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Transfast and African Exchange Bring the 51st Ooni of Ife to NYC (Photos)

In a display of true majesty, the 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and his 147-person cavalcade entered Columbia University on Friday night to a mixed crowd in full awe. The king’s procession

In a display of true majesty, the 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and his 147-person cavalcade entered Columbia University on Friday night to a mixed crowd in full awe. The king’s procession included several Yoruba kings and the Ooni of Ife’s musical and spiritual court.

 

The Ooni’s procession was preceded by a presentation by Professor Rowland Abiodun and a panel discussion on “The Prevalence of Yoruba Culture in the Black Diaspora.” The panel featured Gbenga Akinnagbe, Busayo Olupona and Laolu Senbanjo. The panelists reflected on their encounters with well-preserved Yoruba culture in the Diaspora and shared anecdotes of members of the Diaspora who still speak Yoruba even after centuries of separation and subjugation, Yoruba youth in the Diaspora who still know when to prostrate, and the responsibility that first and second generation African immigrants must take for the plight of Black America due to slavery. Following the panel, Professor Rowland Abiodun spoke on the history of the Yorubas in the Americas and introduced the Ooni of Ife and set the tone for his dialogue with traditional prayers.

 

The Q&A of the Ooni of Ife was conducted by Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo with a dialogue focused on the revolutionary act of bringing African leadership and Black American leadership together. Both the Councilwoman and the Oba shared in their passion for uplifting the downtrodden and creating opportunities for the next generation of leaders.

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