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About Ile Emi Ifa

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Ile Emi Ifa is a collective whose primary purpose is the development of specific spiritual and moral thought processes that will directly lead to certain kinds of ethical and principled choices intended to motivate us as a group and as individuals to bring integrity back into the belief system of Ifa. Orisas and ancestors are no longer willing to simply sit back and tolerate the monstrous, the scandalous, and the traumatic behaviors that are too often contemptuously committed and yet poorly concealed by far too many of the priest, priestesses, the initiated, and the elders of the Orisa worshipping community.

Members of Ile Emi Ifa are intrinsically concerned about the exploitation of the uninitiated or adolescent Orisa initiates by their more experienced Ifa teachers. Our members are concerned about the disdain for equality for all in the community in favor of traditional, institutionalized support of disparity, entitlement, and privilege for a few at the expense of the majority. We are people exercising our collective intellectual, social, and cultural resources in the fight against the social injustice performed in the name of the Orisas.

Like virtually every other religions or organization based on beliefs, greed for personal benefit, status, and wealth runs amok in the midst of our deep and profound spirituality. Like most people who choose to live in a western culture heavily entrenched in an economic system of capitalism the source of this greed is deeply rooted in a sense of insecurity and lack of trust for what the future may hold. There is an inherent fear for most citizens and not just for the elitist that at any moment the plug will be pulled on this whole gig and most people want to make damn sure they have not just enough to survive, but an excessive amount to assure luxurious survival at the top of the social structure.

In a western culture that is so driven by personal greed, an organization must be able to communicate in a way that will stir people from their complacency and bring attention to bring attention to issues of the community’s right to truthful and accurate information regarding their spiritual path and overall wellbeing. The indifference of people who can help but refuse without being paid windfall sums of money is sad. But the number of people who actually prey on people’s superstitious beliefs and ignorance is truly tragic.

Ile Emi Ifa offers people an alternative to the traditional practices and methods of practicing Orisa worship and ancestor veneration. Instead of pandering to stereotypical expectations of praying or chanting in an African tongue while performing African dance in a room filled with typical African paraphernalia made in Taiwan, we offer a no nonsense, honest approach to assist you in developing your own spirituality and establishing your own personal connection to Orisa and ancestors.


  1. Alaafia:

    I just stumbled across this site and wow… I love your commentaries. A lot of thought provoking statements that made me humble myself and appreciate what’s to come. Modupe!

    Comment by Iyawo Taiwo Obatala | Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Reply

  2. What is your lineage in Yorubaland?

    Comment by Ori | Friday, May 18, 2007 | Reply

  3. Aboru, Aboye, Abosise
    Good to see thoughtfull questions.

    Comment by Osunyemi | Tuesday, July 3, 2007 | Reply

  4. i ‘ve just found your site and, as a ‘member’ of the white hegemony, i find your writings to closely mirror my own opininions/thoughts – especially the ‘the black experience from a white perspective’. keep your writings coming as i intend to visit your site often.

    colin d

    Comment by colin dickinson | Tuesday, September 4, 2007 | Reply

  5. Aboru Aboye Baba,

    You have some very good articles. Very good! Some of them hit home…Deep in the….I do have a comment though about the hair cutting one… There are several odu Ifa which talk about the significance of getting your hair cut during initiation. If you’d like to know the reasons why…let me know..I can send you some of the info I have which was shared to me by my Oluwo and Baba Ifa Oloye Fasina Falade. It’s not about ego…Losing your hair is part of connecting with one’s destiny.

    blessings, Fawole

    ps: Awesome website!!!

    Comment by Fawole Falade | Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | Reply

    • Alaafiya

      I am deeply interested in finding out the reasons why the hair should be shaved during receipt of ones Hand of Ifa. I would appreciate your e/mailing me

      Olodumare’s richest blessings..

      Odabo o

      Comment by Ifatomilayo | Thursday, July 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. OH!!! And I love how your group discusses very pertinent issues that most Ifa/Orisa temples don’t address. Like: Global warming, Capitalism, Western Culture/Philosophy, Racism, Politics, etc…

    Our temple focuses on these types of issues too…Especially White Supremacy!! Must be done!!!


    Comment by Fawole Falade | Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | Reply

  7. Aboru Aboye Abosise!!

    Thanks for the feedback and it’s always good to hear from another in the Ifa tradition. I appreciate the positivity and I hope you’ll come back for more. I’m always open to new dialog.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | Reply

  8. Really diggin your blogs.
    I love your perspective and willingness to share.

    Oshun Kunle

    Comment by Oshun Kunle | Friday, November 30, 2007 | Reply

  9. Alafia Oshun Kukle! Modupre! Thanks for the feedback. It’s always good to hear from another Ifa devotee. Please come back often and please keep the comments flowing.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, December 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. If you are Black self-determination bloggers with a Black blog, you might want to apply for membership in the AfroSpear, a national and international group of Black self-determination bloggers. I read your article about tasering in Seattle. The AfroSpear has a movement on against the Tasered While Black Epidemic.

    Comment by Francis L. Holland | Friday, December 21, 2007 | Reply

  11. ALAFIA,









    Comment by BRIDGE | Monday, January 28, 2008 | Reply

  12. Alafia,

    I read you post about Nana Buruku and would llike to know where I can get more detailed information about Her.

    Ase O

    Comment by Nylsa "Okuniwa" | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Reply

  13. Thanks for the feedback BRIDGE,

    I apologize for taking so long to reply. But no, I am not affiliated with Oyotunji Village. My former spiritual teacher was. Their methods of practice are a little too traditional for my taste.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Reply

  14. Alafia Nylsa “Okuniwa”,

    I apologize but I am not familiar with any source for more detailed information. Do you have specific questions in mind? I can see if I can get an answer for you.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | Reply

  15. Greetings Brother Peacemaker,

    I am the producer of the Empowered Black Perspectives Radio Show which is a blog live radio format used to dessiminate information regarding Black communities. We have been contacted by people who have read your blog and wanted us to have you on as a guest of our upcoming show in reference to the Dunbar Village incident. Our broadcasts are structured as roundtable discussions with guests who have empowered perspectives on various topics. Shows are broadcast live and you can participate from the comfort of your own home via your cell or land line phone. You can also use our shows to promote your blog or any of your endeavors. Please respond by April 7th if you are interested. The show will air live on April 11th at 9pm eastern time. Thanks Kay, Producer, Empowered Black Perspectives.

    Comment by Producer of Empowered Black Perspectives Radio Show | Saturday, April 5, 2008 | Reply

  16. Pele o brother peace maker

    I was wondering what you mean when you state that Oyotunji was a bit too traditional. Just kind of curious. That’s all.


    Comment by Baba Awotunde | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | Reply

  17. Alafia Baba Awotunde,

    By traditional I mean by following the spiritual practices deemed acceptable by most people who follow African doctrine. A lot of people prefer the hierarchy and ceremony of African tradition simply because that’s the way we’ve always done it. We should not be so rutted to think that the best way to practice spirituality is the exact same way people four thousand years ago practiced it. In fact, I wouldn’t expect my neighbor to practice African spirituality the way I practice it.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, May 11, 2008 | Reply

  18. Hello brotherpeacemaker!

    I stumbled onto this site while searching for information on the uses and origins of the word ‘Alafia’, and this is the first place I landed, and I am really glad that it was!

    Comment by William | Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Reply

  19. Thanks for the feedback William!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Reply

  20. Great commentaries, all completely true and i totally agree with you! keep ’em coming

    Comment by Sara | Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | Reply

  21. Thanks for the feedback Sara,


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, May 30, 2008 | Reply

  22. PEACE



    Comment by AMIR SANKOFA | Monday, June 16, 2008 | Reply

  23. Thanks for the feedback AMIR SANKOFA,

    I appreciate the positivity. Things will never change for us in the diaspora if we stick to the traditional way of doing things that our ancestors developed five thousand years ago. The world has changed and we need to adapt. To stick to tradition yet expect change is insane.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, June 16, 2008 | Reply

  24. I must say brotherpeacemaker, this site taps into a serious prevailing consciousness amongst us. I look forward to learning a lot. In all humility I ask, where can a person like myself begin in learning more about ifa,orishas, rituals, the practice, and as stated above reaching an “honest approach to assist.. in developing your own spirituality and establishing your own personal connection to Orisa and ancestors.” Blessings

    Comment by Rio | Tuesday, June 17, 2008 | Reply

  25. Alaafi,

    I stumbled accross this site and knew why once it loaded. Ifa has changed my life and I am constantly running into followers of the tradition.

    Stay Blessed.


    Comment by Chris | Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Reply

  26. What I dont understand is 2 things ( well actually more than that but I will start with these 2 )
    (1) Why is it that when you go to a BEMBE by a group of so called African/Black Americans you always get a “”STINK VIBE””, (also they are very cheap with the food) but when you attend a BEMBE that consist of Cubans & Puerto Ricans you dont get that vibe???? P.S I dont go for the FOOD, I attend so that I can learn about my culture/heritage, and maybe get a blessing- if I should use that word.

    (2) This is suppose to be an African/Moorish religious belief system,—- WHY ARE WHITES BEING ALLOWED IN THE RELIGION???? Aren’t they the ones who killed THOUSANDS of our ancestors????
    Can’t we as a people have anything to OURSELVES?????
    Thank you I hope to see a reply.

    Comment by Rafiq El | Saturday, July 12, 2008 | Reply

    • This is humorous. I never went to American Black people wemilieres or tambors. Never invited. I hosted one with a well known black jazz musician celebrating the end of my iyawosee time. It was a trip. I did alot of the work, spent mad money,cleaned his house prior to his guess arrival. Much of the same thing with my happened at my madrina house prior to my kariosha. I don’t know people is people know matter what, ethnic group, or status in the religion. But I do find the Brazilian family, Cuban family and some Boriqua family more warmer.Some much competition,jealousy and resentment from native blacks towards Lucumi fam. I haven’t met any Nigerian priest at all. The resntment runs deep.

      Comment by omisaide7 | Saturday, May 29, 2010 | Reply

  27. Brother:

    I am often troubled by those who work hard to fight the notion of “tradition”. To me,honoring the old ways is the journey not the destination. If we (those who have committed to study and living the culture)position ourselves to be cynical and disrespectful publicly if often can validate other people “BS”. Many don’t walk our paths and are looking for good reasons and “intellectual scripts” to not be discipline.

    I really understand how bad experiences with people acting out of poor character can stain us (I have walked that path) but, many around me kept me from being blinded by that pain. As I have been walking this path I see that others like Buddhist,Hindu and Christians seem to have more love and reverence for their traditions. They see that there is value in learning and mastering the old ways. They seek the support of the the wise Elders and they do not make light of those who do what they can. It seems best if we can change our tone to be more in line with our track record. It is the traditional ways of Ifa that have brought to this juncture. It is important also to note that we “outsiders” come to the tradition (no sure why) they seem to be very discipline about mastering our cultural, drums songs,prayers,rituals herbs and protocol. Is it because we have we don’t have the appetite for our own??

    Baba Ibeji

    Comment by Baba Ibeji | Friday, October 17, 2008 | Reply

  28. Thanks for the feedback Baba Ibeji,

    But I think you may not understand what I’m trying to do or say here. I am not working hard against the traditional ways. I am not promoting an undisciplined approach to the study of Ifa. If the old ways work for you, if you feel that the development of your spirituality depends on strict adherence to ancient Yoruba culture then by all means have at it.

    However, I would like to offer people a new understanding of spirituality that doesn’t depend on the complete submission to another human or culture. Spirituality doesn’t come from another human. While wise elders are great for guiding someone in the development of tradition, it is my position that a personal relationship with Orisa and ancestors and Olodumare are ideal for developing spirituality.

    Because I can draw on a personal experience that reinforces my position does not make me a cynic or disrespectful. My experience is mine to share. If it appears disrespectful to share maybe it is because I was disrespected. Respect is a two way street and not something that is only for the eldest or the wisest or the one with the most titles that is part and parcel of the so called traditional ways.

    People who wish to practice Ifa need to be aware that there are options. Not everyone has to abandon who they are and everything that they believe to follow the ways of Ifa. Come as you are. Be prepared to be disciplined and be prepared to work. But people should not be confused into thinking that spirituality is limited to the study of a single culture. In fact, I would venture to say that culture has absolutely nothing to do with it.

    It is interesting that you bring up other belief systems such as the Buddhist, Hindu and Christianity. But even these belief systems run the gamut from strict adherence to traditional ways of hierarchy and status to new understandings that allow people more freedom to be who they are without strict adherence to a particular culture. You can be a member of the Yearning for Zion ranch operated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who believe old men can marry and impregnate under aged girls or you can be a member of Joel Olsteen’s ten thousand seat church that was formerly the home of the Houston Rockets basketball team. You can use your personal relationship with a borderline pedophile or you can study the Christian god through the lens of the giant god-screen over Mr. Olsteen’s head. They are both the study of Christianity. A member of one is not automatically more spiritual than a member of the other.

    My spirituality is no longer tied to the study of the Yoruba culture. It is not because I’m not disciplined or because I did not work or pay spiritual dues. My spirituality is based on my personal relationship with spiritual entities. I may practice a version of Ifa that does not reflect the traditional ways of doing things. It does not mean that I don’t have an appetite for my own. The two have nothing to do with each other.

    If one needs to study a culture in order to feel spiritual, by all means go for it. But people need to be aware that just because you are neck deep in a culture doesn’t mean that you are more spiritual. Spirits are not limited to any particular culture.

    I have had a couple of visions of heaven I’d like to share with you. In one vision, heaven was a serene scene of natural beauty with the greenest grass, bluest skies, trees everywhere, with a gently moving stream running through it. Everyone wore white and we had gathered to celebrate the life of an elder who had moved on. In another vision, heaven was like a modern, busy high school with people milling about in the hallways. I was there to receive a message from Baba Orunmila. Although they were two very different cultures, two very different settings, I recognized both as heaven. Spirituality is not limited to Yoruba culture. Spiritual development is not relegated to such limitation. People who insist that the study and strict adherence to one particular culture is mandatory for spiritual development do not understand the true nature of spirituality or its diversity.

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, October 17, 2008 | Reply

  29. Came across your site while reviewing a Jason Whitlock piece, and aside from your obvious detest and jealousy for having Mr. Whitlock flanked by two gorgeous white women, your beef is with Whitlock being a “Tom” now?

    So, is Bill Cosby also a “Tom” for finally calling out the black community and challenging them to FINALLY take responsibility–LONG overdue, by the way–for their actions? Ever notice when a black person deviates from a position from the vast majority of the black community, they are usually ridiculed and/or ostricized from within?

    For all race-baiting, woe-is-me, can’t-get-a-job, blame-whitey-for-my-plight-because-of-my-skin-color, ask yourself the following: Why is it that you almost NEVER hear the same whining from EAST INDIANS? Seems to me they not only don’t constantly use their skin color as a PERCEIVED hinderance against them, but many East Indians seem to progress very nicely in society, so seems skin color isn’t a problem for them–only for weak-minded black people like you.

    Racism absolutely is wrong, but what is equally as loathsome is to wake up every day and feel compelled to perpetuate the VERY tired “Blame Whitey” myth. Do yourself a favor, remove that (racial) chip from your shoulder, as you might find it’s easier to move around during the day without that burden weighing you down.

    Comment by Mike | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

    • Mike,
      Do you have no understanding of our shared history in this United State of America?
      Do you have no understanding of the continued racism knowingly and unknowingly practiced
      in our United States of America? Do you have no understanding of the effects of this ugly practice on all within our United States of America? When I left my home in a coal mining camp in the mountains of Kentucky and traveled a short distance to a college and first witnessed this ugly practice and felt revulsion and confusion that those who considered themselves Christians practiced such a vile practice without any shame or insight… My first contact with black African Americans was with good mannered people withstanding the rudest treatment that up to that time had been unimaginable to this sheltered, ignorant person. I considered myself a Christian at the time and was shocked and could not believe that those who considered themselves Christian felt totally empowered by their “Christianity” to act in this way. These were not just people from Kentucky, but from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc.
      I still believe if Abraham Lincoln had not been assassinated, he would have put the country back together in a way that would have helped us move forward in a more civilized way so that the pitting of poor black people against poor white people in order to empower and enrich a limited number of white people would have been mitigated and we would now live in a more just society. I pray that all of us will see more clearly how to treat each other and to stand up against injustice wherever it appears.

      Comment by Shirl | Sunday, April 15, 2012 | Reply

  30. Thanks for the feedback Mike,

    You are correct. I’m jealous because Mr. Whitlock is the one quick to sell out his race and take lewd pictures with white women when it should be me. Damn my integrity!

    And maybe you don’t hear the same whining from East Indians because East Indians are not the subject of the dominant culture’s discrimination when the black community is. East Indians don’t have to worry about being shot in a hail of bullets or having nooses hanged in trees to provoke their reaction.

    And if Bill Cosby had integrity he wouldn’t blame black people for the discrimination from white people. He would have the courage to say that the white community is culpable for the conditions of the black community. But like many black people who do well, he blames the poor for being poor. Go figure!

    And it isn’t about me moving around. At the moment, I’m doing very well. It is about everybody in the black community being able to do well and move around without having the members of the racially generic dominant community holding black people’s blackness against them.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  31. Mike, Mike, Mike,

    Why do white people such as yourself constantly feel the need to blame black people for all the problems of the world. You claim that Cosby was telling blacks to take responsibility for their actions. Is this new, do blacks NOT know what is happening in the black community? Or do you REALLY believe that we need to be told about our problems?

    When was the last time white people took responsibility for their actions and that of their community? Where is the white version of Bill Cosby or Alan Thicke as it would be according to sitcoms, to tell white people to take responsibility for their hatred, crime, violence and stupidity? Or is it your contention that only blacks have problems which are solely caused only by themselves that needs to be addressed? Do white people have any culpability in anything that happens with the black community?

    You want to play the East Indian game. Were East Indians subjected to slavery, Jim Crow and continued racial persecution here in America? Or did I miss that? Why don’t you ask about how American Natives feel about you and your community? Because you wouldn’t get the same “your so great attitude.”

    Why don’t you try being less of a jackass and more of an open eyed honest person who can see the disparity and ask the one logical question. WHY! Yet you won’t because it doesn’t affect you. Until crap affects idiots such as yourself, you will never admit there is a problem.

    Thanks but no thanks to your stupidity to nowhere.

    Comment by theblacksentinel | Thursday, October 23, 2008 | Reply

  32. This is a great blog. May I suggest a “subscribe to comments” plugin? It would make following the conversation a whole lot easier. A lot of times I read a great post, but then I forget to come back and read some of the comments.

    Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Karmisha | Friday, November 7, 2008 | Reply

  33. Thanks for the feedback Karmisha,

    As soon as I can figure out how to do the subscribe to comments thing.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, November 8, 2008 | Reply

  34. i happened on this site by wanting to know the meaning of the various odu of ifa. this is A WONDERFUL INFORMATIVE SITE!!!! now my question is how can i get some info on the meaning of the odus? i have been using the oracles or many years now (20 yrs) and i want to expand. i am proficient in the iching, tarot, runes and some others but i find it very difficult to obtain info on the versus regarding the odus. unlike the i ching which can be used by anyone with the desire to explore and enhance, the odus seem to be pivy to only those who are initiated. why does so much secrecy surround african religions? i have met many folks from many walks of life and they will mention their religion or even if they are atheist. but i have yet to meet an african who will say i am a voodooist, or that they practice any of the other african religions. i have found that even hispanics are far more willing to admit the religious foundation than black folks and then they dont want to tell you any info unless you want to join OR SPEAK SPANISH!!!! the hindu vedas, the christian bible, the i ching all have written history that you dont have to join a particular group of organization to read or study about. why is the african religious systems or hard to get close to? i dont want to join anything but i want INFORMATION ON THE THE ODUS!!!! WHICH ONES ARE FEMININE OR MASCULINE IN NATURE, THE MEANING OF THE VERSUS, HOW TO INTERPRET THEM INTO MODERN TIMES ETC…….


    Comment by DeBora | Saturday, November 15, 2008 | Reply

  35. DeBora I assume you know Judaism,Christanity,&Islam derive most of their foundations from Ancient Khemit but those 3 thieves won’t admit it.These Hispanics are they Afro or Euro?Their is a place called the library where the various names like:Shango,Ogun,Yemanja,Legba,and others can be found.Like most U.S.Americans you believe English is the best or most worthy language on Earth,it’s not.Would it hurt you to read a few phrases in Spanish from a book?A lot of main land Africans are Christains,Muslims,or Jewish.Do you ask Europeans if they worship Thor,Zeus,or Isis? Buenas Dias or Bon Jour.(Haitians and Brazilians know a lot on these so-called hidden African Religions also but not everyone like every Oriental does not practice Hinduism,Shinto,Buddhism,Sikhism or those types of religions from Asia.

    Comment by jimcornet | Friday, November 21, 2008 | Reply

  36. You’ve been tagged….see my blog, copy and paste it to yours with you information!

    Comment by mike lovell | Monday, December 8, 2008 | Reply

  37. I couldn’t find any e-mail to contact the creator. I have to ask are you guys in favor of equal treatment of all people? Or equal results (communism)? I’m a white male and I’ve been discriminated against so many times in the United States it isn’t funny. What’s more my heritage is treated as if it has no value or I should be ashamed of it (most of what is taught about it is lies) so while we celebrate black, hispanic etc. heritage we spit on white heritage as “racist”. And everytime I see people arguing for “equality” or against “racism” when you peel away the layers its all white hatred or a desire to be a parasite and suck someone elses wealth.
    Say there are two different families. One lives on one side of the world, the other on the other side. One group is highly successful. They work hard, make good choices and so on. The other on another continent in no connection to the first are lazy, use drugs, committ crimes on each other etc. and live in poverty. The “equality” crowd would say that this “inequality” is racism. When really the same opportunity is given. They want to redistribute wealth. The problem is that even if you killed all the successful people- the unsuccessful would still be failures. And by leaching off of those who do better and not taking responsibility for yourself you hurt them and bite the hand that feeds you. For example (never reported in our biased media) in Southern Africa the white farmers were vastly more wealthy than black ones. “Racism! Racism!” everyone yelled. Blacks were poor laborers in the nation. They kicked the whites out. Took their farms and put them in black management. Within a couple years the farms weren’t producing anything and the whole nation was starving and asking whites to come back and run the farms for them.

    So I’m %100 for equal opportunity, equal treatment under the law etc. but not for “affirmitive action” or equal results which puts people in positions they don’t deserve or don’t qualify for in the name of “equality” or attack groups of people because they are envious of someone who does better.

    Comment by Raymond | Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Raymond,

      You talk about equality, but the scenarios you paint are far from accurate. One family works hard, by subjugating the other family into subjugation, forcing the second family to work for nothing as slaves while the first family accumulates wealth and education and better prepares for the future. One family teaches its children that they are superior to the children from the other family. This goes on for generations. And when the government says slavery is no longer acceptable, the offspring of the first family continues to discriminate against the offspring of the second family based on nothing but the discrimination that they were taught. And then the children of the first family scratches their head and feigns stupidity because they claim everything is equal. Poor people from the first family can’t catch a break these days because after so many years and generations of perpetual first family privilege and an exclusive choke hold on opportunities, people in the second family insist on a share of the prosperity they were denied for generations in a retarded arrangement of the first family’s making.

      So when you say you are for equal opportunity based solely on a criteria that gives white people an advantage, I seriously doubt if you are truly open to equal treatment for everyone.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | Reply

  38. WOW! I love this conversation. I do believe spirituality and culture are 2 different things. I think that we often try to make generalizations of people within cultures and within a race to make ourselves feel better. I used to think that white people had no right to practice Yoruba culture. Yoruba is a race and you have to be born in Nigeria to have a Yoruba culture.
    On the other hand, we have a Yoruba derived belief system which suggests the idea of people being of good character and of a clean heart and a more natural disposition and I have chosen to see things differently as I grow wiser. Politics has no room in this “belief system”. Racism is wrong. I was able to see the “bigger” picture and now I include all races in my journey to understand the meaning of life and life’s purposes. I also look for clues within myself and don’t run to an oracle every time I get anxious about life’s ups and downs.

    It has been hard to see people drawing pictures of the Orisha as white people. I want to keep my image of the Orisa as being African. Then I think about Jesus’ distorted images and it becomes full circle.

    Comment by Kenya Rutty | Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Reply

  39. I wanted to see if you had a take on this inceident:

    Kid was beaten by people who called him racial slurs, and he stabbed one in self-defense and now he might end up in prison.

    Comment by Samuel | Thursday, January 15, 2009 | Reply

  40. Thanks for the feedback Samuel,

    I’m not familiar with this incident. Please give me some time to study this issue.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Thursday, January 15, 2009 | Reply

  41. I ask, in all seriousness, what can the average individual man and woman of whiter skin and primarily european descent, do to help end racism and white privelage? I mean on a one to one level, on a daily basis as well as on a larger level? What can we do as individuals to improve the way things are?

    I think I do all I can, but, I am also aware that we should ask the people with the greatest complaints to tell us what we can do to help.
    Sam St. Ives

    Comment by Sam St. Ives | Saturday, January 17, 2009 | Reply

    • If you believe you do all you can then surely that is enough and all anyone can ask for. Not everyone feels like that and people can not be forced to behave a certain way.

      Comment by hipo | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | Reply

  42. I’d like someone to appear as a guest on my radio show. Please contact me.

    Comment by Kelly Paradise | Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | Reply

  43. I am of European and Native American descent and am a member of an Ifa community. Am I to feel “privileged” because my Irish and Native American ancestors were treated with less worth than Africans in this country? I thought Ifa was for all people. We are all related by 20 generations.

    Comment by Iyawo Idowu Oya | Monday, April 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Iyawo Idowu Oya,

      Why bother me with such idiotic questions? If you feel it is necessary for somebody to be disparaged in order for you to be privileged then I doubt very seriously if you understand Ifa at all. Why are you trying to feel privileged in the first place? You sound like someone trying to seek status. If status is your goal then I can’t help you.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, April 6, 2009 | Reply

    • The Irish had members hung in England simply because said person was Irish and dated a white British lady, etc. But today, it’s some of the very Irish in America and Europe that are abusing Blacks. However, the response to the “european and Native” person was a bit too harsh. Why call said person an idiot. We are truly lost if we can’t accept other people’s perspectives, even if some components of it we don’t totally understand or agree with. Let’s stop being arrogant, or we’re virtually being as arrogant as the very communities we argue with and find to be abusive. Iyawo Idowu Oya you may be a wonderful person and caring, but how do you respond with” why bother me with such idiotic questions?” Wow I am disillusioned here I come her for empowerment and peace and to help spread and get wisdom, not for arrogance. I’m guessing that we are hopeless? or is there hope?

      Comment by Spice Curry | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Reply

  44. Thank you for such an informative blog. I am interested in learning more about Iwa Pele through the teachings of Ile Emi Ifa. How might that be possible?


    Comment by Ament Sujai | Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Reply

  45. I am Ifalola Olanrewaju Olurotimi Larry, a Yoruba man and a decendant of Ifalola Amonlaraifa from Ijan-otun via Oro town near Esie in Irepodun Local Government of Kwara state, Nigeria.I wanted to be innitiated into this brotherpeacemaker group and i will also be contributing my quotas into the groug as due. I love you group and i long to be a member.

    Aboru boye, aboye bosise

    Falola Olanrewaju Olurotimi
    Lagos, Nigeria

    Comment by Ifalola | Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | Reply

  46. I really want to go into the study & practise of Ifa and be innitiated into the peace brotherhood.Can you give me an advice and your opinion of a teacher/master who’ld put me through in a not too traditionally approach to practise..I reside in Lagos Nigeria..Thanks

    Comment by Isreal Alade | Thursday, August 6, 2009 | Reply

  47. A boru…a boye…a bo sise!!!

    I’m a Nigerian (Yoruba) resident in Delaware. I stumbled upon this site by a strange chance and I must say, I was highly impressed. This website is very educative and it’s a very wonderful insight into the esoteric.

    I wish to seize this great opportunity to seek your assistance in the following:

    If and when Odu Iworimeji is divined, what does it mean or portend for the seeker? It came to me in a dream I had last night. Kindly send your response to me at my e-mail address (Provided).

    Thanks for your kind assistance.


    Olufemi Olawole,

    Comment by Olufemi Olawole | Friday, October 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Aboru aboye!!!

      Iwori Meji is a divination that reminds us to remember to take into consideration the spiritual influences of our activities, actions, endeavors, and etcetera. From a spiritual perspective, spend a little time reflecting on how our actions will turn out and who or what might they affect.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | Reply

  48. Dear Brotherpeacemaker,
    I am interested in studying Ifa divination and all of the attendant mythology and religion that accompanies it.
    I am curious to know if I would have to be initiated to practice Ifa divination. Money making is not my motivation here, but learning these ways, and communicating with the gods to better serve and guide people is. I do not wish to pursue this though if it would anger the African Gods. Could you please tell me if this is OK?

    Comment by Linus Robbins | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Reply

  49. I am intrigue when i stumble on this web site my mother happen to be nee falola from Ijan Otun in Kwara state.
    I am from Ijan Otun as well May I meet you deeper

    Comment by Muyiwa Oyinloye | Sunday, December 6, 2009 | Reply

  50. Greetings,
    My name is Tahir (dead prez producer). I have a music series called “The BlakkBerry Filez”. I have released 5 volumes from this series in 2009 and scheduling volume 6 release for the new year. The vibe is revolutionary and responsible hip hop. If possible, I would like my work to be reviewed on your site. For my songs, videos, and more info go to If you need anything sent to you (songs, pics, bio, etc.) just let me know. Thanks for your consideration, time, and (hopefully) response.

    Peace! – Tahir

    Comment by Tahir RBG | Friday, December 25, 2009 | Reply

  51. I was wondering what the meaning or symbolism of a ‘circle’ is in the Ifa religion. Thank you for your assistance and guidance.


    Comment by Mariposa | Sunday, December 27, 2009 | Reply

  52. Wow, are you a Yoruba descendant. If not I’m actually impressed and a bit amazed that you know this history.

    Comment by Mike | Friday, June 18, 2010 | Reply

  53. I love your art! I recently wrote a book and I am looking to design the book cover, are you available? I am very interested in the “open door picture, with the bright light behind the door”

    Comment by Kim | Friday, July 9, 2010 | Reply

  54. I posted the comment regarding book cover design . . . would like for you to respond via email. Again, I’m specifically interested in the “open door, with bright light behind door.”

    Comment by Kim | Friday, July 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Kim,

      But the majority of the photos posted here are off the net.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, July 10, 2010 | Reply

  55. Hello BPM,

    My name is Randi Cahill and I work for the Black Pages/Community Annual, a annual, dual publication that functions as a directory as well as a magazine. Our sole purpose is to inform, make aware and empower the Black community through the promotion of Black owned business in our directory, and publishing the unadulterated truth on the Black perspective that our news and mass media neglect to cover through our magazine articles. We here, at the Black Pages are highly impressed with your insightful commentary and would love for you to consider doing some freelance writing for our publication. If you are interested at all please email me at We hope to hear from you. Thanks so much for your time.

    Comment by communityannual | Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | Reply

  56. An impressive statement of purpose.Could we see the recommendations made about this non-traditional method of study of Ifa?

    Comment by toyin adepoju | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | Reply

  57. I have been able to answer my question above by reading the posts that can be reached through the tag list.

    This is one of the best blogs I have ever read.I am doing something similar to you guys which I am posting on my blog

    I am doing something similar with other blogs in my blog list including

    Comment by toyin adepoju | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | Reply

  58. Brotherpeacemaker

    How can I become a member of Ile Emi Ifa. I wish to learn Ifa as well as develop a close and personal relationship with Orunmila and the other divinities.


    I think you can contact me via email.

    Comment by Curious_Cat | Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | Reply

  59. thank you for the insight ifa…

    Comment by june reyes | Saturday, November 6, 2010 | Reply

  60. Alaafia,
    Your blog has provided an insight and counterweight against many of the issues I’ve had in respect to the santeria/lucumi traditions. I wondered if you knew of any Ile’s or Babalowo here in Denver, CO, that you would recommend. The peace of the divine upon you!

    Comment by Kime Acosta | Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Reply

  61. Would you be able to recommend to me a community with which to learn? I am nearest Toledo, Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. Thank you.

    Comment by Hafidha Saadiq | Thursday, March 10, 2011 | Reply

  62. I did not notice the option of being notified by email. Thank you.

    Comment by Hafidha Saadiq | Thursday, March 10, 2011 | Reply

  63. Greetings Brotherpeacemaker,
    Just wanted to let you know there’s authentic Rastafari Nyabinghi vibrations here in St. Louis. Next binghi is Apri 22nd. Link with InI you are interested. One Perfect Love

    Mario Pascal aka Rio

    Comment by Mario Pascal | Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | Reply

  64. Brotherpeacemaker.

    I’m not sure how else to reach you except through here. This is Blaque Ink, but I have a new home here in wordpress as Brotha Wolf.

    Aside from that, thanks for all you do, bro. Take care and I hope you’ll drop by and visit my den.

    Comment by brothawolf | Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the reply brothawolf,

      I’ll have to stop by and give my regards!


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, April 22, 2011 | Reply

  65. I just read the most beautiful response from an article called White Approval addiction. I was moved by your response. I am constantly hurt in the military by my people kicking me in the buttocks for white approval. I had to step back after reading your article and say to myself. I was angry at them for achieving white approval for which I was never to attain. It hurts the most that my people will not stick up for each other for career progression and to get along with others.

    Comment by Gina | Monday, May 2, 2011 | Reply

  66. Firstly I enjoyed reading your post re “Shelwanda Riley” and also the positive tone of this page and group. Law enforcement should be a noble sector of society, but traditionally, it is used to keep Blacks and minorities (and even white peace activists) in the place (at the bottom of the totem pole). However, while law enforcement tend to use more restraint when dealing with white activists, they routinely brutalize Black and Mexican youth. Racism in American culture allows this, and the general public tend to be too busy praying for church (rather than taking tangible steps in their lives) or too busy believing that Blacks deserve to be brutalized.

    Comment by Spice Curry | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Reply

  67. Update: There are good cops, sorry that I forgot to add that. Not all cops are bad. But the general climate in most precincts and communities is one where the bad cops seem to get promoted and the good cops get no real accolades for their positive deeds. Example: Cops are rewarded for writing tickets and making arrests, not for communicating calmly with a civilian and rather than writing a ticket giving a verbal reprimand. The system is backwards and those at the bottom are used as “career building” beat downs and arrests. But let’s not forget the ignorant and violent nature of far too many Black and Hispanic youth. Yet this too is part of the plan, the schools don’t teach culturally accurate or historically accurate education (in most cases) the songs and record companies have very negative products, the TV shows are blatantly racist and spread the ignorant N*$& image. And many single mothers are working low income jobs and too busy to even give their children the proper nurturing they need. It’s a vicious cycle, and innocent Blacks, Mexicans and innocent cops are in the middle as the bad children, bad community residents, bad teachers, bad politicians, bad community leaders take center stage, get all the media time, get the pay, get promoted, and in the case of the innocent, we end up being viewed with the same racist hate as the guilty gang bangers who are just children that needed the world to care. How do we fix this???

    Comment by Spice Curry | Friday, December 9, 2011 | Reply

  68. Certain life experience shapes our thoughts and who we ultimately becomes. Everyone must experience something before they become something. It’s how we discover and advance ourselves ethically by relying on moral belief system that we agree in it entirety. So it’s his experience, because he wanted to belong and not because he needed to belong. Low self-esteem makes people to do things they naturally wouldn’t do. Because he did not need to be in their midst, he no longer belongs in their midst. May God’s peace be with him and many others without living in this phantom world of idolatry. It’s a sin to pledge your future into the hands of any individual or groups to a future they do not have a say in. The problem with human beings are that we worry so much about attaining and never concern ourselves with sustainability, the fraternity can give you a job, women, etc but they can not sustain them. Why because they’re only human and not God, God is the only one who gives and no one can take, increases and never decreases and promotes you and never lets you fall from his grace. Let Jesus come into your life and save you. We can be spiritual in many ways, but He is the only way to self actualization. Familiarize yourself with the things of faith. May peace be with you as you read this words.

    Comment by Min. Kenneth Joseph-James | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Reply

  69. Anyway to make the new comments appear at the top of the thread ?

    Comment by Osunkunle | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | Reply

  70. I will like to be your member.

    Comment by David Daniel | Thursday, July 12, 2012 | Reply

  71. Just so you know…your protestations in defense of the colonel panned out afterall…. new blog updates his charges being dismissed and him acheiving valorous medals!

    Comment by mikelovell | Monday, July 30, 2012 | Reply

  72. just stumbled across this site. I would like to know how I can get more information on being initiated into Ifa. Trinidad really gets my attention being Sango myself. Please send any info or guidance.

    Comment by Jose Mulero | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Reply

  73. Isese agbaye yio gbewa o, etutu wa yio gba (ase).

    Comment by prince ibrahim | Friday, October 12, 2012 | Reply

  74. My husband and I are interested in initiating into the ways of Ifa. We have been searching for a source, but have been disappointed with the usual challenges most people strive to overcome when dealing with self-serving, greedy, nepotistic and/or dysfunctional people. We live in the tri-state area. Any recommendations on where we should be looking? We also have lineage in Trinidad? Is there a source in Trinidad?

    Comment by Leola Mae | Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Reply

  75. is there a black women that wants to follow the ifa tradition , that can have 1-2 omode?

    Comment by f. d | Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Reply

  76. I am new to Ifa and have been searching for information and guidance to be initiated into Ifa. I ‘stumbled’ on this site and now I believe it was no accident. How do I become a part of the Ile Emi Ifa?

    Comment by Roxanne R. | Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Roxanne R.,

      But there’s nothing special to be done. Ile Emi Ifa doesn’t exist anymore.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Saturday, May 11, 2013 | Reply

  77. Hi, How are you? My, preferred name is Nikk-Iya. Or, perhaps childhood nickname Nikki however… I’ve, enjoyed reading your mind… “thoughts. Online. … and, I’m now ready to know more! Could, you please Mentor me? It, would be such a great honor to study under/with such an Insightful being! So, please even though I know you don’t know me. But, hopefully.. maybe I can help with that. With, when I was 21 I had my first reading by a Babo… his wife personified Oya/Iya. …. I, took a fruit offering to him… in a secluded room in his hm. He laid a mat on the floor and perceeded to throw down in different wrists/forms a cowrie shell necklace… end result was that he told me my “head” wants me to be “crowned”. Before, that he basically read me…to me! Telling, me of my Traumas coming up and to wear white. Then, followed that with the wishes of my head. I, felt scared,undeserving,confused, simply like I could’nt share this in. If, I wanted to continue being liked. However, it’s been eleven years since and I’ve been on the brinks of more serious Traumas than ever before! Is, because I haven’t been crowned yet? I’ve, had 3 weird readings since then… but, only one came off as completely honest and I’d try to get

    Comment by Cheri Garner (Nikki) | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | Reply

  78. Greetings I was wondering if your collective was still active, and where you all are located.
    I have been doing tons of research on IFA, and I like your practical and realistic apporch of practicing the faith of IFA.
    I would like to learn more about “Ile Emi Ifa”
    By the way I’m located in the Bay Area of California.

    May you continue to be bless by almighty “Olodumare” A’SE O’

    Comment by Lesan Brooks | Wednesday, March 2, 2016 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback Lesan Brooks,

      But I’m not as active as I once was. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day. But right now I’m just enjoying my life…


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Reply

  79. Abo Ru, Abo Ya, Ago Sisé!

    I was led into the study of Ifa through messages transmitted through my blood by my Ancestors (whose blood it is).
    I met many involved in the greedy practices that Ifa (and your comments here) warns of involving “selling” spiritual answers to superstitious fears.
    I personally rejected tradition (and the ideas of a Babalawo) for the same reasons you give, as well as the need to allow Ifa to evolve in this wilderness and its conditions.
    Now, I look to tradition to provide a framework for the lack of structure that will guide my own heuristic efforts to another level where I can be used to lead others out of this religiocidal matrix we are escaping.
    Everywhere…Balance…Iwa Pelé!
    Ifa is but one of the few surviving ritual systems that informed Khemet and reproduces it for us now.
    That same Babalawo I castigated, I now turn to for instruction (which he pledged to me free of charge) and for my Right Hand of Ifa (which will cost a bit, but so do the supplies needed).
    At any rate, this is the cost associated with equipping myself to share the Truths of My Journey with my community.

    Brother Jean François Jean

    Comment by genscouleurs | Saturday, December 24, 2016 | Reply

  80. I meant “Abi Sisé (error)

    Comment by genscouleurs | Saturday, December 24, 2016 | Reply

  81. “Abo”…something keeps changing what I type…energies…Asé OOO!

    Comment by genscouleurs | Saturday, December 24, 2016 | Reply

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