Falokun welcomed in Egbe Ifa Ifanikaki, Ota
Although the hopeless haters and hapless harpies probably won’t let go of the matter (it means so much to them), it seems that they will be screaming into hollow space, exposing themselves even more as trouble making empty-mouths as they already did before. The hullabaloo around Awo Falokun Fatunmbi has ended: Falokun has left the “Ode Remo Babalawos” to their own devices, resigned from their club, and was subsequently welcomed with open arms as an Awo Ifa in the Egbe Ifa Ifanikaki in the city of Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. Here comes his statement on the matter.
On July 25th 2013 I traveled to Ode Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria to meet with the elders of Egbe Ifa Ogunti Ode Remo. Due to a disagreement over the issue of initiating women into Ifa, I requested a resignation from Egbe Ifa Ogunti Ode Remo. My request was granted without prejudice or opposition. This request does not affect my status as an Awo and does not impact initiations I have already done.
On July 26th 2013 I traveled to Ota and requested entry into Egbe Ifa Ifanikaki in the City of Ota Nigeria. My request was granted by Chief Fasola Fagbemi Opayemi, the Oluwo Ifa Ado – ooo/Ota Awoni Land, Olofin Awo of Ibandan Land, Olotagiri Agba Egungun of Ilogbo land. Yo Orunmila Adulawo Ota Baba Egbe Ifanikaki.
From this point on the work I will be doing training Awo, and the initiations into Ifa, Orisa and Egun will be rooted in the training and spiritual Discipline of Egbe Ifanikaki. I am grateful for their acceptance of my participation in their extended family, I am looking forward to working with an Ifa Egbe that shares my views on the full participation of women in Ifa ritual and spiritual practice. I believe together we are building a strong bridge between our faith as it is practiced in its place of origin and our faith as it is practiced in the Diaspora.
I thank the Irunmole, Orunmila, the Orisa and the Egun for opening the door to this new chapter in my life and this gracious support of the members of our extended family.
Ire, ase, to
Awo Falokun Fatunmbi
I congratulate Awo Falokun on this new stage in his life as an Awo Ifa, a friend, and a human being. May the Immortals help us all to use the past as a foundation for the present and the future. Ire oooo!