The king is an institution of community building and peace.
By Igberohinjade Oludoye writer to the crown.
. "In North America's oldest, authentic African village, the first weekend of October is the annual celebration of the Ancient institution of Kingship. The weight and responsibility of all Crowns, larger than any one person is a passage and acknowledgement into the roles of Leadership
In this 51st year since its founding, Oyotunji African village, was blessed with the pilgrimage of a couple of hundred cultural activists from all across the country and globe. As with most African ceremonies the pageantry and Drumming are extraordinaire! The festival saw the Coronation of our own Olori Asa Yoruba in America Queen Iyalosa Monife Balewa of Pensacola, fl who has been a trailblazer in Yoruba tradition since the old days. The Akile of Dallas Oba Balogun received his coronation and as did 12 other chiefs. Ilesa Ire led by Oba Atayese Obatala Ife Agbaye we’re in attendance and offered abundant gifts and songs from his recent album release Omolosa.
Another chapter in the Cultural Restoration Movement organized in the 1950's by HRH Oba Efuntola Adefunmi I has been written!... You too can become a stakeholder and and assist in the future development of what we all hold dear.
This ocassion speaks volumes to How Leadership is recognized and propelled toward the Call to Arms....The moment when "Ni ase kan ki, fa agbara se" ( I am compelled by a spiritual force) becomes more than a pledge, but a Reality....! Under the watchful eye of visiting Dignitaries from Africa and America, more than a dozen Chiefs were installed by HRM the Oloyotunji.
Oyotunji welcomes those from the trenches onto the Frontlines! Eyes to the World, and Always Boots on the Ground! These sacred covenants are still kept between the Living, Dead and those waiting to Be Born. What are the Ancestral covenants you are called to complete? These men and women of communities and followings far and wide have ceremonially stepped into the first command of all leaders, "I shall work..." The forward progression of Africans in America remembers Source and connection to community organization and leadership through work for the greater goals of our collective efforts and alliances. Many were forged in abule Oyotunji, Odun Oba 2021! As the seeds of our best intentions for greater unity and productivity germinate in winter to the birth of 2022, you are invited to make plans now for a Pilgrimage in the Spring!
Oyotunji is a deep well of Remembrance and deep alliances that are building and supporting the Legacy we most want to leave our children... and their children!