Ooni Receives The Company Of ASHE Foundation, Sets To Commence Obatala School

Ayobami Ogedengbe

The Olofin Adimula of the World, Ọba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, The Ooni of Ifẹ̀, on Monday, 27th September 2021 received the company of members of the African Sociocultural Harmony and Enlightenment Foundation, led by the Foundation's president, Prince Justice Faloye, who went on a courtesy visit to the king in his palace to felicitate with him on the occasion of Ọlọ́jọ́ festival. 

The Paramount monarch who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for ASHE Foundation commended the Foundation for its relentless efforts in uniting Original Africans through its Enlightenment programs and reaffirmed his unalloyed commitment to support ASHE's effort to reposition the dignity of the Black race in the global affairs. 

ASHE Foundation used the occasion to present a large pictorial frame that shows the image of the planets in our solar system and their Òrìṣà representations to the foremost Yoruba ruler. Some of the Òrìṣàs that featured in the diagram include  Ọ̀rúnmìlà which stands as the Sun, Èṣù as Mercury, Odùduwà as the Earth, Yemoja as the Moon, Obatala as Jupiter, Oya as Pluto, amongst others. 

The gesture is a part of the continued effort of ASHE Foundation to push forward the knowledge of the global essences of our Òrìṣà pantheons in order to educate the public on the ancient African ancestors' understanding of the cosmos.

"A working knowledge of the global essences of our Òrìṣàs will go a long way in helping Ifá/Òrìṣà devotees to see their practice as not a merely local activity but one that has a standing in global reality", Prince Justice said. 

According to the Ooni, the frame is going to be displayed in his personal Museum for his visitors to see for them to begin to understand the global scope of our local Òrìṣàs. 

The distinguished monarch also said that he will commence the Obatala school upon rounding off the activities for the Ọlọ́jọ́ Festival. 

The Obatala Academy is an ASHE Foundation initiative which is an effort to create a school where adequate knowledge of the Ifá/Òrìṣà pantheon can be taught to African children in a modern Academic setting while at the same time the children would have access to contemporary education for holistic development. It is going to be the first of its kind in the world, and the Paramount ruler of the Yoruba people all over the world is committed to seeing it stand.

Ayobami Ogedengbe is the Media & Publicity Secretary, ASHE Foundation.

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