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From the Publisher

by  Iya’falola H. Omobola Whew. Let me see.  The Ile is completing its relocation to Jackson, Mississippi.  It has been a whirlwind of a transformation (how else could it be for a house of Oya?) that is still in the midst of the storm’s aftermath.  It has been a good journey as the wind stirred […]

February 28, 2013 0
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Be The King

 by Olamide Akinlabi Egunyemi (Titus Broom) It’s amazing when I think about my life’s transitions of moving from drug dealer, to being shot and losing my ability to walk, to becoming a husband and father, to a college graduate, to now a motivational speaker for youth. Before I was all these things I just mentioned […]

February 22, 2013 0
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OYA, without you….I am nothing!

by HRG Olori Oyadele Ogunsina Being an Oya priestess can sometimes be a long and tireless journey with winding roads, unforeseen obstacles and sometimes dead ends as I always tell anyone who will listen. However, the spiritual destination is one of abundance & blessings that we as Isese practioners (traditionalists) aspire to receive. It was […]

February 2, 2013 1
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How I Got Initiated

by Iya Oyafunmike Ogunlano     Must have been March, 1981 I was visiting Oyotunji and a reading from Chief Ajamu saying I had to be initiated within three months.  I had no money but made the commitment to proceed with the Aboku phase of the initiation.  The women in Oyotunji immediately started giving me hell, thinking they […]

February 2, 2013 0
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Aláánú[1]: Ayi Kwei Armah—The Healers Oriate[2]

by Ádìsá Ájámú “Imagination is better than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein “The artist faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state.”—  John F. Kennedy “A healer needs to see beyond the present and tomorrow. He needs to see […]

February 2, 2013 0
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LOOK FOR ME IN THE TWIRLING OF THE WIND

by Omo Awo Faniyi (Mawiyah) Bomani   Oya came to me in her own time fashioned by her own will-a will to embrace with winds and torrential sashaying gusts of hurry up gal and answer my call. I have heard all the talk about Oyas from folks who either love them or want their lives […]

February 2, 2013 0
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The Soul of Healthy Living

 by Ifasayo Morenike Egunjobi The Soul of Healthy Living is devoted to celebrating the many avenues we travel to a more holistic state of being. We will offer recipe, education, exercise and financial advice among other types of aid to enable indigenous people the opportunity to live life to the fullest in alignment with their truest […]

February 2, 2013 0
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Mythos and Logos: Lost in Custom

 by Olúkèmi Títílayò Olúsèyí (Kendra Marie Harris) The search for meaningful or semantic interaction between people and the world in which they live has been constant. The compilations of mythical truths were instilled in all societies as explanation for what was believed to be both logical and mysterious. Cultural myths represented the voice of knowledge, […]

February 2, 2013 0
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Black Motherhood

 by  Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH The history of black women giving birth in this country is filled with stories involving physical and emotional pain.  From the slave ships, to the cotton fields, from the Jim Crow south to the “Negros Only” side of the inner city hospitals that were a far cry from separate but […]

February 2, 2013 0
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My journey began in the summer of 2001…

 by  Iya Ifatumininu Oyesanya In that year I decided that I was seriously on a quest for self-discovery.   I knew that I was not Christian although I grew up in a Christian home. I felt like there was something missing from the whole “Jesus is the son of God” thing so I set out to […]

February 2, 2013 0
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