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IRETEIKA — IFA OF THE YEAR 2018/2019 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, STATE OF OSUN, NIGERIA

IRETEIKA
IFA OF THE YEAR 2018/2019 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, STATE OF OSUN, NIGERIA.
Eriwo ya!
We greet you all in the name of Olodumare, Orunmila and all other Orisa. We also extend the greetings of Araba Agbaye (the permanent Chairman of the Council of Araba/Oluwo, the pillar of the International Council for Ifa Religion) to you all in this season of the World Ifa Festival. We, the members of Publication Committee of the Oke-Itase 2018/2019 Organising Committee set up by the International Council for Ifa Religion are hereby presenting verses of the Ifa of the year recited with inspiration by the priests on the mat in the early hour of Sunday, 3rd June, 2018, which stands as the first day of the year in Ifa calendar system. The Odu Ifa that came out for this year is IRETEIKA (Irete on the right, Ika on the left). The Odu came with Ire Aya/Oko, fortunes of Spouse and ebo is recommended to make it to come to pass. Ifa Priests from Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Republic of Togo, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, United States of America, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Panama, Britain, Switzerland, Ghana and Sweden were all there and made their contributions. The verses of IRETEIKA recited with their narratives are as follows:
1.
Ifa has promised us all fortunes this year. This year, people should have patience and not be in haste to acquire things. Ifa says we should make ebo to have good things. With patience after making the ebo, all fortunes will be acquired. The items of ebo are 4 pigeons, honey, gin, pap, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
Eera ni gbedo ile fulefulefule
A difa fun Animo
Omo loroloro
Omo lohunlohun
Aje n wole Animo lo
Ogorogoro
Ire gbogbo n wole Animo lo
Ogorogoro
It is an ant that digs the ground patiently
Ifa revelation to Animo
He whose ancestors have wealth
He whose ancestors have things
Wealth is now going to Animo
In multitude
All good things are now going to Animo
In multitude
2.
Ifa said people will benefit greatly from travelling out of their respective towns or countries this year. Many people will find their fortunes of riches, spouses, children, works and so on outside their towns or Place of birth. Ebo should be made with 4 pigeons, gin, honey and money. On this Ifa says:
Eke ile lo bale se
Eke won o mohun ile
A difa fun Orunmila
Nijo baba n sawo lo si ode Ibadan
Aje ni n oo ni o ni Ibadan lo wa
Ire gbogbo ni Ibadan lo wa
Aya ni n oo fe o ni Ibadan lo wa
Ire gbogbo ni Ibadan lo wa
The rafter lives with the house
But fails to understand the house
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When going to the city of Ibadan
The riches that I will possess is in Ibadan
All fortunes are in Ibadan
The wife I will marry is in Ibadan
All fortunes are in Ibadan
3.
For those who are longing for children, they need to appease Obatala. To remove cases of miscarriage, it is necessary to make ebo against enemies. Also, it is better to stop shouting at pregnant women to prevent shock that might lead to miscarriage. Also that doing the ebo of this verse will make If practitioners victorious in their endeavours this year. Ebo should be made with 4 snails, kola nuts, 3 cocks, a big rat, palm oil and money. After the ebo, Obatala will be appeased with the snails. On this, Ifa says:
Yangi abara palapala
A difa fun Orisanla Oseeremogbo
To n gunna omo
Ti Ire n lo ree ba a je
Nje Ire o gbodo han
Ibi akata ba ba si o
Ire o gbodo han
Ibi awa gbe n bofa o
Ota o gbodo gbin
Yangi abara palapala
Cast Ifa for Orisanla Oseeremogbo
Who would be moulding new child
Which Ire, the cricket would be destroying
Behold, the Cricket dare not talk
Wherever there is a fox
The Cricket dare not murmur
Wherever we appease Ifa
The enemies dare not talk
4.
Ifa says people should be hard working and stop stealing or sabotaging other people’s sweat. Also, those who steal other people’s belongings will be caught. To catch thieves, Ogun should be appeased and three gun shots made during the appeasement. To prevent shame, people should refrain from stealing. The ebo to make here include a dog or 3 roosters, yam, beans, palm oil and palm wine. After the ebo, Ogun will be appeased. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka awo Onikananranjangbon
A difa fun Onikanranjangbon
To n roko alere lodun
O doko o gbinla
O doko o gbinkan
Bi oloko ti n ka ila
Bee ni ole n ka ila
Bi oloko ti n ka ikan
Bee ni ole n ka ikan
Onikan yii rora
Kananranjangbon!
Iwo ka
Emi ka
Kananranjangbon!
Temi se le depe?
Kananranjangbon!
Epe kan o pa Ahun
Kananranjangbon!
Owo wa ba Alabahun lonii o
Owo oloko ba Alabahun
Ijapa ole!
Owo oloko ba Alabahun
Ateka the priest of Kananranjangbon
Cast Ifa for Onikananranjangbon
When embarking on farming
He planted ila, the okra
He planted ikan, the garden egg
As farmer plucked ila, the okra
So the thief plucked ila, the okra
As the farmer plucked ikan, the garden egg
So the thief plucked ikan, the garden egg
The-garden-egg-farmer, be patient
No cause for harshness!
You harvested
I harvested as well
No cause for harshness!
Why are you cursing me?
No cause for harshness!
No curse can have effect on tortoise
No cause for harshness!
The Tortoise is caught today
The farmer has caught the Tortoise
The tortoise, the thief
The farmer has caught the Tortoise
5.
People should make ebo to fortify their children especially those who have three children. This is to guide against one’s children death. The ebo to make include 3 he-goats/3 roosters, 3 big rats, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka rigidi Babalawo Oka
A difa fun Oka
Ateka rigidi Babalawo Ere
A difa fun Ere
Ateka rigidi Babalawo Okun
A difa fun Okun
Nijo ti won fe joye Olowooriri
Won pa Oka lapadari
Won pa Ere lapalado
Won te Okunrun latewo
Ateka rigidi Ifa priest of Oka, the viper
Cast Ifa for Oka, the viper
Ateka rigidi Ifa priest of Ere, the boa constrictor
Cast Ifa for Ere, the boa constrictor
Ateka rigidi Ifa priest of Okunrun, the centipede
Cast Ifa for Okunrun, the centipede
When they were contesting for the post of Olowooriri
Oka, the viper was killed and beheaded
Ere, the boa constrictor was killed and cut into pieces
Okunrun, the centipede was killed and trampled upon
6.
Ifa has promised that those who are longing for house will achieve it this year. People who are not comfortable with where they are living or those who are pursuing having their own personal home will surely have it this year. The ebo to make to achieve this include 4 snails, 4 tortoise, 4 crabs, 4 pigeons, gin, honey, palm oil, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
Orunmila wi ojo ro
Ifa mi ojo ro Bara Agbonniregun
Igba ti ojo ro la file ila han ila
Orunmila wi ojo ro
Ifa mi ojo ro Bara Agbonniregun
Igba ti ojo ro la file ikan han ikan
A difa fun Akapo
Ti n sunkun pe oun o ni ibudo
Ebo ni won ni ko wa se
Ifa o to gege o je ki mi ni ibudo
Alabahun kii kere ko ma le kole
Ifa o to gege o je ki mi ni ibudo
Alakan kii kere ko ma le kole
Ifa o to gege o je ki mi ni ibudo
Igbin kii kere ko ma kole tire loto
Ifa o to gege o je ki mi ni ibudo
Orunmila said the rain fell
I said the rain surely fell, Bara Agbonniregun
It was when the rain fell that we showed Ila, the okra its house
Orunmila said the rain fell
I said the rain surely fell, Bara Agbonniregun
It was when the rain fell that we showed Ikan, the garden egg its house
Ifa revelation to Akapo
When longing for house
Ifa, it is high time I possesses home
The tortoise possess home no matter how young
Ifa, it is high time I possesses home
The crab possess home no matter how young
Ifa, it is high time I possesses home
No matter how young a snail is, it possesses its own house
Ifa, it is high time I possesses home
7.
People should give due respect to the taboo, law, rules and regulations of the city so that they would not incur the wrath of the ancestors or the super power. More precisely, those who will celebrate Egungun this year should not let any part of the Egungun body exposed. Those who want to travel need to appease Esu so that somebody else will not take their profit. Ifa priests/priestesses should not fight with their clients even when the clients offend, disrespect or are ungrateful. This is to prevent a situation whereby somebody else will harvest what they have worked for. The ebo to make include a he-goat, palm oil, gin and money. Esu will be appeased after the ebo. Also, for anybody who wants his/her organization, city or community greatly populated, he/she should make ebo with 200 rats, 200 fish, 200 tortoise, 200 snails, 200 yam tubers, palm oil, 200 kola nuts, 200 bitter kola, 200 aligator peppers, shear butter and 200 monies. On this, Ifa says:
Ataare reni gba idi re
O n fi ogburo se esin
Bi ogburo ba reni gba idi re
A pon ju ataare lo
A difa fun Ateka
To n sawo lo si ode Ibadan
A difa fun won ni ode Ibadan
Ni kutukutu owuro
Ni ijinji ereni
Won ni won o rubo ki ogun o ma le ja ilu won
Osemeji nko o?
Nibadan lo wa
Awo rere ni Ibadan
Ataare, cultivated alligator pepper which has people to clean its environment
Makes jest of ogburo, a wild alligator pepper
Had ogburo, the wild alligator pepper got somebody to take care of it
It would have yielded better seeds than ataare, the cultivated one
Cast Ifa for Ateka
When going to the city of Ibadan
Cast Ifa for the people of Ibadan
They were warned to make ebo against war
Where has been Osemeji?
He is in Ibadan
A good priest in Ibadan
8.
All the Ifa priests in each town should make ebo for longevity of Araba/Oluwo of their respective towns. This is because, Ifa says the incumbent Araba/Oluwo in towns are people of positive energies whose regime are favourable to their subjects. They need to live long for such favourable period to last long. Also, all the god children should make ebo for long life for their god fathers/god mothers for the demise of a god father/god mother will create vacuum that will be difficult to fill. There is a benefactor here whose beneficiaries have to make ebo and be prayerful so that the latter would not suffer owing to the imminent demise of the former. The items of ebo here are white cloth, a big rat, a he-goat, palm oil, pap, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ateeka aja
A difa fun Onigobi Erupe
O n sogboogbo arun
O n nara kaka alailedide
O n yi gbiiri loju ina
Bonigobi erupe o ba tete ku
Gbogbo wa la oo mama la
Spreading without ever been removed, the case of the roof
Ifa revelation to Onigobi Erupe
When he was sick
He was unable to stand due to debility
He was always beside the fire to cure cold
If Onigobi Erupe does not die untimely
It is all of us that will be wealthy
9.
This year, daily worship should be taken more serious. For followership, we need to appease Obatala. The items are 8 snails, shear butter, white cloth, pounded yam and money. Also, this year, people should be close to Obatala and wear more white cloths. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka
Atedo
Ileke pinpin lese Obarisa
A difa fun Orisanla Oseremogbo
To n torun bo waye
Ebo ko le di eleni ni won ni o wa se
Taa la oo maa sin bojumo ba mo?
Orisa Igbo! N la oo maa sin bojumo ba mo
Taa la oo maa sin borun ba pe?
Orisa Igbo! N la oo maa sin borun ba pe
Taa la oo maa sin bisan ba pe?
Orisa Igbo! N la oo maa sin bisan ba pe
Taa la oo maa sin bi odun ba pe?
Orisa Igbo! N la oo maa sin bodun ba pe
Ateka
Atedo
Beads steadily fixed to the ankle of the king among the Orisa
Ifa revelation to Orisanla Oseeremagbo
When descended from Heaven
He was told to make ebo to have followers
Who shall we serve every morning?
Orisa Igbo! Is the one we will serve every morning
Who shall we serve every week?
Orisa Igbo! Is the one we will serve every week
Who shall we serve fortnightly?
Orisa Igbo! Is the one we will serve fortnightly
Who shall we serve every year?
Orisa Igbo! Is the one we will serve every year
10.
Siblings who are four should make ebo so that three of them would not be killed or overpowered by enemies. The items of sacrifice here include, a he-goat/3 roasters, 200 needles, palm oil, a big rat and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka Babalawo Ila
A difa fun Ila
Ateka Babala Ikan
A difa fun Ikan
Ateka Babalawo Ata
A difa fun Ata
Ateka Babalawo Bobo Awodi
A difa fun Bobo Awodi
Ika ti e ka Ila
Ika ti e ka Ikan
Ika ti e ka ata
Ki eni mase ka Bobo Awodi bee
Ateka the Ifa priest of Ila, the okro
Cast Ifa for Ila, the okro
Ateka the Ifa priest of Ikan, the garden egg
Cast Ifa for Ikan, the garden egg
Ateka the Ifa priest of Ata, the pepper
Cast Ifa for Ata, the pepper
Ateka the Ifa priest of Bobo-awodi, the Spinners
Cast Ifa for Bobo-awodi
The way you pluck Ila, the okra
The way you pluck Ikan, the garden egg
The way you pluck Ata, the pepper
Let no one try to pluck Bobo Awodi , the Spinners, the same way
11.
Those priests/priestesses who are mischievous should turn new leave. The ancestors will destroy fraudsters in the Ifa/Orisa community. People should be ready to face the consequences of their actions. The wrath of the ancestors will descend on the fraudsters and the good priests/priestesses will be vindicated. Some people are trying to tarnish the images of the Araba/Oluwo of some towns. They are trying to paint them black before the kings of their respective towns. Generally, there are some priests/priestesses here who people have reported to the head of the community or kings. People alleged them of improper rituals. They need to make ebo and appease Egungun. If truly they are innocent of the allegations, they will be vindicated. The items of ebo are a big rat, a he-goat, olele, akara, palm oil, kola nuts, gin and money. As they were making the sacrifice and appeasement, they will be beating the ground. On this, Ifa says:
Pete n bole
Ebole n pete
Olukirikiri n biti
Ka su olele disa eku
Ka su oleke disa eja
Ka su olele disa eera keekeeke
A difa fun Olaminu ni Ipapo
Omo a-gun-poroporo foso ile mu
Nijo won ni n boogun oba lekee
Nijo won ni n boosa odi f`Ooni
O ni bi mo ba boogun oba leekee
O ni bi mo ba boosa odi fooni
Ase dowo ile dandan
Omode o loogun
Alale! La oo maa sa. Alale!
Gbogbo alaworo isope
E sare wa ke wa wobi ti mo so.
To dress the floor smoothly
For it to shine attractively
Let us use olele to cover the rat hole
Let us use olele to cover the fish hole
Let us use olele to cover the ant hole
Ifa revelation to Olaminu in the city of Ipapo
He who pound things for the household wizards to drink
When he was accused of appeasing King’s Egungun with deceit
When they accused him of wrongly appeasing Orisa for Ooni
He said if he is appeasing King’s Egungun with deceit
He said if he is wrongly appeasing Orisa for Ooni
Let the mother earth be my judge
Young ones have no medicinal power
The ancestors! They are to call upon. The ancestors!
All priests of Ope
Come and see the kola nuts I throw
12.
This year, Ifa says all our lost followers and honours will return or be regained. Most of the run-away followers will be here next year. Also, those who are longing for children here will become parents. The names of the children that they will bring next year should be named Olaside. Ifa however advises us against immoral sexual act this year. This is because, many families will be destroyed through this. On this, Ifa says:
Pepeye o sago
Aatan ni boji agan to ni ikanra
Esu ooro ti mudi batan je
A difa fun Olanulo
Omo onire igba iwase
Ola to ti nu lo
Ola si de
Olaside lomo Ireteka n je
The duck does not fornicate
Dumping ground is the grave for a peevish barren
Sex in standing position has destroyed families
Ifa revelation to Olanulo, the honour has got lost
The child of the ancient wealthy people
The honour that has got lost
The honour has returned back
Olaside, the-honour-has-returned-back is the name of the child of Ireteika
13.
Ifa advises that people should not fight over position or chieftaincy title within the family or town. People should see position or title as part of destiny. Therefore, there should not be envy when someone younger is made chief over the people who are older than him. Siblings or half-brothers should bear in mind that whoever will be chosen as the king, chief or title holder among them has been predestined and cannot be changed. In the community, politics should not be seen as a do or die affair. People should learn to accept political fate and stop fighting over position. Also, the elderly ones should not look down on the younger ones. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka abisawo jingbinni
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba oo bi Erin lomo
Baba oo bi Efon lomo
Baba oo bi Ojola rogbodo ti somo ikeyin won lenjelenje
Osumare ego, iwo ma lomo
Osumare ego, iwo ma leniyan
Bi a ko ba ri Ojola rogbodo
Ta la oo fi ledu ile baba
Ateka abisawo jingbinni
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
He gave birth to Erin, the elephant
He gave birth to Efon, the buffalo
He gave birth to the boa constrictor, the youngest of them all
You Rainbow, you are the best child
You Rainbow, you are the most useful child
If we do not see you the boa constrictor
Who shall we install as the chief in the household
14.
Ifa says people whose children die young should look elsewhere for the causes. Their thought about the causes of the deaths is wrong. Therefore, they need to make ebo for them to know the cause of the death. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka awo Olubadan
A difa fun Olubadan
Nijo ti ko mo ohun to n pa a lomo je
Nje Ibadan o go mo
Ibadan ti mesi
Ibadan ti mes i ti n pa won lomo je
Ibadan o go mo
Ateka the priest of Olubadan
Cast Ifa for Olubadan
When he did not know what was killing his children
Behold, Ibadan people are no more stupid
Ibadan people have known the Boar
Ibadan people have known the Boar killing their children
Ibadan people are no more stupid
15.
Ifa warns against any act of wickedness. People should not prepare poison or any other wicked charm to kill or destroy lives. The secret of anybody who plan to take life of his/her fellow human being will be revealed and he/she will be caught and brought to book. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka babalawo Igun
A difa fun Igun
Ateka babalawo Tentere
A difa fun Tentere
Ateka babalawo Awoko
A difa fun Awoko
Nijo won n sawo rele Olofin
Igunnugun! Awo ni ooo
Tentere! Awo ni ooo
Igba ti eyin n sewo
Emi mo o
Ateka the Ifa priest of Igun, the vulture
Cast Ifa for Igun, the culture
Ateka the Ifa priest of Tentere
Cast Ifa for Tentere
Ateka the Ifa priest of Awoko
Cast Ifa for Awoko
When they were going to the house of Olofin, the king
Igunnugun (the vulture)! You are a priest
Tentere! You are a priest
When you were preparing the poison
I was aware
16.
Ifa advises Ifa/Orisa devotees this year to always repair or amend things. They should not get involved in destruction of relationship. They should always redeem, repair or amend things. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka awo Abere
A difa fun Abere
Lojo to n torun bo waye
Bi Abere ba wokun
Abere a si tun aso se
Ateka the priest of Abere, the needle
Cast Ifa for Abere, the needle
When he was coming from heaven
Whenever the needle put on thread
The needle will repair cloth
17.
Ifa warns all priests/priestesses from directly or indirectly forcing their clients to pledge gift of money or material after efficacy of their work. This year, priests/priestesses who impose any act of vow or pledge on their clients will not be favoured by Olodumare. This does not mean that we cannot take heartedly given gift from the client. We can do, if he/she does it willingly as an act of appreciation. In fact, it is good if priests/priestesses can treat sick clients free of charge this year. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka feregede Babalawo Ina
A difa fun Ina
Omo awokunrun ma gbeje
Iworo isope
E wa bani larinrin ire
Ateka feeregede the Ifa priest of Ina
Cast Ifa for Ina
He who heals the sick without demanding honorarium
All followers of Ope
Come and meet us amidst fortunes
18.
There are people who are unable to achieve anything in life owing to evil forces. This year, Ifa has promised them victory. And for those whose arch enemies are using the power of the Iyami to hunt, they have to make ebo with a big rat, a he-goat, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Yeye rugbo aboju wosowoso
O loun o ni jela o niwo
Yeye rugbo aboju wosowoso
O loun o ni jekan o wewu eje
Okansoorokan awo Ila lo difa funla
Okansoorokan awo Ikan difa funkan
Ila niwo
Ikan wewu eje
Okansoorokan Babalawo ni.
An old woman with ugly face
She said she would prevent Ila, the okro, from having children
An old woman with ugly face
She said she would prevent Ikan, the garden egg, from living to the ripe age
Okansoorokan the priest of Ila, the okro, cast Ifa for Ila, the okro
Okansoorokan the priest of Ikan, the garden egg, cast Ifa for Ikan, the garden egg
Ila, the okro has children
Ikan, the garden egg lived long
Okansoorokan is a competent Babalawo
19.
This year, for multiple fortunes, the following ebo is recommended. The items of ebo are 2 rats, 2 fish, 2 pigeons, 2 hens, 2 cocks, 2 snails, 2 goats, 2 cola nuts, 2 bottles of gin, 2 paps, 2 bottles of palm oil and two highest denomination of money. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka awo Olubadan
A difa fun Onigobi Erupe
Won ni o rubo odunni-in lodun ola ire re pe
Ateka de Awo olubadan
Onigobi nikan lo sebo ola meji
Ateka the priest of Olubadan
Cast Ifa for Onigobi Erupe
He was advised to make ebo for his fortune was near in the year
Here comes Ateka, the priest of Olubadan
It was only Onigobi who made ebo for two fortunes
20.
There are 3 people here who enemies are pursuing. The three people can be siblings, half-brothers/half-sisters or friends. They need to make ebo to overcome the enemies. The items of ebo for each person are a big rat, a he-goat/3 cocks, many needles, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka awo Ila
A difa funla
Ateka awo Ikan
A difa funkan
Ateka awo Bobo-awodi
A difa fun Bobo-awodi
Ti somo ikanyin won
Won lebo aye ni won o se
Bobo-awodi nikan ni n be leyin ti sebo
Won n bela lori
Won n lakan laya
Bobo nikan lo sebo ejoore
Bobo nikan lo sebo ejoore, e je o maa lo
Ika ti e kai la
Ika ti e ka ikan
Ki enikeni mase ka Bobo Awodi bee
Eni ti ba n peri awa ni ibi
Opinpin! Abere Ifa o bo won lara.
Ateka the Ifa priest of Ila, the okro
Cast Ifa for Ila, the okro
Ateka the Ifa priest o f Ikan, the garden egg
Cast Ifa for Ikan, the garden egg
Ateka the Ifa priest of Bobo-awodi, the Spinners
Cast Ifa for Bobo-awodi
Who was the youngest of them
They were told to make ebo against enemies
It was only Bobo-awodi who made the ebo
The way you pluck Ila, the okra
The way you pluck Ikan, the garden egg
Let no one try to pluck Bobo Awodi , the Spinners, the same way
Whoever is sending evil to us
Painfully! The needle of Ifa will be pricking them
21.
Ifa says friends will do wonderful things in the lives of one another this year. Friends should not hide their problems, challenges or ailments from each other. Ifa says those who keep secret of their ailment from their friends will die while those who let their friends know their ailments will get healed. Ebo to make here include a big rat, a cock/a he-goat, a knife, palm oil, a snail, a pigeon and money. On this, Ifa says:
Asanwewe awo Olubadan
A difa fun Olubadan
To n sogboogbo arun
To n nara kaka alailedide
To n yi gbiiri loju ina
Asanwewe de! Awo Olubadan
Arun ti ba n se ore
E je ka fi lo ore wo
Asanwewe the priest of Olubadan
Cast Ifa for Olubadan
When he was sick
He was unable to stand
He was always beside the fire as a result of cold
Here comes Asanwewe! The priest of Olubadan
Any ailment suffering by a person
Let him/her never hid it from his/her friend
22.
Ifa says that people should respect their superiors. Subjects should not be arrogant to the king, god children should not be arrogant to their god parents and servant should not be arrogant to the boss. This is necessary so that the former will not get destroyed. On this, Ifa says:
Ateka winniwinni awo Onire
A difa fun Onire ni perepere odo
To n lo ree ra ila leru
Ila ki i ga ko ju Onire lo
Bila ba ga ju Onire lo
Onire a te e ka
Ateka winniwinni the priest of Onire
Cast Ifa for Onire at the riverine area
When going to buy Okra as a slave
No Okra can ever be taller than the Onire
If okra is taller than Onire
Onire will bend the okra down and cut it
23.
Ifa says couples should not make divorce the solution to their challenges. This year, many divorced couples will remarry. It will happen when either of them has challenges and the only way out will be for him/her to beg the wife/husband. Also, people should not run away from their home or organization lest they have challenges. If it is already committed, the best solution is to go back to the home or to the organization. On this, Ifa says:
Ifa said we should make ebo
Ate kakaka Babalawo Ile
A difa fun Ile
Eke Ile to loun o bale se
Digbadigba!
Ni won o maa ru won wa o
Digbadigba!
Opo Ile to loun o bale se
Digbadigba!
Ni won o maa ru won wa o
Digbadigba!
Okun Ile to loun o bale se
Digbadigba
Ni won o maa ru won wa o
Digbadigba!
Ata Ile to loun o bale se
Digbadigba!
Ni won o maa ru won wa o
Digbadigba!
Ateka the Babalawo of Ile, the house
Cast Ifa for Ile, the House
The rafter that said he would not stay with the house again
While experiencing difficulties!
They will carry him back to the house
The pole that said he would not stay with the house again
While experiencing difficulties!
They will carry him back to the house
The rope that said he would not stay with the house again
While experiencing difficulties!
They will carry him back to the house
The ridge that said he would not stay with the house again
While experiencing difficulties!
They will carry him back to the house
24.
The children of the rich need to work harder so that they will not become wretched after the death of the parents. Ifa says people should not depend on inheritance, instead, they should work to acquire their own wealth. This will make it easy to maintain the inherited property. The ebo to make here are 8 pigeons, gin, honey and money. On this, Ifa says:
A mura kaka a begi
A begi tan igi wo
Osan ja orun dopa
Akatanpo jakun leyin o dogo
Ohun to ba baje laye
Eni lasan kan o le tun un se mo
A difa fun Agbojulogun
Ti yoo fira re fosi ta
Won ni ko kara nile ebo ni ko se
O koti ogbonhin sebo
Iworo isope
Eniyan to gbebo nibe ko rubo
We struggled to cut the tree
After cutting the tree, the tree fell down
When the string cuts, the bow becomes an ordinary stick
When the catapult string cuts, it becomes a club
Whatever is desrtyoyed in the world
No ordinary person can repair it
Ifa revelation to Agbojulogun, he who depends on inheritance
Who would expose himself/herself to wretchedness
He was advised to make ebo
He refused to comply
All and sundary
Let anybody advised to make ebo heed to it
25.
This year, many men will marry princesses or daughters of the rich. Ifa advises that man should not feel inferior to any woman he loves no matter how affluent or influential the woman is. The ebo to make here include 4 pigeons, 4 hens, gin, honey, banana, egg, and money. On this, Ifa says:
Asara igi
Asara igi
Asarasara orun ope
A difa fun Orunmila
To n lo ree gbe Abigele-etu-heherihe omo Oba lode Oyo wole
Mo gbe de o
O ri henhe
Mo gbomo Oba lalede Oyo wole
Asara igi
Asara igi
Asarasara orun ope
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
When going to marry Abigele-etu-heherihe, the daughter of the king of Oyo
I have brought her
She is very pretty
I have brought in the daughter of the king of Oyo
26.
All Ifa priests/priestesses are advised to learn more this year. Ifa says Orunmila is not happy for people are not pursuing more knowledge, instead, they depend on little knowledge they have to make money. Therefore, all Ifa/Orisa practitioners are advised to learn more Ifa and other disciplines relevant to their religion and carrier. On this, Ifa says:
Ateeka eni
Atoopin ona
Rinnarinna o debi ile gbe pekun
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba ni ki Awo o kapo o kalo
Iworo isope
E wa bani ni wowo ire
The mat spread without removal
The road trodden without end
No traveler can get to the end of the earth
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he enjoined his followers to continue learning
All followers of Ope
Come and meet us amidst fortunes
27.
Ifa confirms that population of unmarried women out numbers that of the unmarried men. Esu is the one presiding over marriage from the spiritual realm. Any concern women should appease Esu to get husband. Also, Ifa advises that men who believe in polygamy and are capable should feel free to marry more than a wife. Also, women who believe in polygamy and can cope should not hesitate to do so. Additionally, women who are in polygamous home should live with understanding. This is necessary so that many women will not remain unmarried. The ebo to make here include, a he-goat, 4 pigeons, gin, honey, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
A mura kaka a begi
A begi tan igi wo
Osan ja orun dopa
Akatanpo jakun leyin o dogo
Ohun to ba baje laye
Eniyan lasan kan o le tun un se mo
A difa fun Esu Odara
To n lo ree wose Aye
Esu Odara maa wose won
Obo ree! Oloko da?
Esu Odara maa wose won
We struggled to cut the tree
After cutting the tree, the tree fell down
When the string cuts, the bow becomes an ordinary stick
When the catapult string cuts, it becomes a club
Whatever is destroyed in the world
No ordinary person can repair it
Ifa revelation to Esu Odara
Who would be observing the people of the earth
Esu Odara, continue observing them
Here are women! Where are men!
Esu Odara, continue observing them
AFFILIATED ORISA
Obatala
Orunmila
Egbe Orun
Ogun
Esu
Iyami Aje
TABOOS
Stealing
Exposing body while inside the costume/mantle of Egungun
Any form of immoral sexual acts
Arrogance to one’s superior
Wearing of torn cloth
Verses recorded, transcribed and translated by:
Oluwo Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Chairman, Publication Committee)
Onifade Ifakemi (Secretary)
Windare Falabi Ajedunni Ojoawo
Babaawo Fayemi Abidemi
Oloye Fatunbi Adeniji
Awogbile Kehinde Alóyinlohùn
Araba Otan Ayegbaju, Adebisi Ajala
Ojebode Falola
Chief (Dr) Fafolarin Abiodun Agboola (President, International Council for Ifa Religion, ICIR).
Aboru! Aboye! Abosise!
Note: We are aware that some people have published some verses of the odu on the internet. We are not saying the verses they published are incorrect, the ones presented here are the ones recited on the festival day when divination process was going on with inspiration from Olodumare. What we mean is that there can be one thousand verses of Ireteika, but inspiration is what is needed to recite the useful ones at the time of divination; it is inspiration that directs a priest towards the verse(s) he recites on the mat. Therefore, the verses recited on the mat when the divination is going on are spiritually most important. We hereby present to you the most spiritually potent verses of Ireteika for the year 2018/2019.


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IFA OF THE YEAR 2016/2017 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA

OBARAIRETE

IFA OF THE YEAR 2016/2017 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.

Eriwo ya!
We greet you all in the name of Olodumare, Orunmila and all other Orisa. We also extend the greetings of Araba Agbaye to you all in this season of the World Ifa Festival. We, the members of Ethics and Scripture Committee of the International Council for Ifa Religion, are hereby presenting verses of the Ifa of the year recited with inspiration by the priests on the mat in the early hour os Sunday, 5th June, 2016, which stands as the first day of the year in Ifa calendar system. The odu Ifa that came out for this year is OBARAIRETE. The odu came with Ire Aiku, long life and ebo is recommended to acquire it. Ifa Priests from Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, United States of America, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba were all there and made their contributions. The verses of OBARAIRETE recited with their narratives are as follows:

1.
Ifa says everybody should take good care of his or her child\children or family (spiritual/biological) before considering teddy or toys. This is because, this year, one’s relation to human being will yield profits than ones relations with teddy or toys. It is said that the future will be determined by the quality of the human beings/resources. To make the future promising for one’s children or relatives, Ifa has recommended ebo with 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens, kola nuts, pap, palm oil, gin and money. After the ebo, Ifa will be appeased. On this, Ifa says:
Benu ni won pe oka
Benu n laa pe ere
A difa fun Alaso dudu janjan oke apa
To fomo tie sile laipon
To n pon molubi oni molubi kiri
Awogingi o se gbaragada ka fi rina damodun
Omo eni ni dingi eni

Benu is the name we call cobra
Benu is the name we call python
Ifa revelation to the owner of black cloth on the hill of Apa
Who left her child uncared for
And was caring for another person’s child
Mirror cannot be large for one to see the future
One’s child is one’s mirror for the future

2.
This year, many barren will become parents. They should not be too conscious of their dressing or beauty. Ifa says the barren should not look at the mirror. Any woman who is longing for a child need to make ebo with 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens, a goat, kola nuts, gin, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
E ku ana
E ku oni
Aifeniiki ni e ku ijeta o se kira eni
E ku ana lo dun adunju
A difa fun Adeyokun
To n moju ekun sogbere omo
Awojiiji o se feregede
Ka fi rina amodun
Omo eni ni jingi eni

How was yesterday
How was today
It is in attempt not to greet that we say “how was day before yesterday” is not good to say
However, how was yesterday is better
Ifa revelation to Adeyokun
When longing for children
The mirror cannot be large enough
For one to see the future through it
One’s child is one’s mirror

3.
There is fortune for immigrants this year. People who are planning to travel from one place to the other for work or businesses will prosper. The Ifa/Orisa priests who travel to another city/country to do their work need to make ebo to profit over their spiritual job. Ifa has advised inhabitants of each place to trust the outsiders/foreigners who come to their place. This is because, all that the strangers do for the inhabitants will be effective. Ebo to make by anybody who intends to travel includes 16 pigeons, honey, gin, kola nuts, palm oil and money. A goat will also be sacrificed to Ifa. On this, Ifa says:
Ibinni nile aje
Irada nile omokun
Ibi o gbe sunwon la n boyinde
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba n sawo rode Eto Gege
Alade, o de rere! Obararete, abisawo jingbinni

Ibini is the home of wealth
Irada is the home of valuable beads
It is in a comfortable place that we find oyinde beads
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he was going to the City of Eto Gege
Alade, you are welcome! Obararete the successful priest

4.
Still about the travelers, Ifa says they will be successful wherever they go. Also, they will return safely. Ogun should be appeased before embarking on the journey for a safe return which Ifa has promised. The items to sacrifice are a dog, 3 cocks, palm oil, kola nuts, gin, pap and money. Ogun will be appeased with the dog. On this, Ifa says:
Afebo riru boju iku
Afetutu barun mole
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba n sawo relu Etomini
Awa yun rere
Awa bo rere
A yin Obara
A yin Irete

He who uses ebo to cover death
He who uses rituals to cover disease
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he was going to the City of Etomini
We have gone well
We have returned well
We praise Obara
We give appreciation to Irete

5.
For those who are longing for wives, Ifa says they should be generous. Those who are generous to people will find good wives while those who are stingy may find it difficult to find good wives, if not find wives at all. Also, single men should always have food at home. Besides home, they should always give food to those who visit them in their places of work. Ebo to be made by anybody who is longing for a wife includes 4 pigeons, honey, eggs, gin, kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
Yangi abori kugu
A difa fun Olobara
To n lo ree dako si eba ona
Ebo ni won ni o se
O gbebo nibe o rubo
Ero Ipo, ero Ofa
Aya wa wole to wa beerere

Yangi abori kugu
Cast Ifa for Olobara
Who was going to have a farm beside the road
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
All and sundry
Many wives have come to marry us in our house

6.
It is forbidden for any woman who is longing for a child to adorn her buttocks with beads. Ifa says the beads will prevent her from getting pregnant. Any woman in this situation should sacrifice 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens and money. After the ebo, if she has beads on her waist, she will remove it and put it on Esu. On this, Ifa says:
Pankere teere awo inu igbo
Eesun wowo awo egi
A difa fun Olasunmisokun
To n moju ekun sogbere omo
Ebo ni won ni ko se
O ko bee ni ko ru
Opolopo ileke ni ko je ki Olasunmisokun o bimo

Pankere teere awo inu igbo
Eesun wowo awo egi
Cast Ifa for Olasunmisokun
When longing for children
She was asked to make ebo
She refused
Too much adornment of beads made Olasunmisokun infertile

7.
Still on the issue of child bearing, the barren need to make ebo with 4 fish, 4 rats, 4 hens and a goat. The goat will be sacrificed to Ifa. Any woman who is longing for a child should always stay or live in a cool place. She should not expose herself to heat or hot weather too much. This is because heat or hot weather can lead to miscarriage. On this, Ifa says:
Eda omo odo ni foju joke
Adifa fun Esin-in
Ti n re isale abata
Ti n lo ree kanrile omo ni bibi
Eropo tofa
E bani ni wowo omo

Eda omo odo ni foju joke
Cast Ifa for Esin-in
Who was going to the swampy area
In order to become the parent of many children
All and sundry
Come and meet us amidst children

8.
Ifa warns married women against adultery. There is danger in involving in extra marital affair because, when the secret is exposed, this may lead to the woman being put out of the marital home. Also, married women should be careful not to play too much with men in a place where they fetch, sell or buy water. This is because; their husband may take it to be something that it is not. On the other hand, men should also cease from playing too much with married women. On this, Ifa says:
Benu ni won pe oka
Benu n laa pe ere
A difa fun Aasemoga mogamoga
Ti saya Agbonmireguin
Aase mogamoga oo seni
Aase mogamoga oo seniyan
Aase mogamoga! Emi lo wodo wa doko se?

Benu is the name we call cobra
Benu is the name we call python
Ifa revelation to Aase mogamoga
Who was a wife of Orunmila
Aase mogamoga you are not good
Aase mogamoga you are not humane
Aase mogamoga! Why have you come to the river to commit adultery?

9.
Obarairete warns married women to be humble and submissive to the husband. If they are not, this may lead to divorce. Also, there might be regret after such divorce and this may lead such woman to living in abject poverty for long. Furthermore, it may be difficult to get any good husband after the divorce. On the other hand, Ifa has promised any woman who is humble and submissive happiness and profits. On this, Ifa says:
Orunmila ni bojumo ba ti mo
Keni o maa ki oko eni
Obirin ti oo ba bosi ku
Bo ba ti ji
Wiworoko ni maa woroko oju soko
Obirin ti oo ba boro ku
Bo ba ti ji
Owo pete owo pete ni maa n te soko
A difa fun Birawo aya Orunmila
Eyi to ko Ifa sile to loun o fefa mo
Birawo
Lilo lo n lo
O ko nii ku
O ko nii run
Sugbon o ko nii ribi ire fidi ka
O ko si nii ribi kan a a gbe
Aya fi bo o ba pada to o fefa

Orunmila said when it is morning
Let us greet our husbands
The woman that will die wretched
When she wakes up
She frowned at the husband
The woman that will live and die comfortably
When she wakes up
She greets the husband with humility
Ifa revelation to Birawo, a wife of Orunmila
Who discarded Ifa and said she would never return to Ifa
Birawo!
You are going away
You will not die
You will not fall sick
However, you will not find a comfortable home to settle
You will never find a suitable place to live
Unless you come back to settle with Ifa

10.
This year, there will be a lot of wars against many countries. The army of each country will surely overpower the rebels. Ebo should be made to ensure the victory. The items to sacrifice are 3 he-goats, 3 cocks, palm oil, gin, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ela pinpin
A difa fun enlojo eso
Won n rogun Ojonlo
Ebo lawo ni won o se
Won rubo
Ebo da
Nje awa yun o
Awa bo
A ti segun Ojonlo

Ela pin-in
Cast Ifa for 162 warlords
They were going to the war of Ojonlo
They were advised to make ebo
They made the recommended ebo
Their ebo was accepted
Behold, we have gone
We have returned
We have won the war of Ojonlo

11.

For long life and sickness, ebo needs to be made with 3 cocks, 3 big rats, one’s used cloth, palm oil, a club and money. On this, Ifa says:
Obara reterete
A difa fun Oka, omo elewu pabo
Won ni ko fi ewu re rubo nitori iku
O fi eti otun gbebo
O fi tosi da nu
Igba aitebo
Igba aiteru
E ko rifa awo ki bo ti n se

Obara reterete
Cast Ifa for Oka, one with deadly cloth
He was advised to sacrifice its cloth against death
He heard the recommended ebo with its right ear
It threw away the advice through the left ear
Failure to make ebo
Refusal to make rituals
Don’t you see the manifestation of the Ifa recited by the priest

12.
For safety, business people who travel every day to their place of work or shops, there is a need to sacrifice a he-goat, palm oil, a calabash, a clay plate, a big rat and money. On this, Ifa says:
Paafaa teere
A difa fun Ologbo
Ti n rebi atokedoke
Ebo lawo ni ko se
O rubo ebo re da
Kin lo yo Ologbo ninu ibi?
Igba epo atawo eje
Lo yo Ologbo ninu ibi

Pafaa teere
Cast Ifa for Ologbo, the cat
When travelling around
He was advised to make ebo
He complied and his ebo is accepted
What has rescued Ologbo, the cat, from evil?
A calabash of palm oil and a plate of blood
Are the things which rescued Ologbo, the cat from evil

13.
This odu seriously warns against divorce. It warns especially the wives of Ifa/Orisa priests not to consider divorce this year. On this, Ifa reiterates:
Yangi abori kugu
A difa fun Barawe
Ti saya Orunmila
Eyi to n sagidi osi soko re
Barawe! Bo ba ko Orunmila sile
Boya lo le roko rere fe mo

Yangi abori kugu
Cast Ifa for Barawe
Who was a wife of Orunmila
Who was being stubborn to her husband
Barawe! If you divorce Orunmila
It is uncertain for you to get another husband

14.
Sanponna should be appeased so that there will be no disease. Also, anybody that is travelling should be careful of what he eats or drinks. The hygiene of the place one travels to should also be taken into consideration. The ebo to make here include banana, palm oil, snails, shea butter, paps, boiled corn, pop corn and money. On this, Ifa says:
Obara oo rote
Mo rote n o sa
Mo maro lowo mi otun
Mo mu aaja lowo mi osi
Mo papo o ro janganjangan
Eru o bodo
Eni ti yoo wodo lominu n ko
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba n sawo rode Igodo
A difa fun Esu Odara
To n sawo rode Ajahunnagi
Won ni won o rubo
Ki won o ma baa se pade ajunilo
Esu Odara iwo lo seni
Esu Odara iwo lo seniyan
O ko ba ti febo Sanponna sunna

Obara, do not you see conspiracy
I see conspiracy but I do not panic
I hold musical rattle in my right hand
I hold Orisa rattle in my left hand
I combined them to make melodious sound
The river does not panic
Those who want to step into the river are the ones to panic
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he was going to the City of Igodo
Ifa revelation to Esu Odara
When he was going to the city of Ajannagi
They were told to make ebo for them not to meet a mightier force
Esu Odara, you have not acted well
Esu Odara, you have not done good at all
You should not have postponed making the ebo of Sanponna till the next day

15.
This year, Opele should be used often when making ebo especially for the sick. Ifa has confirmed the effectiveness of making ebo with Opele throughout this year. This does not mean we should not use Ikin and Ifa tray to divine or make ebo. But whenever ebo is to be done for a sick person, Opele is advisable. Also, those who are sick should sacrifice a he-goat, a big rat, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Iroke o ku mofe
Irukere odo yere
Patako o ku ijokoo laafin oba
Ota inu omi ni o dekun gbedegbede ni ririn
A difa Opele
To n sawo rele Onitagi
Opele awo ile Onitagi
A difa fun Onitagi to n sogboogbo arun
Ti n nara kaka alailedide
Opele ti o niye
A si gbonra sebo
A si fese mejeeji te e

Ifa tapper, I greet you “mofe”
Horse tail I salute you “odo yeere”
Stool, I greet you as you sit in the palace
The stone inside the water does not stop being wet
Ifa revelation to Opele
Who was going to the house of Onitagi
Opele, the priest in the City of Itagi
Cast Ifa for the king of Itagi when he was sick
When he was unable to stand up
Opele, who has no Ifa powder
Just shake its body on the ebo
And place its two feet on the ebo

16.
For long life, we need to make sacrifice with 3 cocks, a chick, palm oil, pap and money. After making the ebo, we will leave the chick in a place where hawk will carry it. On this, Ifa says:
Ajikoro dide
Okunrun eko o tepa
A difa fun Orunmila
Nijo irere n ge gbogbo ori Irunmole kaye
Asa lo gbawo ladiye lo
Gbogbo ajogun ibi
E rokeere fefe e lo ree se si si
Okere fefe ibi fo

To wake up healthy
A sick earth worm employs walking stick to be able to walk
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When Irere, death was beheading all Irunmole
It is hawk that has carried away priest’s fowl
All evil forces
Go to a very far place to fight
Evil forces have flew afar
17.
Ifa has assured all his followers of victory. We need to make ebo with a he-goat, 3 cocks, palm oil, 3 big rats, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Agbo gboro ija ko motakomotako
A difa fun Okanrairai
Ti n wofa Olojo ibon
Omo arapa eran segun
Nijo ti n be lagbatemo ogun aye
Ebo ni won ni o wa se
Awa yun re
Awa bo re
Awa lomo Olobara to sete

The ram hears fighting and it is inclined
Ifa revelation to Okanrairai
Who was the priest in the household of Olojo Ibon
He who conquered enemies with animal arm
When he was amidst enemies
He was advised to make ebo
We have gone well
We have returned well
We are the children of Olobara who is always victorious

18.
Still on victory over enemies, Ifa has assured his followers that no enemy will have power over them. Ebo should be made with 2 hens, 2 guinea fowls, 2 pigeons, kola nuts, honey and money. After the ebo, Osun, Oba, Olokun, Olosa and Yemoja will be appeased. On this, Ifa says:
Obara reterete awo Omi
A difa fun Omi
lojo ti Omi n be larin ota
Ebo ni won ni o se
O gbebo o rubo
E baa bu u siwa
Ki e bu u seyin
A ki i ri ipa ogbe ana lara omi

Obara reterete the priest of Omi
Cast Ifa for Omi, the water
When it was amidst enemies
It was advised to make ebo
It complied
Whether you fetch water in front
Whether you fetch water from the back
Water will never feel the impact

19.
This year, we should make sure we greet our Ifa/Orisa every morning. And when we are doing this, we need to put our head down to touch the ground. In essence, those who are fond using the hand to touch the ground then touch the head should cease. Therefore, we should always kneel down and use our heads to touch the ground. On this, Ifa says:
Abere ni fi toju timu sise
A difa fun Foribale
Ti somo bibi inu Agbonniregun
Awa fori bale loni awa o ku mo
ObaraIrete! Ori a gbo ke

It is the needle that works with both eyes and nose
Ifa revelation to Foribale,
Who is a true child of Agbonniregun
We have touched the ground with our heads today
ObaraIrete! The head is strong

20.
Anyone rearing animals or keeping live stock should sacrifice one of each of the animals in his possession. Besides the animal(s), he will add a big rat, palm oil, gin and money to the items of ebo. It is advisable to do this to prevent death. On this Ifa says:
Popondo ni so bi adaasa bi adaasa
Amoniloju ara won ni won n se
A difa fun Olohunku
Won ni o sebo saiku ara re
Igba aisebo
Igba aiteru
A je eran yii dun Olohunku
Osomusomu!
A jeyi dun Olohunku

Popondo ni so bi adaasa bi adaasa
Those who glance at us with disdain are but deceiving their selves
Ifa revelation to Olohunku, the-owner-is-dead
He was told to offer ebo against death
Failure to make ebo
Refusal to make the recommended rituals
We ate this animal in the absence of the owner
Very delicious!
We ate this in the absence of the owner

21.
To fortify ourselves against the enemies, we need to sacrifice 3 cocks, 3 big rats, palm oil, yam, corn and beans. When we do the ebo, an akose will be made with soap for the person to bathe. On this, Ifa says:
Okuta la kooro la ma seje
A difa fun Ota-ko-raya-mi-mu, omo Olofin
Lojo to n be laarin ota
Ebo ni won ni ko se
Isu nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko
Aya mi a pogaara
A sun siwaju kooroko
Agbado nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko
Aya mi a pogaara
A sun siwaju kooroko
Awuje nawo nawo ko le fi mu oloko
Aya mi a pogaara
A sun siwaju kooroko

Stone cracks without shedding blood
Ifa revelation to Ota-ko-raya-mi-mu, enemy-cannot-reach-me, a child of Olofin
When he was amidst enemies
He was advised to make ebo
Yam stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer
My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces
My chest has gone afar from the enemies
The maize stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer
My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces
My chest has gone afar from the enemies
The beans stretches its stem but cannot reach the farmer
My chest has moved afar from the reach of evil forces
My chest has gone afar from the enemies

22.
This odu says there is conspiracy and wars in the world. Ifa says people are waging war against the authority in the world. This can be the authority in the respective countries. The leader will surely achieve his mission. It is recommended that the leader of each community, state, country or organization should make ebo with a ram, 7 big rats, 7 pigeons, palm oil, pap and money. Each king in Yoruba land should also make this ebo. And the kings should never turn against Yoruba tradition and Ifa/Orisa. Any king who turns against the Orisa, Oduduwa will surely deal with him. On this, Ifa says:
Ayun mi ree, ire ni ki o je
Abo mi ree, ire ni ki o je
Atayun atabo
Mo de mo ba tijotayo nile
A difa fun Oduduwa Atewonro
Yoo ko gbogbo Irunmole wa sode aye
Awa yun o
Awa bo
Omo Olobara kii ku sote

This is my going, may it be successful
This is my coming, may it be successful
Both my going and my return
I arrived and met dance and happiness at home
Ifa revelation to Oduduwa Atewonro
He would bring all the Irunmole to the earth
We have come
We have returned
The child of Olobara will never die in war

23.
Ifa has assured the world that the war from the rebels will surely be suppressed. The leaders need to make ebo. Also, the practitioners of Ifa/Orisa religion are assured of the war against them here and there in the world. The items to sacrifice here are a he-goat, 3 cocks, 3 big rats, pap, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says:
A bi loro
A pon loro
O burinburin loroloro
A difa fun Orunmila
Ifa n lo ibi atokedoke
Won logun n be lapa otun
Won lote n be lapa osi
Won ni osiiri n be laarin ona kooropongba
Ifa ni ogun apa otun, otun ni ki o gbe
Ifa ni ogun apa osi, osi ni ki o wa
Osiiri to wa laarin, yoo maa ya fomo awo
A oo la won ja
A oo la won bo
Omo isoro kii ku soro
Omo Olobara kii ku si ote

He was born with spiritual endowment
He is bred in spiritual way
He is walking in spiritual path
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When travelling around
He was told there is war at the right side
He was told there is war at the left side
He was told there is war on the path
Ifa says the war at the right side should remain harmless there
Ifa says the war at the left side should remain harmless there
Ifa says the war on the path should give way for the priests
We shall go through them with impunity
We shall return through them with impunity
A priest does not die while carrying out his divine assignment
A child of Olobara does not die in war

24.
This year, Ifa warns those who are chasing another man’s wife. Ifa says anyone who is found in such act will be punished. Those who are suspecting their spouse should make ebo with 3 cocks, 3 big rats, a rope, gin, kola nuts, pap, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says:
O n bere labe buka
O n ba kubekube
A difa fun Olobara to n lo ji obirin Irete do
Awo mu e loni o, Awo mu e
Olobara to n ji Obirin Irete do
Awo mu e loni o, Awo mu e

He is dodging his head under the shed
He is hiding his face
Ifa revelation to Olobara who was having extra marital affairs with the wife of Irete
The priest has caught you today, the priest has caught you
You, Olobara, who has been having a secret affair with the wife of Irete
The priest has caught you today, the priest has caught you

25.
Ifa says people whose children are dying prematurely should initiate them into Ifa. The age of the child does not matter here. On this, Ifa says:
Gbara odede ni mo ti te
Ori awo gbo kekeke
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba oo te omo ojo keedogbon nifa
Ta ni n be leyin to n sebo
Obarairete! Orunmila lo n be leyin to n sebo

It is in the house corridor I made the initiation
And enjoyment of long life follows
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
Who would initiate a twenty five day old child into Ifa
Who is the person making ebo
Obarairete! Orunmila is the one making ebo

AFFLIATED ORISA
Ogun
Ifa
Sanponna
Osun
Oba
Yemoja
Olokun
Olosa

EEWO (TABOO)
Black cloth
Not to carry another person’s child at the back
Any woman who is longing for child should not look at the mirror
Any woman who is longing for child should not use beads
Do not commit adultery
Do not divorce
Married individuals should not flirt

Verses recorded, transcribed and translated by:
Chief Fakayode Olanipekun (Chairman, Ethics and Scripture Committee)
Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Secretary)
Araba Olusoji Oyekale (Kwara State Rep)
Ojesola Windare (Osun State Rep)
Chief Adewale Oso (Ondo State Rep)
Otunba Kehinde Idowu Fagbohun (Oyo State Rep)
Fayemi Abidemi (Oyo State Rep)
Chief Fatunmbi Adeniji (Ogun State Rep)
Fasola Faniyi Babatunde (Ogun State Rep)
Awo Tosin Olomowewe (Lagos State Rep)
Iyanifa Ifakemi Onifade (Women Wing)
Iyanifa Fajemirola Ifetayo Fakayode (USA Rep)
Priest Fatiou Ogoubeyi (Republic of Benin Rep)

Aboru Aboye Abosise!
Note: We are aware that some people have published some verses of the odu on the internet. While we are not saying the verses they published are incorrect, we strongly believe that the ones we presented here are the ones recited with inspiration from Olodumare. What we mean is that there can be one thousand verses of Obarairete, but inspiration is what is needed to recite the useful ones at the time of divination; it is inspiration that directs a priest towards the verse(s) he recites on the mat.


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IFA OF THE YEAR 2015/2016 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA

IFA OF THE YEAR 2015/2016 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE, NIGERIA.


Eriwo ya!


We greet you all in the name of Olodumare, Orunmila and all other Orisa. We also extend the greetings of Araba Agbaye to you all in this season of the World Ifa Festival. We, the members of Ethics and Scripture Committee of the International Council for Ifa Religion, are hereby presenting verses of the Ifa of the year recited with inspiration by the priests on the mat in the early hour os Sunday, 7th June, 2015, which stands as the first day of the year in Ifa calendar system. The odu Ifa that came out for this year is OFUNOSA. The odu came with Ire Aiku, long life and ebo is recommended to acquire it. Ifa Priests from Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, United States of America, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba were all there and made their contributions. The verses of OFUNOSA recited with their narratives are as follows:


1.
Ifa says there should be mutual assistance. Ifa wants us to be complimentarily working together. The people must be seeing doing the right thing to redeem, repair or rescue systems that are in despicable condition. Ebo should be made to have the right people that are sent to do this assignment. The items to sacrifice for this purpose include 8 pigeons, honey, gin, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun saara
Ofun seesee
Babalawo eyin
Lo dia fun Eyin
Eyin n sunkun alailalatunse
Ebo ni won ni o se
O gbebo nibe o rubo
Ero ipo tofa
E ba parapo
Ke wa tun Eyin wa se
O fun saara
O ti fun sesesee

Ofun saara
Ofun seesee
The Ifa priest of Eyin, the Tooth,
Cast Ifa for Eyin, the Tooth
When the Tooth was longing for redeemer
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
All and sundry
Let us join hands together
To repair our Tooth
It is very white
It has become purely white

2.
In Ofunsa, Ifa says there is somebody who people have conspired against to the extent that they have snatched his power and voice. They stole an inherited property of this person and want the king of his land to punish him for losing what belongs to the whole land. Ifa has recommended that ebo should be made and the person should take the ebo to the farm of his father or the place where the father was buried. The story is about the elephant who was the trumpeter of the king. The other animals conspired and stole the trumpet. They went and buried at the bank of the river. The king noticed that the elephant has not been blowing the trumpet. He then sent for him to come on a festival day to blow the trumpet as usual. The other animals were happy for they knew the king would kill him should he fail to blow trumpet that day. He made ebo which Babalawo told him to take to his father’s farm. After performing ebo as prescribed, as he was going back to his house, his leg hit a stone and he fell down. He looked back to see the cause of his falling down. He saw a stone. To prevent other people from being victim, he was digging the ground to remove the stone. He then realized that there is something under the big the big stone. He dug it out and it was the trumpet he was looking for. Elephant was able to blow the trumpet and other animals felt ashamed. The ebo to make for this to come to pass include, a he-goat, a big rat, pap, palm oil and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun saa
Ofun soo
Ofun perengede bi aja n lami
Sakiti aro o ju bu jesu
Ojo pa elulu labe iti warawara
A difa fun Erin ti se afunpe Orisa
A lukin fun Okanlerinwo omo eranko
Bomode ba subu a wo iwaju
Bi agba ba subu a wo eyin
Awo Erin lo difa fun Erin
Lojo to subu, to weyin wo
Lojo to n lo ri ipe baba re
Oro Olofin tototo
Oro Olofin toto fun-un

Ofun saa
Ofun soo
Its whiteness is as perfect as the dog licking water
The dye is not used to wash the face
The rain falls on lark-heeled cuckoo bird under the running plant
Ifa revelation to Erin, the Elephant, who was the trumpeter of Orisa
Ifa revelation also to about two hundred animals
When a kid falls down, he looks forward
When an elderly man falls down, he looks backward
Ifa revelation to Erin
The day he fell down, and he looked back
The day he found his father’s trumpet
The issue of Olofin, the king, is massively great
The issue of Olofin, the king, is always treated with prestige

3.
We need to make ebo so that we are successful in our endeavours. Aje, the Orisa of wealth should be appease. Also, anybody that is looking for wife needs to do the ebo to get a successful wife. The items of ebo are 4 pigeons, honey, gin, money, banana, egg and pap. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun saa
Ofun soo
Ofun perengede bi aja n lami
Ayanuayanu ni o je koyun omotuntun tete duro
Saa-soo awo Aje
Lo difa ko Aje
Aje omo Adelefun

Ofun saa
Ofun soo
Its whiteness is as perfect as the dog licking water
Incessant miscarriage hinders pregnancy
Saa-soo the Ifa priest of Aje, the wealth
Cast Ifa for Aje, the wealth
Aje, the wealth, a child of Adelefun, He-who-put-on-whiteness

4.
Ebo should be made against sickness. A life gorilla (gorilla head, meat, skin or hide can be used in lieu of life gorilla), beans, 3 cocks, palm oil and brass plate are the items to be used for the ebo. After the ebo, Osun will be appeased. On this Ifa says:
O fun sai
O ya haa
Orun ya sile o doke
Eja nla ya somi
A difa fun Eleju
Ti n sogboogba arun
Ti n nara kaka alailedide
Ti n yi gbiiri loju ina
Pele o!
Eleju to ru inaki
Olodo ide

It is white
It torn with sound “haa!”
The heaven fell down and became mountain
Big fish fell into the river
Cast Ifa for Eleju
When he was sick
Struggling in vain to stand up
Rolling around beside the fire to warm his body
Hello!
You Eleju who sacrificed gorilla
One with brass mortar

5.
People will wage war against real owners of property. Such owner(s) should sacrifice a he-goat, 7 cobs of corn/maize, palm oil and money. There is need to be initiated to Ifa and or any other chosen Orisa in order to overcome the usurpers. Ifa says people should always beware of enemies who will always lay ambush or set trap because of inheritance. The story is about Alagemo, the Chameleon. His father’s servants sent him abroad after the death of the father. They planned with the sailor and the crocodile of the ocean to push him into the river and kill him. The Chameleon had a dream, he went for divination. He was told to get initiated into Ifa and he complied. Ifa told him to decorate his body with palm fronds when he was ready to go home. He did as advised to disguise and he escaped the trap. As the people were rejoicing at home and sharing the property among themselves, Alagemo, the chameleon escaped the trap and arrived home. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa a lefun
Ofun sa a losun
Ofun sa a ni moriwo ope yee yee yee
A difa fun Alagemo teere kange
Ti somo Orisa Igbowuji
Nitori ajeku baba Alagemo
Nitori amuku baba Alagemo
Won ni ko wa lo si apa okun ilaji osa
Ki oni okun oni osa o mu Alagemo sohun un
Arai le e maa jo
Ara ile e maa yo
Oni okun oni osa mu Alagemo lonii o tan more
Alagemo ni
Lealae lomo ti je ajeku baba re
Laelae lomo ti mu amuku baba re
Nitori ajeku baba emi alagemo
Nitori amuku baba emi alagemo
E ni ki n lo apa okun ilaji osa
Ki oni okun oni osa o mu mi si ohun
Ara ile e ma jo mo
Ara ile e ma yo mo
Oni okun oni osa o le malagemo lonii o tan mo lo
Alagemo ki o gbo o
Moriwo yee yee yee
Alagemo ki o to o
Moriwo yee yee yee

Ofun dressed him with white local chalk
Ofun dressed him with camwood
Ofun dressed him with palm frond
Ifa revelation to the Chameleon
A child of Orisa Igbowuji
Because of the property of the father of the Chameleon
Because of the belongings of the father of the Chameleon
He was sent abroad
So the he would be captured by the crocodile in the sea and ocean
Let people at home dance
Let all at home rejoice
The crocodile of the sea and ocean has captured the Chameleon today
The Chameleon said
It has been the tradition for the child to inherit his father’s property
It has been the tradition for the child to inherit his father’s belonging
Because of my father’s property
Because of my father’s belongings
You sent me abroad
For the crocodile of the sea and ocean to capture me
Let no one dance at home again
Let none rejoice at home
The crocodile of the sea and ocean could not capture me today, I escaped
Alagemo you shall live long
Plenty of palm fronds
Alagemo you shall be strong
Plenty of palm fronds

6.
Argument should be avoided this year. Everybody should make ebo for his or her children. One needs to know the kind of person the father of one’s child’s friend is. The items to sacrifice to rescue our children from death include white cloth, ashes, 3 cocks, palm oil and money. The story is about Ale, a child of the death and Ojiyan, a child of Orunmila. The child of Iku said the moon would appear today as told by his father while the child of Orunmila argued with him that it would be out in nine days’ time. Each of them claimed that was what his father told him and they abused the father of each other. The child of Orunmila said if the moon appeared that day, the child of Iku should tell his father to come and kill him and vice versa. On getting home, the child of Orunmila gave report of what transpired to his father and Orunmila told him he was wrong. The father immediately called upon Babalawo to make divination. The priests recommended a sacrifice to prevent or delay the appearance of the moon. When Iku heard the story from his child, he was happy because, his child was right. He was out in the night to see the moon so that he could go and kill the child of Orunmila. The ebo made by Orunmila was acceptable and the appearance of the moon was delayed for some days and when it wanted to appear, it did not appear once as usual but bit by bit. Therefore, the death could not kill the child of Orunmila. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni moriwo ope yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Ale omo Iku
A bu fun Ojiyan omo Orunmila
Nijo ti won n jiyan
Ebo ni won ni won o se
Ojiyan nikan lo n be leyin to n sebo
Ebo re mo ti da adaju
Ojiyan lo ti mosu o sorun
Oni losu o ba le
Ojiyan lo ti mosu o sorun

Ofun marks it with chalk
Ofun marks it with camwood
Ofun adorns it with palm frond gorgeously
Cast Ifa for Ale, the child of Iku
Cast Ifa for Ojiyan, the child of Orunmila
When they were arguing
They were advised to make ebo
It was only Ojiyan who made the recommended ebo
And his ebo was acceptable
It was Ojiyan who delayed the appearance of the moon
It is today that the moon was supposed to appear
It was Ojiyan who delayed the appearance of the moon

7.
Ifa says people should show true love towards one another. There are enemies among friends. Many people though friends do not pray for greatness for one another. Items to sacrifice here include a big rat, a cock, pap, palm oil and money. On this Ifa says:
Ofun saarasa
Babalawo Eera lo difa fun Eera
A bu fun poporo
Lojo ti won n se ore atilewa
Ebo ni won ni won o se
Gbogbo ira mi
Isoro ope
Eyin o mo peera o fe poporo denu
Ibi suesue lomo araye feni mo
Omo araye o fe a runbe ninu awo tan-anganran

Ofun saarasa
The Babalawo of Eera, the Ant made divination for Eera
Also made divination for Poporo, the corn stick
When they were friends
They were advised to make ebo
All my people
All priests of Ifa
Don’t you know that the Ant does not fully love the corn stick
People only have no genuine love for one
People does not pray for one to eat with an expensive plate

8.
There will be competition over position or chieftaincy this year. We have to be careful about given out chieftaincy titles to people who do not deserve them. Ebo should be made so that the right person will always get to the throne or receive the title. Ifa says one should be gentle and humble, not harsh so that one will have support of the people whenever one is recommended for any title. There is need to make ebo to make people happy at one and support one. The items to sacrifice are pigeons, banana, honey, pap, cold water and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni moriwo ope yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Oorun
Oorun loun o joye amororo
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni moriwo ope yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Osupa
Osupa naa loun o joye amororo
Won ni won o kara nle ebo ni won o se
Osupa nikan lo n be leyin to n tubo
Osupa lo se wo
Eni ba woju ojo oju re a lami
Osupa lo se wo

Ofun marked him with white local chalk
Ofun marked him with camwood
Ofun dressed him with palm frond gorgeously
Ifa revelation to Oorun, the Sun
The Sun wanted to be enthroned as king Amororo
Ofun marked him with white local chalk
Ofun marked him with camwood
Ofun dressed him with palm frond gorgeously
Ifa revelation to Osupa, the Moon
The Moon wanted to be enthroned as king Amororo
They were advised to make ebo
Only Osupa, the Moon made the ebo
It is only Osupa, the Moon that can be glanced at
Whoever glanced at the Sun will have his eyes suffered
It is only Osupa, the Moon that can be looked at

9.
People should always not be overconfident. There should always be acceptance of the fact that no one is perfect and everybody should seek advice from people who know more. This will give long life to people and it will make all the rituals done this year acceptable. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa a lefun
Ofun sa a losun
Ofun sa a ni moriwo yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Alagemo, ti se wolewode Orisa
Alagemo kii ku
Alagemo kii run
Moriwo yeeyeeyee
Boro tun ku leyin ta o mo
Moriwo wa bani toro yii se

Ofun dressed him with white lacal chalk
Ofun dressed him with chalk
Ofun dressed him with palm frond
Ifa revelation to the Chameleon, a close partner of Orisa
The Chameleon does not die
The Chameleon does not fall sick
Plenty of palm frond
If there are some rituals we do not understand
Let the palm frond rectify the mistake for us

10.
Ifa has promised to bless all the devotees this year. We should all be grateful to Ifa and we should profess his greatness to the whole world. Ifa should be appeased with 2 rats, 2 fish, 2 hens, a goat, kola nuts, gin and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ope se nahinnahin dagba
A difa fun Ara Eresa
O n tile orun bo waye
Won ni o kara nle ebo ni ko se
Ifa se rere fun mi abi o se rere fun mi?
Ope se rere fun mi
Orunmila se rere fun mi
Ire kari aye

Ope se nahinnahin dagba
Cast Ifa for Ara Eresa
When coming to the Earth
He was advised to make ebo
Has Ifa blessed me or not?
Ope has blessed me
Orunmila has blessed me
The blessing is worldwide

11.
Ifa warns us against conspiracy and being mischievous. This is because, the plans of the conspirators and mischievous people will be fruitless. Those who are conspired against need to make ebo with a he-goat, 3 big rats, palm oil, pap and money. After the ebo, an akose will be done in form of soap or powder to lick. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sarai o yo tooro
A difa fun Eeru
Omo won nile kuo
Nijo aye dite ti won lawon o feeru mole
O fun sarai o yo tooro
A difa fun yanrin
Omo won lale odo
Nito aye dite ti won lawon o fi gbaaro
Ofun fun sarai o yo tooro
A difa fun Omi
Ti somo won ode Otunmoba
Ipa oun o le pare lo n dafa si
Won ni won o kara nle ebo ni o se
Won gbebo nibe won rubo
A kii feeru mole
E rora pero
E rora pete
Akii fi yanrin gbaaro
E rora pero
E rora pete
Ekun la bomi
Omi o bu ku
Eropo tofa
Airogbe ale ana lara omi

Ofun sarai o yo tooro
Cast Ifa for Eeru, the ashes
A native of Kuo
When enemies planned to use it to build a house
Ofun sarai o yo tooro
Cast Ifa for yanrin, the sand
A inhabitant of the river
When enemies planned to use it as clay
Ofun sarai o yo tooro
Cast Ifa for Omi, the water
A native of Otunmoba
He was praying for unforgettable legacy
They were all advised to make ebo
They complied
Nobody uses the ash to build house
Stop conspiring
Stop clandestine plan
Nobody uses the sand as clay
Stop conspiring
Stop clandestine plan
It is with full honour we meet water
The water is not despised
All and sundary
Nobody finds water with the scar of yesterday’s wound

12.
Evil forces will be too many this year. People need to make ebo to repel them. The story here is about Orunmila. When evil forces were ready to go to his house, he made divination and made ebo. The ebo was done with yam porridge and put inside a clay lamp with 16 faces. He put 16 cotton treads in it and lit the fire. He was taking it to Esu with the fire burning. As he was going, he was eating the porridge from the lamp. The evil forces saw him and they thought he was eating/swallowing live coal from the fire because the yam porridge looked like live coal as he is putting it into the mouth. Therefore, they were all afraid of going to the house of Orunmila. The ebo to make here are yam, pepper, palm oil, clay lamp, cotton wool, 3 cocks and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni moriwo ope yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Orunmila
Lojo ti iku oun arun n kanle re re
Ajogun gbogbo n kanle baba ni lilo
Ebo ni won ni o se
O gbebo nibe o rubo
Orunmila n yona mi
Omo Omila n yona mi

Ofun dressed him with white lacal chalk
Ofun dressed him with chalk
Ofun dressed him with palm frond
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
The day death and disease were planning to go to his house
All evil forces were ready to enter his house
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
Alade, the king was swallowing live coals
Orunmila was swallowing live coals

13.
The leader of the city, state, nation or any society should make ebo to overcome those who are planning to reduce him to nothing. There will be many conspirators against the leader this year. However, with ebo, Ifa has promised to make the leader victorious. There should be ebo with one he-goat, 3 big rats, elephant, buffalo and deer meats, palm oil and money. After the ebo, an akose will be made to make the leader recognized and popular. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa sa sa
A difa fun Akoko Eluju
To n be nirogun ota
Ebo ni won ni o maa se
O gbebo nibe o rubo
Nse tawa o saiyo ju tota lo o
Kedere!
Ninu igbo lerin gbe sola
Ninu igbo lefon gbe ti fi sola
Ninu igbo ni Agbonrin gbe gbosin gbora
Kedere!
Tawa o saiyo ju tota lo o

Ofun sa sa sa
Cast Ifa for Akoko tree in the forest
When he was amidst the enemies
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
Behold, we shall be more conspicuous than the enemies
Clearly conspicuous!
It is inside the forest that the elephant stays and become successful
It is inside the forest that the buffalo lives and become successful
It is inside the forest that the deer stays and become successful and popular
Clearly conspicuous
We shall be more successful than the enemies

14.
Ifa says many rituals and prayers were not acceptable last year. This year, we must always appease Ogun and Osanying to make our sacrifices and prayers acceptable. Ogun should be appeased with a dog and there should be palm frond there when we want to do the appeasement. Osanyin should be appeased with a cock and palm frond must be there as well. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni mariwo
Bo je bi o je
Omo awo lo loogun
A difa fun Baba Oroponjipo
Eyi to ti n rubo tebo re o fin
Eyi to ti n setutu ti ogba
O n se wure laise
Ebo ni won ni o se
Won ni ko lo bo Ogun
Won ni ko bo Osanyin ile baba re

Ofun dressed him with white lacal chalk
Ofun dressed him with chalk
Ofun dressed him with palm frond
Whether it is effective or not
The charm is a favourite of the Ifa trainee
Ifa revelation to Baba Oroponjipo
Who has been making unacceptable ebo
Who has been making unsuccessful rituals
Who has been making ineffective prayers
He was advised to make ebo
He was advised to appease Ogun
He was advised to appease the Osanyin in the household of his father

15.
The sick must appease the Iyami for there will be many sickness this year that will not be ordinary but spiritual attack from the Iyami Aje. Anybody that is sick, besides using the recommended medication should make ebo with a big rat, 3 cocks, palm oil, pap and money. Also, an akose to pacify the Iyami should be used by people throughout this year. On this, Ifa says:
Orunmila lo fun sa
Ifa mo lo fun sa
O lo fun sa bi eku ti aje je ku
O lo fun sa bi eja ti aje je ku
O lo fun sa bi eye ti aje je ku
O lo fun sa bi eran ti aje je ku
Won ni Orunmila o se nfo bi egun
Won ni Orunmila o se nfo bi eyo
Orunmila loun o fegun
Orunmila loun o feyo
O ni eni to n funfun lara loun n bawi
O ni Iyami Osoronga lo n ba ja
E ba gba okete
E ma gba eniyan
Iyami osoronga!
Aje kii roro ko jerun
Owo bewe oribale oko
Eye buburu ko ma rori awo ba le

Orunmila said it is fading out
I said it is fading out
He said it is fading out like a rat half-eaten by Aje
He said it is fading out like a fish half-eaten by Aje
He said it is fading out like a bird half-eaten by Aje
He said it is fading out like an animal half-eaten by Aje
People asked Orunmila whether he was speaking in Egun language
People asked Orunmila whether he ws speaking in Eyo language
Orunmila said he was not speaking Egun
Orunmila said he was not speaking Eyo
He said he was talking about somebody whose complexion is fading away
He said the person is being victimized by Iyami Osoronga
Please, take the big rat
Do not take human being
You, Iyami Osorong!
No Iyami would be strong to eat erun tree
I have made use of ajeobale leaves
No evil bird dares perch on the head of priest

16.
There will be many marriages and marital issues this year. People should make ebo to have comfortable marital settlement. Men should make ebo to have fortunate wives while women should also be ready to support their husbands. This will make couples happy. The items of the ebo to make are 4 pigeons, honey, gin and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ikere tee lori igi
Ejiworo lorun ope
A difa fun Orunmila
Ifa n lo ree fe Olafopo niyawo
Won lebo ni ko se
Orunmila lo n be leyin to n sebo
Ebo re lo da adaju

Ikere tee lori igi
Ejiworo lorun ope
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
When he was going to marry Olafopo
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
And his ebo was acceptable

17.
The pregnant women or those who need pregnancy should make ebo with 2 rats, 2 fish, 2 hens, a big rat, palm oil, pap and money. After making the ebo, they should not buy, kep or eat water yam this year to prevent miscarriage. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa lefun
Ofun sa losun
Ofun sa ni moriwo ope yeeyeeyee
A difa fun Omosike
Omo ewura n dagba laja
Won lebo ni ko se
Eropo ipo tofa
Igba ewura n dagba laja
Loyun Omosike n ya

Ofun dressed him with white lacal chalk
Ofun dressed him with chalk
Ofun dressed him with palm frond
Cast Ifa for Omosike
Under whose roof a water yam was developing
She was advised to make ebo
All and sundry
It was when the water yam was developing under the roof
That Omosike was experiencing miscarriage

18.
To overcome enemies, Ifa has recommended ebo with a ram, palm oil and money. After the ebo, an akose will be made in form of soap. On this, Ifa says:
Ikeke tee lori igi
Ejiworo lorun ope
A difa fun Orunmila
To n je nirogun ota
To n fojoojumo kominu ajogun
Won ni ebo ni ko se
O gbebo o rubo
E rora pete mi
A ki i feeru mole
E rora pete mi
A kii fi yanrin maaro
E rora pete mi
Aja o lori abagbo kan
E rora pete mi
Eni kan kii fepo alakan sebe je
E rora pete mi

Ikeke tee lori igi
Ejiworo lorun ope
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
When he was amidst the enemies
When he always had fear of attack from evil forces
He was advised to make ebo
He complied
Stop your clandestine conspiracy
Nobody uses the ash to build house
Stop your clandestine conspiracy
Nobody uses the sand as clay
Stop your clandestine conspiracy
The dog cannot withstand the ram in butting
Stop your clandestine conspiracy
Nobody uses the oil produces by the crab to cook soup
Stop your clandestine conspiracy

19.
Ifa says we should not be ungrateful to any Orisa. Oya should be appeased with a he-goat, 3 cocks, palm oil and money so that Oya will avenge on behalf of the Orisa that is not appreciated. The story is about the city of Erin where they were ungrateful to Obalufon. It was Oya who went to the city to avenge. Furthermore, anybody longing for children has to appease Oya and Obalufon. And she should never be ungrateful to the Orisa. Also, here, siblings should be ready to assist one another. On this, Ifa says:
O fun sai
O ya haa
A difa fun Oya to n sunkun omo rele Ira
Adifa fun Aaye to n sunkun omo rode Erin
A woya dele Ira
A a boya
Ija Olufon loya lo ree gbe lerin
Kawi kawi kawi
Oya sele Elerin sawo

It is white
It torn down with sound “haa!”
Ifa revelation to Oya when longing for child to the city of Ira
Ifa revelation to Aaye when longing for child to the city of Erin
We went to the city of Ira in search of Oya
We did not meet Oya
Oya had gone to Erin to avenge for Olufon
Before we were conscious
Oya had totally destroyed the city of Erin

20.
Ifa says people should refrain from stealing this year because, the thieves will be caught and disgraced. Also, anybody whose property is stolen is advised to make ebo and appease Osanyin. The items to sacrifice are 3 cocks, a big rat, palm frond, rope, pap and money. the story is about the tortoise who dressed himself with palm frond to scare people at the market of Ejigbomekun. After the people might have run away with fear, the Tortoise would steal their commodities. The market people then went for divination and they were told to employ Osanyin. It was Osanyin who caught the tortoise and he was disgraced. On this, Ifa says:
Ka sa lefun
Ka sa losun
Ka sa ni moriwo ope yebeyebe
A difa fun Abalahun
To n lo fi moriwo ko won lejigbomekun

Let us mark it with white local chalk
Let us mark it with camwood
Let us dress it with palm frond
Ifa revelation to Alabahun, the tortoise
Who was using palm frond to steal their commodities at Ejigbomekun

21.
Ifa says adultery should be refrained from. If not, the secret will be revealed and the husband of the woman will get to know. This is important because, Ifa says the husband has been suspicious. It is advisable for a man not to go to the house of his friend to look after the family when his friend is not around. For one to catch the concubine of one’s wife, one needs to make sacrifice with white chalk, camwood, 3 cocks, palm oil, pap and money. Also, Ifa warns that we refrain from any taboo or forbidden item. On this, Ifa says:
Ka sa lefun
Ka sa losun
Ka sa ni moriwo ope yebeyebe
A difa fun Orisanla
Nijo ti Agbonrin n ba obirin Orisa sun

Ka sa lefun
Ka sa losun
Ka sa ni moriwo ope yebeyebe
Ifa revelation to Orisanla
When Agbonrin, the deer was having secret love with his wife

22.
People should be prayerful this year over the children. Those who travel with children need to make ebo so that the children will not be harmed along the road. The items to sacrifice include a knife, a big rat, 3 cocks, palm oil, pap and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ofun sa
O ya haa
A difa fun Agbado
To n roko alerelodun
Ebo ni won ni o se
O gbebo lairubo
Agbado loun o mo
Oun o ba sebo “O fun sa”
Oun o ba sebo “O ya haa”

It is entirely white
It tears suddenly
Ifa revelation to Agbado, the corn
When going to the farm
He was advised to make ebo
He refused to make the ebo
Agbado, the corn later said with regret
He would have made the ebo of “O fun Sa”
He would have made the ebo of “O ya haa”

AFFILIATED ORISA:
Ifa
Egbe Orun
Oku orun (Ancestors/Departed souls)
Olokun
Olosa
Ogun
Sango
Oya
Osun
Osanyin

TABOOS:
Not to eat the corn that was roasted with the sheath
Argument should be avoided
We must not spread our cloth in an unsafe place
Pregnant woman or any woman that has not stop child bearing must not buy, keep or eat water yam to prevent having miscarriage.

Verses recorded, transcribed and translated by:
Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Chairman, Ethics and Scripture Committee)
Araba Olusoji Oyekale (Kwara State Rep)
Ojesola Windare (Osun State Rep)
Awo Fawale Adebayo (Ondo State Rep)
Otunba Kehinde idowu Fagbohun (Oyo State Rep)
Fayemi Abidemi (Oyo State Rep)
Chief Fatunmbi Adeniji (Ogun State Rep)
Fasola Faniyi Babatunde (Ogun State Rep)
Awo Tosin Olomowewe (Lagos State Rep)
For more information, question, clarification or assistance on the odu of this year, send your mail to ifacouncilinter@yahoo.com or ifacouncilinter@gmail.com
Aboru Aboye Abosise!

Note: We are aware that some people have published some verses of the odu on the internet. While we are not saying the verses they published are incorrect, we strongly believe that the ones we presented here are the ones recited with inspiration from Olodumare. What we mean is that there can be one thousand verses of Ofunosa, but inspiration is what is needed to recite the useful ones at the time of divination; it is inspiration that directs a priest towards the verse(s) he recites on the mat.


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Ifa Of The Year 2013/2014. OTURUPON IROSUN.

Ifa Of The Year 2013/2014.
OTURUPON IROSUN.

THE Annual Agbonniregun Festival took place, as usual, in Ile-Ife at Orunmila Temple, Oke Itase on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Ifa was consulted in order to usher in the new Ifa Year and at the same time determine for the coming year has in stock for Ifa/Orisa devotees and all mankind in general. During the Ifa consultation, Oturupon Isokun (Oturupon Irosun) was revealed. Ifa foresees ire aiku for all devotees. Ebo riru will manifest the ire as predicted by Ifa.
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Ifa enjoins all individuals or groups born by this Odu either during ikosedaye or itenifa to offer ebo with two hens, and money. They also need to feed Ifa with one mature she goat and invite many people to celebrate with them.

MAIN MESSAGES OF THE ODU FOR 2013/2014.
1. Ifa says that this annual ceremony shall bring progress, success, achievement and overall wellbeing for all Ifa/Orisa devotees this year. There will be the need for us to celebrate our success and achievements more than what we achieved in the previous years. Ifa advises each temple, community, group or individual to offer ebo with four pigeons, four guinea-fowls and money. They also need to have Ibeji icon and celebrate its ceremony in a comprehensive way this year.

On this, Ifa says:

Aro ab’eyin wereke
Dia fun won ni Isokun Aromose
Ebo ni won ni ki won waa se
Won gb’ebo, won ru’bo
A s’odun odun’nii tan
A o se t’eemii t’owo t’omo
Aro ab’eyin wereke
Ara Isokun Aromose o
Aro ab’eyin wereke

Translation
Aro ab’eyin wereke
He cast Ifa for the inhabitants of Isokun Aromose
They were advised to offer ebo
They complied
We have celebrated this year’s anniversary
We shall also celebrate the following year’s anniversary together with wealth and our children
Aro ab’eyin wereke
The inhabitant of Isokun Aromose
Aro ab’eyin wereke

2. Ifa says that we shall be blessed with ire at home and from outside the localities where we reside. Ifa assures us that we shall become highly respected and respectable people within and outside our localities. Ifa advises us to offer ebo with two pigeons, two ducks, two guinea-fowls and money. We also need to feed our individual Ori as recommended by Ifa.

On this aspect, Oturupon Isokun says:

Ara oni ye mi
Ko ye olomu
Gbogbo re nii see ba mi l’ara a jo
Dia fun Onasokun
Ti yoo j’oba l’aarin Oyo rere
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’ebo, o ru’bo
Ero Ipo, ero Ofa
E wa ba ni b’ola ni peregede

Translation
The wonder of today befits me
It will not be transfered to other people
Everything is agreeable with me
Ifa’s message for Onasokun
Who will be installed as an Oba in the center of Oyo
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Travelers to Ipo and Ofa towns
Come and join us in the midst of stupendous success

3. Ifa says that this Odu is also very good for mate selection. Ifa says that marriages shall succeed and be very fruitful this year. Those who marry this year shall enjoy compatibility with their spouses this year. Ifa advises those intending to get married this year to offer ebo with four rats, four fish, two hens and one mature she goat each. Two rats, two fish, one hen shall be used to feed Ifa.

On this, Ifa says:

Ajagajigi iroko nii f’ewon gba’di
Dia fun Orunmila
Baba yoo t’ori Ewa re’Po
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’ebo, o ru’bo
Mo t’ori Ewa mo re’Po
Mo tori Ewa mo r’Ajase
Mo tori Ewa mo re’Po

Translation
An old iroko tree is it whose base is surrounded by chains
Ifa’s message for Orunmila
When going to Ipo land because of Beauty
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Because of Beauty, I went to Ipo
Because of Beauty, I went to Ajase
Because of Beauty, I went to Ipo

4. Ifa says that it foresees the ire of prosperity for Ifa/Orisa devotees this year. They will be wealthier than ever before. Ifa advises all devotees to be more prayerful and more dedicated to their respective professional callings and all shall be well this year. Ifa advises each of us to offer ebo with two pigeons, two guinea-fowls and money. Each of us also need to feed Ifa with four rats and four fish. There is also the need to feed Aje with one white pigeon, ekuru and honey.

On this, Ifa says:

Ajantiele awo ile Orunmila
Dia fun Orunmila
Ifa nsunkun oun o l’aje l’owo
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’ebo, o ru’bo
Ifa p’Aje wa o
Ajantiele p’Aje wa
Oturupon Sokun ni’fa a wa o

Translation
Ajantiele the resident awo of Orunmila
He cast Ifa for Orunmila
When he was lamenting that he has no money
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Ifa please bring wealth
Ajantiele bring wealth
Oturupon Sokun is our Odu

5. Ifa advises all Ifa/Orisa groups to offer ebo in order for the groups to continue to increase in number. Ifa says that the number of devotees is too small when compared to other spiritual groups. Ifa says that we need to make conscious efforts to increase the number of Ifa/Orisa devotees this year and at the same time, ensure that quality of spirituality is not compromised. The ebo materials here are two mature rams and money. One of the two rams will be used to feed the ancestors. They also need to feed Ibeji as prescribed by Ifa.

Oturupon Sokun
F’agada la’mi
Dia fun won n’Isokun
Won o ju ogun geerege
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’ebo, o ru’bo
Ko pe, ko jinna
E wa ba ‘ni ba wowo ire gbogbo

Translation
Oturupon sokun
F’agada lami
Ifa’s message for the inhabitants of Isokun
When they were not more than 20 in number
They were advised to offer ebo
They complied
Before long, not too far
Come and join us in the midst of all Ire of life

6. Ifa advises all Ifa groups or communities the world over to offer ebo against multiple deaths in quick succession. Ifa warns that there is going to be a higher rate of natural disaster this year as compared to that of the previous year. There is the need for all Ifa and Orisa devotees to take more active part in finding solutions to the problems plaguing their respective communities. It is obvious that the present solutions being found to societal problems have failed woefully. There is therefore the need for all Ifa and Orisa devotees to bring original solutions which only Ifa can provide to save the societies where they live. The ebo materials here are two mature rams, two mature he-goats and money. One of the he-goats will be used to feed Ogun while one the two rams will be used to feed Oro. Part of the second he-goat that was used to offer ebo will be used as Ipese for Obaluaye. This is in order to prevent malevolent spirits from entering their midst.

Rogbarogba gbe
Rogbarogba gbe
Dia fun won ni Isokun
Nibi won n ku ni rogba-rogba
Ti won nku ni rewe-rewe
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
Won gb’ebo, won ru’bo
Nje Iku oran maa lo ni’le yi o
Arun oran maa lo ni’le yi o
Ejo oran maa lo ni’le yi o
Ofo oran maa lo ni’le yi o

Translation
Rogbarogba gbe
Rogbarogba gbe
Ifa’s message for the inhabitants of Isokun
When they were dying in their prime
And they were dying in their youth
They were advised to offer ebo
They complied
Death please move away from this land
Affliction move away from the land
Contention, go out from this land
Loss, get out of this land

7. Ifa says that one of the causes of multiple deaths this coming year is most likely going to be flooding and large bodies of water overflowing their banks. This is the reason why those living close to where there is large expanse of water, especially oceans and lagoon will feel the impact of the threat more than any other groups. It is therefore in their best interest to reconsider their location and make adequate plans for such contigencies this oncoming year. Ifa advises us to offer ebo with two he goats and money. One of the he goats will be used to feed Esu Odara.

On this, Ifa says:

Osupa lo ti inu okun la wa
Dia fun Adegbola
Omo ade’rin eti okun
Ebo ogbo, ebo ato ni won ni ko waa se
O ko’ti ogbonyin s’ebo
Igba ais’ebo, igba ais’etutu
Adegbola f’oju d’odo
O b’omi lo o

Translation
The moon came out from across the ocean
Ifa’s message for Adegbola
Offspring of those who set traps by the bank of the sea
He was advised to offer the ebo of long live
He refused to comply
Falure to offer ebo and etutu
Adegbola underestimated the might of the sea
And he was washed away by the water

8. Ifa advises each peson or group to ensure that one project is successfully completed first before embarking on another. This is in order to avoid failure and unconsummated fortune. Ebo materials; three pigeons, three roosters and money.

Agbe tigbole
Pakiti f’eyin j’agbon
Dia fun Akanko Esu
Ti nre’nu igbe ree he Ahun
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O ko’ti ogboyin s’ebo
Akanko Esu
Ahun too gb’okan le ja lo o
Iwo Akanko Esu

Translation
Agbe tigbole
Pakiti feyin jagbon
Ifa’s message for Akanko Esu
When going to the forest to pick the land tortoise
He was advised to offer ebo
He failed to comply
Akanko Esu
The tortoise that you relied upon had disappeared
You Akanko Esu

9. Ifa says that many Ifa/Orisa devotees shall be placed in leadership positions this coming year. Ifa assures them that if well handled, they will become the favorites of many people for the rest of their their lives. Ebo materials here are two pigeons, two guinea-fowls, two ducks and money.

Inu san, eyin san
Dia fun Oore
Ti yoo j’oba eni
Ebo ni won ni ko waa se
O gb’ebo, o ru’bo
Ero Ipo, ero Ofa
E wa ba ni ni jebutu ire

Translation
The inside is agreeable, and the outside is equally agreeable
Ifa’s message for Oore
Who will become the king of all Mats
She was advised to offer ebo
She complied
Travelers to Ipo and Ofa towns
Come and join us in the midst of all ire of life

10. Ifa warns all devotees to be very careful in the way that they tell their stories. Even though everything that they are saying will be the truth, unfortunately this truth will very offensive to many people, because it will bring them ridicule and makes them very uncomfortable. This may lead the speakers of the truth to find it difficult if not totally impossible to achieve their ambitions in life. It may also lead to a situation where they will be segregated and discriminated upon in the community. Ebo materials; two roosters, two hens and money.

Itan amoju nii m’eye oko o sun’gbe
Dia fun Adaba suusuu
Ti nloo bu ara Isokun l’eru
Ebo ni won ni ki won waa se
Won ko’ti ogbonyin s’ebo
Otun Isokun eru
Osi Isokun eru
Ni won ba le Adaba Suusuu kuro ni’luu
Lo wa n so wipe
Otun Isokun
Gbogbo won ni won nse bi Oba bi Oba
Osi Isokun
Gbogbo won ni won n se bi Oba bi Oba
Won ni o tip e awon leru naa
Ko gbe ninu igbe e
Gbogbo isowo ope
Eni gb’ebo ni’be ko s’ebo o

Translation
Excessive knowledge of history is it that leads a bird to sleep inside the forest
Ifa’s message for Adaba suusuu, the Dove
When going to abuse the inhabitants of Isokun as slaves
Otun Isokun is a slave
And Osi Isokun is also a slave
She was advised to offer ebo
She refused to comply
She was then driven out of the town
After this she was saying
Otun Isokun they were all behaving like kings
And Osi Isokun they too are behaving like kings
They said that she had already called them slaves
She must remain in the forest where she was
All Ifa devotees
Let those advised to offer ebo do so accordingly

Aboru Aboye

AFFILIATED ORISA/IRUNMOLE OF OTURUPON IROSUN
1. Ifa – for direction, progress, success, elevation, support, victory, achievement, contentment, and overall wellbeing
2. Ori – for fulfillment of destiny, guidance, sanctuary, protection, support, elevation, achievement, victory, contentment and self actualization
3. Esu-Odara – for support, sanctuary, victory, elevation, success, and general wellbeing
4. Obatala – for direction, leadership, protection, sanctuary, victory, contentment, peace of mind and overall success
5. Egbe – for comradeship, leadership, progress, success, and self realization
6. Ogun – for victory over enemies, success, leadership, and general wellbeing
7. Ibeji – for success, multiplication, achievement, security, progress, childbearing, childrearing and general wellbeing

TABOOS OF OTURUPON IROSUN
1. Must never be too flippant with our utterances – to avoid unconsummated fortune, retrogression, regrets and failure
2. Must never swear on false oath – to avoid regrets and disaster
3. Must never wear red and black dresses – to avoid unconsummated fortune and the wrath of Obatala
4. Must never play with any dangerous weapon – to avoid regret and disaster
5. Must never consume snake – to avoid failure and regrets
6. Must never work on two major projects at a time – to avoid failure and regrets in both
7. Must never wish anyone evil – to avoid evil befalling us

Aboru Aboye
Solagbade Popoola,
Chairman, Ethics and Scriptures Commitee
International Council for Ifa Religion I.C.I.R.
Rector,
Ifa International Training Institute I.I.T.I.