what-is-IFA - ancestral pride temple


Ifá is a path. A path implies a road which leads to a predetermined, desired and sought out destination [objective]. A path implies that there is someone who intends to walk this path with diligence, perseverance and determination until arriving at the destination. There are some who say, “The journey is the destination” or some say “It’s not about the destination but about journey”. What do you think about these ideas or statements? What would you say?

In regard to the above sayings, Ifá disagrees with these kinds of sayings. The journey is important, there is no doubt about that, but what gives meaning, purpose and significance to the journey is the destination or final aim/purpose. The exciting journey of discovery and its destination [attainment of purpose] are equally important.

When the irunmole descended and made their appearance upon this earth they did so with a purpose and with a sense of mission. The purpose/ mission and its expected fulfillment is what gave meaning, value, significance and satisfaction to the journey, their toil, their effort and their sacrifices.

What is the aim or purpose of being an Ifá devotee? Can you give me a definitive, precise and exact answer to this question? Who determines what this aim or purpose is? Do you determine this or does Ifá determine this? What is happiness? What is fulfillment? What is power? Who determines in what consists happiness, fulfillment and power?

If you are not an enlightened devotee or follower of Ifá then that means that you determine or attempt to determine for yourself in what consists true happiness, fulfillment and power.

If you are an enlightened devotee or follower of Ifá then Ifá reveals, explains, defines and determines for us in what consists our true happiness, fulfillment and power. The devotee of Ifá is not left to himself or herself to guess or try to figure out who he/she is, why he/she is here and how can he/she live a fulfilled, meaningful and successful life. Ifá clarifies and explains these things to us in clear, precise and plain details. We can verify and know the truth of Ifá by doing what Ifá says, and by our experience of the salutary results of obeying Ifá we come to personally know the truthfulness, goodness and efficacy of Ifá, and thereby our faith in Ifá becomes confirmed and our confidence, happiness and success increases by leaps and bounds.

If you feel, think or believe that you are capable and competent in yourself, to determine for yourself, independently of superior divine guidance, what true happiness, fulfillment and power is, then why are you here reading these words, why are you approaching Ifá and seeking for solutions, possibilities and answers in Ifá?

The path of Ifá cannot be walked in theory. Continue reading



1.  Obatala/egungun iyaami/sanpanna
2.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 **
3.  Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
4.  Sango/Oya
5.  Obatala/egungun/iyaami/sanpanna
6.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 ***
7.  Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
8.  Sango/Oya
9.  Obatala/Egungu/Iyaami/sanpanna
10. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                **
11. Ogun/osoosi /orisa oko
12. Sango/Oya
13. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/sanpanna
14. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                **
15. Ogun/osoosi /orisa oko
16. Sango/Oya
17. Obataala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna
18. Ifa/Esu/osun/Aje/yemoja                                **
19. Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
20. Sango/oya
21. Obataala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna
22. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                ***
23. Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
24. Sango/Oya
25. Obatala/Egungun Iyaami/Sanpanna
26. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
27. Ogun/osoosi/orisa oko
28. Sango/Oya
29. Obatala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna
30. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
31. Ogun/osoosi/orisa oko

**    Oroorun ose Ifa
***  Itadogun ose ifa

Iwa_Lesin (Ancestral_Pride_Temple)

IWA-LESIN (Your personal, peculiar individual character and behavior is [defines and reveals] your religion)

[Iwa-Lesin] Your personal, peculiar individual character and behavior is [defines and reveals] your religion:

What is Religion? What does Ifá have to say about religion? Is religion just a bundle of beliefs that one suscribes to? What did Òrúnmìlà teach us about religion?

Ifá in a very clear-cut way goes straight to the heart of all things. Ifá defines religion as one’s actual, personal and individual inner-state or condition, or in other words, your character and behavior IS religion and IS YOUR religion. It is very convenient and deceptive to say, “Oh my religion is so and so…” And by throwing out a name and/or label to people we feel religious and pious, and other people see us according to the name and label we gave them! But what is the reality? What is behind the name and label? Is there really anything of substance and truth behind it?

Religion according to Ifá does does not consist of a bundle of systematized beliefs that one subscribes to. Òrúnmìlà defined religion as: “What kind of a human being are you in actuality?” “What is your actual character and it’s quality?” “What and how is your behavior and conduct?” “Who are you really?” “Do you live and practice truthfulness?” “Are you a faithful and loyal person?” “Are you established in integrity?” “Are you on the inside what you display on the outside?” “Are you a useful and industrious person or are you a useless and lazy person?” “Are you honest, reliable and trustworthy?”

Your honest answer to the above questions will reveal to your own conscience and intelligence what is really your religion and belief. The approach and understanding of Òrúnmìlà was and is extraordinary! Òrúnmìlà did not ask us what do we believe or say we believe. Instead Òrúnmìlà asks us how do we live, behave, act, speak and conduct ourselves! A person established in integrity or iwa-tito is the religious, holy and saintly person according to Òrúnmìlà. Merely having and professing beliefs in this, that or other has no meaning, value or power according to Òrúnmìlà.

Your character, conduct, behavior and inner-quality of being is who you are, and this character, conduct, behavior and inner-quality is YOUR true religion and not any smug declaration of faith. Òrúnmìlà defines faith as what you actually do, live, speak and practice, because according to what you actually have confidence in, so do you act, speak, live and behave.

Iwa-lesin! Character and integrity is religion. According to your true character and true inner-state that is YOUR true faith, religion and practice. A pure, clean, honest, kind, generous, courageous and truthful inner-state makes your religion that of truth and light [ogbon]. A tainted, defiled, dishonest and deceptive inner-state makes your religion that of delusion, arrogance, ignorance, foolishness and hypocrisy [ogberi].

Call yourself by whatever name or label you want. Profess to believe whatever you want. But according to Òrúnmìlà the taste is in the pudding. Your walk gives meaning, value and credibility to your talk. What you actually practice and do is what is important and not what you say and profess. Òrúnmìlà saw people in two broad categories, inner-state/condition or stages. [1] Ogbon or [2] Ogberi.

Just saying that we are devotees of Òrúnmìlà and Ifá means absolutely nothing according to Òrúnmìlà. If we actually live according to Òrúnmìlà and Ifá, then our genuine belief and conviction will be clearly seen and known by all, by virtue of our noble conduct, attitude, actions, speech and behavior. Making grandiose proclamations and statements of faith and belief is foreign to the way and spirit of Òrúnmìlà and Ifá. Ifá says that your faith and belief is seen and revealed by your manner of living and relating to others. Ifá is 100% a religion of practicality and action. Ifá is a religion of the heart.

However much you are able to share and speak to others about Ifá does not in any way prove that you are actually an acknowledged and true devotee of Òrúnmìlà and Ifá. Talking a lot about Ifá and Òrúnmìlà does not in any way, shape or form prove that you are a devotee, knower and follower of Òrúnmìlà and Ifá. What you display of your Ifá knowledge, and what you display of your devotion to Òrúnmìlà via your conduct, attitude, demeanor, behavior and manners, this alone reveals that you are a true devotee and follower of Òrúnmìlà and Ifá. Òrúnmìlà says you are either a true and honest follower, or you are no follower/devotee at all! It is that simple. Intellectual knowledge is not true and complete knowledge. Practiced knowledge, lived knowledged and integrated knowledge is true and complete knowledge and this alone is what makes Ifá and iwa-tito one’s true religion. Òrúnmìlà defines knowledge as that which arises from your heart and that is inseparable from your actions, words and thoughts. Òrúnmìlà does not accept mere intellectual knowledge as knowledge. If your knowledge does not lead to practice, consistent action and implementation, then this reveals that whatever it is that you are calling knowledge is no knowledge at all!

Òrúnmìlà was and is very practical, he always sees things from the root, and he always addresses the reality of a thing. Òrúnmìlà never asked anyone to convert from this ‘religion’ to that ‘religion’. Òrúnmìlà knows that just calling or labeling yourself by a different name, and intellectually subscribing to a new set of beliefs does not and cannot change your constitutional position before Olodumare. Òrúnmìlà invites us to convert [truly change] from being petty people and to become generous people. Òrúnmìlà invites us to convert [truly change] from being liars and cheats and to become truthful and honest people. Òrúnmìlà invites us to convert [truly change] from ignorance [to abandon ignorance] and to embrace divine knowledge, wisdom, understanding and conduct [Ifáyelele]. Òrúnmìlà asks us to undergo a qualitative change and transformation of our inner-state/condition. Òrúnmìlà invites us to abandon prejudiced, slanted and biased views and to embrace clear-sighted truth and clear-seeing consciousness. Òrúnmìlà invites us to abandon indifference, callousness and insensitivity and to receive, embrace and practice a sympathizing heart of compassion, kindness and understanding.

This my dear friends is what Ifá calls religion. Iwa-lesin [the worship of Olodumare by worshiping Olodumare by practicing and cultivating His divine qualities, virtues and ways in our practical and personal relation to others] is what Òrúnmìlà invites us to, and this ALONE is what reveals what our true religion is, or whether we have any true religion at all.

So, what is YOUR religion? When Òrúnmìlà looks into your heart what does he see? [Ifá sees and knows our heart, what is in our heart and who we really are]. What would Òrúnmìlà say is YOUR religion? Is your religion the same as Òrúnmìlà’s religion? Is there anything peculiar, noteworthy, outstanding and unique about how you live, relate to others and treat others, that reveals your standing as a true and genuine follower of Ifá? Is your life and conscience informed by Ifá and in harmony with the truth of Òrúnmìlà? Think about these things.

May Òrúnmìlà Awinrin confer blessing, benefit, fresh-perspective and uplift to all sincere readers [students] of this teaching. Asé.

Orisha-Conscience - AncestralPrideTemple



The ORISHA Consciousness can be better explained as the Awakening of an individual to its destined essence (the destiny for which it was born). Many live in this physical world, but they have no idea why they were conceived in this world by their mothers.

There are three parts in each individual body that can explain why we were born in this world: the Head, the Palm and the Leg. Our “Head” represents both our “ethereal fate and our earthly destiny,” while our “Palms” represent “the divine compendium and the manuscript of our destiny.” Finally, our “Leg” represents “the spiritual and physical realization and realization of the essence of our destiny”. We must all awaken to the fact that if we do not know or understand the reason we were created, we can not know what to do to make this world a better place to live. Our physical awareness can awaken us to the idea of ​​going to school, learning some kind of profession or becoming our desired professional image … doctor, engineer, teacher, etc. However, there is more to life than simply awakening to what we can do to sustain our physical self. The most important thing for us is to be aware of the life that we can DESIGN to balance the equation of creation. Many face difficulties and calamities on a daily basis because they can not discover themselves, and all they know how to do is live life in the way they are able to face it. The ORISHA Consciousness frees you from the physical / material bondage in which the “Civilization of the Modern World” has enslaved all humanity, including itself. We must all know that we have our ‘HEAD’ and that each head represents a DIFFERENT DESTINY. This is what really allows us to know that the ORISHA energies are numerous and that the heads of all humanity are also innumerable. Thus, each Head has its own ORISHA to which it must resort at all times to understand its essence and true nature in life.

KNOW YOUR “ORISHA” TODAY: Not all Initiates or Devotees of the IFA / ORISHA tradition are destined to become BABALAWOS or IYANIFAS. Each Initiate / Devotee may be better called “AWO” or “OLORISHA”. Becoming an Awo / Olorisha means that the Applicant has actually gone through the Traditional and Ancestral Initiation and Consecration Continue reading



1.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
2.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
3.  Sango/Oya
4.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
5.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 ***
6.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
7.  Sango/Oya
8.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
9.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
10.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
11.  Sango/Oya
12.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
13. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
14.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
15. Sango/Oya
16.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
17.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
18.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
19.  Sango/Oya
20.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
21.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 ***
22.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
23.  Sango/Oya
24.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
25.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
26.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
27.  Sango/Oya
28.  Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
29.  Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja/Olokun                                 **
30.  Ogun/Osoosi/Orisa Oko
31.  Sango/Oya

**    Oroorun ose Ifa
***  Itadogun ose ifa




After the Coronation of Oluwo Dr. Fasola Faniyi Babatunde as the AWISE of Owode-Ota, Awori Land on 17th November, 2018. The Annual Ifa/Orisa Festival which always last for seven days kick-started on 19th November which happens to be Oluwo Dr. Fasola Faniyi’s Birthday where Oluwo and his Foundation Members (Ancestral Pride Foundation) visited Ijamido Orphanage Home to present them gifts including food and money and also give word of Advice as Encouragement to Making Life. And 20th to 21st include welcoming of Guests and feeding of all Orisas, while 22nd is cleansing and feeding of IFA, after that, Egungun was done in the afternoon while the Egbe (ancestral mate) prayer was done in the Night with a lot of prayer been render to all visitors and the country at large.

The Grand Finale which is the Festival and Launching Party where Oluwo Dr. Fasola Faniyi will also give a lecture took place on the 23th of November, 2018 at Ijamido Town Hall, Opposite A.U.D Secondary School, Ota, Ogun State, it was so fantabulous. The event which summoned the presence of many reputable kings, queen and high chief’s from various town and also many invited guest from different part of the world. The Lecture is themed: “The Role of Cultural Heritage In Sustainable Development: Multi-dimensional Indicators As Decision-Making Tool”.

KING (DR) SAHEED OSUPA  who was the Guest Artist made the day even more Enthralling and Fascinating with his melodic voice and traditional way of music.


HRM Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege (Lanlege Ekun II)         – Olota of Ota, Awori
HRM Oba Wasiu Ogungbayi                                                – Onitetiku of Owode, Ota
HRM Oba Awoyemi Oroja                                                    – Onimeran of Meran, Lagos

Important dignitaries:

HRH Oba Amoo Ewegbemi Fadairo                  – Obasegun of Ado-Odo/Ota LG
High Chief (Hon.) Oladele Adeniji                     – Executive Chairman Ado-Odo/Ota Local Govt.

Groups in attendance

Ancestral Pride Foundation (APF)
Iledi Oladekoju Aborigine of Lagos, Nigeria
Reformed Ogboni Fraternity of Nigeria
Egbe Isembaye Alaaragbo of Nigeria led by Oba ASA
Ijo Orunmila Adulawo led by Olori Oluwo gbogbogbo Araba Ifagbemi Ifajobi
Olufimo Fans Club of Nigeria

Pictures from the party day (24th):




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1.    Sango/Oya
2.    Obatala/egungun iyaami/sanpanna
3.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 ***
4.    Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
5.    Sango/Oya
6.    Obatala/egungun/iyaami/sanpanna
7.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 **
8.    Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
9.    Sango/Oya
10.    Obatala/Egungu/Iyaami/sanpanna
11.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 **
12.    Ogun/osoosi /orisa oko
13.    Sango/Oya
14.    Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/sanpanna
15.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/yemoja                                 **
16.    Ogun/osoosi /orisa oko
17.    Sango/Oya
18.    Obataala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna
19.    Ifa/Esu/osun/Aje/yemoja                                 ***
20.    Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
21.    Sango/oya
22.    Obataala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna
23.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                 **
24.    Ogun/Osoosi/orisa oko
25.    Sango/Oya
26.    Obatala/Egungun Iyaami/Sanpanna
27.    Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                 **
28.    Ogun/osoosi/orisa oko
29.    Sango/Oya
30.    Obatala/Egungun/Iyami/Sanpanna


**    Oroorun ose Ifa
***  Itadogun ose ifa