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


Photo of Oba Adefunmi

(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.

Official Oyotunji Home Page


Photographs & Videos

Photos of Oyotunji Village  Oyotunji Village on YouTube


Books by HRH Adefunmi Buy These Books

  Ancestors (Tribal origins) of the African-Americans, Yoruba Temple, (1962)
 Tribal origins of the African-Americans, Yoruba Temple, (1962)
 Olorisha: A guidebook into Yoruba religion, Orisha Academy (1982)
 The African state: An outline of the philosophy and organization of the ancient Yoruba kingdom of West Africa, pre-European period, Yoruba Temple, (1962)


Speechs by HRH Adefunmi

Ifa Festival Keynote Address, 1/93 Speech by Oba Adefunmi


Other Books and Academic Works about Adefunmi and Oyotunji Village

  Oyotunji village: The Yoruba movement in America, Carl M Hunt
 The Joseph E. Holloway Papers Cornell University Library


More Articles

  An African kingdom in America American Visions Magazine
 African gods in South Carolina Essence Magazine
 Oba wo aja - The Transition of a King
 Passing of Oba Adefunmmi



 Official Oyotunji Home Page
 Coronation of new Oba of Oyotunji Village
 Oba wo aja - The Transition of a King
 Cultural Expressions
 When was Orisha worship, first practiced by African Americans in the United States?
 Yoruba in the Diaspora
 Le Peristyle Haitian Sanctuary, Visit Oyotunji African Village
 Extensive Photos of Village
 Oyotunji Village Research Project
 PBS Civil Rights Timeline included Shango Temple Formation
 Thrones of the Orisa Look for section regarding Oyotunji and Orisa shrines
 Voudou Village Images surrounding the initiation of a priest
 Order Rare Oyotunji Photos @ Library of Congress


Priests, Communities and Organizations Affiliated w/ Oyotunji

 Ile Ifa Jalumi, Oyotunji Outpost - Babalawo Ifatunji
 International Institute of Afrikan Studies and Knowledge, Iya Yeyefini Efunbolade


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