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I lOSA II I
THE ODUS OF
THE ODUS OF
DR. C. OSAMARO IBIE, J.P.
S.Sc. ECONS. (HONS.), LONDON B. A. ECONS (HONS.)
STRATHCLVDE FIAMN (HONS.)
The Complete Works of Orúnmlla
Ten • Eleven • Twelve • Thirteen
The OdU5 of Ogunda The OdU5 of Osa
The Odus of Etura The Odus o, .rete
Dr. C. Osamaro Ibie, J.D.
B. se. EeONS. (HONS.) LONDON B.A. ECONS. (HONS.) STRATHCLYDE FIAMN (HONS.)
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Ogunda and Ogbe The Divination for Members ofthe Household ofOdio His experience with the People ofIfe Divination Made for Orunmila When He Was Touring for IFISM: He Made Divination for the Snail in Heaven He Later Divined for his Friend Oro He Made Divination for the Stingy Hunter He Made Divination for Tella-Roko. When He Was Poor The Divination Made for Orunmila When His prosperity Carne The Divination for Orunmila When He Bought a Slave He Made Divination for Aban.Table of Contents IFISM The Complete Works of Orúnmilil Volume Ten The Odus 01 Ouunda About the Author A Quintessential Mother Prologue-How To Appease Esu Chapter 1 Ogunda-Ogbe Ogunda-Obori-Ogbe Ogunda-Be-Ede-Ole He Made Divination for the Palm Tree Divination for Two Bothers . the Slave ofOni-Taaji He Made Divination for Ataparapa and His Friend Ole 1 2 3 3 6 9 9 10 11 13 13 14 15 Chapter2 Ogunda-Oyeku Ogunda-Ariku He Made Divination for the Bird Called Oge He Made Divination for the Palm Wine and the Deer Divination for Him When He Travelled to lkimi for Ifa Practice How Oruinmila Knew the Secret of Long Life 19 19 21 22 Chapter 3 ·Ogunda-Iwori Ogunda-Leedo Ogunda-Odo He Made Divination for Two Women in Heaven He Made Divination for Sango 23 24 .
The Hcad Scrvcr He Divined for the"Catapult 24 24 25 26 27 28 Chapter 4 OgundaMIdi OgundaMDi-Ugbin The Divination fer Him Befere Leaving Hcaven Divination Made for Orunmila in Heavcn lo Forestall Enemies' Plans to Shorten His Life How His Property Cane From Heaven He Made Divination for Shaald When Going to Make Divination for Olokun He Made Divination for Ekiri. The Fisherma He Made Divination for Ogun When He Was Going to Wage War on the Town of Egba-ruku-Esido He Divined for Two Bosom Friends to Avoid Quarrelling Orunmila's Injunction to bis Priests and Children 49 52 54 55 51 t l ~. . the King ofAntelopes He Made Divination fer Idaho and the daughter ofOIokun He Made Divination for the Snail to Marry Uke. R i1-. Oshere-Igo when He Was Coming to fue World The Divination Made fer Him When He was Coming to the WorId He Made Divination for Ako.He Made Divination for the Majorily He Made Divination for Orunmila Whcl1 Dcuth was Gunning forHim He Made Divination for the Rats Contest Between two Cempeting Ifa Pricsts Divination for Asese-Lagede. the Daughter ofGod He Made Divination for Yeye-Oja to Save Her Only Son's Life Another Special Sacrifice (Ono-Ifa or Odiha) ofThis Odu so That Good Fortune Will Always Come to Him The Divination Made for Okusu When He Travelled to Ha for Divinatien Special Sacrifice (Ono-Ifa or Odiha) Against Deadly Enemies 31 32 33 35 35 36 37 38 40 41 41 Chapter 5 Ogunda-Obara He Made Divination for the Ostrich When He Was Indebted He Made Divination for the Deer and the Farmer The Divinatien He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Oludaren efIdanren He Made Divination for the Olobahun He Made Divination for the Snake Catcher and the Farmer That Is Why Ifa Priests Sing the Poem Special Sacrifice Against Death by this Odu 43 43 44 44 45 46 47 48 Chapter 6 Ogunda-Okonron Divined forthe Alligator When He Seduced Sango's Wife 51 49 He Made Divination for fue Vulture When He Married Egherun 53 54 He Made Divination for the Parrot to Marry Jimi He Made Divination for Orisa-Nla.
He Made Divination for the Dove When She Had Many Lovers The Divmation for this Odu When He Was Leaving Heaven His Experience on Earth and Why the Children Forbid A1coholic Drinks Sacrifice for Mutual Understanding and Amity 77 78 78 80 80 83 .Te-Tura-La He Made Divination in Heaven for the Parasite Plant He Made Divination for the Bush Fowl . Advising Him Not To 00 To The Farm On New Year's Day Special Sacrifice for Child-Bearing 57 58 59 60 61 Chapter 8 Ogunda-Owanrin Ogunda-Mi-Lerín Ogunda-Derín Made Divination for the Seed~Yam The Divination Made for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Divined for the Wife of Ogun He Made Divination for Ogun and Bis Wife He Made Divination for all Divinities Oil Earth He Made Divination for the Farmers and People ofKosoko Town How This Odu Became Known as Ogunda-Mi-Lerin Orunmila's Eulogy Oil the Efficacy ofa Smile 63 63 64 65 65 66 67 67 Chapter 9 Ogunda~Osa Ogunda-Maa-Saa He Made Divination for the Frogs and the Toads in Heaven To Put It In Yoruba. They Recalled That What They Said Was He Also Made Divination In Heaven For EkunKun The Divination Made for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Divined For Sango to Up-root the Obiri Tree He Made Divination for the Ajero for Bis Favorite Wife to Have a Child He Made Divination for Ogun and Bis Wife Before Going to War He Made Divination for the Olowo of Owo When a Rat Made Him to get Lost in the Forest 69 69 70 71 71 73 74 75 Chapter 10 Ogunda-Etura Ogunda.Chapter 7 Ogunda-Irosun The Divination mMade for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Two Pages ofthe Oba in Benin He Made Divination for Two Friends He Made Divination For Shede.
the Son of Orisa Gbuwuji He Divined far Adiba.Chapter 11 Ogunda-Irete Ogunda-Kete He Made Divination in Heaven for Ukubi.He Made Divination for theFarmer Against the Risk ofRobbery He Made Divination for Orisa-Nla The Divination Made for Him When He Travelled on a Long Trip 93 94 95 95 96 96 Chapter 13 Ogunda-Ba-Eturukpon He Made Divination He He He He Made Made Made Made for fue Cow Divination for Oluweri to Become Prosperous Divination for Ogidi-Olu. Otherwise Called Ajayi Divination For OIuloko When He was Going to Marry Divmation F or the Market Woman he Made Before Coming to the World 99 99 The Divination 100 100 100 101 Chapter 14 Ogunda-Ose He Made Divination F or The Penis The Divination He Made Before Coming To The WorId He Made Divination for Orsemi-Lere He Made Divination For Ogun When He Was Going To War Divination For The Eldest Son ofOgunda-Alashe 103 103 105 106 106 Chapter 15 Ogunda-Ofun He Made Divination for fue Male Sperm He Made Divination for the Father of all Snakes Orunmila Advises Cleanliness at al1 Times He Made Divination for fue Pig to have Children He Made Divination for the Mother of Alajunare He Made Divination for Ogun During his Dispute with Akin The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven 109 109 110 110 110 111 t l J 111 . the Son of Orunmila He Made Divinatian for Orunmila When He Seduced fue Wife of Ogoronigara He Made Divination for Igun When He Went for Ifa Practice to Ilode He Made Divination for Ogun in a Contest for Seniority The Divination he Made Before Leaving Heaven The Divination Made for Orunmíla to Buy a COIpse for Sacrifice He Made Divination for Osanyin When Death Was Trailing Him 85 85 86 87 87 88 89 91 Chapter 12 Ogunda-Eka The Divination Made for Him Before Coming to fue World Special Significance of this Odu He Made Divination for the People of Ofa .
the Hunter Special Sacrifice for Prosperity 123 123 124 125 125 125 126 Chapter 3 Osa-Iwori Osa-Awure Osa-Olawure He He He He Made Made Made Made Divination Divination Divination Divination forthe for the for the for the River When Coming to earth Dog and the Ewe' (Sheep) Dog and the He-goat Gorilla 127 127 128 129 130 131 131 132 The Divination Made for Him Before Leaving Heaven The Divination He Made When He Was Travelling to an Unk:nown Destinatian He Divined for Two Babalawos He Made Divination for the Man Whose Fortune Was Not Consolidated .IFISM The Complete Works of Orúnmilil Volume Eleven lhe Odus DIOsa Chapter 1 Osa-Ogbe OSa-Lo-Gbe-Jo He Cane to the World to Live in The Midst ofEnemies The Divination Made for Him When Three Favors Were Coming to Him Simultaneously He Made Divination for the Crown Prince of lfe He Made Divination He Made Divination He Made Divination for the Oloba of Obaa to Survive the Onset of Several D'!l1gers for Two Anonymous Friends of Contrasting Orientations for the Rat Called Eku-Eda 113 114 116 118 119 120 120 120 121 121 122 Divination and Sacrifice for Checkmating Death The Divination Made for Him to Prosper Onmmila's Advice to the Wives ofIfa Adherents Divination and Sacrifice for Alleviating Problems He Made Divination for ChiefElemure When Esu Blocked His Fortunes Chapter 2 Osa-Oyeku He Made Divinationfor Orisa-Nla When Coming to the World He Made Divination for aMan Who Was Having Diarrhea The Divination Made for the Hunter Who Saved His Father From Witches He Made Divination for the Oloja of Ado and a Lunatic Orunmila's Care for His Children He Maqe Divination for Jogbo.
Fowl from the Tiger Another Variatian of the Same Divination Yet Another Variation ofthe Same Revelatian He Made Divination for Ikan. He Made Divination for the GraSH~llóppcr He Divined for Arawo fue Mothcr 01' tlle J luwk He Made Divination for the FalhcrofOrofo The Divination He Made Beforc Lcuving Hcaven The Divination He Made Beforc Performing Ilis Annual Festival He Made Divination for Lak:ola. The King ofTermites The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Divined for Lemikan ofljesha Orunmila Advised His Adherents Against Abandoiling Their Ifa Chapter 7 Osa-Irosun He Made Divination for fue Camwood and the Rat He Made Divination for fue Ear When He Seduced the Wife ofthe Mosquito He Made Divination for the Goat The Divination he Made Befare Leaving Heaven The Divination He Made Before Marrying a Yellow Woman He Made Divination for His Wife When She Was Having Genital Hemorrhage . The Fricnd orOrisa Special Sacrifice for Producing Childrcn 133 133 133 134 135 136 Chapter 5 Osa-Obara Divined for fue Water Divinity to Bccomc Grcat He Made Divination for Fire When his Lile was Ebbing He Civined for 76 DifferentAnimals Special Sacrifice For The Birth of1\vins . They AIso Made Divination for Orunmila to Receive Two Favors He Made Divination for a Man With a Dcfonned Leg Special Sacrifice for Peace and Prosperity The Sacrifice He Made Before Leaving Hcaven His Expericnce on earth .Whcn He Scduced Sokotrs Wife The Divination He Made Before Going to Osogbo 137 137 137 138 138 138 139 139 140 141 Chapter 6 Osa-Okonron Osa-Kunrin He Made Divination to save the Guinea:.Chapter 4 Osa-Idi .
•. The Son of the River He Made Divination for the Iguana The Divination Made for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for Onirefi When He Was Poor Special Sacrifice to Fight Enemies A Special Poem 153 153 154 155 155 156 Chapter 9 Osa-Ogunda Osa-Ogunleja Osagun-Ero He Made Divination for Osa When He Seduced Ogun's Wife Divined For Orunmila When His Three Wives Deserted Him Special Sacrifice for a CooI Life and Peace ofMind Divined for Songo to Cornmand Universal Fear and Respect The SacrificeHe Made Before Leaving Heaven 157 157 158 158 159 Chapter 10 Osa-Etuta ..Chapter 8 Osa-Owanrin Osa-Olubi He Made Divination for Aromi. The Same Awo Made Divination for the Frog and the Buffalo He Made Divination for Orisa-NIa When His Three Servants Ran Out on Him He Divined for Orisa to Make Sacrifice With His Dress The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Oloyan He Made Divination for the Peop1e oí Oyan and Their King the OIoyan 169 169 170 171 172 173 173 . The Hunter He Divined for Edigban to Become the Oba of Ede The Divination Made For Him When Witches Were After Him The Divination Made For Him When He Was Travelling to Edidi He Made Divination for Two Sisters 161 161 162 163 164 165 165 166 167 Chapter 11 Osa-Irete Osa-Oloyan He Made Divination for the Water and the Sand ofthe River . Osa-Alawure Osa-llefiri He Made Divination for Alajuba When Death Was Hunting for Him He Made Divination for Osanyinmola When He Was I11 The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination For the RoyaI MusiCian He Made Divination for Nanakuana.
The Son of Orunmila The Divination Made far Him When He Was Travelling Overseas Divined for Monkey When He Lied against Orisa 187 188 188 188 190 190 191 192 IFISM H. 181 181 182 184 185 Chapter 15 Osa-Ofun He Made Divinatian for fue Animal Called Ikeeghe and the Eagle He Divined far Ogun and Uja When TI1_ey Were Coming Fram Heaven The Divination He Made Befare Leaving Heaven He Made Divinatian far fue Hunter.Chapter 12 Osa-Eka He Made Divination He Made Divination He Made Divinatian He Made Divinatian far Obe. The Complete Works of Orúnmila Volume Twelve J lhe Odus 01 flura Chapter 1 Etura. The Farmer and fue Awo He Made Divinatian for fue Waman Who Divorced her Husband Made Divination with Ale the Son of Death and Ojiyan..Esilo for Salubata for fue Calabash far fue Refuse Camp 175 175 175 176 Chapter 13 Osa-Eturukpon He Made Divinatian He Made Divination He Made Divination far fue Trumpet to Become Famous for a Plant Called Kpanrikpan for the Head and the Mind 177 177 178 178 The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven Chapter 14 Osa-Ose Osa-Sesese He Divined for 76 Bush Rats in Heaven He Made Divinatian for the Bird Called Eluulu and the Snake He Made Divination far Two Neighboring Fanners The DivimiÚon He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for Ogun to Prasper.Qgbe Etura-Eleji Etura-Orilana Etura-Árodemi Etura-Jobi Etura-Rina He Made Divination far Three Friends 195 L • l IL .
He Made Divination for Adeduntan 209 209 210 210 211 Chapter 4 Etura-Idi He Divined for the Pregnant Woman and forOlabahun He Made Divination far the He-Goat When he was Arranging to get Married Bivined for Baata to Excel all other Musical Instnunents He Made Divination for the Elephant and the Pit Divination Made for Orunmila When He Travelled with Other Divinities He Made Divination for the Musical Drums He Made Divination for the Chameleon He Made Divination for the Bass Drum 213 214 214 215 216 216 216 216 Chapter 5 Etura-Obara Etura-Araba Etura-Ba-Ba-Ba Divined far fue Bird Called Ako When lndebted to Olokun 219 .He Made Divination for the Head The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven The Divination and Sacrifice He Made to Win a Crown This Odu's Special Sacrifice for Prosperity Divined for a Brother and a Sister When They Were Looking for the Good Things of Life This Odu's Special Sacrifice for Success in Life He Made Divination for the Maggot 196 196 200 202 202 203 203 Chapter 2 Etura-Oyeku Etura-Ogoku Etura-Ariku Etura-Ariko Etura-Akponkon The Divination He Made Before Coming to the World He Made Sacrifice for Sankpana and Iya-Alaje Divined for Mooye. the Daughter of Aremanijan Divined for Awagboro The Trumpeter 205 206 206 207 207 Chapter 3 Etura-Iwori Etura-Awoye Etura-Ole He Made Divinatian for the Snail He Made Divination for the Ground and the Sky He Divined forthe White Man When Coming From Heaven He Made Divination for Ogbese and Oshun When They were Competing for Seniority. The Wife of Orunmila He Made Divination for Okponremi.
The Divination lkin Made When Leaving Heaven Divined for 01u-Jettu When His Subjects Abandoned Him This Odu's Prescriptions for Alleviating Problems Causedby Enemies Divination for a Pregnant Woman Divined for fue Generous Householder The Divinatio"n He Made to Become Prosperous Through Sedentary Work He Made Divination for Alaketu When He Was Going to be Visited by Esu This Odu's Special Sacrifice for prosperity 235 236 236 237 238 238 238 239 239 . I'r~ Oivined for Ebo and SigldfWhon1'hcy Contested for the Marriage of a Girl 220 220 221 221 222 He Made Divination for Oniboit~~itboSupp()rter ofthe Yam The Divination Made forHimWfi¡nCtllning to the World He Divined for the Penis and tb"V..' ::' .' ... '.:~~r.Tiku He Made Divination for fue Rat..'.!tvft 10 Guín Universal Honor and Respect He Divined for Orunmila to Produc:~Childrcn Who Were to Become Fathers He Made Divination for AlarablÍ'txAi' Chapter 6 Etura-Okonron Etura. . Fish nnd Bir'd Divination for the Male and Femalc Ocnltuls The Divination He Made Before Lcaving Hcnvcn Divined for Him to Marry the Daughtcr ofOlokun Special Precaution Against Calamity 225 225 226 227 227 Chapter 7 Etura-Irosun Etura-Mosmi Etura-Olomu Divined for the Ear When He Seduced the Mosquilo's Wife The DiviriatiQn He Made Before Leaving Heavcn He Made Divination for an Awo Called ldereluma He Made Divination for Iwa to have Children Divined for Oyadolu to Save Her Children From Dying He Made Divination for fue Star When Going to Marry the Moon He Made Divination for Pagida 229 229 230 231 232 232 232 Chapter 8 Etura-Owanrin Etura-Ahlketu Etura-Alaka He Made Divination for Alligator. . Crocodile and the Monitor . .. ' . ... ' .
CIay Pot and the Gourd When They Assailed the River Special Sacrifice for Success in One's Endeavour 259 260 261 261 261 263 263 Chapter 12 Etura-Eka He Made Divination for the Oil Bean Tree The Oivination He Made Before Coming to the World He Made Divination for the People ofIroko and Eka This Odu's Special Sacrifice for Consolidating Fortune He Made Divination for the Hedgehog Special Sacrifice Against Unconsumated Fortunes (Amubo) 265 265 266 266 266 267 .Ta-Gitan He Made Divination for the Parasite PI~t and the Star The Divination Made for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for Alagemo.Takuta Sole Etura. The Chameleon He Made Divination for Agbe When Going to the Farm He Made Divination for fue lronsmith Divination for a Barren Woman to Have a Child Special Sacrifice for Harmony and Understanding Another Variation to the Exploits of Afuma.Chapter 9 Etura-Ogunda Etura-Arira Etura. the Parasite Plant and How Afumo Became the Kíng ofPlants 241 242 244 245 245 245 246 246 Chapter 10 Etura-Osa He Made Divination for the Hawk and the Hen The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven The Divination Made for Him When He Was Going to Work for King Onikaro of Ado He Made Divination for Ogun When Going to War He Made Divinatíon for the Dog When Coming From Heaven This Odu's Special Sacrifice to Overcome Enemíes and Difficulties The Divination Made for a Mother to Save Her Daughter From Death in Her Marital Home 249 250 252 253 256 257 257 Chapter 11 Etura-Irete Etura-Ago Itonlo-Etura-Itonlo Etura Olugba-Ete He Made Divination for the Cock He Made Divination for Three Sister-Birds HeAIso Divined for Agborin. Agbe and Aluko He AIso Made Divination for Ayinyan The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven Divined for the Barrel.
Chapter 13 Etura-Eturukpon Etura-Tiku Etura-Olomu He Made Divination for the Bird Callcd Dogí-Dokpe The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for Ogun in Heavcn He Made Divination to Become a Hcad Chícf 269 269 270 271 Chapter 14 Etura-Ose Etura-Alashe Etura-Ori. the King of Sna1ces '" "" The Complete Works of Orunmlla 279 279 280 281 282 283 IFISM VOLUME THIRTEEN THE UOUS OF IRETE 288 287 285 292 290 289 L 1I " 11 I IL 1'--- I l Chapter 1 Irete-Ogbe Irete.Wese He Divined for the Rabbit When He Was Coming to the World He Made Divination for the Monkey The Divination Made for Him When He Was Coming From Heaven He Made Divination for a Woman Called Otun Special Divination for Honor and Dignity Special Sacrifice for a Woman Anxious to Have a Child Special Sacrifice for Prosperity :' 273 274 274 276 276 277 277 Chapter 15 Etura-OfuD He Made Divination for the Albino (Afm 01." Eyaen) in Heaven He Divined for Meeriye to Obtain the Blessing of God The Divination He MadeBefore Coming to the World He Made Divination for the Paúper to Prosper Special Sacrifice for Having Children He Divined for Ojol Gidigba.Te-Nu-OJu Divined for Orisa When He was Having Stomach Ache He Made Divination for Olokun When His Fortune Waned Another Variation ofHow Ategbe Divined for Olokun to Regain Opulence When All But One ofHis Wives Deserted Him He Made Divination for the Walnut Plant The Divination He Made When Coming to the World He Made Divination for the Kings of Owo and Benin The Sacrifice Ategbe Made for Olokun to Regain Prosperity .
Worm.Chapter 2 Irete-Oyeku He Made Divination far Maming and Evening . Honey-womb. The Wife of Orunmila 297 297 299 299 299 300 301 Chapter 4 Irete-Idi He Made Divination far Six Sisters. The Tennite The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination far Oloba-Ahun He Made Divination for the Barren Woman to have a Child He Made Divination for Alao 305 305 306 306 307 307 Chapter 6 Irete-Okonron Irete-Ege . The Flames. He Made Divination far the Bird's Kindred When They Were Leaving Heaven The Divination He Made Befare Leaving Heaven He Made Divinatian for a Woman Called Osun-Onibuola He Made Divination for Olofin to Prosper He Made Divinatian far The Ship The SameAwo Made Divination for the Boa And The Python 293 293 294 294 295 295 295 Chapter 3 Irete-Iwori Irete-Ajero Irete-Nte-Awoye He Made Divinatian For The Pigeon When She Was Caming to the Warld The Divination He Made Befare Leaving Heaven He Made Divinatian for the Son of Sango He Made Divination far Shomolu to Have Children He Made Divination far Anibire Special Divination for Child Birth He Made Divination for Shugunrinmi. Hea and the Garbage Dwnp He Made Divination fúr the Head When Going on Tour He Made Divination for Olakpade The Divination He Made BeforeLeaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Rat not to Marry a Woman Stronger Than Himself He Made Divination for the Mother af Osho He Made Divination for the Greedy Hunter Who Failed to make Sacrifice 301 302 302 302 303 303 304 Chapter 5 lrete-Obara Irete-Alao Irete-Oloba He Made Divination for the Bird Called Ogbigbo ar Thiokam He Divined for Light and His Brother.
He Made Divinatian He Made Divinatian far the Rope and The Woaden Fastener for the Penis and the Vulva The Divination He Made Befare Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Mother of Adeyosola Divined for Elekolo Not to Give her Daughter in Marriage Outside His Tawn 309 309 310 310 311 Chapter 7 Irete-Irosun Atenurosun Irete-Erijiyan He Made Divination for Oloba-Aghun.Egunre He Made Divinatian far the Porcupine and His Wife The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven The Divination He Made When Eziza Carne to Challenge Him He Divined far Three Trap Setters This Odu's Special Sacrifice for Saving One's Life He Divined for the Monkey family Not to be Greedy ~ L 329 328 325 331 326 331 P l t ~ Chapter 10 Irete-Osa Arotesa The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven The Cantest for Leadership Between Esu and fue Divinities He Divined for the Divinity of the Night When He Was Leaving Heaven 332 332 335 . The Womaniser He Made Divination for Him Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for Olofin to save His Children's Lives He Made Divinatian For The Greedy Fisherman Orunmila's Special Sacrifice for His Odu He Divined far Sango When He Was Suffering 313 314 315 316 317 317 Chapter 8 Irete-Owanrin Irete-Arín' lrete-Ogege Irete-Olota He Made Divination for the Monitor The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination far fue King of lfe (Olafm) The Divination he Made Before Going to Ota He Divined for Abi When She Had No Child Divined for Orunmila When He Went to Work at Ota 319 320 321 322 323 323 Chapter 9 Irete-Ogunda Irete-Ogunrere Irete-Oyao Irete.
Lahere The Workaholic 355 356 356 357 357 .The Divination Made for Him Before He Prospered He Divined for the Multi-purpose Oiviner He Made Divination for Olayoriju Omo Akpogbonshorun He Made Divination for Akerenikeyo to Take His Father's Crown 335 336 336 336 Chapter 11 Irete-Etura Esekon-La He made Divination for the Mouth and the Abdomen The Divination He Made for the Mother of Okpere The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven How Orunmila had his First Child The Oivination He Made for Sango He Made Divination for the Olofin This OdU'8 Special Sacrifice for Prosperity Divined for Orurnnila Before Travelling to Ekiti 339 340 340 341 343 344 345 Chapter 12 Irete-Eka Ateka He Made Divination for the Tongue When in the Midst of Enemies He Made Divinatíon For The Okro When"She Was Goingto the Farrn The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for the Farrner He Made Divination for Olawunmi ofthe Town ofIkpakpo Sacrufuce to be Made Before Travelling He Made Divination far Crown Prince lkukpolarun Aremu 347 347 348 348 349 349 350 Chapter 13 Irete-Eturukpon He Made Divination for the Pigeon When She Offended Oeath He Divined for the Porcupine (Ire or Okhaen) The Divinatian He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination far the Prince ofIwo to Have a Child He Made Divination for Masquerades Special Sacrifice Against Infectious Disease 351 351 352 352 354 354 Chapter 14 Irete-Ose Irete-Alaj e Irete-Sekpere Uru-Ekun He Made Divination for the Tiger The Divination He Made Before Leaving Heaven He Made Divination for a Girl Who Cane From Heaven He Made Divination for Ajibola When He Was Moving With Witches He Made Divination for Omo.
.He Made Divination for Onigbolo Si Gbolo The Divination He Made Before Prospering Special Sacrifice Against lmminent Danger Special Sacrifice of this Odu for Prosperity 358 3~8 358 359 Chapter 15 Irete-Ofun Irete-Afun He Made Divination for Palm Tree He Made Divination for Orunmila Special PoenAgainst Fear The Divination He Made When Leaving Heaven He Divined for Orunmila When He Went to the Land of Albinos 361 362 362 362 364 ¡ L I • L ~ . .
Upon the completion of his primary and secondary education. falsitied and . Between 1980 when he retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Federal Public Service. the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. In 1947.About the Author Benin mid. He went to London ín 1960 and obtained a Second Class Honor Degree in both Strathclyde. which was his base. and 1989. C.*s of Órúnmil¿ Vol.Western Nigeria on the 29th of September. fabricated truth about the true nature of the one and only good God through the ¡nfant whose future problems and prospects were being analyzed. he joined some of his friends to enlist in the priesthood ofthe Catholic Church. Glasgow and the University of London. he won a Federal Govemment Scholarshíp to read Economics in London. He also addressed several public and private sector ínstitutions on the direetíons of economic policy. several tertiary educational institutions. he operated exgratiation as an economic analyst. and the Bishop deferred to the wish of his father by releasing him. predicted that God created the infant as a servant to OrúnmHa. Osamaro Ibie was born in from a Christian family. One was being launched in 1987. Thompson Ibie Odin. In fact.When capital City of Mrs. becoming Deputy Permanent Secretary in 1973 and Permanent Secretary in 1975. and that the world was going to know about Órúnmila and the distorted. which was charged with the management of the Nigerian economy. Chlef Obalola confessed that he himself wondered why Orúnmilé left the whole of Yorubaland. who confirmed to journalists when Ifism: The Complete Wo. He hailed the defunct Benín Empire's his naming ceremony was. God's own servant and divinity of wisdom. M . At the same time. At the same time. He retumed to the Nigerian Federal Public Service where he was appointed as an Assístant Secretary. to pick his viva voceo Aceording to the author's father the augury was totally ignored as farfetched beca use the man was talking to a Christian fami/y who 'could not imagine any connection with Órúnmllá The author went through his primary and secondary education in Benin City. on which he served between 1976 and 1980. but his father intervened with the Bíshop to ¡nsist that his son was not cut out for the Christian priesthood. he was appointed as a member ot the Nigerian Govemment delegation to the intergovernmental consultative conference between the American and Nígerian govemments. during which he generally operated as a man-server in the Catholic Church. etc. experts in the esoteric analysis of newly born infants. which he first visited but could not reside in. to come to Benin. incfuding the Nigerian Institute of Bankers. the author was employed in the Nigerian Federal Public Serviee where he rose from the post of a Clerical Officer to the 10ftY position of an Executive Officer in 1959. however being performed eight days after his birth. writing many newspaper articles on the categorical and hypothetical imperatives of economic policy and management. Nigerian Institute of Strategic Studies. 1934 to Chief and r. He was appointed as a member of the Nigerian Economic and Finance Committee on the same year. with special reference to the late Chief Obalola Adedayo.
. he has aetively engaged in business in the prívate sector.The Complete Works ofOrunmila From 1985 and to the present. in Edo State.Osamaro Ibie reeeived his Doctorate of Jurisprudence.) and recognized as a certified and Distinguished Administrator (COA). Uníversity of Marlborough.C. he has been seJVing as a member of the governing Council of the Federal Government owned University of Benin. U. He was in 1992 awarded an Honorary Fellowship ofthe Institute of Administrative Managernent of Nigeria (FIAMN .IFISM . Mr. In 2000.S:A. Hawaii. Honolulu.Hon. Since his retírement from the Civil Serviee in 1980.
The happiness herein referred to is not the synthetic greed for monetary satisfaction. the animals of the bush and the fishes of the rivers and seas. I toldhim that unless he had a mother who was teleguiding his survival. I invited him for a dinner to provide the opportunity of telling him some home truths. and longevity. there are three main factors conducive to a blissful sojoum on will be all too often. When he did not seem to comprehend the point I was makihg. She borrowed money from any and every body to perform idolatroys sacrifices purportedly to keep me alive. " Three weeks before he became the victim of bureaucratic homicide. 1would have long gone to join my ancestors. Iive happily from nature's simple endowment in their respective habitats. it would be catastrophic for him to continue to singe the tiger's beards. These three factors are: To come through one's destined parents to the world. I was therefore.The Odus oE Ogunda. the undeserved right to Uveto enjoy theír iII~gotten acquisitions? It is the maximization of the success and happiness deriving from living long enough to enjoy satísfaction from small wants and simple desires. forwhich God and nature amply provide. that ¡s. there is a tendency for people to define true happiness and satisfaction hedonistically. The birds of the air. The first question r aksed him was whether his mother was alive and equal to the task that his aUdacity necessitated.less than three weeks later. Etura and Irete According necessary at the outset to define what a blissful or successfullife ¡s. it -------- . a life spent in accordance with the natural endowments of the true God.lS convinced that she was. Let me iUustrate what I mean by referring to the experience of a late pupil andadmirer. because to Orunmila. How many people ever stop to sympathíse with govemment functionaries and extortionate businessmen. True happiness on earth can only come from deriving satisfaction from simple needs and desires. who after mortgaging ethical objectivity and their conscience to loot bíllions of dollars. were subsequently deníed by the higher powers. That was because she was always talking about enemies seeking to destroy me. Between 1944 and 1989. One of some questions which 1have been asked on a number of occasions. Osa. the manifestation of genuine and veritable dreams come true. I reminded him of the Bini aphorism that before challenging the messenger of death a young man musthave a reliable protective shield. the agent of the devil. What truncates human Iife on earth is not our needs but the pursuit of greed for whích God and nature forgot to provide. he was reported to have died suddenly from a bomb allegedly mailed to him by the bureauéracy. and I had occasions to call her. She had five children all of who lived to bury her. when 1was still the victim of synthetic foreign religion. Against the foregoing background. But her expenditure on me alone was more than all her other four children J earth. I Wé. At the time. took so many moronic risks that were it nolfor the brand of parents that it pleased God to give me. the intrepid journalist DeJe-Giwa of blessed memory. as if they were going to live forever. in terms of material satisfaction and synthetic pleasure. Between 1942 and 1969. it wa"s my mother that provided the means of dodging the bricks and mortars of life. but the never-ending hunt for greed. to have the fortune of meeting one's destined marital partner on earth. What shortens our lives on earth are not the pursuits of our needs. not surprised when. I will riow proceed to íIIustrate Orunmila's three prescriptions for lasting happiness in our planet.and to be bom ¡nto the right ambience.
I got a message from my mother that she had been told at augury to wam me to travel to Ben. Mr. was then an X-Ray Technician at the Warri General Hospital. he came to my house to verify my condítion. at the ¡nstance of my parents. It is however. j had a fever and I went to the Warri General Hospital for treatment. I was taking the tablets as prescribed. 1 On hearing that I was m. it was my mother. of indignities. That is why. my Ifa was prepared without any further delay between the 7th and the 12th of October. he advised me immediately to take a booster dose of mepaerine whieh had been given to me at the Warri General Hospital. necessary to recall thatduring the final stages of my Ifa initiation in October. especially from uncles in order to stay around to rook after her children in my father's house-. Joseph Okuofu. After the prescribed atonement sacrifices were made at the ancestral shrines in my maternal village. I had devefoped indomitable aversion against such idolatrous advice. 1 went to study overseas on Nigerian Federal Govemment bursary. 1955. I would probably have ended up in an asylum or mental hospital. when I ignored the red traffie Iíghts of Iife to race along at high speed. 1955. in the company of my fríend and next door neighbor. I should like to iIIustrate this oxymoron with two spectacular events in my formative years: In September. in my characteristie devir~may-care brazen effronteries. Whenever. As an ardent Roman Catholic fanatie.remember beca use I was at the time . I was working as a Shipping Assistant in the Department of Marketing and Exports at Warri in what is now the Delta State. I had no ¡ntention of heeding my mother's adviee. my life had a reasonably smooth navigation. When he saw how high my temperature was. Early in October. a ceremony which I can barely.n for the next three months to obviate the risk of becoming a victim of the evil maehinations of esoterics and warloeks. A benevolent sympathiser subsequently backed me on his bieycle to my father's house. very close to the point in the bush into which I had mysteriously strayed on my way fram Warri. After he left my house on that Friday. 1955. Wilfred Osaoyomwanobo Osunde. That was when a positive eorrelation was drawn between my previous incarnation and my indisposition. the man who gave me my first job and harboured me for some months. was given Quinacrine or Mepacrine and advised to take two tablets three times a day. I immediately felt well enough to travel to Benin. When my guardian heard that I was iII. Mr. I beeame perfectly well. After my first daughter was bom in 1960. She was prepared to eat human waste in the interest of her children. I have already told the story of how' lost my memory on my way to Benin and did not regain it partially until when I found myself at about 10pm after having strayed over five miles into the bush far away from Benin. Fromthen on. In book one. When Orunmila was reported to have complained that keeping him at the periphery of my lite between 1944 and 1955 amounted tb over-stretehing my luck. She endured all kinds . 1955. who often manipulated the brakes to apply forcibly. It was the augury which my mother eonducted that provided the esoteríc solution to my problems.IFISM -The Complete Works of Orunmila put together. but for the indomitable disposition of my ever-earing mother. he carne to visit me. Except for so me hiecups resulting from my first marriage between 1959 and 1969. That was also the setting in which my final initiation into Ifism was completed in Oetober 1955.
with a view to furthering my education. my mother besought my father to remember the injunction givento the two of them during the final stages of my Ifa initiation. he dismissed the suggestion as a plastic joke. no fortnight expired without me coming to Benin to see my parents because Iloved them.out-tum of that cave-in to another book I am writing at the ¡nstanee of Orunmila about the "Dark Side of my Lite. Etura and Irete still suffering from severe hallucinations. Osa. I agreed to accompany my mother to Benin that week-end to submit to the will of my father and asked tor his forgivenes. after being told that Orunmila. while I was preparing for the GCE Advance Level in 1957. stood his ground and insisted that 1 had to obey his instructions. He used his own example to demonstrate that he never had anyintention of marrying more than one wife and that when his mother told him several years before that he was destined to marry three wives. In spite of that injunction. Osunde to persuade me to save her from the wrath of my father. immediately travelled to Warri to beseeeh my guardian.allliving with him at the time he was talking to me." Suffice it to conclude at this stage that it almost cost me my life on the 23rd of September. Osunde reminded me that as mortals. "not to force me to marry any girl unless one chosen by myself. 1969. I appealed strongly to my father that the time was not opportune for me to marry. I only began to know what was going on about the Ifa initiation on the fifth day when my life horoscope was disclosed. After agreeing to marry my first wife in deterence to the will of my father. On the surtaee.s. we haye no armour against fate sinee we are only pawns on the ehessboard ot destiny. was wh"at they told okduring my Ifa initiation? That anyone having Ifa. the woman proved to be so inoffensive that when I was going Overseas on Nigerian Federal Government . my father proposed that I should marry a girlliving on our stree1. my father drove my mother from his house"on·the groundthat she was supporting her son (my poor self) who had never theretofore disobeyed his instructions. Apart from the faet that the girl never went to school at all. . He then asked me whether what my mother revealed . my father was in no mood to compromise his decision. Meanwhile. My mother." Since custom and tradition were on the side of my father at a time when Benin parents still had the last word on who. W. Mr. Before then. but for the preeautionary moyes of my mother. Mr. l' will skip the details and . 1 remember vividly that my parents were warned that if they did not wish to actuate any avoidable disruptions in my life they should not ehoose any wife for me unless itwas one that I could choose myself and agree to marry. He emphasized that it is only when we stray fromthe path of our destiny that we run into difficulties during our sojoum on this planet.O. For daring to challenge his authority.to him. was the divinity God created me to serve? I fully regained my memory. On that note. I confirmed the information but insisted that I never believed i1. I was determined to brush her total illiteracy and fine-tune her to suit my station in Iife. He however. 1 refused to visit Benin from Warri during the ensuing ten months. but that over time he came to have three wives. In the ensuing confrontation between father and son. He ended by advising me to stop upsetting my father beca use his prayers and blessings would do me more good than his anguish and curse. their children married.The OdU5of Ogunda. Ogunda-di-'gbín was bound to marry or have children from at least seyen women was true.
who might help. three weeks before I My breakfast was esoterically poisonedby one of my father's wives. As I was about to give up the ghost. At this point. When we. My father was quite excited about my. I had no more pains and I slept throughout the rest of the night. but not my mother. I began to vomit and out from my throat came a dead scorpion. m. however. I was to know the significance of the plane crash three years later. Since I was in severe pain. in her characteristic aversion to "not looking thoroughly before leaping. Ozomwogie Isibor carne in to to tell my father that she knew an Urhobowoman at Oghara junction near Sapele. éllerted my mother that I should do whatever she told me to do when she woke up.incident which transpired travelled to Britain in September. one year after arriving home. 1 immediately began to save money to' get my wife' to join . she asked me to follow her on a joumey towards the Benin road. 1961. The poison defied the competence of all the traditional doctors in Benin City. I could not fall asleep. (my mother. I did not know what happened between the Urhobo lady. it is necessary to recall an . we heard a bizarre announcement through the public loud speaker system at thelounge that the BOAC plane from Lagos to London had crash landed in Barcelona due to engina problem.me the following year. Afterwalking for about half a mi/e.m.decision. when my first child was seven months old. The normal arrival time of the plane was 6a. Later that night." decided to go places to "not looking thoroughly before leaping. that night. but that all the passengers were safe and that a relief plane had been depatched to fly them to london. After that ritual.IFISM -The Complete Works of Orunmila scholarship in 1960. I immediately contacted my father to arrange to get my wife a passport to enable her to join me in August. I got to Lóndon for my universityeducation. Madam Keeke Efekeyan and my mother after Ileft for overseas for further studíes. 1960. I was immediately transported in a charted lorry. I promised to arrange for her to join me the following year. 1960.m. I was.15 a. 6f that year. the woman of taking i1. I now move to August 1961 when my wife left for london. My mother was writing toupdate me but I was neither opening nor reading her letters because their weirdness were frightening to me. she told me to follow her on a round the tree seven times. having been bom on the 6th of February. a paternal relative Mrs. I subsequently wrote to thank my father and besought him to thank God for the safe arrival of my wife because the planecarryingthem to London crash landedin Barcelona. the woman told us that she could only determine the cause and cure of my problem after sleeping. therefore. Thereafter. singing an incantational 50ng. It was going on back to her house that she gave some liquid to drink after telfing me that but for the special grace of God. At about 5. wide awake aftermidnightwhen with a small clay pot in hand. who. Madam Ozomwogie and 1) got to Oghara. she gave me the pot to throw on the road towards Benin. . wholhad trusted tothe point of treating her more as a sister than a father's wife." decided to my decisíon. There were eight of US Nigerian students expecting our wives to arrive intheBOAC plane from Lagos tolondon. unconscious to the wóman's place at about 8p. She. in September.
The medical explanation for her condition was that her fallopian tube was blocked and the doctors did all they could to unblock it. I got rny wife enrolled with a prívate teaching institution to teach herfrorn scratch. When her condition defied all clinical remedies. a confidential Sécretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. and narrated my abortive efforts to make my wife have another baby to my parents. she did not once miss her periodo I became worried when the wives of my other colleagues including a flat mate. I was barely 29 years old then and still a very naive catholic. I decided to retum home to seek traditionaJ solutions. my mother persuaded me that I should accompany her to go and thank the Urhobo woman who dislodged the poison that nearly terminated my life before I traveJled overseas. After persevering tor two years. I was convinced that a womb which brought forth a first child should be able to accommodate other children. When we got to the woman's home at Oghara Junction she asked me whether my wife had another child? When I replied that she had not. I readily agreed to accompany her and I went with c10thes and drinks in addition to money with which to express my profound gratitude to Madam Keeke Etekeyan. I decided to follow my father's suggestion of trying out other women. My tather's advice on getting home was that since I was mine. For the rest of her effective life. . I told her that if I did away with my wife to marry her because of a child. When I asked whether that was her destiny or a situation brought about by medieal or esoteric calamity. My fathers advice on getting home was destined to have children by so many women. I bought an electric sewing machine and other gadgets tor her to use. His advice fell on deat ears. because I was in no mood to compUcate my love Iife. we did not have a single brawl in consequence of which I carne to love her more than ever before. My mother had suggested on several occasions that I should accompany her for augury to find out for myselt why my wife could hot have another child but I bluntly refused to acquiesce. Coming as it did from a Bini woman. were expecting second babies. I would equally most probably do away with her some day for another woman. the old woman laughed and told me to calm down in order to understand the inexorable realities of life. Two days after tuming down her proposal. After a six Í'Tlonthcrash prograrnrne she was able to read. I had bluntly refused to cultivate any relationship with any other woman and vowed never to have an affair with any other woman unti! my wife had a second child. I should have as many girlfriends as I could afford. she did a D and C to terminate the pregnancy. Osa. whose father was a polygamist. I was even tested in London as to whether the medical tault was mine. because she could not share a husband with another woman. We eventually returned home in September 1963. when she said categorically that it was impossible tor my wife to have another child for the rest of her life. As stated earlier. write and speak english and subsequently get through dress-rnakingand cookery programmes. Etura and Irete Meanwhile. she neither had any other child nor spend one week of marriage with any other mano Meanwhile. her next remark startled me. She jolted me even more poignantly when she emphasized that no medicine or sacrifice could solve my wife's problem. became pregnant she confronted me with an untenableultimatum to choose between having the child for me and doing away with my wife. My first attempt was a disaster beca use as soon as the girl. in two years of living together in London and Glasgow.The Odus of Ogunda. The only probem we had was that although she was treated by two of Britain's most proficient gynacologists.
Then came the grotesque disclosure which put me of completely. adding that although they virtually forced me into it. she was given an enhanced promotion in the cult. The old woman stunned me by revealing that when no one seemed able to end my Ife. Her last advice wasthat even if I tfied to have another child through any other woman. my mother gurgled into a wail ot tears and since Jwas aware of most of what the woman was saying. the old woman congratulated my father and my mother tor having the good sanse to prepare Ifa tor me véry early in my life. she was absolutely incapable of having any other child. She asked her a curious question "Oid one of your husband's lovers and two ot your junior mates not do their utmost to end your son's (myself) life since he was bom?" 15 that not why his early years in life had to be spent with your mother? (my maternal grandmother). 1was surprised to see that my mother was listening to the old woman's revelations with placid equanimity when I was rattred. the best spouse any man could pray to have . the woman made a final prognostication. r carne with a mark on my forehead inserted by the cult of demons and warlocks. As I got into my car and halted on my mother to let us return home. t should do so in utmost secrecy ~ecause the pregnancy would abort as soon as my wife knew about it. The price my wite had to pay tor her inability to kill me. The woman then turned to face my mother. to enable her to seize from my wite the esoteric weapons she was coming to use against me.who was. She told my mother and here. was the forfeiture of the six remaining children she was destined to have on earth and repeated emphatically that although I was totally adverse to marrying any other woman until my wife had a second child. preferred to surrender the remaining six when she was confronted with the harder option of 105ingher life .IF1SM -The Complete Works oE Orurunila She started off with a local aphorism that no one can do much to alter what an individual has chosen to do tor or with himself was destined to have seven children. I will quote the woman verbatim "Edugie (my mother name) what I have justtold your son that entered his head through one ear and he dismissed it through the other ear. It was when I insisted on her coming to join me that the woman played her last card culminating in the crashed-Ianding of the air-craft bringing my wite to crash land in Barcelona in August 1961. my wife . In confirming the woman's weird revelations. The old woman then proceeded to narrate the most astonishing tale I had ever heard. The woman added that proffering to accomplish the long running task ot terminating my lite. As it to restore so me lucidity. Your unrelenting task .then got up in the cult of warlocks and voJunteered to come and marry me to tinish me off. I too instinctively burst into tears. as tar as I was concemed. I would have been reborn (reincarnated) tour time since then if Orunmila hadnot been invited (via initiation) to my rescue. that she subsequently . The woman added that was why she did everything to advise my mother not to allow my wite to join me in London 1961 beca use that was going to give her the appropriate environment in which to achieve her nefarious objective against me. he will only believe in tive years' time. She added.. The situation became so bizzare tor me that I had to l€lave the woman's house in anger tor daring to preferwitchcraft charges against a young woman who could not even hurt a fly. She explained that when I was coming to the world. that was why I had been having one problem after another since my childhood through the machinations ot sorcerers.
first. my year of realisation. The nex! woman I betriended at the instance of the late Chief Slaede Azoba who took pity on my plight when we were next door neighbors at Bishop Street.The Odus DE Ogunda. 1995 on a fJjght from Lagos to London-that I should "Tell Al! About The Dark Side of My Lite. and a Catholic Iike me. Eghujovbo who was passing by that provided cold water from his tlask to revive her. was the first relationship I managed to conceal for eight months. Each time Iremember that poor Mary beca me barren tor taking the risk ot befriending me in her prime. who are not endowed with the rare luck of being brought to the world throught the right ambience and parents. It was when my father. they should transfer the remaining tive to me. but for the timely . She would have lost the pregnancy but tor the faet that my father took charg~ of the situation when we got home. but unknown to me only because my mother was made to perform a specia! ritual by an Ifa Sage. the nearer I inched ¡nto the immutable realities of my predicament. The second one. It makes all the difference to our lives. m. her guardian angel and ancestors." There and then. Ileft no stone untumed during the next eighten months to use other traditional methods to get my wife to have another ehild. When the pregnancy was eight months old. I became afraidthat I might have probJems in provjng the ehild's patemity if I did not introduce the woman to my parents. toJd me after two miscarriages that her eldest sister told her after traditional augury that no other woman would be able to have a child tor me as long as my wife was with me. Etura and Irete will be to ensure that he is alive then to appreciate the truth of what I have told him. aborted her pregnancy when it was four months old. ti Otherwise. I shed tears. gave his support to my mother's supplications that I had the courage to befriend other girls. a Yoruba church-seer called MichaeJ Jater told me that my wife had damaged the woman's womb irreparably and so she could not have a child.when he enjoined me tour years ago. Jhad an accident with my car at Uselu on the outskirts of Benin asa result of which the glrl beeame unconscious.30 p. The first one. aetivities and prayers of my parents. after I told my wite about it. following the termination of my first marriage in 1969. That is why I often ponder to worry about fellow human beings. The more I tried. OSa. It was by the special grace of God and the efforts. lt was the man who advised my mother after augury to perform the ritual that Jater revealed to me the year I attempted to take my life. who gave me my wife. an Education Officer. That was how my first son managed to come into my Iife. On my way to introduce her to my parents from her village. fhat although she was destined to have ten children on earth. She subsequently mamed another man tor 25 years and could not have a child until she got to menopause. 1 On my way to Benin 10. Idi-Oro in Lagos. that survived the quinquenium betweenAugust 1964and September1969forwhich I remain etemally grateful to God. that he told her to make a special twenty~one days appeal to God. a Confidential Secretary. That was why Ileft the giri. Mr. I vowed never to see the woman ever again. In an attempt to repudiate the woman's predictions. my guardian angel and my parents. and 2am on the 27th of September. This section of this book is merely a preview of the last book which I am writíng at the instance Orunmila. Jtwas a friend. That explains why I had five children by five different women in 1970. Unhappily. My mother went on her knees several times to beg me to have an affair with other women. 1969. God's own Servant ofwisdom . Ileave the judgment to God.
activities and prayers of my parents. When the pregnancy was eight months old. and a Catholic Iike me. who are not endowed with the rare luek of being brought to the world throught the right ambience and parents. The next woman I befriended at the instance of the late Chief Slaede Azoba who took pity on my plight when we were next door neighbors at Bishop Street. an Education Officer. On my way to introduce her to my parents from her village." There and then. after I told my wife about it. ldi-Oro in Lagos. who gave me my wife.The Odus oE Ogunda. She subsequently married another man tor 25 years and could not have a ehild until she got to menopause. my guardian angel and my parents. I shed tears. The more I tried. That was how my first son managed to come into my Iife. Each time lremember that poor Mary beeame barren tor taking the risk ot betriending me in her prime. her guardian angel and ancestors. the nearer 1 inched jnto the immutable realities of my predicament. Mr. It was the man who advised my mother after augury to pertorm the ritual that later revealed to me the year I attempted to take my life. It was a friend. It was by the special grace of God and the efforts." Otherwise. 1995 on a flight from Lagos to London-that 1 should "Tell AII About The Dark Side of My Lite. they should transfer the remaining five to me. That explains why I had five children by five different women in 1970. In an attempt to repudiate the woman's predictions. folJowing the termination of my first marriage in 1969. The second one. Unhappily. I vowed never to see the woman ever again. I became afraidthat I might have problems in proving the child's patemity if I did not introduce the woman to my parents. That is why I aften ponder to worry about fellow human beíngs. told me after two miscarriages that her eldest sister told her after traditional augury that no other woman would be able to have a child tor me as long as my wite was with me. it is not funny to recall these lugubrious phases of my life. 1 had an accident with my car at Uselu onthe outskirts of Benin asa result of which the girl became unconscious. God's own Servant of wisdom . that I survived the quinquenium between August 1964 and September 1969 for whieh I remain etemally grateful to God. It was when my father. That was why Ileft the gil1. first. that although she was destined to have ten children on earth. that he told her to make a special twenty-one days appeal to God. but unknown to me only because my mother was made to pertorm a special ritual by an Ifa Sage. my year ot realisation. Who will believe that I was in tears as . Ileave the judgment to God. Ileft no stone untumed during the next eighten months to use other traditional methods to get my wjfe to have another child. Osa. aborted her pregnancy when it was tour months old. Eghujovbo who was passing by that provided cold water from his flask to revive her. a Confidential Secretary. was the first relationship I managed to conceal for eight months.when he enjoíned me four years ago. It makes all the difference to our Iives. Etura and Irete will be to ensure that he is alive then to appreciate the truth of what I have told him. a Yoruba church-seer called MichaeJ Jater told me that my wife had damaged the woman's womb irreparably and so she eould not have a child. My mother went on her knees several times to beg me to have an affair with other women. The first one. This seetíon of this book is merely a preview of the lastbook which I am writing at the instance Orunmila. gave his support to my mother's supplications that I had the courage to betriend other girls. She would have lost the pregnancy but for the fact that my father took charg~ of the situation when we got home.
1969. who stopped me from performíng the harikari. The chief told me. 1969 when I discovered that I could no longer copulate with any woman including my wife. In fairness to my parents and chi/dren. to give me Orunmíla's message that I was having problems beca use Jabandoned him. If there are mistakes in this section of the book.AKPOWA of Iyowa .Chief Adedayo Obao/a. a climatic ¡nterval began in my life from the 8th of June. my father's aunt MadamlmaleJe Uwangue had queried that itwas not fair to decide the fate of my wifeon the pronouncements of Chief Obalola alone." Whíle still struggling with destiny to have more children from my wife. ten years later. That was the night Jtried to take my Iife. It was there and then that the decision was taken forme to retum to Lagos to bring rny wife home. It was Orunmila. I eould not stop erying and had to retire to go and sleep. When Orunmila was being sounded for directions a few days later. it is because I did. esoterical and psychologicaJ to overeome the problem unti/ the 23m of September.30 p. it was by the speeiaJ grace of God. Again I preter to skip the details beca use. I had previously referred to it in 800k one of Ifism. She convineed my father that it was advisable to refer the matíer to an Olokun priestess . Chief Igbinovia turned up at my house the following day in equally mysterious circumstances.IFISM -The Complete Works of Orunmila 1was writing ¡t! If my mother had to eat human waste to keep me alive. I had succeeded in having my first son and my second daughter from two other women. Jdid everythíng medieal. but forthe timely .m. Mysteriously. I have decided to jumpthe events of those five years because they have been amply covered in "The Dark Side ot My Lite. who asked for my wife. 2 Elmes Road in Yaba. He then told my father that the woman had already loaded my luggage in a boat ready to sail for heaven and that . I travelled to Lagos the next day and retumedwith herto Benin on the 2Th of September. ¡nstead of eonveriining a meeting of the two fami/es to discuss the termination of themarriage. not read it a second time. who gave her to you? I replied that it was my father. that! should go baek to the patron who happened to be my father who prepared the Ifa for me to appease Orunmila with a goat to enable him to remove from my house the woman who almost sueceeded in terminating my Iife. 1969. my father invited inter alíos. that Jrealised from his voiee and words that he was the one God used to stop me from taking my life by hanging on the branch of an umbrella tree in front of the boys' quarters of my official residence at No. and I was only 35 years old. lest I would have beendead. he asked the seeond que5tion .who would provide a satisfactory solution to the prob/em beeause she divines by possession. Lagos at 3am on the 23rd of September. they turned out to become positive tuming points in my lite. and the intervention of Orunmila that I was still alive to stand before him. she would have done it and more. Meanwhile. When I got home. I do not know whether those developmentsmarked a gloom and doom scenario in my lite. Hethen asked me two questions in the prese"ce of my parents and 1prefer to quote him "My son. It wasduring Orunmila's first appearanee to me at the Atlantic Hotel in Hamburg on the 23rd of June. but for thetimely intervention of Orunmila? I again answered affirmatively. without seeking a second opinion. When I told him that she was ¡n Lagos. as I discovered later. is your body complete as you are standing before me?" When I answered negatively. I followed the man's advice and went to Benin on the 25th of September 1969toserve my Ifa. and 2am on the 2?th of September. 1969. On my way to Benin 10."15that not why you tried to take your Iife. he asked a second question. 1979.
The Odus of Ogunda. 1969. who pulled thesteering whell of my car to herself. your wife did not become desperate. Still talking to my wife. shetold her that her husband was on his way to her because Orunmila was directing him to herto unravel the raison d'etre otthis indomitable problem. Thanks to your mother and your mother of the night. Etura and Irete intervention of my wife. when she (the priestess) started talking to me. The priestess told me that she asked the woman to wait. for so long. we would probably have ended our lives in a ravine between Ajebandele and Onikparaga on Lagos . the embarrassing overture to her revelations (because she speaks in songs with musical accompaniment) was to ask everybody present to pronounce shame on me tor allowing Christianity to becloud my vision.finally appeared before the priestess. when her six and a half months old pregnancy virtually disappeared tor disobeying instructions never to enter my house in Lagos. who she also tried unsuccessfully to kiUto save her own life.Benin Road." Next. who I had alienated since early 1969. and it is in your own ¡nterest to know that it is a mission our Almighty Father will not allow you to accomplish." She confimied that was what happened: Once more the priestess faced me saying "As long as you were quite happy with her only child. his divinities and your husbands' ancestors had swept your feet from his house. and she responded by asking me how many children my wife had within that five years. against you. It was when I got home on the 28th that I was told that we had to go and meet an Olokun priestess on the 29th of September. did your. ''This woman (my wife) standing with you. J When l. It appeared that when she went before the priestess for augury. but when you realised that you too would die if the car fell into the ditch. Enakhere gho rere O). Next I saw the mother of my first son. Osa. the priestess made the second revelation that enhanced the credibility of whatever she was saying. It was when you started trying to have children by other women that she decided to render you sexually impotent. mother of the night Madam Keke Efekeyanof Oghara not tell you five years ago that she will not have anymore children for you and will do her best to stop any other woman from having a child for yoU?" I answered affirmatively. The first surprise packet had was to be welcomed with a song by the priestess that "th e man we have been expecting has finally arrived" . you decided to make his car tumble into a ravine. She had come to find out from the same Olokun shrine why her pregancy receded and virtually disappeared. you pulled the steering of his caro Am Ilying. "what has this man done to you that you made it your mission to destablise and if possible termínate his life? God who knows that he has done for you what few men can do for any woman has frustrated aUyour demonic designs against him. because she would only understand the cause of her own problem. the Priestness added "At the time your huband came to fetch you trom Lagos. "To prevent your secret from leaking. none. and I replied. Have you been a complete man in the past tour months?" .(Enakhere. My father's aunt. following herfailure to accomplish the task she set for herself. Madam Imalele Uwangue led my wite and myself to Akpowa's shrine at Iyowa the following morning. She then faced my wife. you knew tl1at you were not going to retum to him in Lagos beca use God.Lagos road. She next asked me poíntedly and I prefer to quote her. (which happened to be my 35th birthday) atlyowa. on the old Benin .
She then advised me that: (i) 1should bum all the bedding5 with which I had been sleeping with my wife because she had installed a U-BOLT in my house so that if passed through that point and later 90 to copulate with any other woman expeCting a baby for me. the boy indined his head on one of his shoulders."Why is it that you are always living with the wrong people? Of course I asked her what means I had of knowing who was good and who was evil? She then made a jest of me by remarking that "of course. I wonderhow many peopleare endowed with the fortune of having such a prototypical mother! She was indeed one of the best things God did for me. We trave/led to her place on the 30th of September. on the 29th of September. But I wam you. "Whois that boy?"·and I answered that he is the son on a relationsentto Uvawith me. r Madam Keke felt so elated that she got packed to travel with us immediately. if she is still with you in three days time." She then invited the boy for a chat while I got up to fetch water for her to drink. I went before my father on my knees and reported the developments. he gave his familiar name. and withdrinks. She only told me tothank my mother who held the fort whilel was slumberíng between 1960 and 1969. was on my knees to apologise to her. 1969. after unmasking her today. she will get hold of one of your pants and use it to make sure that you will not be able to have sex for the rest of your Iife. We spent the night at Benin and left for Lagos the following moming. (being Urhobo) she would translatethe meaning ofthe name.30p. she asked for water to drínk and Icalled a nine year old junior male relative who was thenstaying with me and schooling at the time. That was when the old woman got annoyed in a way I had never seenbefore. adding that as soon as a sorcerer inclined his/her head on the shoulder. She challenged the boy whether hewas testing her competence and authority. My mother's first reaction was to suggest that we should go and visit Madam Keke Efekeyan at Oghara to confirm that her prophesies had manifested beyond all expectations and to persuade her to follow us to my Lagos residence for sanctification. her pregnancy would evaporate and (ii) My wife rendered me impotent to cage me and prevent me from trying any other woman for a child. and as soon as we returned home. At that point. As soon as the boy moved through the rear door to the direction of the (efrigerator to fetch water. Madam Keke. I have forgotten that you do not have a second sight. J Ileft the shrine on a sombernote. When the woman asked him for his name. and anxious to see her again to apologize to her personally for daríng to brook misgivings on the veracity of her predictions. The wOman then told him that she was asking for his cryptic name.m. 1969. the pregnancy would instantly disappear. because I was through with her as man~and-wife. I gave her an alimony and finished with her at 9. She then asked a more impugning question . 1wa$ only too ready. money and c1othes.IFISM -The Complete Works of Oru~a When I answered negativelly.She proclaimed that she was the second in command among all the witches and wizards of Urhobo land. nothing· would make him/her to answer any more questions.asked . or if any such woman passed through that place. she then asked my wife to leave the consulting chamber and she was led outside. in a paroxysm of bewilde(ment. as soon as he mentioned ít. The situation will reverse itself if you can muster the courage to get her out of your house and your Iife. As soon as we got to my house in Lagos. I ended on the note that he should return my wife to wherever he got her from. The woman then disclosed that the name the boyhad in the club of warlocks was a Yoruba name and that although she did not understand a word of the Yoruba language. which I did not hesitate to do on the spot. At thatpoint all the inmates who spoke and understood the Yoruba language in my house had . me.
She'added that after cutting down the tree. while assuring me that after her depature. under the spell of theold woman. the woman and my mother had supper. she disclosed that my wife had planted an esteric U-BOLT in my house which not only made it impossible for any other woman to have a child for me. I should not only prepare new dresses for him but also promise to continue to pay his school fees from Lagos. At the same time the umbrella tree was being mowed down. the old lady tumed to my mother to tell her in tete-a-tete to ask me whether I was still potent and whether I did not as a result of that. he cried all over the house that he was not happy at what the enemies were doing to me. an outlandish spectacle. Etura and Irete assembled for what was to say the least. 8econdly. In fairness to the small bOY. from about 8pm until1.I was told two years later that while I was away to work one week day and he was on holiday. the woman made him to confirm that the umbrella tree in front of my boy's quarters was the staging post from which they (the club of warlocks) used to scanall the goings-on in my house and from where he used to send messages home to his mother for an update of whatever was going on in my house. I attempted to take my life the previous week. but also to render me impotent. 8he also advised that whenever the boy elected to return to Benin. it would not only fail to work. try to take my life. That was when. Nonetheless. The woman then asked him whether she had sent it and he confirmed that she had not sent it. The woman however had two more puzzles for him to unravel. to the effect. It was again Madam Keke who once more provided the clue to what was obviously a fiendish name. the woman poured certain cryptical substances all over the rooms in my house. This is probably why the successful members of my family and myself are still alive. Again. and therefore. the woman forced him to make a proclamation. he woul~ not live to see the next new moon. had to be cut down and uprooted. On that note. On that note the woman dismissed him from the sitting room. After asking him whether that was not why he manoeuvered himself ¡nto coming to Iive with me. After dismissing the boy. of all the eight other individuals present. She reminded him of the convenant he signed with my wife who had just left. Osa. Meanwhile. apparently. 8he explained that the name the boy took in the night meant "AII the prosperous and successful people in his family would be permaturely dying. the boy would not be able to remain in my house for another five days. the woman warned him that if he accepted it and tried to plant it on my body. she would send him something harmful to plant on my body.The Odus of Ogunda. When my mother answered her questions affirmatively. The woman insisted that her visit to my house would be a failure 1fshe could not locate the U-BOLT. but that he would not live to see the next moming. My wife was still in the house and apparently told everybody not to let me know about the outburst of the boy. changing the name instantly and he did. she wamed him that if he ever tried to play the role of the ínscrutable rapporteur on the happenings in my house and life anymore. Thereafter. the boy gave his covert name as "OLOWOMIFO". She then suggested that later that night. He was reported to have threatened to spill the beans. He disclosed that they planted a U-Bolt in my house for any otherwoman not to have a child for me.45am they were searching for the U·Bolt. no one was adequately able to translate the meaning of the name. 1would discover it and I . that (although no one gave any indication that she was leaving for good) she was not Iikely to retum to Lagos. After trying and failing to locate the U-Bolt. the umbrella tree in front of my boy' s quarters on which incidentally. There was total silence in my room.
I returned to SI. Who would have believed this brand of fairy tale. I asked him why he behavedthe way he haddone and his reply was that he wanted to retum to Benin. Three days after the boy left for Benin. I invited the ¡nmates in my boys' quarters to help me remove the beddings. by the time we removed the two mattresses. Two days later he was taken to Benin. But it happened to me. the type of which I had never seen before. That was the first time I saw relief on my mother's face during the past ten years. stuek it into it and proceeded to dump it into the boys' quarters septie tank. sinee my wife probably never used the toílet there. 1970. The following day my little boy went to the schooJ and did not return home. there on the top of the tarpaulin was thismysterious U-Bolt. It was as a result of the incessant radio announcements that someone spotted him by the side of the river and took him to the Yaba Poliee Station. with the assurance that I would pay his school fees up to whatever level of education he aspired to. which I did. In faet. I had two mattressés on my bed. After removing all the beddings. one eotton and one spring. I became so unsettled that 1reported his disappearance to the Poliee Statjon and the NBC. It was from that day that my sexual poteney retumed in earnest and I had five children by five different women between January and April. Iimmediately went for the wild melon. Dominic's Catholie Church (High Mass) on a Sunday morning and went to bed after taking my breakfast.IFISM -The Complete Works of Orunmila should get a wild melon ready in whieh I should stick it in and jettison it into the septie tank inthe boys' quarters. After the Police escorts had gone. My driver returned the woman and my mother to Benin and Oghara the next moming. . from where he was eseorted to my house. I was having a siesta when 1 had an apparition in which the Akpowa Priestess appeared to ask me why I had not removed the beddings on which I slept with my wife as she instructed. After that phantasm. I deliberately refused to burn the beddings beeause I had just boughtthem during a trip to Europe.
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