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YORUBA LANGUAGE GIVEN OFFICIAL STATUS BY BRAZIL OOOO!

September 20, 2018

http://www.newsmakersng.com/brazil-gives-yoruba-language-official-status-nobel-laureate-says-ifa-is-alive/ Brazil Gives Yoruba Language Official Status …Nobel Laureate Says IFA is Alive
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From Oriwoegbe Ilori, Sao Paulo/
The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country.
NewsmakersNG was told in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture, Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.
The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.
According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.
Books of African writers present at the event.
Nobel Laureate, Prof Llosa
Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date.
Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.
According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.
According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.
Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.
NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
Prof Kanyitus, USP, Sao Paulo and Olaiya at the event.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.
According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.
He said, “Most of the cultures and traditions in evidence in Brazil are all of the heritages brought along to the Latin American country by the majority Yoruba families, victims of the BARCO NEGREIROS, the NEGRO BOAT that forcefully brought the enslaved West Africans to Brazil in the 13th century. The Yoruba heritage that represents the majority of the African cultural practices in Brazil today is having several words in Yoruba roots. Akara, Dendê, Iyalode, Babalawo, Iyalawo and lots more are all derived from the Yoruba roots.”

YORUBA LANGUAGE MADE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN BRAZIL OOOO!-WOLE SOYINKA WAS THERE OOO!#2

September 17, 2018

YORUBA LANGUAGE MADE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN BRAZIL OOOO!-WOLE SOYINKA WAS THERE OOO!#2. http://www.newsmakersng.com/brazil-gives-yoruba-language-official-status-nobel-laureate-says-ifa-is-alive/ Brazil Gives Yoruba Language Official Status …Nobel Laureate Says IFA is Alive
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From Oriwoegbe Ilori, Sao Paulo/
The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country.
NewsmakersNG was told in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture, Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.
The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.
According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.
Books of African writers present at the event.
Nobel Laureate, Prof Llosa
Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date.
Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.
According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.
According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.
Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.
NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
Prof Kanyitus, USP, Sao Paulo and Olaiya at the event.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.
According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.
He said, “Most of the cultures and traditions in evidence in Brazil are all of the heritages brought along to the Latin American country by the majority Yoruba families, victims of the BARCO NEGREIROS, the NEGRO BOAT that forcefully brought the enslaved West Africans to Brazil in the 13th century. The Yoruba heritage that represents the majority of the African cultural practices in Brazil today is having several words in Yoruba roots. Akara, Dendê, Iyalode, Babalawo, Iyalawo and lots more are all derived from the Yoruba roots.”http://www.newsmakersng.com/brazil-gives-yoruba-language-official-status-nobel-laureate-says-ifa-is-alive/ Brazil Gives Yoruba Language Official Status …Nobel Laureate Says IFA is Alive
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From Oriwoegbe Ilori, Sao Paulo/
The Brazilian government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country.
NewsmakersNG was told in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian minister of culture, Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.
The minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.
According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.
Books of African writers present at the event.
Nobel Laureate, Prof Llosa
Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date.
Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.
According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.
According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.
Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.
NewsmakersNG learnt that the Yoruba traditional religion today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
Prof Kanyitus, USP, Sao Paulo and Olaiya at the event.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.
According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.
He said, “Most of the cultures and traditions in evidence in Brazil are all of the heritages brought along to the Latin American country by the majority Yoruba families, victims of the BARCO NEGREIROS, the NEGRO BOAT that forcefully brought the enslaved West Africans to Brazil in the 13th century. The Yoruba heritage that represents the majority of the African cultural practices in Brazil today is having several words in Yoruba roots. Akara, Dendê, Iyalode, Babalawo, Iyalawo and lots more are all derived from the Yoruba roots.”

FARRAKHAN OOOO!-ON”KEEP WRITING YOUR TESTIMONY “

September 12, 2018

Check out @LouisFarrakhan’s Tweet:

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OBAMA ATI FARRAKHAN OOOOO!

August 24, 2018

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HISTORY OF THE NATION OF ISLAM (BLACK MUSLIMS) ON VIDEO

August 4, 2018

Check out @TheFinalCall’s Tweet:

https://twitter.com/TheFinalCall/status/1025569726196588544?s=09

BLACK CHRISTIAN SCIENCE LECTURERS Watch “Talks That Inspire – Mark McCurties, CS” on YouTube

March 13, 2018

JAY Z MADE A KING IN NIGERIA OOOO!

July 24, 2017

FROM NAIRALAND.COM

 

WE MUST HAVE A BLACK STANDARD OF BEAUTY BASED ON THE BLACK SKINNED BLACKEST WOMAN

Monday, July 03, 2017

Jay Z conferred as Chief during Visit To Nigeria In 2006 – Celebrities – Nigeria

http://www.nairaland.com/2324640/photos-jay-z-conferred-chief

Music mogul Jay-Z was in Nigeria in 2006 and he visited Ilorin , Kwara State, to see the efforts being made by the state government to provide clean portable water.

Jay Z is a Chief in Nigeria , the title was conferred by Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, Emir of Ilorin. He also had a road renamed Shawn “Jay Z” Carter road and was present during the commissioning .Pics below:

source>> http://www.kingebuka.com/2015/05/photos-from-jay-zs-visit-to-nigeria-in.html




Re: Photos: Jay Z conferred as Chief during Visit To Nigeria In 2006 by Nobody: 8:50pm On May 19, 2015
See as e resemble sanusi lamido grin
Reporting from ilorin… It was 2006 nt 2008
Re: Photos: Jay Z conferred as Chief during Visit To Nigeria In 2006 by KingEbukasBlog(m): 9:02pm On May 19, 2015

achemedez:
See as e resemble sanusi lamido grin

Reporting from ilorin… It was 2006 nt 2008

grin I don change am , tanx

Re: Photos: Jay Z conferred as Chief during Visit To Nigeria In 2006 by Sandydayz(f): 9:27pm On May 19, 2015
Nice!!!
Re: Photos: Jay Z conferred as Chief during Visit To Nigeria In 2006 by Nobody: 9:46pm On May 19, 2015

KingEbukasBlog:
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OYOTUNJI=A YORUBA VILLAGE

January 21, 2016

Monday, 24 February 2014

Follow the historical timeline of the Oyotunji African Village located near Sheldon, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA

His Roya Highness Oba (King) Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi I was born Walter Eugene King on October 5, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He graduated from Cass Technical High School.
He was originally baptized into Christianity at Hartford Avenue Baptist Church at age 12.
He began the serious persuit of art and dance at Cass Tech. and at the Detroit Urban League. He began African studies at age 16 to begin his great quest for the gods of Africa.
His Exposure to African religion with the association with the Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe at the age of 20.
He traveled to Haiti the same year.
He founded the order of Damballah Whedo, Ancestor Priest in Harlem the following year.
On Aguat 26, 1959, he became the first African American to become fully initiated into the Orisa-Vodun African priesthood, by African Cubans in Matanzas, Cuba. This marked the beginning of the spread of Yoruba religion and culture among the African Americans.
With a few followers, and after dissolution of the Order of Damballah Whedo, he founded the Sango temple in New York city. He incorporated the African Theological Archministry in 1960.
The Sango Temple was relocated and remnamed the Yoruba Temple the same year
He introduced the Danshiki and began small scale manufacture of African attire in the summer of 1960.
He founded the Yoruba Academy for the academic study of Yoruba history, religion and language in 1961.
He opened the Ujamaa Market in 1961 beginning tword African boutiques which, like the Danshiki, spread throughout African American communities. Photo courtesy of jakukonbit.com
He published pamthlets ; The Yoruba Religion, The Yoruba state and the tribal origins of The African American. He participated in the Black Nationalist rallies of the 1960’s
during that time he formed the African Nationalist Independence Partition Party aimed at establishing “an African state in America by 1972! :Actual photo of RNA Baba Oseijeman in rear.
He designed A flag with red, gold and green bars; the gold emblazoned with a black ancient Egyptian ankh. The Yoruba temple would march thru the streets with flag and drums headed to the 67 Worlds Fair.
In the fall of 1970, he founded the Yoruba Village of Oyotunji in Beaufort County South Carolina, and began the careful reorganization of the Orisa vodu priesthood along the traditional Nigerian lines.
Add captHe was initiated to the Ifa priesthood by Oluwa of Ijeun at Abeokuta, Nigeria, in Agust of 1972.ion
He opened the first official Ogboni Parliament of Oyotunji Chiefs and land owners in 1973, and later that year founded the Igbimolosa ( Priest Council) to organize laws and rules and to adjudicate disputes among Orisa-Vodun priest.
Later in 1973 Oba Oseijeman commenced the construction of the Osagiyan Palace at Oyotunji.
HRM. Oba Oseijeman Adefunmi I has been called The Father of the Cultural Restoration Movement in N.America.
In 1981 Oba Efuntola was sponsored by the Caribbean Visual Arts and Research Center to present a paper at a conference of Orisa-Vodu priests at the Univeristy of Ile-Ife,Nigeria.
Oba ofuntola was presented to His Divine Royal Majesty King Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II the “Ooni” of the ancient city of Ife, who ordered the Ife chiefs to perform coronation rights on him.
Thus Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adefunmi became the first of the line of Yoruba Kings consecrated by the Ooni of Ife.
In the summer of 1993 Oba Ofuntola was recognized as the oldest living Babalawo in the USA and became the Araba of Ijo Orunmila Igbo Mimo.
Later in 1993 Oba Ofuntola became the only Official representative of traditional African religion to address the Parliament of World Religions in the 100 yrs of the organization. African delagation pictured in rear right corner.
Oba Adefunmi’s Oyotunji Village has fostered the establishment of Yoruba temples in New York, Connecticut,Philadelphia, Indiana,Florida,Los Angeles, North Carolina ,Texas,Georgia,Milwaukee.
Oba Ofuntola and the Oyotunji village have initiated over 300 priest into the ministries of Orisa-Vodu.
In doing so, he has restored to the African American the ancient sacred priesthood of Orunmila,Esu,Ogun,Oya,Obatala,,Sango and Olokun.
Oyotunji has restored to the African American the anciet right of Gelede ( recognized by UNESCO) and Egungun Ancestor worship.

Photo Credits: http://www.oyotunji.org/

4 comments:

  1. Thank U,this is helpful info. We give thanks.

    Reply

  2. Iba ara torun Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adefunmi I…

    Reply

  3. What a man does for himself… Dies with him, what he does for others remains…and is Eternal!

    Reply

  4. What a man does for himself… Dies with him, what he does for others remains…and is Eternal!

    Reply

REDEMPTION CAMP IN NIGERIA IS NIGERIA’S VATICAN CITY!-NIGERIA OOO!- BY TUNDUN ADEYEMO IN TELL MAGAZINE NIGERIA!

September 6, 2015

FROM TELL MAGAZINE,NIGERIA

Redemption Camp, Nigeria’s Vatican City

As a guest at the rather posh Redemption Camp home of an ardent member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one has the luxury of unlimited and super fast Internet access. The atmosphere is cool, the air conditioning unit is on and the noise of some people praying can be heard.rccg camp

It is the 63rd Annual Convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The writer has warm memories of coming to the Redemption Camp. Mum has been attending the Camp for nearly a quarter of a century. About 21 years ago, the writer came with her. She remembers praying for her Junior Secondary School examination results.

Those days, we slept on the benches and would wait till the crowd thins out to begin the journey to Ibadan at six in the morning. Then, there was much grass and barren land. Now, it is a city. The latest auditorium is said to be three kilometres in length and width, and about four times the size of the present auditorium. Estimated to cost around N20 billion, the gist online is that the auditorium would seat three million worshippers.

It is impossible to get a taste of the hugeness of the camp by strolling across it. Over 25 years of consistent construction, growth and increase has made the Camp perhaps one of the fastest growing cities in the whole of the world. It gets bigger and bigger.

The Camp has many adjoining roads, hundreds of restaurants, a secondary school called the Redeemer High School, several primary schools and Redeemer University. The Redemption Camp has its own clinic, ATM points, super markets, shops, a public market, post office, estates built by a consortium of banks, high street banks, international guest houses, the Redeemed Christian Bible College, facilities for children and youths and its very own water, electrical and electronics departments. Dove Television has its offices on the site as well as Liveway Radio, which entertains Redemption Camp residents with excellent music, sermons all day. The ever-expanding Camp is the Nigerian version of The Vatican.

The Redemption Camp could also be described as a ‘city of paradise’. Why? Residents enjoy uninterrupted power and water supply. This may seem commonplace and a non-issue. But, when you have experienced living without power or without water, you begin to appreciate ‘little’ miracles.

Experts at holding massive events, hundreds of thousands of people gather here every year for the annual convention, which is one of the church’s flagship programmes. The RCCG hosts the Holy Ghost Congress every December and on the first Friday of the month, there is the Holy Ghost Service. These services are attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The crowds will shock you. Oxford Circus in Britain is nothing compared to this. It is probably a hundred times the crowd at the Old Trafford. Or more. Who knows? There are people everywhere.

The Redemption Camp is also a place to make money. Hundreds of small businesses exist to service the needs of the crowds that gather. There is no question or doubt in my mind that God answers prayers. He answers prayers in the Redemption Camp like He does everywhere else His name is called in ‘spirit and in truth’. So, let’s be honest, and say God answers prayers. Everywhere. Anywhere.

So if God can hear you in your home, why do people bother to come here? Why am I here? What is the attraction the Convention and the Redemption brand offers to people from across the nation? My theories are disputable. First, people come because the version of Christianity appeals to the humanity in people. The General Overseer of the church, Pastor E. A. Adeboye emphasises holiness and righteous living. In a country where corruption is in the fabric of nearly every Nigerian, the call to live holy and pure is an appeal. In a country where the people who loot the treasury and federal ministries have front row seats, the call to holiness is deeply interesting.

Secondly, the church accommodates people from all walks of life. What this translates to is that common people have a stake in the church. Most often whilst walking to the auditorium, you find mothers washing their little children on the edges of the auditorium, people washing their pots and pans, others were brushing their teeth, it is surreal. There is a mini scramble for water at the taps. Just across from them, are hundreds of people doing private things like brushing their teeth and urinating in the open view of everyone! It is unsettling and uncomfortable to behold. A few yards from them are several blocks of bathrooms and toilets for both sexes. The deacons, senior pastors, pastors and assistant pastors were not amongst this crowd. In the United Kingdom, anti-social orders would be slapped on all these people doing ‘bathroom things’ in the open.

Why do people come to the RCCG Convention? The prayers and manner of worship lay emphasis on personal emancipation and deliverance. In a country where ‘the other person is the enemy, every one has an ‘other person’ they need to pray against. It is serious business. Warfare. There is the mother-in-law, the father-in-law, the boss at work, the grand-aunt, etc to arrest in prayers. People come in millions for this type of militaristic prayer.

Furthermore, because of poor national health provision, many people come to be healed of their diseases and worn body parts. Women looking for the fruit of the womb come, pastors looking for more ‘anointing’ come. Thieves, rogues, thugs and robbers also mingle in the crowd waiting for the time to strike. The appeal is unexplainable but it works.

The appeal, unlike other churches where the rich are probably worshipped, this church has a place for all people. Rich and Poor. When you walk the length and the breadth of the camp, you find people. You find them queuing for water, you find them sleeping in ad hoc sleeping bags at the end of the service. The beauty of it is that there are hundreds of them. Poor people, sleeping on the floor, on mats, exposed to mosquitoes. They are used to it, they are happy to be there. No one complains. They are there of their own free volition.

Politics aside, there is the need for government to address several teething problems. One, bad driving which is symptomatic of the Nigerian society reflects heavily when the culprits have the words ‘Missionary’ on cars. Two, mobile and Internet receptivity is not satisfactory. This is not the fault of the RCCG, but providers would do well to make sure their brand has a presence in the city.

Three, whilst most of the roads are great, some are in dire need of construction. Four, more toilets and bathrooms need to be built to cater for thousands of people. Five, there should be more discipline and etiquette where people urinate and do personal business. Six, the church should look into providing comfortable shelter for the hundreds who sleep on mats in the auditorium. The 63rd Annual Convention has come and gone, but the All- Sufficient God will remain the same for every one. Anywhere.

There is no question or doubt in my mind that God answers prayers. He answers prayers in the Redemption Camp like He does everywhere else His name is called in spirit and in truth. So, lets be honest, and say God answers prayers. Everywhere. Anywhere

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IGBELE-THE EVIL FOREST OF ITSEKIRILAND-A LOOK AT THEIR TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ON DEATH-FROM THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

August 2, 2015

FROM VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

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Igbele: Evil forest where Itsekiris dump corpses of witches, wizards

on July 31, 2015   /   in Just Human, News 7:59 pm   /   Comments

By Oghene Omonisa

The Ofuobu family of Ode-Itsekiri Town in the Warri Kingdom of Delta State recently lost their matriarch who died at the ripe age of 82. She lived a fruitful and illustrious life, leaving behind six children, many grand children and great-grand children. A successful trader, all her children are university graduates who equally turned out to be successful in their various professions. Her immediate and distant family members are proud of her because hers was a life worth celebrating. (Ofuobu is not the real name of the family. As a condition for granting this interview, the first son demanded that the family name not be mentioned. And on the request of this reporter, he came up with the fictitious name of Ofuobu, which literally means  keep it secret  in Itsekiri.)

Evil forest

But even before members of the Ofoubu family contemplated plans for her burial rites, one thought quietly occupied their minds: the  ife  (oracle) consultation to determine if she was a witch while alive. It would eternally be devastating, embarrassing and stigmatizing for the family if they go and  bife (find out through oracle consultation) and the outcome was negative; that is, if she was a witch while alive, and so could not be given a proper burial, but her corpse would be dumped at  igbele, the evil forest where the corpses of witches and wizards are abandoned to be devoured by vultures and monkeys.

The Ofuobu family is Itsekiri and  ife  consultation is a ritual in Itsekiri traditions which every corpse undergoes before burial.

Ife, bife, ife bibi

“There is a slight distinction between  ife  and  bife”, says Pa Enoko Peduru, an Itsekiri elder in Warri, who is well grounded in the customs and traditions. He explains that while  ife  is the oracle,  bife  is the Itsekiri word for consulting oracle, or finding out through oracle. The act of consulting oracle is known as ife bibi. And the Itsekiri word for an oracle priest is  obi ife.

Oracle consultation is not peculiar to the Itsekiris, he says. “There are different ethnic groups that also consult oracle, and they have their various names for it. The Urhobos call it  evwa; the Ijaws,  agbraka. To the Binis, it is iha, while the Yorubas call it  ifa.”

“Every ethnic group has its share of witches and wizards”, avers Pa Omajuwa Matsese, a self-avowed traditionalist at Ajamimogha, Warri, who, along with his son, Faith, spoke to this reporter.

Pa Metsese explains that  ife bibi  is not unique to the Itsekiris, because when a person dies in some other ethnic groups, especially in controversial circumstances, family members of the deceased might insist on finding out through oracle the cause of the death.

“It could be found out that the person was killed through witchcraft or other evil means, or he has died from his past evil or wicked deeds”, Pa Metsese says, adding that such oracles are just for the sake of revelation as nothing is done to either the killer of the deceased nor the deceased if he had died from his past evil deeds.

“Itsekiris do not allow that”, he declares. “In our own case, if it is found out that the dead person was a witch, he is not buried on our soil inside town. His corpse is thrown into  igbele, the evil forest, across the river.” But if the oracle reveals that the person has died from the evil deeds of another person,  ife bibi  awaits the culprit. “That is what makes our own oracle casting for the dead unique”, he enthuses.

Faith, the young Metsese, a geologist graduate and businessman chips in that depending on the prowess of the  obi  ife, the  ife  could even reveal some relevant descriptions of the person responsible for a death. It could be that the culprit is a family member of the deceased: a parent, sibling, uncle, or aunty.

“That goes to show you how relevant  ife  bibi  is”, the elder Metsese says. But to avoid family conflict, the  obi  ife  could just say the death was caused from within or from outside.

To  bife  and dump the corpse of a witch at  igbele  is an age-long tradition of the Itsekiris. Though similar customs and traditions in burial rites, marriage ceremonies, inheritance and others with other ethnic groups, especially their Urhobo and Ijaw neighbours, this aspect of  ife bibi  is peculiar to the Itsekiris.

“It’s the unique way of our traditions of punishing the evil ones in our midst”, Pa Peduru says with pride. “If you feel you could commit evil through witchcraft or any other supernatural means and leave the world in peace,  ife  bibi awaits you.” He adds that spiritually, such a person pays for it as his corpse being dumped at  igbele  causes his spirit to be restless, going by the belief, which also brings shame to his family.

But  ife  bibi  is not only done to determine if somebody was a witch while alive, he says.

Like many Itsekiris who spoke on this, it was corroborated by Pa Oleko Ejutemiden, an  obi  ife  at Ode-Itsekiri, also known as Big Warri, an island town across the Warri River, which is regarded as the traditional capital of the Itsekiri nation. The oracle priest adds that through  ife  bibi, everything could be revealed about a death, depending on the enquiry made to the  ife. It responds to enquiries on whether a person died a natural death?  If not, what or who was responsible?

Mr. Alfred Omagbemi, a veteran broadcaster and Itsekiri cultural advocate, however reveals that not only the corpses of evil ones are dumped at igbele. He says there are some deaths that have their peculiar ‘spirits’, causing the corpses not deserving to be buried inside town. “They are when a person commits suicide, drowns or burns.”

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Prince Posy from Facebook19 hours ago

I beg make una carry una wahala go joor everybody want come advice and talk…… As if Na una better pass, I beg una better pack well and look for some thing better to do or talk about… Wish kind matter be all this one, when we see the main issue noon of us go ever talk Na the one when one cool parson just laugh over Na him everybody go want come claim saint put, just don’t want to insult or be rude to any body here is high time we stop or I will start the fight with who so ever want it ………

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Catherine Egbe from Facebook20 hours ago

How can you sincerely call your comment a joke? Who jokes with something like this???? Would you be happy if someone jokes with your family member being a witch on social media??? Or you think the Iboris are not humans like you? This is a very expensive joke that can cause harm to members of that family beyond what you can imagine. You cannot joke with people’s lives like this!!!

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