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Interview: Oba Osijeman Adefunmi I of Oyotunji on Why He Chose Yoruba (and more)



Isokan Yoruba Magazine, Fall 1996/Winter 1997 , Volume III No. I, Page 21.
“Yorubas Have Undermined theire Culture”,
An Interview with Oba Osijeman Adefunmi I of Oyotunji, South Carolina.

Date: June 26, 1996


Interview is conducted on behalf of Isokan Yoruba Magazine by Chief Ajagun

Q. Your Highness, why did you choose to adopt the Yoruba Culture?

A. Mainly because at the time of our interest in going into African past, the Yoruba tradition was the only one available. It was not even available in the United States and we have to travel to Maxtansas in Cuba. It was through Cuban-Americans that we were guided into consultation and contact with a group of descendants of Egungunme tradition. Later, we learnt that we had made the best, perhaps the finest choice because Yoruba was universally spread out and had germinated in South America all the way up at that time to Cuba. We learnt further that there are large numbers of African-American people who were descendants of the Yoruba tradition and culture and through books written by researchers even in South Carolina and also into the former Louisiana territory owned by France in previous generations that there had been a huge importation of Yoruba and Dahomian people. It meant that here already was a latent reservoir of descendants of the Yoruba people.

Q. What about your name?

A. We had reclaimed our name, Adefunmi, before we later became familiar with Yoruba history through Oro Idile when it was discovered that there was a chieftancy located at the ancient Oyo, named Adefunmi.

Q. May we ask Your Highness what your childhood was like?

A. Our childhood was typical of that of second and third generation descendants of a slave Yoruba. We were born into freedom but our grandmother often remarked of her birth during the slave era here in the U.S.. Our childhood was one of extreme poverty, of being moved from one location to another as our family sought ways and means to earn its living and to support itself in the city of Detroit, Michigan. It was also at Detroit that our parents had met and were married. We were raised in a Christian environment. We attended high school in the U.S., all these under our slave name of Walter King. During the period of our education, we started commercial art at CastTechnical High School in Detroit. Our father died when I was 14 years old in Detroit. Our mother had relocated to the suburb of Detroit but was compelled to return to the innercity after the death of our father. Our family members, for the most part were welfare recipients and we as African-Americans were subject to various discriminatory practices prevailing in Detroit at that time. I was born in 1928, the year before the great economic depression in the U.S. which was not relieved until the installation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1930.

Q. What was the real turning point in Your Royal highness’s life that really brought you full circle to embrace African Culture?

A. The most significant event that took place was reading a text called My Africa written by the Igbo writer, Mbonu Ojike, who had written a chapter on religion that excited us and illuminated our knowledge and mind when he argued that whether man created God or God created is an unsettled argument. He also pointed out the failings and falsity of Christianity and Islam in the life of the people in Nigeria. He also commented very profoundly on the discriminating attitude and practice of the white American community. The chapter on religion was so illuminating and penetrating that immediately after studying and meditating on it, we renounced our Christian faith, the slave tradition of Christianity and we began to search for a more African form of religion. We were also impressed by the writings of J.A. Rogers, a popular Africanist in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s whose articles appeared regularly in Michigan Chronicle and Pittsburg Courier. These articles also opened up our mind and encouraged us to search for our African heritage at 14 years of age..

Q. What will you call Your favorite pastime?

A. It has always been art works. Our ancestors have bequeathed to us skill and talent in the arts. We always elaborated on that and wherever we went; we participated with other artists. At Detroit, we engaged in very creative pursuit for the most part to show that art was influenced by the racial attitude and condition of the African American people, arts painting , sculpture and more recently, we have extended our artistic talents and skills to writings. These have always been our main diversion from the ordinary world of an African American.

Q. What do you see as the future for Yoruba Culture in Africa and in the Diaspora?

A. Future of the Yoruba Culture? Well, in our most recent visit to Nigeria, we were filled with dismay at the extent to which the Yoruba have sold out their own culture and have adopted foreign gods as the object of their spiritual religion. We realized what has happened to African Americans over the century that we have subscribed to foreign religions. We realized that our African American spiritual religion had been directed to Israel which is meaningless in the long run. So as a people, our culture, politics and religious experience have been extremely unfulfilled. We see the Yoruba now falling in the same condition through which the African Americans had allowed themselves to be seduced by preachers of a foreign gospel. We know that the universalist inspiration which has come to the Yoruba through Christianity and Islam has reduced their concern or allegiance to their own god and by extension to their own nationality. We see the Yoruba will be very much reduced in their political, cultural and spiritual development by their seduction into these alien religions. So far as the Yoruba in the western world, we see that there are efforts at increasing inspiration to become national or to recognise nationhood, so with that, we see the Yoruba in the diaspora, as it is popularly called, to be the Yoruba that will greatly guide and influence the Yoruba in the ancient homeland, who for the most part are tending to move away from a sense of preservation of their own culture and tradition, particularly religion.

Q. What advice will you give to African Americans trying to find their own root?

A. African Americans attempting to find their own roots will be better served by adopting the Yoruba tradition which for over 30 years, we have been able to introduce into the U.S. We see the African Americans have a profound desire to re-identify with their ancestors and with an ancestral tradition. We know that among vast numbers of African American intellectuals, there is a lack of fulfillment in their development and advancement in the Yoruba-American economic world. They found also that Christianity is unfulfilling and that Islam is misleading. So in consequence, African Americans are better served by a knowledge of the custom and tradition of their Yoruba ancestry.

Q. Any advice for the younger Yoruba generation?

A. Younger Yoruba generation will be able to advance to the extent that they increase the knowledge or institution among African Americans, who will serve the need for knowledge improvement through television and resurrection and introduction of stories and background images that established a sense of celebration of their African ancestry.

Q. How can a contemporary Yoruba personality support Oyotunji?

A. Our main necessity or requirement or needs for Africans or native Yoruba can best be served by supplying us with increased knowledge with teachers of language and history, in other words, Yoruba preachers preaching Yoruba tradition, religion, ideals of marriage as well as spiritual behavior. If the coming generations of African Americans are able to receive these types of training and exposure, then there is every indication that this will become a lasting impression and institution which can be enlarged upon by African Americans. The more aggresively the Yoruba culture is advertised and subscribed to among them, the better for us all. Lastly, there is the need for support of our cultural programs. We certainly appreciate the Egbe Isokan Yoruba for their institution of Yoruba cultural month at Washington, D.C. If we can extend this particular celebration to other locations with African American presence, Nigerians would have made the most of their sojourn and contact with African American community meaningful.

We thank your Highness for this interview.

Egbe Isokan Yoruba
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Internet: isokan@yoruba.org
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  1. Kamau Says:

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  2. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    KAMAU brother, here is a article from Wikipedia.org:

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Oyotunji African Village is a village located near Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina that was founded by the late Oba Efuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi I in 1970, as part of a “New World Yoruba” initiative.

    It covers 27 miles, and the population is rumoured to fluctuate between 5-9 families as of the last 10 years. It is promoted as an authentic Yoruba village and as a successful example of Pan-Africanism in the New World, and receives tourists from time to time, many of whom are African-American.

    It was originally intended to be located in Savannah, Georgia, but was eventually settled into its current position after disputes with neighbors in Sheldon proper over drumming and tourists.

    [edit] External links
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  3. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Kamau, another one from yoruba.org in 1995:

    Yoruba Culture in the Diaspora
    (Oyotunji African Village)

    In keeping with its mission to promote the Yoruba culture in Africa and in Diaspora, Egbe Isokan Yoruba took a historic trip to Oyotunji African Village in South Carolina. This was a pay-back for similar trip to Washington by His Royal Highness Oba Oseijeman Adefunmi I and his people during the July 1995 celebration of Yoruba Month.

    Oba Oseijeman Adefunmi I, Olori Adefunmi and traditional chiefs at the King’s courtyard.

    This trip to Oyotunji Village was sponsored and organized by the Diaspora Committee of Egbe Isokan Yoruba. On Friday May 31, thirteen members of Isokan Yoruba family with three children left Washington DC in a convoy of two mini-buses and a car, and headed down south to Oyotunji African Village, which is approximately 8 hours from Washington D.C. It is a Yoruba community that maintains a community lifestyle that is strikingly similar to any small town in Yorubaland.

    Oyotunji Village has all the trappings of Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yorubaland. Every known Yoruba deity has his or her own shrine, neatly adorned with all materials made famous by that particular god or goddess. For instance, Ogun— the god of iron was surrounded by specially crafted irons and homage was paid to him every now and then. Every shrine has a designated priest responsible for its daily upkeep and for performing necessary rituals. A boldly written, long inscription cataloging the achievements and historical background of each god/goddess is placed beside each shrine. Dr Valentine Ojo, one of Isokan members who made the trip was so impressed by what he saw that he said that “coming to Oyotunji Village was a spiritual and cultural re-awakening.”

    Yemoja, priestess of the ocean.

    Apart from daily chores of making a living, life in Oyotunji village is centered around a calendar year of activities. The first day of each year is designated the ‘reading of the year’. On this day the Ifa priests consult the Ifa oracle to reveal the state of the universe; the turns and the bends of the new year. Olokun festival is a two-day event from February 25-26 in celebration of the goddess of the deep sea for its enrichment of Yoruba soul and soil in preparation for the planting season. Homage is paid to both Esu and Ogun Deities in March; April is for Osun pageantry. The Egungun festival is towards the tail end of April. It was during the Egungun festival that we visited the kingdom. As the special guests of the king and his subjects; we were treated to the old-fashioned brand of Egungun. The society of Moremi celebrates her triumph over the invaders and proclaims her as symbol of motherhood.

    Egungun festival in Oyotunji

    As if to nod its agreement with Egbe Isokan Yoruba which has designated the month of July as ‘Yoruba Month’, Oyotunji village also celebrates the rich Yoruba culture during this month with a view to ensuring the continuation of Yoruba tradition. The rest of the year is marked with a variety of activities ranging from conferences on women to elaborate processions in honor of the birthday of the Oba in October. The kingdom was built from scratch through the communal efforts of the men and women of Oyotunji village. This is truly a reflection of the long enduring Yoruba legacy of community values.

    During the visit, cultural reception and Egungun festival were held in the honor of the visiting Isokan family. Egbe Isokan Yoruba has decided to make a yearly trip to Oyotunji village.

    HRH Oseijeman Adefunmi I, King of Oyotunji.

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  4. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    KAMAU,this one from Roadsideamerica.com

    Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions

    Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village

    Sheldon, South Carolina

    The Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village covers 27 acres and has, well, we don’t know exactly how many citizens (5 to 9 families in the last ten years, according to one tipster). It seems uncrowded.

    It was founded in 1970 by King (Oba) Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi I, a former used car dealer who, some say, was running from the law. Whatever else he may have been, King Oba was smart enough to see the tax benefits of starting not only his own religion (“New World Yoruba”) but also his own country.

    Oyotunji is not part of the United States, at least according to King Oba’s accountants. It moved to its present site near Sheldon because its old neighbors complained about the tourists and the drumming.

    Oyotunji literature pictures its happy residents strutting about in colorful, flowing robes, dancing and playing fanciful percussive instruments. In real life the people of Oyotunji dress like any other small-town South Carolinans. Except, of course, that this “town” was built in the middle of a forest, has dirt instead of streets, bizarre, crumbling concrete monuments, and a “royal palace” that looks like a bargain basement V.F.W. hall. In one corner of the palace courtyard lies the mausoleum of Orisamola Awolowo, one of the founding fathers of Oyotunji, who died in 1990.

    A sign outside, painted on a piece of 4×8 plywood, beckons visitors to venture down the “Safari Road” to visit the Village “as seen on TV.” The King has been on Oprah, defending his right to practice polygamy (at one point he had six wives).

    Some consider a visit to Oyotunji a spiritual experience. For the less spiritually inclined, this sandy, marshy, bug-infested conglomeration of tumble-down shacks and crumbling concrete sculptures testifies to the American right to believe in whatever you want (even if you no longer consider yourself an American).

    We give the people of Oyotunji credit for still being around, particularly in light of the rise and fall of the Nuwaubian Pyramids — another grand exercise in African-American nation-building — next door in Georgia.

    August 2006: Adesoye Adeyini wrote to us: “His Royal Highness, Oba Adefunmi I (iba ara torun, roughly translated as ‘rest in peace’) joined the ancestors on February 11, 2005. In Yoruba culture, the king is not announced as dead, but as having ‘gone up the ceiling’ (Oba wo aja)”.

    “It is important to note that the Oba was the first African-American to ever be initiated into the priesthood and initiation cult of any African traditional religion. Furthermore, he did not start his own religion and there is no separation between Yoruba culture and religion…the religion is one part of the whole culture. Religion, arts, philosophy, etc. are all things that create culture.”

    Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village
    Address: 56 Bryant Lane, Sheldon, SC [Show Map]
    Directions: Just south of Yemassee. I-95 exit for US 17. Drive east for 1.5 miles, then bear right on Trask Parkway (US 17/21). Drive around three miles, and look for Bryant Lane/Safari Rd. on the left.
    Phone: 843-846-8900
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  5. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Kamau, again from roadsideamerica.com

    Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions

    Sheldon, South Carolina – Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village
    Field Report by the Roadsideamerica.com Team

    Address: 56 Bryant Lane, Sheldon, SC [Show Map]
    Directions: Just south of Yemassee. I-95 exit for US 17. Drive east for 1.5 miles, then bear right on Trask Parkway (US 17/21). Drive around three miles, and look for Bryant Lane/Safari Rd. on the left.
    Phone: 843-846-8900
    Add to My Sights | Show My Sights Results 1 to 2 of 2…
    Sheldon, South Carolina – Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village
    African village created on American soil. Then it seceded from the United States. Roadsideamerica.com Report…
    Visitor Tips and News About Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village

    Following are Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village reports and tips that were sent in by RoadsideAmerica.com visitors like you, as well as news stories about the attraction. Submit your own tip or update. Some tips may not be verified — please contact attraction for current hours and admission prices.

    Sheldon, South Carolina – Oyotunji African Village
    The palace and much of Oyotunji African Village is now full of grand stucco sculptures, monuments, and even homes. It is not the crumbling concrete I expected to see. The sign at the entrance is no longer on wood but is done with stucco.

    I understand that the young men born and raised in this village have a company called Brothers of a Royal Tribe Stucco, and are known as the “Stucco Kings” throughout South Florida, the Keys, and the surrounding islands such as Hilton Head, where they do the majority of their work. The schoolhouse was fabulous and yet had an ancient traditional look to it. I had a wonderful time, the people were so welcoming and friendly. I have told all of my family and friends about the experience. [Heather E. Ferdinand, 11/09/2006]

  6. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

    Kamau,here’s their map of Oyotunji:

    Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions


    Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village
    56 Bryant Lane, Sheldon, South Carolina – More…
    + Nearby Attractions

  7. ana osun Says:

    i am of cuban decent and altough i was born and raise loving the yoruba religion and believes i was iniciated in 2006 i am omo oshun i will be honored if you send me information about the religion and languaje.

  8. oladele Says:

    dear sir ma,ABORU ABOYE O,could you please link me up with Chief SHONGO Tunde Please,that’s my email address above.thanks from Lagos Nigeria.Yor reply will Be A ppreciated.

  9. Ifasanmi Olabinjo Says:

    Aboru aboye, gbogbo omo Awo,
    I so much love to read all i saw at your site Oyotunji village, i will like you to be informing me by mail any festival that is coming up in your village.
    i will also appreciate if you can send me a letter of invitation for me to obtain a visa to attent such festival in the near future from the U.S.A embbasy in Nigeria.

  10. adeniji adeboye alabi Says:

    i am so glad to hear this,it is awesome and am from the source of all yoruba lineage,that is ile-ife in osun state nigeria.i will be happy if you could send an invitation letter to me that will help me gettin visa hehe in american embassy,and i would want to visit america to feel the yoruba in america.sure,the blood that divides us is thicker than the water divides us,i hope to read from you soon,thanks,

  11. adeniji adeboye alabi Says:

    i am so glad to hear this,it is awesome and am from the source of all yoruba lineage,that is ile-ife in osun state nigeria.i will be happy if you could send an invitation letter to me that will help me getting visa here in american embassy,and i would want to visit america to feel the yorubas in america.sure,the blood that divides us is thicker than the water that divides us,i hope to read from you soon,thanks,

  12. Akile Says:

    Need a copy of the Orisa images that the Oba drew and were formerly on the Oyotunji Web site. We propagate those images. Our Yemoja Festival honoring Black Mothers is July 15 to July 21.

  13. Kazeem Opeifa Says:

    I wish to be in that vilage meanwhile I wish to come and study at the university there. Kazeem from Lagos, Nigeria.

  14. Ade Says:

    He should have simply known better. That’s why his father didn’t select him as the King of Oyotunji he’s too immature.

    • Boogalu Says:

      Who are you and why would you say such a thing? I think you are talking about Ade. He is the King of the village now. Immature? Where do you get your facts? Ade as I am told is in full charge at the village! The people there have enjoyed many enduring changes to the land and society. Like sustainable building,farmingand entertaining the pluthera of guests that visit daily. So Mr “”ADE”” dont be a hater be a helper!


    I am of cuba decent living in canada for the past 20 years, this message is for chief: (Elesin Obajalaiye Ifagbenro) Sir. I learned about you washing a DVD regarding your trip to BENIN in 1998, as you speak to the documentary, I felt the necessity to meet you in person and received your blessing, I am waiting for a USA visa to enter the stated. If I get the visa I am planning to go with my son who is 15 years old to atlanta georgia on August the 7. Please I would like to meet you and visit the sacred yoruba village of OYOTUNJI. Please can you e-mail me back and explain to me how that can be possible. thank you in advance for your attention. can you please provided me with a phone number, where I can contact you.
    Alberto Hernandez: cuba1980@hotmail.com (416) 652-7179

    • Ikokoagbo Says:

      GReetings Alberto. I am from the Oyotunji African village and i am now in the GTA and would like to link and meet you. We are planning to have a chapter in the GTA. Hope to hear from you soon.

  16. Ademola Agiri Says:

    I am impressed by all these. I am a thorough-bred Yoruba from Ila Orangun in Osun State in Nigeria. My home town was founded by a direct descendant of Oduduwa.

    Really, I am thrilled reading all the entries contained here.

    I work as an Administrative Officer in a Private University of Technology in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. Interestingly, I am working on a Committee of the Institute for African Culture and International Understanding. The Institute is an arm of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

    Any interested person reading this could get in touch with me. I am keen on fostering any reasonable linkage and working relationship here. I could be reached at adeagiri@ovi.com.

    Thank you!



  18. jame perlite Says:

    hello i was looking to reconnect in sc since i moved here from new york i have not seen anybody who practices the yoroba culture . i would be so grateful if you count point me in the right direction

  19. OLADEJO S O Says:

    Good am motivated

  20. emmanuel abiodun bolaji Says:

    i will like to visit the forth coming show i need an invitation letters from

    your organisation because is part of requirement for processing vias in

    nigeria thanks and God bless

  21. Adeniji Adeboye Alabi Says:

    Greetings of the season to you all,may God be with you all as you propagates the culture,art and existence of Yoruba in the world.I will like to see,chat with you all in person.Sir,when will the Kabiyesi and his council will be visiting home,that is Nigeria? Am in Nigeria,and want to have the e-mail of Kabiyesi,i need invitation from Kabiyesi.Sir,frankly,the blood that unites us is thicker than the water that divides us.This is my contact mobile line- +2348097542844.

  22. ogunleye immanuel Says:

    its of great important for the people of yoruba both at home and abroad to embrace their rich and lovely culture

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  24. marie Says:

    are you the voodoo priest from south carolina chief elesin

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  26. Hana Hickson Says:

    wow, awesome article post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  27. lisa r. Says:

    I am trying to get in contact with the cheif Elesin Obajaliye Ifagbenro. I saw the voodoo documentary on him and I would like to talk to him conncering his services. I would like his address or email address

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  31. naija Says:

    dude take it from me im a true nigerian you guys are some bs stereo type about african people all though im benin and not yuroba i know much of thier culture and most are ethier christians or muslims so i dont appreciate that youre misrepresenting nigerian culture to people bcause all that vooodo stuff doesnt really happen anymore and it just really offends us civilized nigerians.

  32. osayuki Says:

    has any one who lives at the south carolina village ever tried fufu oreba and ogbono soup. or chin chin or any other nigerian food or do you guys just eat like stuff you think is african or not and one other thing do you guys know what coco yam is or moi moi.

    just wondering not hatten cuz some people claim to be nigerian but are not.

  33. Ikokoagbo Says:

    At the Oyotunji Africa Yoruba Village we were all born in the USA. We practice many things like Isomoloruko,Isoyigi,Isinku and many many other things as our extended family in Yoruba land proper. We are offended at the notion that we are not Yoruba people. Many people have traced their linage back to Egba,Oyo,Edo,Ife Dahomey ect. We practice a system of Yoruba religion called Orisa-Vodun because primarily the Yoruba and Fon captive Africans inhabited this land in the south east. WE eat many foods from home however many foods from the USA diaspora and the world are consumed. Oyotunji VIllage is a new world expression of our lost African ways and was not restored until 1959 for African Americans. Please read the history of this VIllage before making outlandish comments. Remember also that Nigeria was civilized before Europeans came. Civilization means peaceful the root word is “peace” so we must ask ourselves is Nigeria at peace or not. We celebrate our ancesotrs always and we do not swallow christian nor Muslim values for this would be a slap in the face of our ancestors who were forced by slavery and death to swallow the foreign cultures.

    thank you:)

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  49. tunde Says:

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  50. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

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  51. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade Says:

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  53. Adebola Olabisi Ayeni Says:

    Love your inspiration, just keep it up yoruba culture and tradition will not die with more people like Oyotunji village Odua agbe yin ooo, it simply means Odua who is the forefathef of the yorubas will honour you asee

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  55. Fatai Adejumo Popoola Says:

    Kudos to those promoting the culture and tradition of Yoruba across the Globe. Our language, culture and tradition must be maintained, developed and even be spread to other parts of the World for proper identification……


    I like their courage and God will continue to be strengthen them

  57. Adewale Says:

    Couldn’t have been more proud of my race than now…It take greater efforts and courage to accomplish what have been done in Oyotunji…Kudos to the Oba and all people of Oyotunji, Orisa a gbe yin oo!! Very impressive I must say.

  58. Adewale Says:

    How I wish We get more people back home here to propagate our tradition and culture in many city here in Nigeria where many things are going worst and younger generation behaving abnormally in the name of civilization. Truly, Isese Lagba..

    River must never forget it source.

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