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2019 By Ifa Foundation

WHO WE ARE

Co-Founder of the Ifa Foundation

Obatala Priest

Oluwo Fagbamila

>Read Oluwo Phil's Biography

>Read Shaman of Chicago Article

Co-Founder of the Ifa Foundation

Ogun Priest

Nana Buuken Society

Iyanifa Olufadeke

>Read Iya V's Biography

Oluwo Phil & Iyanifa Vassa Founders of the IFA Foundation International

When we began our journey almost 40 years ago,we were motivated - probably much like you are- from a combination of need, curiosity, and dissatisfaction with what Western spirituality seemed to offer. When we first encountered the Orisa/Orisha, there was virtually no Ifa in America - only Santeria/Lucumi. So, Santeria/Lucumi was the initial path that we took.  It soon became clear that we had simply traded the fear and dependency created by Western religions for an Afro/Cuban world view that mirrored these traits. When we asked questions, we were told that we were either not ready, being insolent, or that it was a “secret”.

 

When we objected to the racial, sexual, and gender discrimination that surfaced, we were told that the Orisa would punish us. Despite this, we resonated to the power and beauty of the Orisa, leading us to begin a journey to find its roots and its relevancy to our lives.

That journey resulted in re-discovering Ifa in the African Tradition, and the founding of the Ifa Foundation of North America. The books "The Way of the Orisa" – Harper Collins Publishing, and "The Sacred Ifa Oracle" – Harper Collins Publishing, introduced African Ifa to both mainstream and academic America. We created the first Spiritual Retreat with genuine Orisa Shrines and Gardens that we call Ola Olu, or Gift from God. We created the world’s most complete Web Site with more free information on Orisa worship than anywhere else in the world in order to combat the intellectual and emotional slavery that secrecy and lack of knowledge creates.

 

We initiated the first female Iyanifa, the first openly gay Babalawo, as well as introduced the first scholarships for initiation, etc. as we began to restore Ifa to the inclusive world view it was created to provide.

Through it all we have raised our children in the tradition, learned how to maintain our own 30-plus year loving relationship, and have helped others to obtain or create their own.

 

We have accomplished all of this by uniting our male and female energy to work together, by learning (and subsequently teaching) the imperative of Empowerment rather than dependence, of Confidence rather than fear, of self-reliance rather than paternalism, and of logic rather than blind faith. We have done this through the following  Sixteen Truths of Ifa

INNER CIRCLE

The Inner Circle is a select group of independent thinkers to chart the Foundation’s future. 

Oluwo Ifaraba

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Obatala Priest

Orisa Artist

Egungun & Iyaami Rituals Specialist

Ifa Learning Center Moderator

Iyanifa Ifajube

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Osun Priestess

Ancestor & Lineage Specialist

Course Development Team Member

Ifa Learning Center Moderator

Oluwo Ifatokun

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Osain Priest

Egbe & Iyaami Ritual Specilaist

Oluwo Olanipekan

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Obatala Priest

Course Development Team

Ifa Learning Center Moderator

Ifa Prime Co-Host

Gay & Bi-Sexual Ifa Specialist

Iyanifa Demi

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Obatala Priestess

Spiritual Tools Creator

Olorisa Osun Omilade

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Osun Priestess & Lineage Specialist 

Wellness & Detox Coach 

Course Development Team Member

IT Team Member

>Read Olorisa Dawn's Biography

Oluwo Ifájuyìtán

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Osun Priest

Course Development Team

Ifa Scope Weekly & Monthly Icofa

​Ifa Learning Center Moderator

IT Team Member

Oluwo Ifafore

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Oya Priest

Ifa Learning Center Moderator

Oluwo Ifajuyigbe

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Obatala Priest

Egbe & Iyaami Ritual Specialist

Adoption & Alternative Family Healer

Babalawo Ifatobi

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Osun Priest

OBI Divination Teacher

Course Development Team Member

Ifa Learning Center Moderator

Babalawo Adelanwa

Spiritual Counselor & Healer

Sango Priest

Orisa Ecology & Tree Specialist

CONTRIBUTOR CIRCLE

The Contributor Circle is a group of up and coming healers of the IFA Foundation's world view 

Priestess of Oya

Oya Yansa

Ifa Babalawo

Baba IfaTunde

>Read Baba Ifa Tunde's  Biography