Monday, December 30, 2013

Akure Kingdom gets new woman monarch

The first daughter of late Deji of Akure, Oba Adebiyi Adegboye Adesida, who died of an undisclosed ailment on the 2nd of December, has been made the he new traditional ruler of Akure Kingdom. Princess Adetutu Adeside-Ojie's position is said to be temporary pending when a new king emerges. She was installed after several traditional rites for the passage of her late father came to conclusion recently. The 36 year old new monarch lived abroad most of her life and holds a degree in pharmacy from the Texas Southern University, Houston Texas. Until her appointment as the Kingdom's regent, Princess Adetutu worked as a clinical pharmacist with the University Health system, Hospital in San Antonto Texas. She is married with three children.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Igolo Nwanyi 1 of Amoli: Oge Okoye bags Chieftancy Title (Pics)

 It wasn't just Chika Ike, actress Oge Okoye also got a Honorary Chieftaincy Title (Igolo Nwanyi 1 of Amoli) in Awgu L.G.A. Enugu State for her contribution to the growth and development of Igbo land. Congrats to her. Another pic after the break...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

26yr old Emeka Rodney bags MTN Young Designer of the Year 2013

26 year old Rodney Emeka, the Creative Director of McMeka, won the MTN Young Designer of the Year competition at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2013. He runs McMeka, a Lagos based menswear design label which solely is targeted on bespoke tailoring which he founded in Sept. 2011. 
The young PH bred designer came against formidable names like Waneami, Diana aLa Vid (DLV), Ayo Van Elmar, Reni Smith, Ladunni Lambo, Sho by Adesola Obebe, Tumilla by Tumi Ladega, Kenneth Ize and Siaiano who have been also shortlisted as finalists for the MTN Young Designer of the Year. However, his hard work and resilience paid and he was crowned the winner. Continue steadily to see a number of his designs....

The True Origin of Christmas

All aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion. Consider the following admission  from a large American newspaper (The Buffalo News, Nov. 22, 1984): “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in  reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Glory Of Benin Kingdom And Shame Of British Empire

The ancient Kingdom of Benin was described in glowing terms by early European visitors. When the British came to Benin kingdom they were shocked and awed to find a very well planned capital city. Already well described both in writing and in sketches by earlier portuguese and other early European travellers, historians and visitors alike; and acclaimed by all as a world class city. Thus the use of the term BENIN CITY by the Europeans to describe Benin Kingdoms geo-political headquaters as far back as the 15th century. In this preparing this piece, I have chosen to reproduce materials from source, in my humble effort to convince cynics and critics that that the subject matter under review and particularly my thematice scope is not a creation of my fertile imagination.

"Benin was the capital of the kingdom of Benin, which was probably founded in the 13th cent. and flourished from the 14th through the 17th cent. The kingdom was ruled by the Oba and a sophisticated bureaucracy. From the late 15th cent. Benin traded slaves as well as ivory, pepper, and cloth to Europeans. In the early 16th cent. the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon, and the king of Portugal sent missionaries to Benin."

"No trace remains of the structures admired by European travelers to "the Great Benin." After Benin was visited by the Portuguese in about 1485, historical Benin grew rich during the 16th and 17th centuries "

"In the early 16th century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon, and the King of Portugal sent Christian missionaries to Benin. Some residents of Benin could still speak a pidgin Portuguese in the late 19th century."

"After the fall of Benin in 1897, the British set apart Warri Province, to punish the Oba of Benin and curb his imperial power. The Benin monarchy was restored in 1914, but true power lay with the colonial administration of Nigeria."

Roese, P. M., and D. M. Bondarenko. in their book, A Popular History of Benin. The Rise and Fall of a Mighty Forest Kingdom. wrote:

" The kingdom and the capital city were both called Benin. The city of Benin was laid out in a system of huge straight streets. These streets were very wide, very long, and well maintained although they were not paved. You could travel on foot in a straight line for 15 or 20 minutes and not see the end of the street. Other streets opened from the main streets. They were also wide. Houses were built in rows along all of the streets. On the street front side, houses had covered porches to keep people dry as they sat outside. The Dutch and Portuguese traders who came to Benin by sea were not invited into the nobles' or artists homes. So we don't know how their homes were arranged, or what the back looked like. But we do know about the palace. "

" Dutch and Portuguese traders were invited into the king's palace - and thus we have written records of what the palace looked like. "The king's court is very big, having within it many wide squares with galleries round them where watch is always kept. I went so far within these builds that I passed through four such squared, and wherever I looked I still saw gate after gate which opened into other places."

You will find this piece from the British Concise Encyclopedia interesting:
"One of the principal historic kingdoms (12th – 19th century) of the western African forest region. Founded by the Edo people, the kingdom was centred on present-day Benin City in southern Nigeria.With the accession of Ewuare the Great in the mid 15th century, the Benin kingdom was vastly expanded, including the founding of the city of Lagos." See this article from the Library of the U.S.Congress for more details

Roese, P. M., and D. M. Bondarenko. in their book, A Popular History of Benin. The Rise and Fall of a Mighty Forest Kingdom, again, wrote:
"The Oba had become the paramount power within the region. Oba Ewuare, the first Golden Age Oba, is credited with turning Benin City into a military fortress protected by moats and walls. It was from this bastion that he launched his military campaigns and began the expansion of the kingdom from the Edo-speaking heartlands. The lands of Idah, Owo, Akure all came under the central authority of the Edo Empire. At its maximum extent the empire is claimed by the Edos to have extended from Onitsha in the east, through the forested southwestern region of Nigeria and into the present-day nation of Ghana. The Ga tribe of Ghana trace their ancestry to the ancient Kingdom of Benin."

"The state developed an advanced artistic culture especially in its famous artifacts of bronze, iron and ivory. These include bronze wall plaques and life-sized bronze heads of the Obas of Benin. The most common artifact is based on Queen Idia, porpularly called the FESTAC mask".

From Ijebu.Org, we have this:
"The greatest legacy of the ancient Benin Kingdom is their glorious Bronze Sculptures many of which reside in the British Museum in London. At the height of its greatness, Benin's Obas patronized craftsmen and lavished then with gifts and wealth, in return for the depiction of the Oba's great exploits as fabulous and intricate bronze sculptures. Today a strong campaign is being waged to have these antiques returned to their rightful home in Nigeria."

In his book, The Military System of Benin Kingdom, 1440-1897, by Osarhieme Benson Osadolor, , M.A., (2001) from Benin City, Nigeria, wrote:
"The use of iron and development of its technology in Benin kingdom has had influences in the state-building process. Iron technology led to the development of weapons which changed the character of war. Rich iron ore deposits were not available in Benin and had to be imported from the Etsako area - north of Benin - which had large deposits. Benin was able to develop an indigenous capacity to work the iron material into weapons of war. It is probable that this indigenous capacity which was basically the possession of iron smelting knowledge was acquired through training and apprenticeship of Benin blacksmiths in Etsako. By the second half of the fifteenth century when Benin expanded its Empire virtually in all directions, it established control over the iron ore sources which was considered to be essential to the development of iron technology in the state."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We Did Not Sell Each Other Into Slavery

The single most effective White propaganda assertion that continues to make it very difficult for us to reconstruct the African social systems of mutual trust broken down by U.S. Slavery is the statement, unqualified, that, "We sold each other into slavery." Most of us have accepted this statement as true at its face value. It implies that parents sold their children into slavery to Whites, husbands sold their wives, even brothers and sisters selling each other to the Whites. It continues to perpetuate a particularly sinister effluvium of Black character. But deep down in the Black gut, somewhere beneath all the barbecue ribs, gin and whitewashed religions, we know that we are not like this.
British colonial official with Islamic slave traders in Zanzibar. On the far right is Hamad bin Mohamed bin Jumah bin Rajab bin Mohamed bin Said al-Murghabi, more commonly known as Tippu Tip. He was the most notorious Islamic slaver. al-Murghabi died in 1905.

This singular short tart claim, that "We sold each other into slavery", has maintained in a state of continual flux our historical basis for Black-on-Black self love and mutual cooperation at the level of Class.
The period from the beginning of the TransAtlantic African Slave so-called Trade (1500) to the demarcation of Africa into colonies in the late 1800s is one of the most documented periods in World History. Yet, with the exception of the renegade African slave raider Tippu Tip of the Congo (Muslim name, Hamed bin Muhammad bin Juna al-Marjebi) who was collaborating with the White Arabs (also called Red Arabs) there is little documentation of independent African slave raiding. By independent is meant that there were no credible threats, intoxicants or use of force by Whites to force or deceive the African into slave raiding or slave trading and that the raider himself was not enslaved to Whites at the time of slave raiding or "trading".

Trade implies human-to-human mutuality without force. This was certainly not the general scenario for the TransAtlantic so-called Trade in African slaves. Indeed, it was the Portuguese who initiated the European phase of slave raiding in Africa by attacking a sleeping village in 1444 and carting away the survivors to work for free in Europe.
Even the case of Tippu Tip may well fall into a category that we might call the consequences of forced cultural assimilation via White (or Red) Arab Conquest over Africa. Tippu Tip s father was a White (or Red) Arab slave raider, his mother an unmixed African slave. Tip was born out of violence, the rape of an African woman. It is said that Tip, a "mulatto", was merciless to Africans.

The first act against Africa by Whites was an unilateral act of war, announced or unannounced. There were no African Kings or Queens in any of the European countries nor in the U.S. when ships set sail for Africa to capture slaves for profit. Whites had already decided to raid for slaves. They didn't need our agreement on that. Hence, there was no mutuality in the original act. The African so-called slave "trade" was a demand-driven market out of Europe and America, not a supply-driven market out of Africa. We did not seek to sell captives to the Whites as an original act. Hollywood s favorite is showing Blacks capturing Blacks into slavery, as if this was the only way capture occurred. There are a number of ways in which capture occurred. Let s dig a little deeper into this issue.
Chancellor Williams, in his classic work, The Destruction of Black Civilization, explains that after the over land passage of African trade had been cut off at the Nile Delta by the White Arabs in about 1675 B.C. (the Hyksos), the Egyptian/African economy was thrown into a recession.

There is even indication of "pre-historic" aggression upon Africa by White nomadic tribes (the Palermo Stone). As recession set in the African Government began selling African prisoners of war and criminals on death row to the White Arabs. This culminated as an unfortunate trade, in that, when the White Arabs attacked, they had the benefit of the knowledge and strength of Africans on their side, as their slaves. This is a significantly different picture than the propaganda that we sold our immediate family members into slavery to the Whites.
In reality, slavery is an human institution.

Every ethnic group has sold members of the same ethnic group into slavery. It becomes a kind of racism; that, while all ethnic groups have sold its own ethnic group into slavery, Blacks can't do it. When Eastern Europeans fight each other it is not called tribalism. Ethnic cleansing is intended to make what is happening to sound more sanitary. What it really is, is White Tribalism pure and simple.
The fact of African resistance to European Imperialism and Colonialism is not well known, though it is well documented. Read, for instance, Michael Crowder (ed.), West African Resistance, Africana Publishing Corporation, New York, 1971. Europeans entered Africa in the mid 1400 s and early 1500 s during a time of socio-political transition. Europeans chose a favorite side to win between African nations at a war and supplied that side with guns, a superior war instrument.

In its victory, the African side with guns rounded up captives of war who were sold to the Europeans in exchange for more guns or other barter. Whites used these captives in their own slave raids. These captives often held pre-existing grudges against groups they were ordered to raid, having formerly been sold into slavery themselves by these same groups as captives in inter-African territorial wars. In investigating our history and capture, a much more completed picture emerges than simply that we sold each other into slavery.

The Ashanti, who resisted British Imperialism in a Hundred Years War, sold their African captives of war and criminals to other Europeans, the Portuguese, Spanish, French, in order to buy guns to maintain their military resistance against British Imperialism (Michael Crowder, ed., West African Resistance).
Eric A. Walker, in A History of Southern Africa, Longmans, London, 1724, chronicles the manner in which the Dutch entered South Africa at the Cape of Good Hope. Van Riebeeck anchored at the Cape with his ships in 1652 during a time that the indigenous Khoi Khoi or Khoisan (derogatorily called Hottentots) were away hunting. The fact of their absence is the basis of the White "claim" to the land. But there had been a previous encounter with the Khoi Khoi at the Cape in 1510 with the Portuguese Ship Almeida. States Eric A. Walker, "Affonso de Albuquerque was a conscious imperialist whose aim was to found self-sufficing colonies and extend Portuguese authority in the East&He landed in Table Bay, and as it is always the character of the Portuguese to endeavor to rob the poor natives of the country, a quarrel arose with the Hottentots, who slew him and many of his companions as they struggled towards their boats through the heavy sand of Salt River beach." (Ibid. p. 17). Bartholomew Diaz had experienced similar difficulties with the indigenous Xhosa of South Africa in 1487, on his way to "discovering" a "new" trade route to the East. The conflict ensued over a Xhosa disagreement over the price Diaz wanted to pay for their cattle. The Xhosa had initially come out meet the Whites, playing their flutes and performing traditional dance.

In 1652, knowing that the indigenous South Africans were no pushovers, Van Riebeeck didn't waste any time. As soon as the Khoi Khoi returned from hunting, Van Riebeeck accused them of stealing Dutch cattle. Simply over that assertion, war broke out, and the superior arms of the Dutch won. South African Historian J. Congress Mbata best explains this dynamic in his lectures, available at the Cornell University Africana Studies Department. Mbata provides three steps: 1) provocation by the Whites, 2) warfare and, 3) the success of a superior war machinery.

There are several instances in which Cecil Rhodes, towards the end of the 19th Century, simply demonstrated the superiority of the Maxim Machine Gun by mowing down a corn field in a matter of minutes. Upon such demonstrations the King and Queen of the village, after consulting the elders, signed over their land to the Whites. These scenarios are quite different from the Hollywood version, and well documented.
It has been important to present the matters above to dispel the notion of an African slave trade that involved mutuality as a generalized dynamic on the part of Africans. If we can accept the documented facts of our history above and beyond propaganda, we can begin to heal. We can begin to love one another again and go on to regain our liberties on Earth.
Oscar L. Beard, B.A., RPCV

Monday, December 16, 2013

Google search engine adds Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa to its Google Translate

Google search engine has added the 3 major Nigerian languages, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba to its Google Translate. Google Translate is a free automatic language translation service by Google. It works without the intervention of human translators, using state-of-the-art technology instead. Other African languages also included are South African Zulu and Somali Language. Google translate already has 71 languages on its platform.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Truth About The Yorubas - By Demola Rewaju

The Truth About The Yorubas

There is an area in Ibadan called ‘Monatan’ and it describes how most of our people are: Yorubas rarely open up to others on how they feel about them entirely. Yorubas are most capable of holding one emotion internally and expressing another outwardly. The Ijeshas have a saying – ‘oni d’eje s’inu t’o mi tu’to funfun jade’ that means one who hold red bad blood within yet emits pure white sputum from the mouth.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ayo app now available on the Google Play store for android phones

Do you want to beat your friends anywhere in the world in a game of Ayo? The game is available on the Google play store for android phones. While playing with these friends, you can also chat with them! How cool is that? The free Ayo app on the Google Play store has been designed to be interactive and engaging to create a realistic gaming experience. 

Yvonne Nelson and akon in Native

Yvonne Nelson + Akon look Like Perfect                        Pair In Native

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Many pastors and imams secretly come to me to consult Ifa – Ifayemi Elebuibon, traditional priest

Prominent ifa priest, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon in this interview with FEMI MAKINDE shares his experiences as a traditional priest

Which schools did you attend?
I did not attend any formal school. I had all my education at home. Many people erroneously believe that you can’t be educated until you go to school. I did not step into any classroom to be taught anything. I learnt Ifa at home and I learnt reading and writing also at home

How long did you spend to learn Ifa?
I started learning from my father at the age of four. My father later gave me out to another priest who taught me.  I stayed there for 10 years and six months. After that, I started learning from my father’s colleagues at different locations. I moved from Ilobu to Ede, Ibadan and Oyo to add to my knowledge of Ifa. Ifa knowledge is extended, so you continue to learn until you are dead.

Why have you not renounced Ifa worship in this age when many are being converted to Christianity and Islam?
Despite that many are being converted to these foreign religions, we still have some people who are embracing Ifa here in Nigeria and even abroad. This is because the knowledge of Ifa is spreading wide. Before, very many people didn’t know what Ifa was all about. Those who brought these foreign religions tried hard to rubbish Ifa and they painted it black to make our people accept their religions. Many people are afraid of traditional religion and they were not proud to associate with African Traditional Religion.
But now some of those who attend churches and mosques are now embracing African Traditional Religion. More people are now being initiated in this religion. Lots of Europeans and Americans are coming to be initiated into Ifa worship. Some people came from United Kingdom recently to be initiated into it. This is what early missionaries rubbished to have their religions spread to us but I am happy that their offsprings are now coming to embrace it.

How do you feel when people equate Ifa with evil?
The early missionaries started this. They brought civilisation and started calling Babalawo witchdoctor and painted them black to scare away people from them. But now, nobody calls Babalawo a witch doctor anymore. Babalawo is an Ifa priest, just like you have priests in churches and Muslim clerics in mosques.

People still link occurrence of bad things to Babalawo, maybe due to what is shown in home vidoes. How do you feel when this happens?
This is an erroneous belief of Babalawo and Ifa. Babalawos are not responsible for evil happenings.  They are the ones who shed light on things which are not right. It is wrong to say that Babalawos are the ones responsible for bad things. We will continue to enlighten people about it. They are the ones putting right what the evil ones have made crooked. For example, when there is no rain or there is famine, people consult Ifa through Babalawo and these problems are always solved. So, Ifa is not wicked like they want many to believe.  All those involved in acts of wickedness are not Babalawos because no Babalawo will engage in any evil act.

Apart from Nigerians, do you have foreigners consulting Ifa through you?
As I said earlier, some of those who consult me are based abroad. They make telephone calls almost everyday. They send e-mails to me asking me to consult for them and to prepare sacrifices and to do other things for them. I have a lot of clients abroad.

How do you react to negative things associated with traditional religion, especially  in Nollywoood videos?
When you are talking about Nollywoood, you will realise that a good number of those who write their scripts don’t have a good knowledge of Yoruba culture. A lot of them disappoint us because they are misleading many who watch the films. But take  a look  at the works of Prof. Akinwumi Ishola, Prof. Wole Soyinka,  Adebayo Faleti and others, you will discover that their works are different from all these because they know what Yoruba culture is about and they promote this in their works.  But some of the Nollywood script writers and producers don’t know much about Yoruba culture.

Christianity and Islam do have converts; do you have those you have converted from other religions to traditional religion?
Yes, we do have people who were Muslims  and Christians and were converted to traditional religion. They are now coming back to the religion of their forefathers. You remember that the early missionaries converted our fathers from traditional religion to Christianity and Islam but some are now retracing their steps. They are coming back to the religion of their forebears.  All families in Yoruba land have one orisa they worship or another. Anyone who says anything contrary is either telling lies or doesn’t know.

What do you use to convert them?
Some who had one problem or another which could not be solved in the church or in the mosque get automatically converted when they find cure in the traditional way. They do refer some to us from churches and mosques. Some of them whose cases have no solution even with orthodox medicine or through prayers in church or mosque are advised to come back to their roots. When those come and find solutions, it is not difficult to convert them. There are prophets who tell their members to go back to their families and appease the gods their ancestors worshipped. They come back, a lot of aladura (white garment church ) have been doing that. A lot of Muslim clerics have been doing that also. Some of those Muslim clerics use Koran to deceive their followers while they practise traditional religion in secret. They know a lot of herbs and other things we do. That is the way it is.

Is there any rite to be performed on anyone who wants to be converted to traditional religion?
There are rites to be performed on such persons. Such person will be initiated. We will find out the Odu that gave birth to him. We will find out this through divination.

Have you killed anybody with your charms before?
Why will I kill anybody? I don’t do that, I have never killed anybody and I will never kill. You see, Babalawo don’t kill. Although Babalawo have an immense power, they are capable of doing so many things but killing is against the rules in this religion. There are things that  are forbidden here. It is wrong to blame killings on the doorstep of Babalawo. Those involved in killing may be oloogun-ika (wicked people) Babalawo are priests, just like you have Catholic priests, Imams. We don’t use Ifa divination and sacrifice to kill. Sacrifices are offered for atonement, for healing of diverse diseases and ailments.  But all the religions have some parts they can use to do evil things. There are portions like that used by some wicked Muslims and also the Seven Books of Moses are used by some Christians to do evil. All the religions have positive and their negatives uses.

But will you kill if Ifa asks you to kill anybody?
I have never killed and I am not going to kill. Ifa will never ask you to kill anybody. Some people want to  kill when they believe somebody is blocking their progress. But there are many ways to make yourself unstoppable rather than seeking to kill those blocking you. I have had a lot of obstacles in life but what I do is to consult Ifa and ask it to help me to overcome such hindrances.

Have you ever snatched anybody’s wife using your Ifa knowledge or mysteries?
No. I have never done that. I married all my wives the right way. I know what you mean; it is called ‘ape’ or ‘ohunfa’. For example, if you like a lady and want to marry her but the lady does not want to marry you, you use ‘ape’ to bring such lady to your side but I have never done that or snatched anybody’s wife.

Have you ever been attacked by spirits or invincible forces?
I have enemies and there is no doubt about that.  There is nobody who does not have enemies, especially when one is successful. There will be envy or jealousy and other things but what you need to do is to offer prayers and you will be untouchable and unstoppable.  That is what I do. Back to your question, demons or spirits have never attacked me.

Traditional religion believers are not always given recognition in public functions, don’t you get annoyed with this?
This happens from time to time but I don’t like to argue in the public. There are many functions I attend and while they ask Christians and Muslims to pray according to their religions, traditional religion believers are not recognised. I don’t get annoyed.  I just ignore it and keep quiet. I know that raising such issues could lead to crisis and I don’t want that. I know that those who do not recognise traditional religion have limited knowledge. Some people don’t want to hear anything about traditional religion and this shows how limited their knowledge is. African traditional religion believers are the most peaceful people. We don’t fight the Christians and Muslims who preach against our religion. We know that they are all descendants of the gods and how do you expect a father to be fighting against his children. That is why we don’t fight them. They come even to our houses and preach against our religion and abuse us but we don’t fight them. They can’t take that because they are not tolerant. But if anyone criticises their religions, they cause a lot of trouble. Have you ever seen any traditional believer go to any church and fight them there?

Do you think Ifa can assist in curbing corruption that has become endemic in Nigeria?
Corruption thrives in this country because our people are afraid of the truth. They are afraid of African Traditional Religion. Let political office holders and others in public offices swear in the name of Ile (earth). Some of them would say they are Christians and Muslims and would not swear in the name of Ogun ( god of iron) or Sango ( gods of thunder). I agree with them but let everybody swear in the name of Ile. We are all made from the soil and we would return there. Let them swear in this name and you would see that corruption would stop. It should be used in the private sector as well.  We will continue to live with corruption unless we start doing this. Corruption can’t stop with the way we are fighting it. It will never stop except somebody would just descend from heaven and kill everybody. We can’t see any change going this way.

Can you recollect any occasion when you were saved by Ifa?
There was a year I was invited to the University of Ibadan for a programme. On the day of the programme, I was set to go and I consulted Ifa to know how the outing would turn out but it was negative. I asked Ifa, “should I not go for the programme? And it said, no don’t go.” So, I cancelled the outing and stayed back indoors. The following day, somebody came and brought a newspaper and I read how those who attended the programme were beaten and molested. I couldn’t believe it; I had to fetch the invitation card to ascertain that the programme I was invited to attend was the one disrupted. I thanked Ifa because it saved my life that day.

Do you have the power to disappear?
I don’t have that power called ‘egbe.’ Anybody who has it can disappear.  But this is not to say that I am not protected.  I  have maximum protection, so I cannot be harmed.

Do you think that you could one day be converted to Islam or Christianity?
That one cannot happen. I have a deep understanding of the Bible and Quran and I also have a good understanding of Ifa but I cannot renounce Ifa.  Christians and Muslims scare people with hell fire  but I want you to listen to my CD on who will go to hell fire. They say that you will go to hell fire if you are not a Christian or a Muslim, but I am not afraid of hell fire because I am not a wicked person. I know what you can do that will take you to hell fire and I don’t do such things. What will now pursue me to be converted to Christianity or Islam? There is no problem that Ifa cannot solve. A lot of Christians, even pastors and Imams  come to consult Ifa and use Ifa to solve their problems. But because we believe in fidelity, it is forbidden for me to start mentioning their names. It is confidential just like medical doctors don’t disclose the ailments of their patients to just anybody.  Pastors and imams come to me and I prepare a lot of things for them. I use my Ifa knowledge to solve their problems. So, how am I supposed to go to them? Just this afternoon, a leader of a church came here wearing a native dress, you can’t know that he is a pastor but I know.

Do you take orthodox drugs ?
You don’t know me. I take hot pap with ‘agunmu’ (powdery dry herbs). I spent the last three weeks in Europe and I  missed my agunmu so much. I use ‘agbo’ (concoction of  herbs). I am almost 67 years old now and I have never slept in any hospital. I only undergo medical checks and take vaccines whenever I want to travel out of the country because it is mandatory.

You travel abroad with your totems; have you ever been embarrassed by security agents at the point of entry into any country?
I travel often to the United States with my ‘opele’ and I have never been troubled by anybody. They respect your religious beliefs in America. They would ask you if any strange object is found on you and it is your duty to explain to them. A lot of white people come here and I prepare ‘elegbara’ for them. They declare it to security officials at airports and they allow them to pass with the objects. One of my clients, a white man called Obakunle Akinlana, came and I made elegbara for him but they seized it from him at JFK Airport and destroyed it.   He sued them and he claimed damages and he was paid. I have never been molested because of my religious items but the only people who give us serious headache are the animal rights people. They don’t want you to kill animals even for sacrifice. Anytime we want to kill animals for sacrifice abroad, we would go to the basement and hide the animals from people.  There was an occasion in New York about 12 years ago when we wanted to prepare a sacrifice for a lady and she came with the animal we wanted to use. I was staying on the third floor and we went to the basement but the people on the street saw her bring the animal into the house: they called the police and informed the animal rights advocates. They came and asked us about the animal but we denied having any animal in our possession. They searched everywhere and found the animal at the basement and took it away. While they were searching, people started gathering in front of our house. There was a huge crowd and journalists from various media organisations were also there. I don’t know what they would have done to me if we had slaughtered that animal before they arrived.  Despite the enforcement of animal rights, a lot of African Traditional Religion believers go to court to take permission to kill animals based on their religious beliefs. Even Muslims in the United States go to a certain place before they slaughter rams for Eid-el-Kabir festivals. You can’t just slaughter animals in the public.

But how would you feel if a law is made stopping killing of animals?
That cannot happen here in Nigeria because it is wrong. Killing animals for sacrifice, for entertainment and others is part of our culture. Killing of animals cannot be stopped here; such law would not work. Killing of animals is not a sin.

How many of your children share the same religious beliefs with you?
Maybe some of my daughters who are married to Christians or Muslims may be following their husbands in whatever they believe. But they all respect traditional religion and we live harmoniously. But this happens because wives must obey their husbands. But there is nothing you can get from the church or mosque that you can’t get from Ifa. Talk about healing or anything, you get it.

Many believe that Ifa divination is an art of deceit. Do you agree with this?
That is what the missionary made our people to believe. They use everything to scare our people away from the religion of their ancestors. They say that traditional religion believers use human beings for sacrifice but they have forgotten that there is no religion without sacrifice. Jesus Christ used his blood as sacrifice for Christians. Just last week, Muslims slaughtered millions of animals to replace Ismail that Ibrahim was supposed to kill. These foreigners use blackmail and fear to lure away our people from their religion to spread their own religions.

How do you react to the Isese Day declaration as a public holiday in Osun State?
It is a very good decision.  It is first of its kind. I give kudos to the governor for doing that despite that he is a staunch Muslim. I implore other governors in Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Lagos, Ogun to also emulate Aregbesola and declare Isese Day in their states.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Check out Colourful Photos and Video from Ojude-Oba 2013 At Ijebu-Ode

See More Photos after the brek.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Meet the Ethopian women who're beaten & scarred with canes & thorns to prove their energy

 While its an offense to beat feamales in most areas of the planet, Ethiopia's Hamar tribe females enjoy it. No screaming is permitted by the men wielding the canes & rather than fleeing, the ladies beg the men to repeat and again until blood flows, dripping into the gritty red dust of the Omo River Valley.
Ceremonial beatings take place through the male initiation rites but also in the home when the husband chooses. 
Continue after the break.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

An interview with Sweet OMITONADE IFAWEMIMO: I Was Initiated Into Ifa Religion At Age 5”

•22 Yr Old YEMOJA Priestess, IFAWEMIMO Explains 
+How She Combines This With Her Studies \
Nothing about her portrays her deep involvement in African Traditional Religion. In fact with her gentle mien, and unassuming disposition, she easily cuts the picture of a beautiful babe, next-door, and ‘Omo Mummy’ (Mummy’s Pet), to use the popular Yoruba cliche. But in reality, Ifawemimo Omitonade Egbelade is a thoroughbred Ifa Priestess cum Yemoja Priestess. This 22-year-old lady was initiated as an Ifa devotee/adherent, at age 5. “I was born into an Ifa religion worshipping family.
I got initiated into Ifa religion at age 5. At a young age I started getting conversant with the referred ‘Opele’ (stringed cowries) and ‘Opon Ifa’ (sacred tray for divination). Subsequently, I took more interest in worshipping Yemoja and I grew up to become a Yemoja Priestess. I have been consulting for people for long. I offer sacrifices on their behalf as well as several other sacred and spiritual things”.
Ifawemimo is a 300 level student of Economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State.
Inspite of her deep involvement in Ifa, and Yemoja worshipping, she copes well in school and never allows her traditional religious practices to take her focus off studies. Just as Christian and Muslim students on the campus go to churches/fellowships and Mosques for prayers, and meetings Ifawemimo fellowships with fellow traditional religious devotees at a popular shrine at Oke Itase, adjacent the Ooni of Ife’s place, in the University town of Ile-Ife.

She revealed that her choice of Yemoja out of all the gods and goddesses was borne out of a personal informed judgement. “If anyone chooses to be a devotee of Yemoja, she must learn a lot of things before becoming Iyalorisa (Priestess). Basically, to become an Iyalorisa, it takes a lot of deep knowledge, especially about sacrifices learning about Yemoja is a continuous process.
Is there any difference between a Yemoja Priestess and an Ifa Priestess? “Yes, there is a world of difference. My father is an Ifa Priest and also a Yemoja Priest. I chose Yemoja as my Orisa (god). Though I am very conversant with the 256 Ifa Corpus, but I chose Yemoja to be my deity.
Ifa is the voice of Olodumare (the supreme being) and it is like the Holy Bible, Quran, it has 256 Corpus (Chapters) with many verses, Yemoja is an Orisa (deity) that is worshipped.

With her obvious deep knowledge of the deities e.t.c., Ifawemimo is always bombarded with questions, consultations from several people, who regularly want her to tell them what Olodumare has to say about their problems or future. Her words “I have to be careful so that my divinating for people will not tell on my academics. I am doing my bit and I am thankful to Olodumare”.
When asked of an insight into the Yemoja deity the dark complexioned, slim-built lady said, “Yemoja is among the deities our forefathers worshipped before Christianity and Islam were introduced to them. Yemoja nurtured 3 Orisas: Dada, Sango and Obaluaye”.

Yemoja is known to take care of babies and passed the tradition of baby sitting onto the Yoruba people, all other deities respect Yemoja. Yemoja is called ‘Arugbo Odo Aya Obinrin Okere’ (the eldest woman of the sea). Yemoja is also referred to as Yemoja Otete Ari Eyin Pon Sango (the caring deity who bore and nurtured Sango). Yemoja was Sango’s mother and Sango was her dearest son”.
So what is the difference between Yemoja and Osun? The soft-spoken young lady who wears traditional beads typical of traditional religion priests said, “Yemoja is Sea goddess while Osun is River goddess. They are both deities. Findings have shown that Yemoja was Osun’s mother-in-law.
Sango married Osun while Yemoja was Sango’s mother. To be able to deliver spiritual messages one needs to be pious and live a holy life. Ifatomide said, “only Olodumare knows those that are his true worshippers. Not all traditional worshippers or Church or Mosque goers are good Christians or good Muslims”.

Has Ifatomide ever been wooed by guys for romantic relationship? “Yes, several guys come to me but once they discover I am a traditional worshipper they back-off”. Is Ifawemimo in any romantic relationship now? “I am not in any relationship. I am totally dedicated to my spiritual activities and academics”. The Yemoja cum Ifa Priestess possess spiritual powers. Has she ever been provoked, or had cause to using such powers? “I don’t fight anyone, I live at peace with everyone. If I claim to be powerful, there is someone more powerful than all human beings. What if Eledumare does not allow me to succeed in using such powers? Ifatomide was born to Chief Olukunmi Omikemi Egbelade, the Aare Isese of Oyo State and his wife, who is a practising Christian. The family hails from Ibadan, Oyo State.

As you read this, a world Yemoja Festival is scheduled for October. According to Ifawemimo’s brother, Ewatomi Egbelade, the festival will include activities such as sacrifices, dance and cultural display. Not only will Yemoja worshippers benefit from the festival, Ifawemimo, her elder brother and dad will also reach out to motherless babies’ home, give aids to the needy, visit prison yards and do community services. There will also be lectures by popular traditional worshippers to shed more light on Yemoja. The 17-day event is excepted to be attended by Yemoja worshippers from all parts of the world.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Yoruba Africans don't wage holy war.

A Yoruba proverb says, "A kole birikoto, a ni ki Orisa gba a; bi ko ba gba a, ko lo sigbee ko lo sa eke, ko lo sodan lo ho okun, ko mo bi agara-a ti ndani."

In English, it means that, if you build a shrine for your God or Orisa. And your god does not want the shrine or appreciate your effort. You do not have to worry. You also have the right as a man to ask the Orisa to go into the forest to cut stakes, grass land for vines to build his or her shrine. 

I love this proverb because it shows how tolerant our ancestors were to one another about God and different mode of worship. It also shows the horizontal relationship between them and their Gods (Orisa's). Unlike the vertical relationship between African Christians and Muslims to their adopted heavenly Gods today. 

We should all learn to tolerate one another. Our security should only be the reason why we should attack or defend ourselves with cohesive force not because of our religion and our definition of the most high (God). Could this be the reason why Yoruba ancestors don't wage crusade or Jihad (holy wars) on one another? I believe so, what about you?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grammy award winning Youssou N’Dour dropped As Senegal’s Minister Of Culture

Grammy award winning artiste and Senegal’s Minister for Culture and Tourism, Youssou N’Dour has been removed from office.

N’Dour was sacked on Sunday, September 8, 2013 after a cabinet re-shuffle by the Senegalese president, Macky Sall.

Sources revealed that N’Dour, the prime minister, Abdoul Mbaye and some other cabinet members were dismissed allegedly for failure in delivering public services to the masses.

The 54-year-old artiste turned politician was named Senegal’s Minister for Culture and Tourism on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 after his bid for presidency failed.

N’Dour has released 27 albums over the past 28 years with his most recent being 2011’s ‘Mbalakh Dafay Wakh’.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Goddess of Osun River (Yeye) : Lovely Photos From Osun Osogbo festival

 No fewer than three hundred thousand people from across the globe converged in Osogbo last Friday to celebrate the annual festival. In case you missed the entire Osun Osogbo festival, you can check out the African hairstyles of the Osun River goddess worshipers and other photos below (photo courtesy of Fela Awosika).
See More Photos Bellow.

A worshipper of Osun goddess stands beside statues as they pray to the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Worshippers of Osun goddess pray to the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observe the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Worshippers of Osun goddess pray to the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims, But they say a person cannot pray to enough gods in a country overwhelmed by grinding poverty, rampant ethnic violence and the ravages of AIDS and malaria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Worshippers of Osun goddess pray to the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims, But they say a person cannot pray to enough gods in a country overwhelmed by grinding poverty, rampant ethnic violence and the ravages of AIDS and malaria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Worshippers of Osun goddess arrived to pray for the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria are Christians and Muslims.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Worshippers of Osun goddess pray to the goddess and other spirits at the Osun river in Osogbo, Nigeria, Friday Aug. 23, 2013. Many of the worshippers observing the centuries-old ethnic Yoruba celebration in southwestern Nigeria  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Congrats: Fifi Ejindu Bags African Arts & Fashion Lifetime Award by AAA

Celebrated entrepreneur, architect, philanthropist and founder of African Arts and Fashion Initiative,Princess Fifi Ejindu, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the African Achievers Awards at the African Arts and Fashion Banquet that has been held at The Dorchester on Sunday, 4 August 2013. TheAfrica Fashion Week London Life Patron was presented with the award for her contribution towards the promotion of African Arts and Fashion across the globe.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Aṣọ-Oke : Clothes from the up-country ( Dress Of the Day)

Aṣọ-Oke is a popular attire in Yorubaland, usually worn by couples on their traditional wedding day or by people attending a classy, glamorous and indigenous party. Yoruba people take pride in this attire hence its prestige. Aṣọ-Oke is a short form of Aso Ilu Oke meaning clothes from the up-country. It is the traditional wear of the Yoruba people. Aṣọ-Oke clothing materials typically come
 from processed cottons from traditional weavers in Yorubaland.

Basically, Yoruba's Aṣo-oke comes in three major colours: Alaari – a rich red Aṣọ-Oke, Sanyan- a brown and usual light brown Aṣọ-Oke, and Ẹtu- a dark blue Aṣọ-Oke.

There are also Aso-ofi - pure white yarned cloths, used as cover cloth, it can be sewn and worn.

Aran- a velvet clothing material sewn into Danṣiki and Kẹmbẹ, worn by the rich.

Adirẹ - cloth with various patterns and designs, dye in indigo ink (Ẹlu).

These fabrics are used to make pertinent women’s wrapper called Iro and notable men’s large gown called Agbada. There are also different sorts of hat designs to complement the dress; Fila for men and Gele for women. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New MBGN Queen appointed special assistant on Tourism & Culture

 18 year old Anna Ebiere Banner has been appointed Special Assistant on Tourism & Culture to Bayelsa Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson. The governor himself got on stage after she won the crown last night and made her his new special adviser.

You know how some queens come from one state but represent other states at the pageant? Well, that didn't happen with Anna. She's originally from Bayelsa state and I hear she's really 18 years old. She was born  February 18, 1995. 18 year old special assistant to Govuno? OK! Congrats to her!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Alake of Egbaland Western Nigeria - May 1937.

This is Alake of Egbaland Western Nigeria, late King Ladapo Ademola II arriving at the coronation of King Goerge VI of England in London, May 1937.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Free Hand sketch drawing: Olamide a.k.a Mr badoo Of Life - By Olawale Akinmuyiwa Afolabi

Region: West Africa
Country: Nigeria
Type: Afro Hip-Hop naija

Full Bio;
The latest addition under the management wing of Toni Payne of Toni Payne Concepts is Coded Tunes artist “Olamide” who is known for his versatile rap style, free spirited delivery and creative lyrical ability. 

Born Olamide Adedeji on the 15 of March, in Bariga Lagos, Olamide fell in love with Rap music as early his primary school days. Soon, he discovered he also had the talent to Rap and began to nurture that talent in the year 2000. Since then he has featured on songs like “Im grateful” by Maiojoe, “Take me there” by Jahbless and he has dropped some nostalgic lines on the collaborative track between him, Zara, and Adol called “Naija Hail”

Free Hand sketch drawing: Mavin Boss Michael Collins a.k.a Don Jazzy - By Olawale Akinmuyiwa Afolabi

Don Jazzy
Record Producer
Michael Collins Ajereh, better known as Don Jazzy, is a Nigerian Multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, former CEO of Nigerian record label Mo' Hits Records founded in 2004 ... 
Born: November 26, 1982 (age 30), Umuahia, Nigeria
Record labels: GOOD Music, Mavin Records, Mo' Hits Records