Founded in 1970, Oyotunji Yoruba African Kingdom (OYAK) is the first intentional community in North America, based on the culture of the Yoruba and Republic of Benin tribes of West Africa. Now, after over 49 years of sustaining the only Kingdom based on traditional Yoruba sociology and values. OYAK brings to South Carolina Low-country and greater global community the depth of culture, beautiful art, grandeur of customs and resilient history of the Yoruba New World.......
OYAK core mission is “Spreading Yoruba culture, feeding the community and celebrating Yoruba tradition”.
The Kingdom founder, Oba Adefunmi I, grandson of a Trans Atlantic slave that occurred in the 18th Century traced his root to Oyo Kingdom and recognized that Ife Kingdom is the cradle of the Yoruba as well as the fact that he envisioned to assimilate the Yoruba heritage, culture and tradition into America community. He found out that Yoruba in America has no community like other immigrants communities such as the Jews, Italian, Caribbean, Greeks, Spanish and other inhabitants live like back home, for this reason, he envisioned a Kingdom to be the homestead of our blacks brothers and sisters with the view to promote and spread Yoruba culture, tradition and ways of lives in North America. OYAK has since inception consistently upholds Yoruba tradition to revitalize families, communities, ocean, rivers, lake, animals and soil. Simply put, Oyotunji Yoruba African Kingdom is the custodian of Yoruba heritage, culture and tradition in North America.
Since, 1970, Oyotunji Kingdom engages in tourism to bring blacks, African-Americans, families, students, educators, organizations to the Kingdom for enlightenments and more. We partnered with various entities to achieve our mission.
In 1973, Yoruba Royal Academy private school was established to cater for the educational needs of our community as well as outsiders near and far.
In Oyotunji , we organized Festivals in 11 months in a year to appease Yoruba ancient sacred deities; Esu, Orunmila, Obatala, Osun, Yemoja, Ogun, Oya, Sango, Olokun, Egungun as well as practice ancestor’s worship.
We formed the Oyotunji Pan African Grass Root Assembly Network (PAGAN) that meets twice in year. PAGAN is subdivided into Young and Adult members to facilitate idea and developments sharing among African descendants and to engineer Blacks progress, to recognize Blacks courage, as well as to promote Blacks solidarity across the globe through our many programs.
OYAK also serves to elevate humanity's understanding and appreciation of the genius, highly technical, social and royal hierarchy of African people.
Oyotunji Yoruba African Kingdom can proudly boast to have built a proud cultural and traditional heritage that reflects Yoruba core community values of togetherness, fairness, compassion and more – We know that Africans does best when everybody comes together. Join or visit us in Seabrook S. Carolina Today. We need your support and participation.