots that were not theirs in the beginning. Those roots may have been the closest roots they could adopt due to slavery displacement and it was time for them to grow and follow their own roots.

On December 21st, the world has both the shortest day and longest day on the first day of the winter solstice (Booth, 2017). It depends on what hemisphere you live in. The winter solstice has long hours of darkness, the birth of the sun, and is considered regenerating, renewing and self-reflecting (Booth, 2017; Explore Deeply, 2019: National Weather Service, 2019). To illustrate, the “Ifa letter for the coming year.” Technically, there is no odu that states the letter for the coming year is set to be pulled down officially on December 31st. All the same, December 21st is the most powerful day of the year. National Weather Service (2019) stated that this is the time that the world at the same time is affected at once.

In 2010, the History Channel stated that civilizations around the world have celebrated New Year’s as far back as 4 millennia ago. Over time, civilizations have developed their own calendar to establish their first day of the year in coordination to their agricultural or astronomical activities. Not all cultures celebrate December 31st as the New Year’s and or January as the 1st of the New Year. In the 8th century B.C. Januarius and Februarius were added by King Numa Popilius (History Channel, 2010). This caused the calendar to not be in alignment with the winter solstice – sun (e.g. Olorun). Julian Caesar decided to add 90 extra days to the calendar to introduce the new Julian calendar which is very similar to the Gregorian calendar (History Channel, 2010). Caesar established January 1st as the first day of the year to honor that month as Janus. Christians leaders rejected this and replaced the January 1st to December 25th to have more spiritual and religious appeal and religious significance (History Channel, 2010). This idea didn’t last long. Christians used the winter solstice to declare that the moon (Orisa Osupa) gave birth to the sun and the birth of the sun or son was Jesus (Booth, 2017: National Weather Service, 2019).

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII revisited the idea of January 1st as New Year’s Day. Since 1907, the US celebrated New Year’s traditions by dropping a giant ball in Times Square at the stroke of midnight in accordance with the Gregorian calendar (History Channel, 2010). This was started for a few reasons centered around the economy, unification, and remembrance. The Farmers’ Almanac (2019) stated that the Druidic tradition believed that on the winter solstice, December 21st, the death and rebirth of nature power occurs as well as the renewal of the human soul. The Newgrange, also known as Stonehenge in Ireland, was built around 3200 B.C. and is a large circle of stones baring a semblance to the opon of Ifa. This was associated to the “light of winter” (Farmers Almanac, 2019). The Chinese see the winter solstice as the Yang (positive) which is the opposite of Yin. For many centuries, different indigenous cultures and religions have celebrated December 21st and its unique energy by applying rituals and festivals on that day (Booth, 2017; Explore Deeply, 2019: Farmers Almanac, 2019). The winter solstice has a large spiritual effect (Booth, 2017). It signals a milestone and the change of power on December 21st.

Explore Deeply (2019) indicated that the winter solstice changes the energy and redirects our daily life. The changes can affect the cycle and nature. For instance, the ideas of the end and beginning of life and preparation of a new year, changes in the weather, changes in the oceans, agriculture, and human reflection and rest (Explore Deeply, 2019).

History Channel (2010) said that in “many parts of the world, [the] traditional New Year’s is death [and is] featured with the legumes, which are thought to resemble coins and herald future financial success; ex: lentils in Italy and Black-eyes peas in Southern U.S., because pigs represents progress and prosperity in some cultures, pork appears on the New Year’s Eve table in Cuba, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, and other countries. In Spain, people would eat a dozen grapes to symbolize 12 months of their hopes for each month ahead of them.”

Meanwhile, it becomes more and more amazing when people are trying to do the right thing in Ifa practices. Several male only babalawo council societies are developing corporations all over the America-Diaspora in order to push and pull their misogyny, domination, and controlling (Ika meji) masculinity to the mass of practitioners and devotees online. Some babalawos have ordered and demanded to know who gave American Ifa- Ile Ikoko Ata the rights to break from the Cuban traditions by pulling an odu for the coming year on December 21st and not on December 31st. In Yorubaland tradition, annual ifa reading for the year is not done on December 21st or December 31st. Generally, Yorubaland Ifa is celebrated in June (Edimomi, 2017). This is the time of harvest of Yam, which is very important to Ifa and the people. The Yoruba people have been practicing this custom since after the arrival of the Christian missionaries during the 17th century (Edimomi, 2017). The Cuban babalawos societies letra del ano (the letter of the year) is an annual proclamation of predictions that falls on December 31st (Meyers, 1999). The Spanish babalawos in the Lucumi/Santeria culture give advice for the coming year and they follow the Gregorian calendar. As a matter of fact, letra del ano practice was started by Adeshina (Remigio Herrena) on December 31st, 1899 in Cuba (Meyers,1999). There were only six of his godchildren present at that time. The tradition was invented in the early 19th century (Meyers,1999). Adeshina was recorded as the first Cuban babalawo to do a ritual to get the odu for the New Year. Adeshina died in 1906 and Bernardine Rojo continue organizing the tradition – letra del ano. In addition, some recorders show that Tata Gaytan was an assistant to Rojo behind the scenes (Meyers,1999). Until his death in 1986, the Comisión Organizadora de la Letra del Año by Miguel Febles Padrón performed the tradition for Cuba and the world. It is no different than the Yorubaland Ifa festival. There the odu pulled in June in the Yorubaland is also for the world. Lele (2012) declared “on the eve of the Cuban Revolution, we must turn to this custom…December 31st, 1958 babalawos gather together to call down the odu” (ch. 4).

At the end of the day, different regions have different governments, social problems, and economic issues. Ngozi (2019) stated in the article “Practicing Ifa Afa in America”: “in the 1860 United States Census, there were 3,953,761 African slaves that represented 12.6% of the total American population” (Johnson, 2012). The concept of diversity creates assimilation for American/Diaspora cultures and beliefs which brings a special type of unity, ideas for harmony, a unique mechanical design for spiritual growth and plasmatic substance for long life and the spread of Ifa. In 2010, a creed for a divorce was publicly posted. Lukumi babas stated:

“…….devotees (lucumi vs traditional) are incompatible with each other (Lele, 2010). Lukumi says that they are a separate entity from their Mother (Yoruba West Africa) by their actions. Reminding what Oluwo Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (2015) wrote in the Facebook Ifa-Orisa-Egun Talk group that “many stories we hear today about most of our Orisa are mere fabrications… it is high time we wiped out the fallacies that have overthrown the real history … Let us do away with stories that are not firmly rooted in Ifa…… what is sure is that the destiny of our `religion is in our hands. It is high time we started rewriting the stories of our Orisa for the coming generation to have documents to lay hands on. Let us encourage ourselves to write books of our religions by ourselves.” In Odu Ejiogbe says that the basis for understanding the beginning is knowing the end of all things towards the essence of life… within the Lucumí Religious system (Lele, 2010) has forced their now orphans to develop a new way of life – American Ifa.”

Therefore, it is wise and practical for each region to have an approach that is equal to or in harmony with the people’s government, spirituality, economics, and health. To my fellow male challenging Babas and supporting Iyas who are in need of an explanation of why American Ifa calls down odu on December 21st and not December 31st, it is simple. We are living in a country where an individual has the freedom of religion and has the freedom to pick and or choose their religious practices and ways to worship. Let’s find a commonality in the ways we can share the same water fountain to lower the barriers of criticism and narcissistic anti-socialization. American Ifa is interested in how we view our government, spirituality, economics, communities, families, and health and finding solutions through ifa and orisa to struggles that affect us in the American-Diaspora.

References

Abimbola, W. (1976). Ifa, An exposition of Ifa literary corpus. London, UK: Oxford University Press

Booth, J. (2017). What does the winter solstice mean spiritually? It’s celebrated in tons of religions and cultures (356th leap years). Retrieved from www.bustle.com/

Meyers, S. (1999). A timeline of lucuma history. Retrieved from https:/sitrs.google.com/site/bstartmeyers/atimelineoflucumihistory

Edimomi, V. (2017). Nigeria: Ifa festival-celebrity age-old Yoruba deity. Retrieved from https://allafica.com/stories/201007280462

Explore Deeply (2019). The spiritual significance of the winter solstice. Retrieved from https://exploredeeply.com/

Farmers’ Almanac (2019). Winter solstice 2019: when is it, and what is it?. Retrieved from https://www.farmeralmanac.com/winter-solstice-first-day-win…

History Channel (2010). New Years History. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years.

Idowu, E. B. (1970). Olodumare: God in Yoruba belief. London, UK: Longman

Lele, O. (2012). Sacrificial ceremonies of Santeria: A complete guide to the rituals and practices. USA

National Weather Service (2019). The winter solstice. Retrieved from https://www.weather.gov/

Oderinde, O. (2018). The lore of religious festivals among the Yoruba and its social relevance. Lumia, 22(2), 2094-1188. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/

Picture retrieved from http://www.drclaudia.net/blog/winter-solstice

2020 America Ifa USA Annual Ifa Afa Reading

American Ifa Fa Afa (501c3) –

Annual Ifa in America/USA reading for 2020 was done on Saturday,

December 21st, 2019 @ 10 a.m. in the State of Florida at Ile Akoko Ata;

for the total USA states, regions, and territories.

 

INTRODUCTION:

In 2020, there will be chaos between the sexes, problems between race and political parties, small and huge wars across the world, tragedy, accidents, serious sicknesses, uncontrollable food poisoning, and a lot of governmental interference in our daily lives. Every year many of us wish for riches and good health. Never do we imagine the struggles and or the injustice that will counter our ideologies of a good economy and perfect healthcare. As the currents detract and expand in 2020, people have to prepare for a rough ride and rejoice when it is time to celebrate.

Dysfunctional environments are almost guaranteed in the workplace, at the doctor offices, in the schools, and in the home. Therefore, the best gifts for the New Year are the gifts of love and peace. The best gift is the gift of empathy. The best gift to society is the gift of consideration.

THE ODU FOR 2020 BY THE IKINS DE IFA

“There no peace for a liar”

“Heaven didn’t want to do ebo”

“Eguns of the Babalawo speaks”

OBI:

Esu Baralayiki – Alaafia (everything is in alignment)

Ancestors = Alaafia ire with personal spirits with ejife

ODU:

Odu Ogunda’Fun, Odu in Osogbo (Ibi) wars continuous

“Ogunda” is expanding and life giving or life taking; while “Ofun” is detracting and rebirthing

1st odu Odi (hole)

2nd odu Ejiogbe (respect)

PRAYER:  Oggunda fun wewe yeye, wewe, yeye oni rewo omo ozain kueleses kan kuelese meji obaye orunmila wewe yeni orunmila onibara niregun

Leading Orisha: Ogun

Accompanying Orisha: OrishaNla with Oshun

Supporting the Orisa(s): Iyamiis

Maferefun: Obatala, Ogun, Oshun, Iyamiis, Oya, Sango, Eguns,

Keywords: Ori, cursing, justice, gossiping, darkness, weapons, operation, dead, gambling, cheating, love and hate relationships

FLAG: The base is green with white and gold (yellow) borders 2020 flag

NOTE: ONLY use palm oil for the witches and give peanut oil for the orisha and ikins

Received: Olokun and Ori; need to be initiated to Congo religion

Closing Odu: Irosun Otura (Irosu’etura; Irosu’Ajala)

  • Receive Olokun
  • Clean house with waters of olokun water on New Year Eve
  • Take a bath with Olokun water on New Year eve
  • Go to the beach if you don’t have Olokun or a godparent with Olokun to bathe. Just don’t make your own.
  • Open your eyes and look at the hidden agenda.
  • Merge things in our lines to bring things together.
  • Lots of divorces, separation within family, children, partnerships, etc.
  • Look at one’s blood. Check for diseases.
  • Receive and get the right Olokun

 BORN:

  • Eugenics
  • Wars and civil wars
  • Weapons
  • Embarrassment
  • Entrapment
  • Betrayal
  • Blackmail
  • Changing heads
  • Cursing
  • Hypocrisy
  • Male against women
  • Third eye

EWE IN THIS SIGN: Prodigiosa, Tamanindo, Ewe Anton, Ewe Ikoko, Ewe Shewerekuakue

ESU BORN IN THIS SIGN: Esu Ashikuelu

Proverbs:

  • The general goes to war but the hunchback doesn’t lose sight of him
  • Pride and concede are the loss of the persons
  • Violence loses the person
  • The snake doesn’t measure it’s shadow like that the rainbow
  • What the earth is given, the earth returns
  • You have to know how to love and then hate
  • In the town was a king who was blind in one eye

 EBO:

  • 2 Guinea hens to Oshun
  • Ochinchin to Oshun and Ogun
  • 1 turtle, 2 rooster and 1 pigeon to Ogun
  • 8 Yami balls with efun (cascarilla) to Obatala (OrishaNla)
  • Give ten metal knives to Ogun.
  • Do the prayer of “Ogunda’fun” every day.

Money: Ebo to Ogun

 Health: Ebo to Ogun and Obatala

PROHIBITION:

  • No threesomes.
  • One mate, no cheating.
  • Don’t blow dust; be careful of people blow dust at you
  • Don’t hold or open other people’s mail.
  • Don’t abandon orisha (guardian angel)
  • Don’t curse others or using bad words
  • No pork or a lot of shellfish and bottom fish
  • No sleeping in the nude
  • Don’t disrespect your elders
  • Don’t be vain
  • Don’t tell little white lies
  • Don’t carry weapons
  • Don’t live in filth
  • Don’t wear dark color clothes
  • Don’t lift heavy things from the floor – back injury
  • Don’t speed or drive under the influent
  • Don’t disrespect women with violence
  • Don’t drink alcohol or illegal substance
  • No sleeping in the nude.
  • Be careful of gambling. No gambling.
  • No gossiping.
  • Be careful of being a workaholic.
  • Be able to separate night and day.
  • Don’t be vain. Stay away from excessive spending on things you don’t need.
  • If you don’t have Palo, you need to seek.
  • Don’t eat leftover food. You go to sleep, you wake up. Don’t eat it. It’s leftover.
  • Starting business – do ebo to Ogun.

Patakin:

Heaven and earth began to dispute on who had the absolute power on the world; upon hearing this Orunmila told them that both them have to make ebo in order for the power to be divided. Heaven did not hear the words of Orunmila and did not do ebo, as it was also to give nothing to the earth. And since then, every time there are clouds form over the earth, the rain falls on the earth which did ebbo. Where Orunmila replied, “Everything that the earth has to return.”

OVERVIEW IFA SAYS:

Ifa says:

  • In this odu, to make money you must do ebo to bring that money home
  • Be careful with the law
  • Be careful things which caused explosions
  • Take care of court cases, child support anything pending with the government
  • Person should not smoke illegally in the car, riding dirty etc. Law riding high in 2020.
  • Don’t get into arguments. Petty arguments. All money not good money. Butter knife going to a gun fight, the butter knife doesn’t win. Who did the ebo, who did not? We are on the losing end of the deal. So, don’t dig a hole for yourself.
  • Learn to save money. Don’t splurge. Don’t be in vain or conceded.
  • Lots of stomach viruses, salmonella, change how you eat. Parasites in the food. Intestinal, colon diseases, blindness.
  • Lots of Ori cleanings. Every month clean with white of the egg, cotton and coconut, or fruit. Special cleaning, head feedings w/fish or blood feeding with help of Awo.
  • No black, red or dark color clothes. Must wear white mostly all year around. If you are not initiated, you need to get initiated.
  • Glass half-filled not half empty.
  • 2020 civil wars. Men against women and women against men.
  • Take care of your health. This odu marks surgery.
  • Car accidents. Be careful. Look out for others.
  • Be careful w/ your eyes. Grease don’t pop in your eyes. Losing your vision. Protect your eyes.
  • People going to keep bringing you problems. Clean yourself constantly. People blowing dust on you. It is prohibited for you to blow dust.
  • Don’t brag about what you have.
  • If you do the ebos, prosperity, new associations, and new birth in things.
  • Lots of arguments. Don’t be ungrateful.
  • Men – Be careful of getting into a relationship w/ a young person. They must be mature.
  • Men and women love each other but also hate each other. Compromise is necessary.
  • Men will try to control women in the religion.
  • Be careful of exchanging heads. You can not initiate and put elekes on everybody. Switching heads between priest and godchild. Pork to be used for ebo.
  • Be careful of seafood.
  • Do a lot for you eguns, ancestors, and spiritual for guide.
  • Head cleaning with Awo to overcome various diagnoses.
  • Women can’t cut their hair this year.
  • Don’t eat coconut. Use it to clean and you can drink the water.
  • Don’t carry weapons. Same weapons can be used against you.
  • Take care of pregnant women. Stay close to Ifa so the woman does not lose the baby.
  • Do not quarrel with women. When men sleep, women do not. Man can lose his life.
  • Be careful with cysts and cancer.
  • Don’t wear clothes with rips and holes.
  • Guns, violence, and weapons.
  • Be careful how you hate. You may need that same person.
  • Misas need to be done.
  • Impotence as a result of abusing illegal substances. Can be laced with extra ingredients.
  • Wars and hypocrites that causes disturbances in the daily life
  • Women having problems with childbirth and menstrual periods
  • Be careful of doctors sterilizing young women-of-color (eugenics)
  • Nothing can take hold due to these wars.
  • Spiritual debt in Orun. Not doing what we need to do to appease our twin in heaven. Ebo to Egbe. Food given to them.
  • Men married to daughters of Oshun. Don’t argue or raise our hand to women period.
  • In the town of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

FROM TOGO, WEST AFRICA BY OBA AGBE KOUMAH
Ogundafunfunlolo (Ogunda Fulugbe Ma de ahun la deji)

– It says to feed Ogun and everything and negativity will go away.
– It says to remove blood from the mouth
– Is a very big and good sign

May Olodumare and our ancestors guide us towards happiness and internal peace to have both mentally and spiritually growth and stability in our daily lives.

PRESENT & WITNESSED:

  • Iyalemole Oloye IyaNifa Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi (Ayaba OchaBi Fabuluje-IkaMeji)
  • Afai (IyaNifa) Oloye Ayaba Melba Farrell, IkaFun of Ile Orun
  • Babaolorisha/Oriate Turbado EsuDina Faseye
  • Awotunde Ifaseye, Osa’Wori
  • Apetibi Olaifa Faseye
  • Apetibi EfunYale – Terri Bailey
  • Antwan Jefferson, Tata
  • Lamonteria Johnson
  • Kerkland Kerr, Jr.
  • Orunmila and Ela
  • Orisa Odu and IyaNla
  • Ogbogbo Ancestors
  • Ogbogbo Orisha
  • Iyamiis

Ase ire o

 

 

“West African Religious Practitioners & Devotees Being Inveigling On Social Media”

By Iyalemole Dr. Queenchiku Ngozi-Fabuluje

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American Ifa: US, Florida: Google’s dictionary states that inveigling is “to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful talk or inducements.” Inveiglement is also a form of entrapment, deception, lying, and or coercion by flattery. Billow (2013) stated that inveiglement is a snare set to trap someone by convincing them of something. Solicitation and flirtation online play a great role as well in inveiglement on social media. Famous John Ruskin says, “the essence of lying is in deception, not in words.” Ifa says in Ika’fun that people should not be deceptive. Yet, deception, lying, and inveigling has been going on for centuries. It has intensified and worsened over time due to globalization of technology and increased use of social media.

In 2019, many individuals, religious faiths, countries, and corporations agree that technology has both globally benefited and hurt in some ways a variety of areas. Technology has provided opportunities to buy and sell goods and services such as dating, modelling, divinations, advertisement, socialization, donating, publishing, and so on. With the birth of social media, an infinite amount of personal information including religious stories, history, events, pictures, birth or death announcements, products, and so-forth have been collected and shared online.

In 2018, American Ifa’s annual reading stated that people will try to portray Ifa as bad when individuals attempt to coerce others into traps and defame Orisa-Ifa practitioners. Billow (2013) agree with Ettinger and Jehiel (2009) that inveigling is an emotional game of rooster and chicken in which the participants are bargaining and soliciting only to end up into a trap (Ofun meji). Another instance, Ofun meji speaks about the pigeon who saw a party happening in town on social media. The pigeon was curious and went to look to see who was at the party. When the pigeon got there, he found it was a trap. The pigeon was the target. The pigeon was lured into a situation on social media where the pigeon lost his life. Inveigling can lead the target to be defamed as a fake or fraud (Walter, 2000). Social media has allowed the development of many negative inveigling groups. At the end of the day, a person’s reputation is tarnished. Ifa says that this type of behavior is condemned (Ogunda obara; Ika Ofun; Ogbe Iwori; Owonrin Irosu; Irete Irosun).

Walter (2000) described the individuals who have the tendency to engage in these entrapment behaviors as emotional, attention seekers and manipulators. The individuals will then see themselves as victims from their own vindictive victimization. Ifa recognizes this character in Odus ogbe’iwori, owonrin’irosun, irete’irosun, and irete’bara as self-deception. By practicing this behavior, they believe they gain power and control over the people who are the real victims. Many police stings utilize entrapment methods to bust online prostitution. More and more, several Traditional Yoruba babalawos have been the target of entrapment. The motivation is usually a person who wants to mislead for a mental award or to accomplish a hidden agenda.

The West African religious practitioners and devotees inveigling on social media have not been focused on preservation, but instead the destruction and dilution of spiritual stability in the diaspora. Odu Ogunda Bede, Odu Ogbe Ale, Odu Eji-Ogbe, and Odu Obara Meji warn people against lying, deception, stealing, entrapment, and other behaviors that will cause a breakdown of social equilibrium (Laleye, 2014). These people draw up an alternate version of reality that only they have witnessed to support their victimhood and gaslight the real victims who know the truth. It’s a form of lying intended to deliberately mislead people. Behind the computer screen an individual can be as handsome or as much the beauty queen as they want. As an example, a person who is out to entrap Babalawos might go to such lengths as to share nude pictures to entice them to their web.

In conclusion, social media has become the breeding ground for the diminishing credibility of Orisa and Ifa practices in the diaspora as well as West Africa. It is easy to inveigle and entrap people because they have desires, needs, and wants which the attention seekers manipulate to their advantage. Entrapment is like a cancer that spreads throughout the body when it is not detected early and the proper Ifa medicines are not administered. Technology will continue to grow to have a wide reach and social media administrators will also continue to like and encourage the dysfunction to draw reality tv show mental illness and madness. In ogbe’yeku, Ifa says there is a space where there is a moment of silence and stillness, where an Awo should seek balance and endurance. One needs to consult Ifa to protect against these individuals who enjoy bringing an ajogun to destroy the legacy of the ancestors (Oturupon’rete).

 

References

Billow, R. M. (2013). On inveiglement. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 63(2), 274-300. doi:10.152/ijgp.2013.63.2.274

Carson, T. L. (2010). Lying and deception: Theory and practice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Ettinger, D. & Jehiel, P. (2009). A theory of deception. New York, NY.

Laleye, S. A. (2014). Punishment and forgiveness in the administration of justice in traditional African thought: The Yoruba example. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, 2(4), 165-176. doi:10.15640/ijpt.v2n4a10

Mele, A. R. (2001). Self-deception unmasked. New York; Princeton University Press

Walters, S. B. (2000). The truth about lying, Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

 

2018 American Ifa Annual Reading for America USA_real American Ifa

AMERICAN IFA FA AFA (501c3) – Annual Ifa America / USA Reading for 2018 was done on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 10:30 am in the State of Florida; for the total USA States, regions, and territories.

THE ODU FOR 2018 THROUGH IKIN IFA:

OBI:
Esu Baralayiki – Ejife
Ancestors – Etawa ire/ Ejife ire (victory after struggles)

ODU OGBE IROSUN (Ogbe Dawo Osun)
Ibi (osogbo) losses kote Yale, 10ifaopon
1st: Ofun
2nd: Otura

READING ORISA:
Obatala Ayagguna

ACCOMPANYING ORISA:
Oya

SUPPORTING ORISA

Osun and IyaMiis

PROVERBS:
1. You was born to be the head but you was left for the tail

2. You was born to be served and NOT the servant

3. Odu about restoring balance.

4. If the head is not sold no one will buy it

Ogbe Irosun ebo: fish, jutia, toasted corn, pennies, rum, ashe orula, ogbe irosu marking off the opon board, and peanut oil in a brown bag to clean yourself thoroughly; put bag in a hollow hole or hollow in the trunk of a tree.

CLOSING ODU:
Ofun ‘Osa– enemies, changes, blindness, traps, losses, embarrassment, phenomena from space. Don’t be nosy. Be careful when visited to a party. Know who knocking at the door late at night. Be careful of robbery. Financial crisis and Wars

MAFEREFUN:
Ancestors, Orunmila, Ela, Ori, Esu, Ogun, Obatala, Oshun, Oya, BabaluAye, Dada, Sango, Yemaya, Oduduwa, IyaMi, eguns, Olokun, Osain

METALS:
– Silver
– Copper
– Brass

FLAG COLOR:

White with trim yellow

RECEIVED:

-Receive hand of Ifa (kofa)
• Receive Ibeji
NOTE:

ONLY USE PALM OIL FOR THE WITCHES, AND

PEANUT OIL FOR THE ORISA AND IKINS

EBOS:

a. 5 hens and honey to Oshun
b. Eggs and 1 hen to the IyaMi with palm oil

c. If you have Oshun wear her bracelets

d. Wear Orunmila necklace

e. If you have Oya, where here bracelet on right hand
f. Keep your Ori clean – do the right thing and stay focused
g. Ifa priest must put addimus and things to Orisa Odu. Take care of Orisa Odu.

h. 2 black hens to Oya

i. sweets to Mama Chola

j. wash head with coconut milk, goat milk, and cascarilla [efun]

PROHIBITION:

  1. Do not use palm oil for the orisa and only use palm oil to the witches; (give peanut oil for orisa only)
    Do not smoke or drink alcohol
    Do not eat spicy and salty foods
    Do not open the door after you have gone to bed
  2. Do not sleep in total darkness
  3. Do not wear clothes with holes or tears
  4. Do not look into holes
  5. Do not open doors so quickly for people you don’t know
    Awo do not sit with his butt on the board
  6. Do not cheat
  7. Do not be greedy
  8. Do not lie
  9. Don’t think about getting revenge
  10. Avoid adultery, including unmarried people in a relationship
  11. People shouldn’t live alone.
  12. Avoid consumption of blood, no rare meat.
  13. Women need to take care of ovaries, womb and periods.
  14. Do not dress like friends or celebrities.
  15. No torn or ripped clothes.
  16. No holes including torn lace. No stripes.
  17. Do not jump over holes, or keep things in hole.
  18. Don’t hide in tight places, closets, caves, etc.

THIS ODU SAY:

Trust is very important. Don’t lie and hide the truth. Hiding the truth causes betrayal. Know which secrets to keep. Foster truth, be straightforward because lies can cause ruin. This year relationships will be ruined because of lies, betrayal and lack and trust.

Problems will arise between Awos and godchildren (Omos) because of lack of trust. Omo could go to other people for issues and problems instead of Godparents. Owos may accuse the Iya/Baba of lying to them, which is a betrayal of trust. The other person consulted doesn’t have the Omo’s best interest at heart. They may enter into secret plots or plans against the Godparent(s) or the Ile. Seek consultation from your Iya/Baba for work that needs to be done. Don’t go outside of the house, don’t try to go outside/above head of the Godparent in charge because this is the one way the house can be destroyed. Must be careful about who you talk to about Orisa. If you need clarity about something or need work to be done and are not sure about what is sanctioned or appropriate, talk to your Iya/Baba, not someone else. Respect your Godparent, respect your elders, don’t betray their trust.

Odu talks about the importance of doing sacrifice. People have to make sure that they’re taking care of their health, watching what they eat, keeping doctor appointments, getting annual checkups. Since this Odu came in osogbo, because it deals with a lot of death such as death from hidden and chronic illnesses.

This Odu also talks about court cases. People need to take care what they doing out in the world. Be sure that you are taking care of business, keeping your secrets to yourself.

This Odu talks about losses, infidelity, lies and truth. You know we have to be honest and open your eyes for hidden truths and hidden agendas. A good example of what to look out for is our government, which has been doing a lot of things behind closed doors and in the darkness. There are things that will hurt a large amount of people this year. People will have to seek spiritual solutions to maintaining their health and having balance.

This Odu talks about restoring balance. The United States government is going to cause a lot of people a lot of stress due to underhandedness, cunning and corruption.

In this Odu, Ogun taught man the art of using tools. It also speaks of farming and how because of government corruption and climate issues farmers are going to have problems. We need to learn the art of using Ogun’s tools to plant food and plant herbs as a way to maintain our health as well as maintaining our family. Farmers will also have problems due to chemicals and chemical warfare.

Because this Odu came in Osogbo, there are going to wars.  We’re going to see miniature wars, big wars, civil wars, wars within your household between men and women.

This Odu also talks about learning to dress better in 2018. We should not be dressing like a vagabonds or beggars. No ripped clothes or clothes with holes. We need to dress like kings and queens. We have to have pride because that will help open certain doors. In 2018 there will be a lot of losses that deal with finance and people will judge you based on the way you dress as well as the way you handle yourself and your character.

This Odu talks about witchcraft. People are going to be throwing a lot of witchcraft at each other. Doing stupid things, just throwing at you for whatever reason.

This Odu talks about people diluting this way of life,  this religion. It has already started and can be seen as more people write books that have no purpose, no truth. People are getting these books that have no truth or real purpose and assuming they are truthful. This will continue to dilute the authentic customs and practices of those in this way of life. Within the next 10 years or so what you see in practice today is not going to be going on because the religion will be so diluted. This is by design and intentional so this way of life can be diminished and as a way to dismantle our religion.

This year we need to take care of our Ori. This Odu talks about Kufa. If you don’t have your Kofa entering 2018, you need to try to get it as soon as possible. Since this Odu came in osogbo, it talks about death and since it was Orunmila that made the agreement with Iku that if you are wearing his Ide and it is not your time, Iku will pass you by.  Even if you have been given the Ide Orunmila by your Iya/Baba, you still need to receive your Kofa to give you that extra support from Orunmila. This Odu says before the dying of Ogbe Irosun that the death of Egun will pass you by. You want Iku to pass you by. You need to know how to fight smart, fight intelligent, because Iku will be coming to the houses due to a lie.

Everyone present should do this Ebo: Place fish, jutia, toasted corn, pennies and peanut oil in a brown bag and clean yourself thoroughly and put the bag in a hole or hollow in the trunk of a tree.

This year your Orunmila eleke should be one of the main one you wear this year.

This year be careful of betrayal. Being careful with enemies that do not sleep at night because they are busy watching what you and what you do.

This Odu speaks of  being careful of hidden diseases in our bodies. Stay up on our health,  go to the doctor, get your physicals and get your checked out, especially your blood because your blood could be hiding something.

This Odu talks about humility. We must have humility this year. There will be a lot of people going crazy due to rules, regulations and government corruption Take care of your Ori and watch out for the crazy people. Those who you think are not crazy are crazy!

This Odu talks about don’t cheat Esu. For example, some people will make them a good drink but give Esu some cheap drink. If you can drink expensive drink then you give Esu expensive drink. Always acknowledge Esu wherever he is. Sometimes people will come to the house and never give Esu anything, not candy, corn or nothing. Give to Esu first.

This Odu is the way of the Apetibii. The Apetibii needs to be up on their job and they need to stay ahead of what they need to take care of. They need to take care of Orunmila this year and give Oshun 5 Hens. If they don’t have it they need to receive 5 gold bracelets from Oshun and wear your Oshun Elekes because of Oshun  is going to come and look out for the Apetibii.

In this Odu a woman can have 2 husbands at the same time. This Odu also speaks of confusion about roles in the couple’s life. This confusion is because the couple was married in heaven in a past life and held a position that was opposite of their current position (i.e. the husband was the wife in heaven and the wife was the husband in heaven). This can create conflicting sexual identify and confusion in the current marriage. They love each other but that confusion exists and must be talked about and worked through. Gender confusion is prevalent in society too and must be considered a spiritual issue not a physical one.

Iyamis are not happy. Must do Ebo to the Iyamis this year.

Here it speaks of the rebirth of the idea of people from another world manifesting here on this Earth. The idea of the big bang and aliens is reborn.

This Odu talks about being mindful about being greedy in order to avoid problems.  If you were able to go and get something free one time, maybe you need to hold off before you go again because the next time you go there might be an issue.

In order to receive Ire this year, we must heed the warnings of Ifa because Ifa does predict good fortune, but only through Ebo.

In this Odu, there is a phenomenon of changing your Ori. If you are a priest, switch your head. For example, if you are a Priest of Esu and your mother is Yemonya, this year you will function as a Priest of Yemonya.

Zarabanda comes up in this Odu as well as Mama Chola. People need to bring some kind of sweetness to Mama Chola for Ire.

The negative is the the men who will be with a lot of women are going to catch hell. It says the men that want to be with a lot of women should beware because some of these women have men and this is where cheating can cause death. Betrayal is the issue. If you have more than one woman or man, you are cheating and betraying someone. Dishonesty and betrayal goes both ways.  Men need to have more respect for women.

In this Odu, Obatala punishes people for envy with blindness. This is where you are supposed to be the head and end up being the tail. Obatala will fix those who have negative things to say about American Ifa and those claiming to be American Ifa. Oshun and Oya will come and help us with the struggle. Stop begging Orunmila and go to the other Orisas for help.  Awos that only have Orunmila will run into problems because they don’t have another Orisa to go to. We need to stop asking Orisa for forgiveness when we’re not willing to forgive.

In this Odu, Orunmila will come and take his wives this year and where Oshun became a servant. So Apetibiis must not be servants. Men must do for themselves. Cook his own food, wash his clothes and iron for himself. Orunmila does not want the Apetibii to be the servant. Odu says the man must learn to wash the dishes and the become more self-sufficient. Couples will have to have a relationship agreement. This Odu talks about restoring balance and Ifa says that the man receives blessings and Ire from the wife.

The restoration of balance also refers to people as a whole on this earth, the environment, our government, our food, our lives, our family, and our children. We are going to have to do certain Ebos to restore balance. Although Obatala and Oya are governing in this Odu, the Iyamis and Oshun are together on this too because this is where Ifa takes the wives. Here Orunmila claims his Apetibiis and reminds men that the Apetibii belongs to Orumila not you. He is looking at how the women are treated because he does not want his wives to be servants. Babalawos are treating the Apetibiis and women badly and this must stop. Orunmila could also claim wife/woman in the form of death. The Odu states there is a powerful person who wants to take woman from the husband and that person is Orunmila. Orunmila has the ability to kill any person at any time. Orunmila can claim the wife permanently because she became a servant and he does not wish her to be one. This can also pertain to Iyanifas too. This is obvious not only in the religion but in the world. Women are stepping up and speaking out about domestic violence and sexual assault.

This Odu talks about behavior and character especially among the priests. We must be patient especially with enemies because they will be the one bowing to them. Ignore those who try to correct you, disrespect you. Just don’t respond, stay on your path and Orunmila will take care of them. Let Orunmila, Oshun and the others speaking in this Odu do the fighting.

When we do proper Ebo in a timely fashion, we will have success, long life and all of our enemies will end up bowing at our feet. Person will have no problems making money, finding love and will find a place that he wants. Must do Ebo and be of good character and you will have good fortune and life will be smooth.

If the head is not sold no one will buy it. A king saves the town. You were born to be the head not the tail. If you are not doing the right things, you will suffer. You will be disrespected, betrayed, dishonored. This again addresses how the Omos will do something outside of the house to disrespect the Godparent(s).

This Odu speaks of the plucking of birds after sacrifice and nangare before Ita.

In Osogbo this Odu speaks of problems between child and father that must be healed – Ebo if your father is dead: cook a fish and offer it to your father and Eguns.

Be careful of wickedness and not being caught up in wicked things. No revenge. Don’t focus on revenge. Don’t think about getting revenge. Although there will be people doing wicked and evil against us, we must stay strong. People will come and throw on you, the house and American Ifa the entire year. Note evil that will be returned to the evil doer.

From this moment on we must dedicate ourselves to learning as much about this religion, its history and this way of life as you can. This will increase your ability to grow and be strong in this religion. Need to learn songs, prayers and customs (etiquette and protocols) so that we will not be an embarrassment to our house, American Ifa and the religion. Act accordingly with respect. Learn at least one song for your head. Learn songs for Egun.

Avoid adultery, including unmarried people in a relationship, especially with others in the religion because this will bring death. Even person who may have sexual identity crisis, who are on the – downlow who use opposite sex to mask their preference for the same sex should avoid infidelity and betrayal because this can result in death if they are caught. Secrets and betrayal will cause death. Even masturbation needs to be curtailed. There is an Ebo to help with this that requires rooster and hen to have intercourse and then using the fluids for the Ebo. A knowledgeable Priestcan help with this.

PRESENT AND WITNESSED:
– Iyalawo Ayaba Oloye OchaBi Fabuluje, Ika Meji
(Queenchiku Ngozi of Ile Ikoko Ata)
– Afavi (IyaNifa) Ayaba Oloye Melba Farrell, Ika Fun of Ile Orun
– Babaolorisha/oriate Turbado EsuDina Faseye
– Awotunde Ifaseye, Osa ‘Wori
– Apetibi Olaifa Faseye
– Apetibi EfunYale Faseye
– Ifa AfeAfe Lyons

– OlaYemi Jefferson
– Ogbogbo Ancestors and Orisha
– Orunmila and Ela

 

Ase ire o

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American Ifa Review the War of Orunmila: Why two yearly reading Odus in Nigeria

Aboru aboye abosise, greetings to all;

“War of the Roses” or may I say the “War of Orunmila”; or better yet, the “War on life”. The different Odus out of West Africa in the past weekend reminded me of a movie called the “War of the Roses”. The movie was about a married couple who has out grown each other, but together they have accumulated knowledge, material wealth, and children. This scenario is now playing out for the worshipers of Ifa. For instance, Solagbade Popoola, the assumed President of ICIR (2015-8) statedgun

 

“Ile Ife (WAS NOT) where the Odu of the World has always been cast, [because] a great Awo called Orisasona [in 1956] gathered all Awo in Yorubaland together and pleaded for cooperation …to build a Temple for Orunmila [called] Oke Itase Temple … in Ile Ife” (Popoola).

 

In the ‘War of the Roses’, the couple had out grown each other’s company, and wanted to go their separate ways. Yet, there were financial and ownership issues. The Roses sought advice from their friends, but no one wanted to compromise and equitably divide the wealth they had accumulated. In the case of ICIR, for instance, Popoola continued to state in that same document that Professor Wande Abimbola (Christian), Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon (Ifa), and Professor Odeyemi,

 

“…wanted to see Ile Ife become great again [since], 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” (Poopla 2015).

 

In relationships, there are always signs of trouble before the final separation. On June 6th, ” Popoola’s camp made a pilgrimage to land of Orunmila and divined for the Odu of the year. The Odu was Ogunda Masa (Osa). At this point, it doesn’t matter if it is ire or ibi (osogbo). It will not make a difference because of the energy of the Odu OGUNDA and the energy of OSA. In the War of the Roses’ the couple did everything they could to disgrace and humiliate each other. It was a game theory tactic, which did not work. This same point is illustrated in Ogunda Masa, which says that Ifa speaks about “monetary gains by spiritual fidelity”. Spiritual fidelity means, there is a “faithfulness to a person, cause or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support” (Dictionary). Both scenarios, “War of the Roses” or may I say the “War of Orunmila”; and even better, the “War on life” lacked the understanding of life; not just for themselves but for the population in which they claim to have in their best interest. In other words, Ogunda Masa states that a relationship between people becomes separated because they abandon and throw away their principles to the Orisa and others. In the “War of the Roses”, the estranged couple continue to break the law to win the battle. They used unethical behavior and had friends spy and lie. For example, the two ICIR factions have the Iya, Olomitutu and her unethical behavior cause destruction in the main area of support – America/Diaspora. In Ogunda Masa, Ifa speaks of how Ogunda crossed, which is the story of how Ogun trespassed on Olofin’s road and Olofin said that Ogun broke the law. Olofin said, “I let him do it if he wants to lose the meanings of life, I find the meaning of death” (Ogunda Masa). In the ‘War of the Roses” Mrs. Rose consultants a lawyer (Ifa) about her dilemma and the lawyer told her the same thing that Ifa told Popoola’s camp in Ogunda Masa. Ifa said, “Pat your belly and blow the sickness away.” He added, “This is simply to be honest with yourself”. Why? Because it reflects your life destiny and leads others to think that the situation is more difficult than it is; that the situation is more about the debt you need to fix than the shoddy action which is a pending situation that you must rectify.

 

Osa as Ogunda calls you to care for every detail in your life as a shield to the problems that are occurring. Because Orunmila has emphasized the religious procedures since this astral certifies that the instruments of Ifa that you used to guess by not having the proper consecration may not be effective to the needy; therefore, being honest to the world as a state of consciousness into your processes of life, and we all know that actions have consequences.”

 

In other words, Ogunda Masa is saying the damage is staying directly in your brain as an imbalance or mental illness that is a psychological, psychic and spiritual condition. It is important to understand the malevolent and malicious actions, arrogance, coldness, pride and any other negative acts that you did and or do effects the lives of others. So Mrs. Rose…expect tragedy.

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Rose has consulted a lawyer (Ifa) as well. This other camp in Ile Ife, has initiated many people in the diaspora and has placed an “American” Araba named Adedayo Ologundudu in the ideology of governance over the American/Diaspora’s Orisa Ifa practitioners. (This Araba is NOT an American). Odu Ofun Osa came to tell this camp that Ifa said, “Pat your belly, hands behind your ears, over your eyes and blow the sickness away” (Ofun Osa). This is about a person whose life is becoming confused and that the only solution is spiritual redemption. While everything seems fine in the present, disaster lies ahead. In addition, Ifa suggests, “understanding why there is a war between the sun and moon”. Ifa states that your whole life which you stand for will be turned upside down. You will not know what or who to trust because you have been blinded from the truth or lied to by the same person who smiled at you through tiny eyes…Now it is a mess. As soon as you think things are going good, all hell will break loose and disaster will present itself. Ifa continues, it speaks of weakness, misdirected energies, illness, in consequence, ignorance and treason. For instance, Popoola (2015-6) stated that if he “chose [NOT] to stay silent… Ile Ife would not be in its position today.”

 

In all scenarios, Ofun Osa states if the world becomes rotten and destroyed it will be because no one no longer knows how to behave with one another. The ‘War of the Roses” ends with death; both camps have created their own suicidal plans, which makes all their fears (American Ifa, P. Neimarks, and Awo Falokun) look like hope and enlightenment [lol].

COMMENT:

Personally, they (both ICIR camp/ Ile Ife) have proven that they are incompetent to lead any of us in the Diaspora into the new stages of Ifa/orisa and egun practices. They must thank Olomitutu for her contribution to us learning about the imperfections of the people we here in the Diaspora trusted and believed. If she wouldn’t have pushed others of like minds to defame and declared Ifa wars with us; this may would had continued flying over our heads, we would have never learned about the 1% rule and no cuts.

The movie clip: War of the Roses (<<<<<https://youtu.be/5ebv3i_9Ltc>>>)

Omo Orisa

Omo Orisa By Apetibii Efunyale, Copyright ©2015 Terri L. Bailey. All rights reserved.

I am a child of Orisa

Esu stands up for me

At each and every reading

Guiding me, protecting me, loving me

Quietly, whispering truth to me

And if there is a need scolding me oh yes indeed

 

I am a child of Orisa

Omo Obatala

Whose light shines bright like the northern star

Owner of all crown chakras and ori

I’m so proud that He claimed me

Said baby you must never be a slave of a slave

And came home with me before I got made

Creator of humans, He bought light to the night

No straddling the fence you betta come right

Meferafun Obatala He who owns all that is white

 

Olokun too is here with me

Olokun Olokun owner of the sea

Nobody knows ‘bout all your mysteries

They try to measure your depth and study your breadth, but all efforts equate to a giant misstep

Because just when they think they have reached the very bottom of the sea

Olokun opens up and makes them travel more deeply

More darkly and inevitably, they have to scream

“The sea is just a great mystery”

And I smile and say

That’s Olokun Awade

 

Omo Orisa

I have my warriors here with me

Esu, Ogun, Ochossi and Osun

Who will fight for me, protect me and if you mess with me

I’ll tell my Babas and they’ll get you for me

But they do not uphold what ain’t right

They can spot deception in the dead of night

So don’t be acting like they will defend you just because

Or that they will bestow on you some type of blind love

Oh no no no not these ones right here

Their warth is something you ought to fear

So I keep them happy serving them every week

Offering rum, smoke, palm oil and oriki

Asking for guidance in life and forgiveness for my wrongs

And ending with a kiss and a praise song

Now most recently, Orunmila called for me and named me Abetebi

What a great honor and responsibility

Hand in hand I’m in the service of Ifa

The wife of the great and knowledgeable Orunmila

Making sure his area is clean

And that His guests are comfortable until they are seen

Oh don’t think that means to you I’m in servitude

And that because I may serve you, you can give me attitude

My position is one that demands much respect

Disrespect me and watch my Baba get vexed

If you really want to challenge me or try to mess me around

My Baba will swiftly correct you and I won’t need to make a sound

Every four days I give extra praise by dutifully doing Dafa

Giving honor, love and glory to the magnificent Orula

I bow down and kiss the mat and to Him I joyfully say

I love you with all my heart Baba Aboru, Aboye, Abosise

 

Oma Orisa

Soon I will be knocking on Ocha’s door

Begging for secrets, tools and more

Taking up the mantle and doing duties of a priest

Tirelessly, relentlessly battling the beast

Building a museum for the Gods that love me so

With Orisa by my side as high as Orun I can go

Oh how I love this culture its my life, my love and breath

I will forever be in service even long after my death

And when I become an ancestor sent to assist my seed

To their soul I will whisper, Orisa and Ifa is all you’ll ever need

Ase!

AMERICAN IFA: Welcome

Welcome to American Ifa!

American Ifa is the place where you can feel comfortable learning, working and understanding Orisa and Ifa  (African Spirituality) as expressed in different systems,  particularly, Traditional  West African and Lukumi (Cuban-Diaspora). American Ifa lives by the premises of FREEDOM, PRIDE and UNITY. We implore you to feel FREE to venerate and practice your way of life that instills PRIDE not only for Ifa and Orisha but for the place in which you live. In American Ifa you  are FREE to venerate and practice with your Ifa and Orishas that you have received from different systems without ridicule from the other. American Ifa is the place that fosters the environment that allows us the FREEDOM to learn about different cultures and the ways in which we live the Ifa and Orisa experience.  American Ifa allows us to connect to our extended families of Ifa/Orisa people WORLDWIDE and the opportunity to foster UNITY among ourselves.  SO CHEERS TO OUR ANCESTORS WHO BROUGHT US TO IFA AND ORISA WHO IN THEIR OWN WAY KEPT IFA AND ORISA ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND IN SO DOING WE WERE ABLE TO SPREAD IFA AND ORISA AROUND THE WORLD!  ASE! ASE! ASE O! OLOYE FAPOUNKA AYABA EEGUNGBEMI (OFAE) DR. AYABA OCHABI AWODELE-IFASEYE