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An African kingdom in America – Kingdom of Oyotunji

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Pass through the gates and enter the Kingdom of Oyotunji, Nigeria. Capital of the Yoruba people of the Western Hemisphere, Oyotunji welcomes visitors with a sign that reads, "You are now leaving the United States and entering this Kingdom." Once you have entered, you are, for all purposes, in Nigeria.

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HRH Oba Adefunmi Ofuntola Adefunmi (Iba T’Orun) and Oyotunji Village

Sunday, June 8, 2008

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(HRH) Oba Adefunmi became a Royal Ancestor on Feb. 11, 2005

In 1959, just before the Revolution, His Royal Highness (HRH) Oba Adefunmi travelled to the Matanzas region of Cuba to be initiated into the priesthood of Obatala.

Upon his return to the U.S. he founded Order of the Damballah Hwedo, then the Shango Temple, and later incorporated the African Theological Archmininstry. That organization would come to be called the Yoruba Temple. His spiritual message was accented by a Black Nationalist message. Though his words rang true in the hearts of many progressive African-Americans, his stance drew large criticsm within the ranks of Cuban priests. A new lineage of Orisa worship that placed Nigeria at it’s core, but that was tailored for African-Americans was formed;Orisa-Voodoo.

In 1970, Oyotunji Village was created in Beaufort County, South Carolina. In 1972, Adefunmi was initiated into the Ifa Priesthood, receiving the rank of Babalawo and later that year was proclaimed Oba (King) of Oyotunji Village. It is noteworthy that in 1981 his status as King was recognized when the Ooni of Ile-Ife arranged for formal coronation rites to be performed for HRH Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi.

Over the years the number of residents at he Village has flucuated, probably hoovering around 5-9 families for the last ten years. Despite this small contigent of residents, the lineage itself is felt throughout the Western world and Africa via a growing number of devotees, chiefs and priests. Oyotunji forever changed the face of Orisa worship in the West.

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(HRH) Oba Adefunmi became a Royal Ancestor on Feb. 11, 2005

In 1959, just before the Revolution, His Royal Highness (HRH) Oba Adefunmi travelled to the Matanzas region of Cuba to be initiated into the priesthood of Obatala.

Upon his return to the U.S. he founded Order of the Damballah Hwedo, then the Shango Temple, and later incorporated the African Theological Archmininstry. That organization would come to be called the Yoruba Temple. His spiritual message was accented by a Black Nationalist message. Though his words rang true in the hearts of many progressive African-Americans, his stance drew large criticsm within the ranks of Cuban priests. A new lineage of Orisa worship that placed Nigeria at it’s core, but that was tailored for African-Americans was formed;Orisa-Voodoo.

In 1970, Oyotunji Village was created in Beaufort County, South Carolina. In 1972, Adefunmi was initiated into the Ifa Priesthood, receiving the rank of Babalawo and later that year was proclaimed Oba (King) of Oyotunji Village. It is noteworthy that in 1981 his status as King was recognized when the Ooni of Ile-Ife arranged for formal coronation rites to be performed for HRH Oba Ofuntola Oseijeman Adelabu Adefunmi.

Over the years the number of residents at he Village has flucuated, probably hoovering around 5-9 families for the last ten years. Despite this small contigent of residents, the lineage itself is felt throughout the Western world and Africa via a growing number of devotees, chiefs and priests. Oyotunji forever changed the face of Orisa worship in the West.

Books by HRH Adefunmi

Speechs by HRH Adefunmi

Other Books and Academic Works about Adefunmi and Oyotunji Village

More Articles

Resources

Priests, Communities and Organizations Affiliated w/ Oyotunji

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Brothers share African heritage with students

Friday, June 6, 2008

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Sade Ogulano, Jobi and Ojotosu Olamina each were born to and raised by father Olomide Ogunlano and mother Omi Ajamu in the only traditional African village in North America, The Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village in Sheldon, S.C. A replica village for one in their native country, the settlement located 50 miles north of Savannah, Ga, was established in 1970 by the African Theological Archministry, Inc., to welcome those interested in studying Yoruba, the cultural tradition of art and expression for those with ties to this region.

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Oyotunji Village Photographs

Friday, March 9, 2007

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Oyotunji Village Photographs

This is a small Oyotunji Village photo gallery featuring public domain images.

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African gods in South Carolina:a Yoruban village celebrates African culture in the Americas

Friday, March 9, 2007

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Colorful masked dancers representing the ancestors, or egunguns, emerge and spirit-walk to the call of chants. The music of cowbells and drums swells as the egunguns wave to their living family members and symbolically depart to the Kingdom of the Dead. The annual Egungun Festival at the Oyotunji African Village is in full swing.

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