‘Odunfa’ is the annual Ifa festival, during which rites and ceremonies are performed to guide personal and collective well being.
SIX DAY CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN WISDOM
The Odunfa Banquet & Inauguration is a ceremonial event celebrating Obafemi Origunwa's twelfth year of Ifa priesthood. The 2016 Odunfa also affirms Origunwa's leadership as President of the Agbole Foundation of America. The ceremony marks the culmination of the Agbole’s liturgical calendar and the beginning of a New Year and is intended to provide ancestral guidance for the entire community.
The Odunfa Banquet & Inauguration coincides with the Full Moon of May. The festivities focus on acknowledging the internal spirit of Obafemi Origunwa. This year's theme is PATHWAYS OF ASCENT.
The 2016 Ifa Festival will be especially distinguished by the presence of High Priest, Araba Fayemi Elebuibon, who will confer special blessings upon Obafemi Origunwa and the entire Oakland community. The banquet will be punctuated by the Presidential Oath of Office, followed by musical performances, recitation of sacred poetry and fine dining.
In addition to family, friends and supporters, the attendees will include Members of Agbole Board of Directors, friends of the Agbole, high-ranking Òrìsà priests and other dignitaries from Mexico, Cuba, New York, Los Angeles and beyond.
The Odunfa Outdoor Festival brings together performing artists, vendors and members of the Oakland community for fun in the sun. This is a time to connect to the transformative spirit of play. The Odunfa Outdoor Festival accentuates the crossroads of play and spirituality.
Within Orisa Lifestyle, crossroads symbolize liminal space, governed by Esu-Elegba, the trickster deity. It suggests ambivalence, the need to make ritual adjustment. Now is the time for you to be formally activated as a liminal agent who consciously sits at the threshold of play and spirituality.
In this way, you will make a deep connection between playfulness and spirituality. During this phase of the journey, you optimize the liminal space of the time by putting away your daily activities and daily roles for a while. The Odunfa focuses on helping you resonate with the vitality of the season and nurture a sense of improvisation.
By becoming an official sponsor of the Ifa Festival, you make a meaningful contribution to the spiritual and cultural heritage of Oakland and the Bay Area.
When you become an Ifa Festival Sponsor, you will receive an ad in the official Odun Ifa program guide. This is a fine keepsake through which you can record your support of African heritage in the Bay Area.
It also highlights the remarkable efforts of the Agbole Foundation of America (the AGBOLE), as well as the vast community we serve.
Your sponsorship dollars help to offset costs associated with the Ifa Festival, including hiring local artists, organizers and small businesses.
Find out more about our five levels of sponsorship.