AARE ONA KAKANFO (THE GENERALISSIMO OF YORUBA LAND)
Aare eeee x2
Ori mi ma je n se Aare Ona Kakanfo
The Generalissimo x2
My Creator, do not let me ever offend the Generalissimo
Chief Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Aare Agbefaga of Yoruba land, CEO Ejiodi Home of Tradition and Founder of Ijo Imole Olodumare), Chief Esuniyi Akanni Olagboyega (Baale Esu of Ibadan land) and all members of Ijo Imole Olodumare (Olodumare's Temple of Light), Ori-Idoo Area, Old Oyo Road, Alade Town, Ibadan, Nigeria, congratulate and felicitate with Otunba Gani Adams on his appointment as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.
Eni to ye oye la mu je x2
Otunba Gani, akoni omo Adams lo ye oye
Eni to ye oye la mu je
It is the person who deserves the title that is given x2
Otunba Gani, the brave child of Adams is the one who deserves the title
It is the person who deserves the title that is given
Ori la fi n mure waye
Ayanmo o ni tase
Irin wuwo o ju irin lo
Omo Arigidi Akoko
O ti n sodun Ifa
Ifa ti n gbe e
Ori rere ti n je tire
O ti n sodun Olokun
O ti n setutu fun Olosa
Yeye Osun ti n robi re
Gbogbo Isese aye ti sure fun o Ganiyu
Dandan ni wa a jogbojato ...
(from an album by Adebayo Adimula)
(It is by destiny that one receives fortunes
One's destiny cannot be changed
Metals might be equal but one is heavier than others
A native of Arigidi Akoko
He has been celebrating Ifa festival
Ifa has been blessing him
Fortunes have always been his
He has been celebrating Olokun festival
He has been appeasing Olosa
Osun has been receiving kola nuts from him
All the ancestors have blessed you Ganiyu
Surely, you will live long with wealth and sound health)
We also give great KUDOS to our Great Father, the Alaafin of Oyo, Iku Baba Yeye, Alayeluwa Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, for giving the title to whom the title befits:
Iku Baba Yeye,
Oba nla ti foba je,
Oba nla ti gba idobale oba egbe re,
Ki ade pe lori,
Ki bata pe lese,
Ki ileke pe lorun,
Ki irukere pe lowo,
Ki ase pe lenu.
2016 AUGUST ÒRÌṢÀ TRIP
August every year is always full of Ifá/Òrìṣà activities in Odùduwà land. This Home, as usual, has organised tourism trip for the members and anybody who is interested.
Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo Festival 2016 will come up on Friday, 19th August and
Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Festival 2016 will come up on Saturday, 20th August.
People who are interested in joining “Èjìòdí Home of Tradition” for the Festivals and the tourism tour should contact us via:
Tel: +234 803 499 1873
+234 818 974 7423
We will visit historical/spiritual/religious places in towns like Ọ̀yọ́, Ìbàdàn, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Òṣogbo, Ìséyìn and Abẹ́òkúta within seven (7) days.
Those who are interested should contact us on or before 15th August, 2016.
Ikede Odun Ifa Agbaye, Oke-Itase, 2016
2016 ÒKÈ-ÌTASẸ̀ WORLD IFÁ FESTIVAL
Date: Saturday, 4TH JUNE
The month of June in Yorùbá land is the beginning of the new year in the Yorùbá calendar. The World Ifá Festival marks the end of the year and the beginning of another year. The festival this year 2016 will come up between June 4th and 5th. Also, Egúngún Festival will start immediately. In Ìbàdàn, Egúngún Festival will start on Sunday, 5th June 2016. In some other cities in Ọ̀yọ́, Ogun and Ọ̀ṣun State, the festival of Egúngún also fall within the month of June. As usual, Èjìòdí Home of Tradition as organized a trip for the Ifá Festival and Egúngún Festivals in these states. Anybody who is interested in joining Èjìòdí Home of Tradition should contact us on or before May 25th, 2016.
SPEECH BY PROFESSOR ÌDÒWÚ B. ỌDẸ́YẸMÍ, PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR IFÁ RELIGION ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD IFÁ FESTIVAL 2014 AND THE DEDICATION OF THE NEWLY REFURBISHED IFÁ TEMPLE, ILÉ-IFẸ̀ ON 7TH JUNE, 2014.
I greet you all, in the name of Olodumare, Obamubamu, Oyigiyigi, Oba ateni lege lege f’ori s’apeji, Almighty controller of human destiny. I greet you all in the name of Orunmila (B.A), Elerii Ipin, Alase, ibikeji Edumare. I greet you all in the name of the Araba Agbaye and the Council of Spiritual Elders (Awo Olodu Merindinlogun).
Once again, I send joyful tidings to all Ifa adherents during this season of elation and hope for mankind. On the 7th of June, 2014, thousands of Ifa worshippers, Priests and Priestesses will converge on Ile-Ife, Nigeria to celebrate the millennia-old, Annual Ifa Festival. It also marks the beginning of Yoruba New Year. The festival, which takes place at the birthplace of Orunmila and over which the World Ifa Temple was built in 1932, commences with the ascent by adherents to the sacred Temple at Oke’tase at 1400hrs GMT. This is followed by a long procession to the palace of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race. There, the Araba Agbaye, who is the living embodiment of Orunmila (B.A), leads the faithful to perform one of the most sacred rituals in Ifa Religion: ESA (Spiritual rebirth). You really do not need to receive the Esa ablution more than once in a lifetime, but all faithful must receive it at least once. It is as important, if not more so, as “seeing” ODU, the sacred pot of destiny. ESA symbolizes spiritual immortality. As Ifa says:
“Mo gb’esa mi o ku mo
Gbogbo Awo, e je ka gb’esa
I have received Esa and entered into immortality
All brethren, let us receive Esa!”
“B’oja ba tu tan
A ku olorii patepate
A ku awon sanko sanko ale oja
Bifa ba pedi tan
Iwonwo a dide
A dia fun Orunmila,
Ifa nlo f’oju k’ Odu l’oke Ikefun.
Nje, mo f’oju k, Odu, emi o ku mo
Mo f’oju k’ Odu mo rire
At the end of a market day
Only the coordinator remains.
When Ifa transcends the level of comprehension,
The un-initiated depart.
This was the Divine message for Orunmila
When he was going to perceive Olodumare
In his Almighty Whiteness and Brilliance.
I perceive Odu today
And I achieve spiritual immortality.”
The procession re-ascends the Oke’Tase hill after the solemn Esa ceremony, accompanied by singing, dancing and sacred Iyere chants along the highways of Ile-Ife. The Yoruba New Year commences at exactly 00:24am (23:24GMT) with Iwure by the Araba Agbaye and the sixteen High Priests (Olodu Merindinlogun) of the Temple. At 3:00am (02:00GMT), the Annual Ifa Divination is cast, for all adherents of Ifa, fo Ile-Ife and the Ooni, for Yorubaland, Osun State, Nigeria and the world in that order. This year, the New Year message will be posted on our website: www.ifaagbaye.org for the benefit of all adherents.
In 2013, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola donated the sum of N33 million Ifa Council to refurbish the World Temple for International Tourism. This is the first public gesture by any sitting Yoruba Premier, Administrator, Soldier or Governor to promote African Spirituality, alongside the two, latter day Middle Eastern religions.
The Spirit of Oduduwa and our forefathers who inhabited this sacred site thousands of years ago, will keep and protect Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola and ensure success in whatever he lays his hands upon.
The new look temple being commissioned and dedicated at 11am on Saturday 7th June.
Let me finally seize this opportunity to send my greetings to all Orisa worshippers in every part of the globe. I also send felicitations to all our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora, irrespective of colour, sex or nationality. All members of the International Ifa community constitute a single “Ifamily”
I specifically greet all our brothers and sisters in the following countries: Cuba, the Caribbean Islands, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Surinam and the Guyanas, whose great, great, great grandfathers and grandmothers have toiled over the centuries to ensure the survival of Ifa religion and Orisa worship. For centuries, our forefathers were cast into slavery and their great religion was demonized as evil and fetish. For centuries, Euro-Jewish propaganda sought to eliminate and bury the African Spiritual Essence. The white-man vainly tried to suppress our Orisas and forced our brethren to seek refuge under Christian deities (Peter, Paul, John). This unfortunately lead to the establishment of a hybrid worship system in which the images of Christian deities (decorated as “saints”), adorn Orisa Shrines and Temples particularly in some temples in the Caribbean.
To all our Orisa brothers and sisters, I say: Your Spiritual freedom is here at last! Cast away the garment of dual faith! Of what use is a “St Peter” or “St Mary” in an Orisa temple? It is an extension of the colonial self-abnegation. Ifa and Orisa are the light of the world! Oil and water cannot mix, except under unstable conditions. Let’s go back to the pure worship of Ifa and Orisa; let’s get back to our true source of human existence: Ifa
Today, we thank Olodumare and the Orisas for allowing us to survive the negative propaganda onslaught. Today, all attempts at bastardizing our psyches and demonizing our religious world view have failed. Today, Ifa, as the true light of the world, now shines brightly across every part of the earth. Ifa, as the Divine Message of Olodumare to mankind, is spreading through the dark alleys of every human mind. Ifa, as the religion of truth and righteousness, is the only religion on earth which has neither preached, nor engaged in violence of any kind. It is the only religion whose adherents have never waged wars, “Crusades” or “Jihads” to maim and kill other fellow human beings in defense of a “Creator”. Ifa has no carved images and worships no idol. Ifa priests use Ikin, Opele, Opon-Ifa, Iroke, Iyerosun and Ibo only to access divine esoteric information and not as objects of worship. Have you ever heard of anyone worshipping “Opele”? Ifa is coded in an 8-bit digital (computer-compatible) format and output in parable-format. All the Divine Messages are coded within 256 Odu. Each Odu represents an esoteric pigeonhole, each also divisible into another set of 256 sub-holes. Within each hole are encoded over 16000 Messages. There are therefore over 1,048,576,000 sacred messages in Ifa! That is why one of the appellations of Ifa is: My Lord, Unfathomable!
Today, we wish all Worshippers, Pilgrims, Followers, our Governor, Visitors and Admirers, A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS YORUBA NEW YEAR!
Professor Ìdòwú B. Ọdẹ́yẹmí,
President of International Council for Ifá Religion.
IFÁ MUSICAL JAMBOREE
This is to announce to all that 13th Ifá Musical Jamboree tagged "Ibadan 2014" will come up at K.S. MOTEL, Total Garden, Ibadan, on Saturday, 6th December, 2014. The Ifá Musical Jamboree is one of the ways through which Ọ̀rúnmìlà Youngsters International (OYIN) is promoting the Ifá/Òrìṣà Religion. The first Ifá Musical Jamboree took place in 1986 in Lagos. The Last one in 2012 took place in Kisi, Ọ̀yọ́ State. This year, it will take place in Ìbàdàn.
2014 AUGUST ÒRÌṢÀ TRIP
August every year is always full of Ifá/Òrìṣà activities in Odùduwà land. This Home, as usual, has organised tourism trip for the members anybody who is interested.
Ìṣẹ̀ṣe Festival 2014 will come up on 20th August, 2014, Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo Festival will come up on 22nd August, 2014 and Ṣàngó Festival will also come up thesame week in Ọ̀yọ́. People who are interested in joining “Èjìòdí Home of Tradition” for the Festivals and the tourism tour should contact us via:
Tel's: +234 803 499 1873
+234 818 974 7423
We will visit historical/spiritual/religious places in towns like Ọ̀yọ́, Ìbàdàn, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Òṣogbo, Ajaawa, Ìséyìn and Abẹ́òkúta within seven (7) days.
Those who are interested should contact us on or before 18th August, 20014.