“What happens in our physical world first happens spiritually” — Ancient Yoruba Proverb
As New World Yoruba who practice an Earth based tradition that promotes the importance of balance, we encourage all worshippers of Egungun, aborisa, olorisa and omo eniyan to consult their shrines during these uncertain times for guidance and clarity.
We are doing our best to amend our 50th Year Anniversary Celebration festivals and special event plans where we can and proactively keep all of you informed during the process.
With a number of COVID-19 outbreaks on the rise, it's important to us that you know the Kingdom of Oyotunji Yoruba African Village is dedicated to supporting you spiritually, as we all closely monitor the situation.
Obaluaiye is the deity the Yoruba appease when sickness or ailments attack. As such whether you are an owner of an Obaluaiye shrine, eleke holder or neither, the Obaluaiye Shrine of Oyotunji Village has opened to supply the community with mail delivered 21-Grain individual burlap sacks blessed at the Oyotunji shrine of Obaluaiye. Each individual sack will include instructions for proper use and other practical applications of ritual that practitioners and their families can perform to assist with successfully petitioning the protection of Obaluaiye during this time.
An Asedi of $27 is requested per Burlap Sack. For those experiencing financial hardships during this time, scholarship is available.
We indeed are in unprecedented times. However, our hope and collective prayer is that our previous, current and future sacrifice be weighed favorably and that Orunmila stand guard to protect his children against COVID-19 and any other unforeseen sickness and ailments.
We encourage you to follow the preventative measures outlined by the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to keep yourselves and families safe.
Oba nki e,
HRM Oba Adejuyigbe EAO Adefunmi
Paramount Ruler Yoruba North America
HISTORY IN THE MAKING Ojaja II of Ile Ife & Oloyotunji II of Oyotunji MEET-Progress Facilitated for the Diaspora| June 16, 2016| Never Before Seen Photos Inside
Ooni meets Oloyotunji of Oyotunji to Reinforce Yoruba's Unity across the Diaspora.
Traveling to Washington DC with a Royal Entourage of 20 and caravan of 5, His Royal Majesty Oba Adejuyigbe Egunjobi Adefunmi Oloyotunji II took the journey on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to the east coast to pay formal tribute to the Arole Odudua His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II the Paramount Ruler of Yoruba people in the world. A few notable individuals accompanying HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji was the Osi Oba Efunlade Oyewole, Nigerian Visual Artist Oluwanbe Amodu, Prince Adekoya Adefunmi, HRG Olori Iyalosa Yeyefini Efunbolade, HRG Olori Olaketu Ooyesegun, Princess Agotime Adefunmi, Princess Osunmiwa Olasowo, Ilari Ajisafe Adeyemi and Chief Lookman Ojora Arounfale, the Borkini of Ojora Land, Lagos.
During His Royal Majesty Oloytunji's visit with His Imperial Majesty the Ooni of Ife, Oloyotunji had the opportunity to meet with as many as 10 other Obas from Osun State to discuss and explore possibilities of unification of the Yoruba of Yorubaland and Yoruba in the Diaspora, cross cultural educational exchange as well as cross cultural economic exchange.
Borokini of Ojora Land, Chief Lookman who is also a spokesperson of Oyotunji across the world and Prince Ayotunde Adebayo Falade facilitated HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji II 30-car convoy to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center to meet Ooni of Ile Ife Ojaja II.
Upon arrival HRM recalls that it was cloudy and raining, however when the Ooni and his entourage arrived early in the morning, the sun came out. Strange enough, Ooni had previously surprised guests at the New Jersey Essex County House of Records outside reception guests to look-up to the sky at about 2:15 p.m and see how the Moon and the Sun came out at the same time one in the North and other in the South of the sky.
This indicates Eledumare, the Kings of Kings prediction of the arrival of a new dawn-worldwide unifying Oodua leader.
"I preached and brought unity in diversity amongst all Yoruba in the continent of Africa and in diaspora especially, to my African-American brothers and sisters brought across the shore that facilitated USA developments" Ooni Adeyeye said, "Let us us unite more than ever before," Ooni Adeyeye finished.
"Kabiyesi and his entourage peaked the same staircase at the same time that our entourage did, on opposite sides of the wall. When we turned to greet one another Kabiyesi called out to us in delight 'Oba Oyotunji!!!!' ", Oloyotunji recalls the first moments when the two Obas met.
As the two groups approached one another the entourages gathered swiftly around the Obas to protect their first moment and provide some level of privacy. Initially there was a level of tension because of all of the outcry and lamenting regarding Ooni Adeyeye's canceled trip to Oyotunji. However, it quickly disseminated.
"Ooni embraced us and said that all is well and would be well. Stating very firmly that we were his brother; I immediately said no Kabiyesi you are my father and traditionally prostrated for the Ooni the way that all Yorubaland Kings do."-Oloyotunji Adefunmi
It was at this point that the entourages began to sing, dance and rejoice, celebrating the reunification of the Ooni and Oloyotunji.
Later in the day HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji traveled within a 40 car convoy, accompanying HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II to Howard University where they received a warm regal welcome.
The Ooni of Ile Ife invited HRM Oba Adefunmi Oloyotunji II to speak during the Ooni of Ife Ojaja II Symposium at the Howard University Blackburn Center; and Kabiyesi Oloyotunji did just that.
Addressing the audience directly after Dr. Wande Abimbola, HRM Oloyotunji spoke about how unification of Ile Ife and the Diaspora began 40 years ago with Ooni Oba Sijuwade Olubuse when he recognized Oyotunji and the Oba Efuntola Adefunmi and that it is our responsibility to not forget and continue the relationship. Posing the question: What has been done since Ooni Sijuwade built the bridge to cultivate relations in the Diaspora? Have we dropped the ball? and How will we carry this newly energized unity? The Oba stressed and highlighted the importance of culture, tradition and the responsibility we each have to it.
The event was concluded by HIM Ooni Adeyeye, who spoke directly to the audience about his plans to internalize the messages received by all on that day, followed by photos.
In the last private conversation that HIM Oba Adeyeye and HRM Oba Adejuyigbe had, the Ooni promised Oloyotunji that he walks the walk and doesn't just talk the talk and that it was his intent to assist with developing Oyotunji along with cultivating a deeper understanding of Yoruba culture in the Diaspora. The Obas agreed to bury any past misunderstandings and continue forth in unification, peace, LOVE and in total spirit.
"We're brothers and must relate together and indeed we were cut from the same cloth. I'm prepared to assist you in whatever ways possible to achieve unity, cultural and other developments amongst continental Yorubas and those in the Diaspora. I appreciate your good works. I have heard a lot about Oyotunji." -HIM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Oguwusi 51st Ooni of Ife Ojaja II
His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the 51st Ooni of Ife, who succeeded Oba Okunade Sijuade on December 7, 2015 and, who, during his Coronation Anniversary interview promised to assist and cooperate with Oyotubji Yoruba African Kingdom – the 1st Yoruba Kingdom in North America.
Promise made! Promise kept in view!! His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi undertakes to visit Oyotunji Village in June 17 – 18, 2016 therefore, I humbly request all Oyotunji stakes-holders (my brothers, my sisters, my uncles, my nephews, my nieces and my friends), patrons and well-wishers to support me morally, financially and in organizational planning. The village budget for this tumultuous anticipated visit is $35,000.
Oyotunji village is a 501(c) 3 institution. We would be willing to give our donors tax deductable letters upon request. Once again, join us at this big event, for fun, reflections, tradition, food, drinks, music and more to welcome His Imperial Majesty to Oyotunji.
Ife dynasty King is regarded as the unique leader of all Yoruba other Kings. Ife is also regarded by the Yoruba as the origin of life and human civilization, which despite western deception of true civilization history, remains unbroken to the present day. It is the most sacred place of all Yoruba traditions, culture, heritage and language.
In Arts, the blacks in Diaspora as well as their counterparts in Yoruba in Nigeria and other West African countries are heirs to many of Ife oldest finest artistic, tradition, music, acting, paintings and more. By 1100 A.D, the artists at Ife developed exquisitely refined naturalistic terracotta, stones copper, brass and bronze sculptures.
Also, despite the 18th and 19th Centuries dispersion of Yoruba people to the Americas that include; Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and the United States, the importance of strong Yoruba arts, religion, and social lives persist more than ever before.
WISDOM FROM THE CROWN.
"Get up, get out and build our villages"
It's been an amazing journey as we reflect on the past 9 years of sitting on the throne of Adefunmi. Part of this amazement stems from working with a small but elite group of elders and young people who are passionate about the forward progression of our land and movement worldwide. Those who have contributed are vast in numbers and we thank each and every one of you, male or female. The work has been daunting, however there are a small few whose shoulders remain at the wheel. This innovative coalition rely on relevant input and contributions from you but nevertheless are still willing to stay the course indefinitely. We have built roads, built public restrooms, constructed a new Oyo Horseman, bed and breakfast and kitchen for the comfort of our visitors and guests. Also during this 9 years of service we have re-created the Great Benin Films studios which produces countless videos pertaining to Oyotunji and the cultural movement at large (see YouTube/Oyotunji) so that the world can tune in and be a part of the development in the oldest African town in North America. As we near the completion of the first decade of our reign, we have given immense focus and priority to various initiatives as it pertains to farming, eco building, and recycling. Sadly the last three mentioned above did not sell to well with our community. We believe that we are not ready to fully accept the Earth as the pinnacle of our religion and culture.
Coming from the original ancient indigenous people, we have a duty to clean the earth and live in cohesion with the environment. Our religion is our land and natural resources. This is why we have been pushing this movement towards the earth and it's care. If you pollute the lakes, rivers, streams, ocean, forest, and air you have disrespected Orisa.
While we highlight the successes and the shortcomings of the King’s reign and community, we must at the same time note the areas where we have not yet reached our full potential.
As the king works, the Crown needs the strong support of all egbes. The egbes have been lacking terribly in their duties and responsibilities to the community as well as to the Crown. The egbes are almost non existent. Ifa reminds us daily that the egbes are the King’s chiefs; men and women that work closely with the King to keep things running smoothly. To ensure that the school, temples, farm and safety of the local, state and national community, Egbe’s apply their knowledge of Orisa or discipline towards the peaceful evolution of the world. As we see it, we must continually re dedicate ourselves to the institution of Egbe, ancient African societies .
The ancient African proverb says, “It is our deeds that enter us into heaven , not our words”. The verbiage pandemic has become an epidemic in our community. More to the point, the King should never be left to walk alone. We challenge all omo oduduwa to live up to the King’s example as to longevity and innovation in creating spaces where you are and allow those who are seeing enlightenment to receive abundantly the wisdom of the ancients. The Village has a new spirit that revolves around it and that did not just happen by coincidence. There has been countless hours and programs that contributed to the up serge in attention.
A major area that we are still striving to reach our full potential in is the mentor, shadow, apprentice training programs between the elders and the youth. The elders are still working in their respective positions with no relief in sight. As they age, so does their approach to the innovation of the emerging leadership. Any African village in which the youth do not take up the jobs of the elders will not be as healthy as it can be. New ideas come with fresh and seasoned minds alike.
The King deeply values the advice, input and full participation of the leadership of cultural communities across the country in building solidarity toward a more sustainable future. Building the unity in our community not only keeps “hope” alive, it deters the King from becoming “weary in the well-doing”. It is the Yoruba people’s blessing to respectfully support the Crown, demonstrate their loyalty, dedication, and longevity to the ancestors.
While the majority of our people deal in street politics or the internet court of opinions, the King continues to seek those that affect and implement change from a position of title. Failure to do this renders one view or “opinions” on any given situation null and void. Opinions are not needed, however we do value/reverence science and facts. The future of social design depends upon it.
The Crown and the Kingdom are best served and supported as Egbes are faithful to their oaths, actions and tributes that are paid to the King from every initiation into Orisa and Egungun. Those in good standing with all levels of cultural leadership are the faithful, loyal and true. Loyalty such as this always has the ear of the Crown and bring their advice from a deeper place then opinion. Failure to send tributes to the King/dom in honor of the Source from which the ase received, flows… makes obvious persons that do not have the sustainability of the Kingdom in heart or pocket. Such individuals should be known as spiritual bandits who never give back to the source. If a river forgets it's source it dries up. We have given every night and day working for Kingdom and community, loving the Legacy that we inherited. Many times we have neglected visitation with family and children to see to it that duties are carried out .
Work for the Kingdom as the King does.
The King is a:
These hats we wear interchangeably between the hours of sunrise and sunset daily. The entire community needs to examine its self, redefining self determination as the means by which our individual and ancestral gifts/talents are shared with the whole. We as a community must re dedicate ourselves to the land and move back to the land. The land needs it's people. Too many black families move away from the land to the bustle of the cities only to find later that the land has been lost or in terrible disrepair when they return. As we witness the over growth of our ancestral lands we know that it's people have abandoned her.
Recently, there have been “wolves moving among us in sheep’s wool”, women that expose their cultural ignorance at every turn and opportunity. The authority of the elders and chiefs by their oath to the Crown has been grossly disrespected or outright ignored. The sacred laws, customs and traditions shall not be polluted by those that seek to abuse a false sense of power. If ever the foreign police are called into the Kingdom’s perimeter our national and personal ancestors are grieved and embarrassed. We have our own methods of conflict resolution and relevant codes of conduct. We call on our elders to resolve conflict because the foreign authorities have no compassion nor care for our cultural laws. Our sovereignty should be protected and not molested when we feel egoist enough to summon the European masters to solve our conflicts we render ourselves to the plantation once again.
In conclusion, we as the OBA are the brother to the Orisa. We are approachable and will always be among the people we serve. At your service 24/7. (Phone#843 846 email@example.com)
We beg that you uphold and modernize tradition in this turbulent time. Utilize the wisdom of the ancients and apply it to a modern time. Become a student of the Earth, apply its lessons and laws relevantly to social design.
Odua a gbe wa oooo
HRM Oba Adefunmi II
Eku Igba Odun. Odun Kan ni ooo!! Aseyi samodun o! Oba wa ki gbo gbo omo Oduduwa ni le, ni loko le l'odi!
Ifa teaches us that it is noble for one to celebrate during another's anniversary. Ifa says, "Eni odun ba ba l'aye / Ki o se odun, ki o yo sese" (when one witnesses another anniversary, one should rejoice greatly).
Prescribing to such, we greet the great ancestors and spirit guides, Osagiyan Palace, Ogboni, Council of Iyas and Babas, Chiefs and community members of the Kingdom of Oyotunji Village, the multiplicity of Yoruba culture and west African influenced temples and communities across the United States and the greater North America and Diaspora in this new Gregorian year of 2014. This date, marking the space in time where Western propaganda leads us to believe, the Christian lord arrived some 2,000 plus years ago. This "holiday" is but the opening ceremony to the New Year of our ancestors of the Yoruba culture and tradition that we recognize annually on the day of March, 21st. The Ifa New Year prescriptions from Ile-Ife, the Oriate of Cuba, Oke Tase and the forest of Oyotunji have been cast. We employ all to heed the ebo required and allow the wisdom of Ifa to carry us all through this year’s blessings.
Living Culture: Be a good student.
This year, we are all reminded to be good students of Yoruba and African culture in its antiquity; thus finding ourselves pupils to traditional ways of living, raising families, marriage, socializing, eating, praying, building, and overall – just being. History teaches us, that to attempt to assimilate, or suggest that we adjust to an oppressive culture; to fit those lowest on the totem pole – is psychotic. Instead, we must bury ourselves in the ways of our ancestors so that we may levitate with what our ancestral DNA calls for. Burying oneself in ancestral tradition gives a source to pull from when confronted with conflict resolution. We must all be reminded to be the good students of our collective ase and organize it, accordingly. Prior to the telephone, airplane, train, automobile or internet, our ancestors knew how to communicate and organize. Ifa's catch-word for this year for African cultural nationalist is – ORGANIZE.
Feeding Community: Channel the energy.
As regular practitioners and participants of the ancestral tradition, we must apply ourselves to using the ways of our ancestors to address the issues of our community. For example, if within our community we are planning to have an Ogun Bembe or celebration in honor of Ogun or the divine masculine energy of the universe, would it not make equal sense to include a men's roundtable or talk-back with the men of the temple or community; this way allowing the Ogun invoked energy and anointed space to bless the healing and solution developing for the men within that particular community? And the same can be had for the women within the community, utilizing the divine feminine energy of Yemonja, Moremi, Osun Queen Taiye and the Candace Queens to invoke an impenetrable sisterhood that collectively creates a womb ignited gravitational pull so transformational, that woman by woman, our mothers, daughters, sisters and wives are restored to our primordial standard. Primordial standard – simply implies that her disposition or world view, for Africa and it's Diaspora, is one that loves, supports, cares for, and goes forth to create a climate that is conducive to the further growth and development of the healing and restoration of African people – WORLDWIDE.
Feeding Community: Learning the ways of our ancestors.
Laws and rules that govern a traditional African culturally based community have always existed. If it is conflict you find yourself in, one must investigate the ancestral resolve and peace-making process. The answers are not hidden but written clearly in the innumerable Odu of Ifa. In many cases, Ifa in the west has taken on the "fortune telling" role or glass ball reader. However, the practicality of the Odu stories and proverbs is to be taken as a live-ity; a lifestyle or a way of life. This is learned by watching and observing the ways of our ancestors. Ifa is the wealth of the ancestors’ wisdom.
Celebrating Tradition: Protecting the children.
When we think as Europeans do when it comes to children, then we will only think of the living children. Our ancestors teach us to consider the unborn while we live out our lives. Wherever Africans are, all Children MUST be protected. Our African families today have the grim task of teaching their children about sexual molesters, predators, and pedophiles. [And unfortunately, in the past Oyotunji’s immediate and extended communities have experienced bouts of the macro-induced, micro-emulation of pedophilia and molestation. Our council of elders in both cases chose to handle each situation as traditionally as possible. Because prisons and institutions of confinement were introduced to us through European interfacing, African peoples, the Yoruba, did not have such within their villages. If there was an infraction to the greater society, physical punishment such as lashes or body part removal, and even exile or beheading were sought. We’d also like to extract that mass pedophilia as experienced in the African-American community is a result of the European induced psychotic sexual deviance influence.]
Reaffirming Osun as the mother of culture and deity of art rather then sex could help further secure our children’s community.
As Africans, we must not create an atmosphere of fear but one of education and enlightenment. As young men and women reach puberty and begin to attract the opposite sex, the family must know the culture of our ancestors in order to cope. In the culture of the Yoruba, puberty is celebrated and marks a time of rites of passage. As a Prince, I and fellow school mates participated in a number of tests and challenges to earn the right to be in Egbe Akinkonju (name of Oyotunji men’s society). And not so that we could wear nice sneakers or drive cars with shiny paint, but because the entrance into the men’s society was validation to the community that we were then able, obligated and responsible for the posts of Asolu (village guard), Ilari (the King’s guard), Dokpwe (the village’s men’s building collective) etc.
To hit puberty in a traditional Yoruba community for young men wasn’t followed by a promiscuous behavior pattern as seen in our communities, but meant more responsibility to one’s bloodline, family name or ancestors, one’s immediate family and extended community. It means that you answer to more people while experiencing the ever evolving pressure to follow one’s culturally-born destiny.
And relatable to the male rites, is that of the female. Egbe Moremi is the women’s society that women at puberty are positioned to cross over into. It’s necessary to mention as a sort of disclaimer, that because we are not of the female gender we have received counsel from our mothers, wives and sisters as it pertains to this society. And so per the women of the Aafin, our daughters in a traditional Yoruba community are held very close by the women within that community.
Coming into as a young woman allows the receiving of the divine-feminine-power-lifestyle-teachings. The tests and challenges a young lady at puberty would encounter would be the basic behavioral and habitual teachings that a mother passes down to her young daughters. From prayers, to market skills, to caring for her younger siblings, how to properly dress and how to make her and her family’s clothing if need be, cooking, creating furniture, hygiene, how to befriend other women, cutting wood, pick mariwo, amongst a number of other things. To hit puberty in a traditional Yoruba community for young women wasn’t followed by a promiscuous or risky behavior pattern as seen in our communities, but meant more responsibility to one’s bloodline, family name or ancestors, one’s immediate family and extended community. It means that you answer to more people while experiencing the ever evolving pressure to follow one’s culturally-born destiny.
Protecting our children must equate to TEACHING our children the TRADITION! If at any point a Yoruba becomes disgruntled or begins sinking in life, s/he is encouraged to ascertain a prescription from Ifa, orisa or ancestors – our roadmap our guide.
Celebrating Tradition: Key word, CELEBRATE!
This year Ifa tells men to be good to their wives and wives to be good to their husbands. Let us be reminded to celebrate, show appreciation and, however you best define it, and love one another in excess. This year in the Kingdom, we have plans to build; celebrating our ability to simply – man the land – if nothing else. In 2014, we welcome our Yoruba constituents, near and far, to join us as we celebrate during our 14 annual festivals, one of which will be a Royal Wedding, in which we, the Oba, will take on another wife. 2014 marks us being festive in our culture! We hope to join the assorted Ile and Temples across North America during their perspective odun and celebration as well. So be certain to contact us directly should you be interested in inviting us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, as we have heard the disgruntled comments from many who’s disposition is one that “traditional African culture is too old" or "we don't need chiefs, Queens and Kings because that’s too old". We hear the people who often cite the fact that "I want the Religion and not the culture". In response to those comments we say this… We have not attempted to live our ancestral culture long enough, with meticulous detail enough or broad enough to harp on its short comings and/or so-called out dated thinking. All the while, we live European doctrine in our daily lives; European, Western culture is in our speech, thoughts, family patterns, social hierarchy, diet and cuisine, marriages, conflict resolution, dress and just about everything else we are made of. We have all of the characteristics of SLAVES who were reprogrammed by some foreign master. Are we FREE yet? History teaches us that the true emancipation of a people didn’t come from the colonial, oppressive culture that enslaved them in the first damn place. No. Historical reference teaches us that the true emancipation of a people comes directly from the willingness to shed the imperialistic influence and trade that in whole heartedly for the indigenous ways of their people. Let’s collectively make it a point to celebrate and be festive in our indigenous Yoruba culture in 2014.
Oba nki e,
HRM Oba Adejuyigbe E. A. O. Adefunmi II
HRM Oba Adejuyigbe Egundjobi Alladahonu Oyewole Adefunmi II, Oloyotunji of Oyotunji