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Boko Haram: Ifa priest proffers spiritual solution

Boko Haram: Ifa priest proffers spiritual solution

 

(from: http://dailyindependentnig.com/2014/05/boko-haram-ifa-priest-proffers-spiritual-solution-2/)

 

By Gbenga Abegunrin

Reporter, Ibadan

 

A traditional religion worshipper, Baba-Awo Awogbemiga Ifasina Bogunmbe, has called for a spiritual solution to the lingering security challenge facing Nigeria, especially the Boko Haram insurgency.

Bogunmbe, an Ifa priest and the President of the Indigenous Faith of Africa, Ogundameji Temple, Agbala Ifa, Apata-Ganga, Ibadan, made the call while speaking with newsmen during this year’s edition of “Ela Festival”.

During the festival celebration, which took place at the Ogundameji Temple at the weekend, a book written by Bogunmbe and titled “Awon Idi Abajo Lati Inu Odu Ifa-Reason Why from the Holy Ifa Verses” was officially launched.

The 137-paged book, according to the author, who is also the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the International Council for Ifa Religion, Oyo State chapter, proffers solutions to many of the problems militating against Nigerians and Nigeria as a country.

His words: “This book was written to promote the practice of Ifa religion and increase knowledge of Ifa and enlighten every category of people about the good deeds that are in the religion. It explains the meaning of many sayings of our forefathers and other strange names they call whenever there is a particular case.”

The foreword to the book dedicated to late Oba Ifayemi Awopeju Bogunmbe, the Oba Iwa Ifa of Oyo State, was written by Professor Idowu B. Odeyemi.

On the lingering insecurity across the country, Bogunmbe said since the Boko Haram and other security challenges have defied physical solutions, spiritual solution should be sought by the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

Bogunmbe also dissociated traditional religion worshipers, especially Ifa worshipers, from the ritual killings in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and the horror Soka evil forest.

The PRO of the International Council for Ifa Religion declared that Ifa worshipers do not use human being or human part to appease their gods. According to him, those who involved themselves in ritual killings are not Ifa worshipers.

He, therefore, suggested the promotion of the traditional religion as a panacea to the series of security challenges in the country.

(from: http://dailyindependentnig.com/2014/05/boko-haram-ifa-priest-proffers-spiritual-solution-2/)


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ANNUAL IFA READING FROM OKE ITASE 2014-2015

ANNUAL IFA READING FROM OKE ITASE 2014-2015

(Posted on 6/9/2014)

The Odu Ifa of the year for June 2014-2015 is IDINGBE (ODI OGBE). It was cast at the Annual World Ifa Festival held each year at Oke Itase in Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Ifa speaks of Ayewo Arun, warning of illness. On this Ifa says that sacrifice will help us overcome any potential illness.

Ifa says we should appeasing Ogun this year. Ifa says that Ogun will clear the way for us this year.
Ifa says that this year we must be appeasing Osun (Oshun). Ifa says that Osun will rescue us from illness and even untimely death. Ifa says that with proper appeasement, Osun will surely protect Her devotees. Also Ifa says that all those who are wanting to have children this year will be successful. Ifa says that it is the blessings on Osun that will make it so. Ifa says that all those wanting children who are blessed with childbirth this year should name the child “Idigbemi / Idingbemi”.
Ifa says that those who follow the warning of Ifa and make sacrifice will surely live long. Ifa says that those who make offerings will be shielded from death.
Ifa says that those who are building a business should continue their efforts and not be discouraged. Their hard work and persistence will pay off. At the same time Ifa says that those who were planning to start a business should go ahead and do so. Ifa says that their business will slowly expand, and with time and energy put into it, grow into something very large.
Ifa says that those who are lonely should appease their Ori and appease Ifa and they will be blessed with companionship. Ifa says that they should be greeting and praying to their Ori, and that they will never be lonely again.
Ifa says that with study, effort, time, dedication, and persistence many things will grow and progress this year. Ifa says that those who are studying should study long and hard and their efforts will surely pay off in the future. Things may start small but with the right care and commitment, things will grow very big and strong.
Ifa says we should be appeasing Sango this year and our enemies will fall to the wayside. Sango will surely make us victorious over anyone who tries to stop us from achieving our good things in life.
Ifa advises us to place two Sigidi at our homes, one at the front door and one at the back door. This will prevent illness and untimely death.
Ifa says there are some people who are competing for the same husband / wife. Ifa says they should not compete. The one who makes offering and does not compete with the others will be the one who will be victorious.
Ifa says we should appease Obatala in order to overcome detractors this year.
Ifa says that many people are looking to find a husband or wife this year, but that they have been too picky in their process. They should be more lenient and more forgiving as they look. Ifa says they should not be superficial or be looking only for physical beauty.
Ifa says many men should be marrying older women this year. Ifa says that this will be beneficial and result in the birth of many children for the previously barren ones.
Ifa says a big opportunity is coming our way this year and we should not overlook it or cast it aside. We should grasp it when it comes. The opportunity will be like a promotion or award / title.
On these, Ifa says the following:

 

1)
The saliva landed on the ground and made an unheard noise
Phlegm landed on the ground and went splat
Ifa’s messages to Aja, dog
Also Ifa’s messages to Akuko, rooster
When they were going to do Ifa work in the home Oniree Sanbe
They were advised to offer ebo
The straight path
The Awo of Ehoro, hare
Cast Ifa for Ehoro
When he was going to introduce Ogun to Oniree Sanbe
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Who was he that introduced Ogun to Oniree Sanbe
Ehoro, hare, that was the one who introduce Ogun to Oniree Sanbe
It was Ehoro

 

2)
Idin lift me up and let me lift you up
Orisa, please lift me up, cannot be higher than being placed on a horse
This was the message of Ifa to Orunmila
When he was going to borrow money from Iku, Death
And was also going to become a pawn for Arun, ailment
He was advised to offer ebo…

 

3)
Ogereji-mogbo
He cast Ifa for the inhabitants of the town where longevity is assured
They were advised to offer ebo
They complied
Before long, not far
Come join us where we enjoy long life
Ogereji-mogbo you are truly a good Awo
One cannot cast Idin-Gbe and then die prematurely
Ogereji-mogbo you are truly a competent Awo

 

4)
Idin lift me up and let me support you
‘Orisa, please lift me up’ cannot be better than being placed on a horse
This was the message of Ifa to Ibikunle
The one who was well established
And would also use the establishment to maintain his father’s house
Gradually the establishment of a market founder will be well populated and extended beyond the boundary
The snail never builds its house without filling it up
It is not the portion of the tortoise to build its house without filling it up
Alligator pepper is not in the habit of building its house without filling it up
Kola nut cannot build its house without filling it up
Bitter kola too never builds its house without filling it up
Odo, the mortar, is it that authorizes all good things of life to surround and stay with me
And the grinding stone is it that authorizes that when all these good things of life surrounds me
They must not depart from me at any time
Adosusu leaves will never live a life of loneliness
Gradually the establishment of a market founder will be well populated and extended beyond the boundary

 

5)
Idin gbégbéngbé is the Awo of Idin gbégbéngbé
Idin gbègbèngbè is the Awo of Idin gbègbèngbè
Orisa, please lift me up cannot be higher than being placed on a horse
The Awo of Ori was the one who cast Ifa for Ori
When he was living a lonely life
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Ori please, come and support me
Just as Egbe leaves support the ground
When the fowl cackles
It is its chicks that it summons to her side

 

6)
The insignificance of an Awo is for today
Tomorrow the Awo shall grow up and become great
The banana stays by the river majestically
The Awo of Olameni-mola
These were Ifa’s messages for My sufferings ends today
The child of Agbonniregun
When coming from heaven to earth
He was advised to offer Ebo
He complied
Today, my suffering ends
Tomorrow, it shall be comfortable for me
When Dundun drum is struck with a stick
200 jingles will dance and shake in response
Today my suffering ends
Tomorrow, it shall turn to comfort for me

 

7)
Idigba Idigbe
Cast Ifa for Sango
When he was surrounded by enemies
Ifa assured him of victory over the enemies
One ram and sixty-six hundred cowries were to be offered as sacrifice
Sango performed the sacrifice
And was victorious over his enemies

 

8)
Baba-akikibiti, Baba-akikibiti
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
When both death and disease threatened to visit his house
He was advised to prepare two Sigidi Amonu, one for the front door and one for the rear door
Orunmila heard and he complied
Baba-akikibiti
Baba-akikibiti
Please give way and let Awo pass through
Baba-akikibiti
Baba-akikibiti

 

9)
Idingba
Idingbe
Bata a gba a bidi kare
Cast divination for Ìgbin
That was going to marry Ogele the wife of Òrìsà
Ìgbin snatched Ogele, Òrìsà’s wife
But he himself is well known to Òrìsà
The surrogates of Ìgbin then started singing
‘We have snatched Ogele totally’
‘We have snatched Ogele’
‘We are only waiting for what Òòsà would do’
‘We have snatched Ogele totally’
In amazement, Ìgbin exclaimed
‘Your declaration is insulting’
‘Except I find a way to appease Òòsà’, he reasoned
‘What would people say on hearing that Ìgbin snatched my wife’? Òrìsà said
As Ìgbin sighted him far off
The mother Ìgbin drum started drumming:
‘Forgo her’
‘Relinquish her’
‘Òòsà forgo Ogele for me’
‘Òòsà forgo Ogele for me’
‘Pardon me’
‘Renounce Ogele for me’
As Òòsà was dancing
Methodically, his steps matched the rhythm of the drumbeats
Òòsà exclaimed
‘What would I now do’?
‘The person that snatched my woman’
‘Is the person appeasing me’
Anybody who asks for forgiveness
And pleading for mercy
Once it is someone that is remorseful
This Ifá verse teaches us
To soft pedal for such a person
Ìgbin was dancing and rejoicing
He was praising his Babaláwos
His Babaláwos were praising Ifá
He said it was exactly as his Babaláwos said
Idingba
Idingbe
Bata a gba a bidi kare
Cast divination for Ìgbin
That was going to snatch Ogele, the wife of Òòsà
The surrogates of Òòsà
Were chanting they had snatched Ogele totally
We have snatched Ogele off
The Ìgbin mother drum was saying ‘I beg you Òrìsà’
‘Òòsà forgo Ogele for me’
‘Forgo her for me’
‘Renounce her for me’
‘Forgo her for me’
Òòsà, displaying his magnanimity
Forgo the woman for Ìgbin

 

10)
Idingbe n gbé
The priest of Idingbe n gbé
Idingbe n gbe
The priest of Idingbe n gbe
Carrying someone upward aloft
Does not transcend the back of a horse
Cast divination for Adedoyin
The child of Òrìsà Òwújìn
They told him to prepare a hen with prickly feathers
Such that his detractors would not conquer him
He should scrub its neck on the surface of the earth
Till it dies in front on Òrìsà
So that Adedoyin could win all his detractors
He performed the sacrifice
And truly, he won
He then was dancing and rejoicing
He was praising his Babaláwos
His Babaláwos were praising Ifá
He said it was exactly as his Babaláwos had said
Idingbe n gbé
The priest of Idingbe n gbé
Idingbe n gbe
The priest of Idingbe n gbe
Carrying someone upward aloft
Does not transcend the back of a horse
Cast divination for Adedoyin
The child of Òrìsà Òwújìn
The Death they wished would kill Adedoyin
Death could not kill Adedoyin again
Here comes Adedoyin
The child of Òrìsà
I become the Child of Òrìsà
The sickness wished would inflict Adedoyin
Sickness cannot inflict Adedoyin again
Here comes Adedoyin
The child of Òrìsà
I become the Child of Òrìsà
The loss wished Adedoyin to suffer
Adedoyin cannot suffer any loss
Here comes Adedoyin
The child of Òrìsà
I become the child of Òrìsà from now on
The child of Òrìsà is what I become
The child of Òrìsà
I am truly the child of Òrìsà

 

11)
When bembe drums sound
The wives of the king would joyously take to the dance floor
Cast Ifa for Adabo
When coming from heaven to earth
We are making this ebo with money
So Ifa please let this ebo manifest
If the materials for ebo are complete please let this ebo manifest
Adabo please make this ebo manifest
If something is inadvertently left out
Adabo please still make the ebo manifest
Idoromawuse is the home of Ifa
Adabo please make this ebo manifest
How will the ebo manifest?
With immediate efficacy
That is how the ebo will manifest

 

12)
Idin pa
Idin gbe
Cast Ifa for Sekere
When going off to Oyo land
Also cast Ifa for Dundun
When also going off to Oyo land
They were advised to make ebo
They heard but only Sekere complied
Elders in this land, who do you support?
The Sekere is the one the elders will support

 

13)
Idin gbe ree arinnako
Cast Ifa for Lajunbala
Who was going to marry an older woman
He was advised to offer ebo
You Lajunbala are advised to marry an older woman
For you to have children
Lajunbala
Why do you refuse to marry an older woman?
Please marry an older woman
So that you may beget your own children

 

14)
Ariri ma riya
Ariri ma riya
Awon agira nii shaju agunra
Ogbo ona a jin koto laya
Agija awo oko
These are the ones who cast Ifa for Orunmila
They said to Orunmila that this problem he has
Does not require ebo or etutu
They said nothing will prevent his untimely death
Orunmila then consulted with Aruko yaa legan o dOosa
He told Orunmila that his death will be substituted
With a hereditary title of his forefathers
Which had for long been vacant and empty
It was then that Orunmila was bestowed with the title “Alagotun”
Behold!
Ariri ma riya
Ariri ma riya
Ogbologbo on a jin koto
Agija awo oko
Orunmila was bestowed with the title “Alagotun”
Orunmila overcame death
Orunmila was bestowed with the title “Alagotun”

 

Taboos:
• Must not eat rabbit or hare
• Must not eat banana
• Must not eat groundnut (peanut)
• Must not be too overly choosy in the choosing of a spouse
• Must not compete with others over a spouse
• Must not put blood on Ikin Ifa
• Must not be in a rush to attain wealth or honor
• Must not argue
• Must forgive those who have wronged us
• Must not argue or fight with one’s mother or father
• Must not overlook or cast aside opportunities

 

May Olodumare guide and guard us. Ase O

Sincerely,
Apena Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode
Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land
Director of Oyeku Ofun Temple
PO Box 4833
Arcata, CA 95518 USA
OyekuOfun@yahoo.com
http://www.OyekuOfun.com/


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The Ewe Osanyin Plant Preservation Project Will Like to Send a Big “Thank You”…

The Ewe Osanyin Plant Preservation Project will like to send a big “thank you” to all those who have donated, contributed, or volunteered to the project over the past few months. All of your efforts are what are making this project so successful and productive. Thank you so much!
And thank you especially to Mark Omo Sango for the large donations of much needed supplies. You are great and the Irunmole see your generosity.May OLODUMARE provide for you as you have been helping to provide for The Ewe Osanyin Plant Preservation Project. Ase O


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The Massive Belly of an Elephant…

The massive belly of an elephant
The thick fleshy part of the bush-cow’s neck
A guess-work when not understood fully cannot be satisfactory
The revelation of Ifa to Mayami
The child of the four principal Odu Ifa
When coming from Heaven to Earth
He was advised to offer ebo
He heard and complied
Eji-Ogbe will never desert Mayami for Death to kill
Oyeku-Meji will never desert Mayami for Death to kill
Iwori-Meji will never desert Mayami for Death to kill
Odi-Meji will never desert Mayami for Death to kill
All followers of Ifa
I am the Mayami of Ifa
All followers of Ope!


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June 2014 (Osu Okudu) Ifa and Orisha Calendar

June 2014 (Osu Okudu) Ifa and Orisha Calendar

1 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun *** (NEW YEAR)
2 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
3 Sango/ Oya
4 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
5 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
6 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
7 Sango/ Oya
8 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
9 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
10 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
11 Sango/Oya
12 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
13 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
14 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
15 Sango/Oya
16 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
17 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun ***
18 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
19 Sango/Oya
20 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
21 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
22 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
23 Sango/Oya
24 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
25 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
26 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
27 Sango/Oya
28 Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
29 Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun
30 Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko

*** = Itadogun


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The Stick That Boasts That It Will Kill Agogo, It Cannot Kill Agogo!

You are the light
And I am the light
When the light is just appearing in the sky
It is mistaken for the break of dawn
Ifa’s message for Agogo Sekete, the Gong
The child of Orisa Gbowuji, Obatala
When he and the stick had become enemies
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
The stick that boasts that it will kill Agogo
It can not kill Agogo
It is the stick that died
And Agogo lives on

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