"The Making of Ifa Archbishop" is a full length documentary film of the coronation ceremony of Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon into

the office of ARABA (Ifa Archbishop of Osogbo Osun State Nigeria, Sept. 11, 2010). The film starts with a summary of selected artifacts at the premises of Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon as well as some important instruments of the office of Araba. This exploration of artifacts is followed by the ceremony of Ifa poetry competition, the EYO Masquerade from Lagos display and EDO in Benin Masquerade acrobatic display.

Next, we see the ritual homage to the ancestor and Ogun shrine followed by a visit to the palace of Ataoja of Osogbo, where the King decorates Chief Yemi Elebuibon with sacred necklace beads and places the crown of Ifa upon his head. We then travel with the newly crowned Araba Yemi Elebuibon inside the Osun temple to receive the sacred leaf from the traditional king maker. Araba Yemi Elebuibon journeys back to his home on horseback where he is placed on a traditional wood mortal at the entrance of his home. The ritual of kola splitting and goat sacrifice takes place so that the new Araba can complete consecration by stepping his foot into blood before entering the house. Finally, we end with Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon adorned with the traditional attire and crown upon his head. All the community rejoices with happiness as they gather for a reception celebration of music, dance and festivities. Ase Araba! ARABA IFAYEMI ELEBUIBON HOUSE OF CULTURE OSOGBO OSUN STATE NIGERIA

one of the patriarchs of the ancient town was the first king to reign. the equivalent of archbishop in Catholic order. brought great fortunes to Osogbo. it appeared. 2010 IFAYEMI ELEBURIBON-GREAT BABALAWO BECOMES THE ARABA OF ALL BABALAWOS IN OSUN STATE!-E KU ORI RE O! FROM ngrguardiannews. the king’s praise singer’s voice rent the air. many standing all waiting. While the short wait lasted. Yet. At the palace. old and young. no one wanted to miss the historic event. Therefore. AJIBOLA AMZAT was at the event. His ancestor. Elebuibon Saturday. ‘Ifa Olookun Asorodayo’ has made him a household name. he is the same man they have been seen for decades. the hunter had once led a live elephant into town. High Priest Ifayemi Osundagbonu Elebuibon ascended to the highest rank of Ifa prieshood in Osogbo.com originally from ngrguardiannews. It was a huge crowd for such event.blogspot. He and his bosom friend Timehin. they are eager to see him again. were dressed in variety of Aso Ebi.com The Making Of Ifa ArchBishop. women. 16 October 2010 00:00 By Ajibola Amzat Saturday Magazine – Saturday Magazine /0 PoorBest Araba_sat-mag_16-10-10 RECENTLY. Osun. Osun State. tamed.IFAYEMI ELEBURIBON-A GREAT BABALAWO -BECOMES THE ‘ARABA AWO’ OF OSOGBOLAND! By Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade FROM yeyeolade. eager to see the Araba-elect emerge from the sanctuary where he had been sheltered for a while. It is the highest office in the hierarchy of Ifa priesthood. Larooye II was not in a hurry. His coronation as the 11th Araba Awo of Osogboland at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo. Their subsequent encounter with water deity mother. He is probably the most famous son of the soil that lives among them.com er 19. the town now proudly known as a settlement of indigo . the renowned traditionalist. thronging towards the palace of Ataoja of Osogbo to witness the coronation of High Priest Ifayemi Elebuibon as the 11th Araba Awo of Osogboland. His popular TV programme. which drew visitors from Nigeria and overseas was celebrated with pomp and pageantry. Oba Jimoh Oyetunji. Yet. His rendition was as sonorous as it was informative. Oba Oyetunji whose recent coronation as the new Ataoja is of Larooye lineage. But the Ataoja. But like people on pilgrimage to holy ground. men. the natives and guests turned out in large number. Some were sitting.

He is the representative of Orunmila (the patron saint of the Ifa School) father of mystery and keeper of secrets. Eesa. When Olongbojigolo was out of the way. High priest Elebuibon. the great diviner was the force behind the town of Apa. When they discovered that Olongbojigolo. the palace messengers to bring the candidate for coronation. the Oyo army invaded Apa. The rites completed. Princess Isokunronke to lure the priest out of town. another titled chief introduced the Araba-elect to the king and the people: “Kabiyesi and dear people of Osogbo. was ushered in. The king of Alapa sought the spiritual help of his friend. for the title of Araba is the most revered. “Araba Awo is not only the head of all priests. Many young men of Oyo were ready to worship at her feet or go to battle for her. killed the king and sacked the town. and a refuge for victims of war. they were also schooled in stratagem. Expectedly. a lady of irresistible beauty was the cynosure of all eyes anywhere she went. Isokunronke disguised as a kolanut seller and headed for Ologbojigolo’s house in Apa. “When the town is in chaos. he explained.dye. here is the man the community has chosen as the new Araba of Osogboland. Olongbojigolo who was a popular diviner in the ancient town of Apa. he is allowed to display his knowledge.” An Ifa chapter (Odu) Iretengbe gives the account of an Ifa priest. handed him a brass machete on the right hand and a horse tail on the left hand. Then after invoking blessings on him. Chief Elebuibon stood. In fact. the rulers of Oyo Kingdom usually targeted it for raids. This tragic incident in history made kings in Yorubaland keep close relationship with . the priest fell in love and agreed to follow the princess to live in Oyo as her term for marriage. As Araba. The king then took Akoko leaves. Yes or No?” And the people chorused ‘yes!. he declared him the head of all priests in Oshogboland. no king can administer his domain in Yorubaland successfully without his priest in residence. diviners and all kinds of traditional spiritual consultants in the land. Such applause! It reverberated throughout the area. It is the duty of the Araba to reveal messages of Olodumare to the community through the king and prescribes solutions to problems. But the principalities of Oyo Kingdom were not only experienced military men. but also the head of all herbalists. Isokunronke. they sent one of Alafin’s daughters. Olongbojigolo who used his spiritual power to defend the town. the colour of cow milk. staring ahead perhaps at the challenges that await him. He knows about the deeds and times of various royalties. Ifa priests must be consulted to prescribe propitiation to end the calamity and cause the progress to return. the priest is both the spiritual adviser to the king and the friend of the royalty. And at occasions like this. The is why natives of Osogbo celebrate Osun festival every year. and the man went quiet instantly. A small town. And because of its prosperity. It was the time for Abese. Finally. To get her quarry. tucked it inside the dog-ears cap of the new chief. when it pleased Ataoja to stop him. most influential position in Ifa priesthood. And the people applause accompanied with several gunshots thundered through the town. it was yet prosperous. Usually. he waived his horsetail. The king’s praise-singer knows this history and more. dressed in flowing silk materials. the spiritual welfare of the town is now his primary responsibility.

many of whom came from America and Europe to celebrate with him. Today. Araba Oyafemi of Adelakun Compound. Erinmi. or worse still. playwright. Chief Elebuibon is distinguished. “It is the equivalent of archbishop in the Catholic order. Araba Falade of Aleshiloye Compound. the knowledge of Ifa. Araba became the highest title for priesthood in Osogbo. herbalist and practicing . Chief ifayemi explained that Araba is not a hereditary title (Ajewo). This is how important a priest is in the administration of traditional Yoruba community. the dead. Araba Fabunmi Afolabi of Aboyede Fetuata Compound. It was forbidden for the priest to reveal any confidential matter of the town to the public. But giving a priest the title of Araba Awo puts a stamp of authority on such a priest. First. the Oluawo was regarded as the head of all priests in Osogbo. He is a direct descendant of Olutimehin. After him was Araba Awonoyi Adeyemi Kehinde of Amubiorogun Compound who was the maternal grand father of Yemi Elebuibon. And he was made Araba. Aseda. In the past. the two normally swear an oath of trust and friendship in the interest of the community. Chief Elebuibon is a poet. the lips of the priest must be sealed. he went through correspondence courses. he is of the lineage recognised as authorities on Yoruba tradition. the unborn and the spiritual beings – all cohabit in a community. It is the duty of the Araba also to ensure cordial relations among all members of the community. According to Baba Awo. Alara. Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon is of Oluode Aturuku Compound. the living. This means that anyone who meets all the requirements for the office could be so honoured. Olojowu. Henceforth. Araba Oyagoke Adisa of Eleye Compound. one of the cofounders of the ancient town. Other Araba after him were Araba Oyelade of Arewekoro Compound. Even before a king is selected. rather it is rotational (Oye ori-Odo) . according to Chief Elebuibon. And interactivity must be smooth for harmony and peace to reign. including his father and his father’s friends who were also priests. In Yoruba worldview. the character and the contribution of an individual in the town are the criteria that qualify a person for the title of Araba. As the principal administrators of the town. as Elebuibon is fondly called by his spiritual children. Ikujenyo. the Ifa priest must be consulted for advice. performing artiste. The secret oath between the king and his chief priest is said to be stronger than oath taking among Ogboni cult.” Elebuibon said. It was after him that others like Bashorun Ogunmola of Ibadan and Ibikunle were also made Araba.their priest. The hierarchy includes Awise. Ojugbona. he had been learning at the feet of “the masters”. until Ikujenyo Ikujenlowo. to the enemy of the town. Araba Ifaniyi of Aleegun Compound. he became the head of all priests in the land. He was the longest serving Araba. But it is no mean task for any hopeful to rise through the ranks. which put him in a better stead among his contemporaries. Akoda and Araba. Wiwo lenu awo o wo. Lagbongbon. Araba Ifatoki of Otuyo Compound. Araba Ifagbemi Akani Omotosho of Onipon Compound. a native of Osogbo used his knowledge and skill to help the Ibadan people during Kutuje and Atadi wars. a sojourner in Ibadan town came back to Osogbo with the title of Araba. In all these. When he came back to Osogbo with his title. While Chief Elebuibon did not attend formal school. From age four.

It was a day when the rumble of drums mixed with the boom of guns on a crowded road where many thousands of feet met in ecstatic dance. “The president. Nigeria Chapter.” The high priest likened many of the political leaders to blind men leading a community of the blind. He has also been honoured with a doctorate degree of the Brandice University. He has published several books and scholarly papers on various aspects of Yoruba traditional religion and culture. the governor and even the local council chairmen could achieve better administration if they consult Ifa Oracle from time to time before taking decisions. In 1973. he was made the Araba. California USA where he lectures on African Traditional religion and philosophy. a centre dedicated to teaching African Traditional Religion and performing arts. This is the reason he is regarded as one the most distinguished traditionalists that ever came out of Africa. No wonder. Ifa Olokun Asorodayo culled from Odu Ifa ran on Nigeria National Televison Network for years. Osun State.” He therefore advised leaders to retrace their steps to the path toed by their forebears. “Many of them are spiritually blind. Elebuibon is of the view that the post modern African states have lost the essence of their being when they threw away their traditions for western civilization. His traditional morality drama. and he is presently the President of International Congress of Orisa Tradition and culture. USA. He has been on lecture tour in United States at Wajumba Cultural Institution and national Black theatre in Harlem. It was indeed an exultant Elebuibon that rode back home on a black horse from the Ataoja’s palace with his kith and kin and well wishers in his wake. It was a day an Ifa Archbishop was installed in the town popularly known as the centre of arts and culture in Nigeria.Ifa priest. and a society ruled by the blind cannot progress. Chief Ifayemi has never left that path. Elebuibon and burden of Araba title | Print | E-mail Written by Adewale Oshodi Tuesday. Chief Elebuibon is an international scholar in-residence at San Francisco State University. 14 September 2010 Share . He said the place of Ifa in African society is as significant today as it was in the past. He is the founder of Ancient Philosophy International in Osogbo. He was appointed the Vice Chairman of Board of Traditional Medicine. went with him to Brazil for the performance of Obakoso. he traveled with Duro Ladipo to Paris to perform at festival mudial du theatre.

The town. Etsus. who joined his ancestors. etc depending on the town or . Ardos. it hosted the International Conference of Black Nationalities. the expression. it buried its previous monarch. Back home here. which gave the state not only its name but also its epithet. Indeed. the spiritual aspect of the state. Since human beings began to organise themselves societally. Examples are legion to warrant itemising here. Obis. the new Araba of Osogbo The last couple of weeks seemed to ‘belong’ to Osogbo. in person of Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon. play host to people from all walks of life from within and outside Nigeria. In other words. as well as the spiritual authorities over the people within its jurisdiction. Prophet Muhammed (pboh) in Saudi Arabia. theocracy was the order of the day. followed by the increasingly popular Osun Osogbo festival for this year. they must be accorded respect – nay reverence – second only to the one accorded the Almighty God himself. kings. The burial was with its own pomp and pageantry befitting a man of the king’s stature. Thus. Obas. A few examples that we can quickly mention were David in Israel. it is important to foreground the office of Araba in Yoruba governance and administration . especially the Great Britain etc. at certain period of human history. ‘State of the Living Spring’. About two weeks earlier. Such an appointee would be someone who is versed in whatever faith is subscribed to by the state or society in question. Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi III.e. As he would do in other aspects of state administration. Alase Ekeji Orisa. the Osun State capital. handlers of the people’s spiritual needs must be versed in Ifa knowledge. will again on September 17. etc are considered as representatives of the Supreme Being on earth. The name given to the occupant of such a position is called Araba. High Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon was appointed as the Araba of Osogbo. the need to be conscious of the spiritual aspect of their life has always been parts of how they were governed. The purpose this time would be to install a new Araba for the town. Jare Ajayi writes on the significance of the title. In Yorubaland where Ifa was the central core of all spiritual and religious observances. Emirs. This was a situation in which spiritual heads of a given society were also the ones handling the affairs of that society or country. Before delving into the significance of this forthcoming event.political and spiritual. encapsulates an entity that combines both the political. Oluawo. one of the most powerful traditional titles in Yorubaland. a wise head appoints someone to handle that aspect of societal needs i. High Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon.Recently. as well as why Chief Elebuibon is highly qualified for the task at hand. First. 2010. the mediaeval Europe.

whatever Araba claimed to have been decreed by Ifa was always believed and regarded as final. who carries out. so be it. he is the one mostly challenged whenever the community was afflicted by a catastrophe — war. It sometimes happen that none among the candidates whose name were presented scaled through. Chinua Achebe in his classic. . whoever precedes us to the homestead is the father). it is Oluawo while in Osogbo and Ibadan. the family whose turn it is to produce a candidate selects a person among the princes (and/or princesses as the case may be) among the qualified ones. the ‘duty’ of an Araba does not end with the approval (or non approval) of a candidate to the throne. The latter is aptly captured by the renowned novelist. Araba is the name of a tree botanically known as Ceiba Pentadira whilst its common name is ‘silk cotton’ tree. The process would be started afresh until an acceptable person (by the divine) is found. (Araba is the ‘patriarch’. such a practice is still upheld. It is a ubiquitous. on a weekly basis. Such visits were also to brief the king concerning the goings-on especially with regard to the health and spiritual needs of the society. If the oracle upheld a particular candidate. He plays a prominent role in the installation processes of the new king. Arrow of God where the failure of the spiritual head to allow the people to start the eating of yam early enough led to a tragedy. it is. If on the other hand. such as yam. patriarchal and sacred tree. eni ti a ba laba ni baba. The office of Araba is very important in that its occupant plays a big role in who becomes the king of the given town (or in the days of yore) kingdom. epidemics. At the time when such a path was followed faithfully. afterwards. The names are submitted to the kingmakers who make their own selection. drought etc. When a stool is vacant. In many Yoruba societies. They then forward their own selection to Araba who would confirm from the Eledumare (through Ifa) who among the candidates is best suited for the position as the next Oba — one in whose reign the town or state will experience peace and make progress. In a person occupying an office like that of Araba is also vested the mandate to declare when a particular harvest. Its status among its peers is captured by the saying Araba ni baba. is ripe to be consumed. In Ejigbo and Ile Ife for instance. He. Also. Indeed. And. the necessary rituals for the state. the spiritual head of the respective towns is known as Araba. the verdict is that of rejection. such candidates would be dropped and fresh one(s) looked for as indicated earlier. he must see the king almost on a daily basis — for the king’s good health.society. he must have the capacity to foresee these things and be in a position to avert their occurrence. But then.

Oritameta Agbarisaala: The Crossroads of the Witches. The Sacred Birds and Animals: The Vulture. It was Human Beings.Chapter 1: Human Beings and Evil Forces. Chapter 5: Antidotes Against the Witches. Women as Faithful Wives. elebuibon@yahoo. Differences Between the Witch and the Wizard. Women as Heroins.com . Women as Jealous Wives. The Confession of a Witch. The Gray Hornbill with a Big Head. Methods to Believed to be Used By Withces. The Blue Touraco — with Ifayemi Elebuibon. Chapter 2: Who are the Witches?. Chapter 4: Women Perspectives and Philosophical Traditions. Chapter 3: The Role of Ifa in the Affairs of Men. Motives of Witches. Women as Shadow Chasers. Women as Advocates of Liberation Movement. Orunmila as a Friend of All.

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