Oba Ifagbemi Faseye EfunsolaPresident & Chief Priest of Ile Aala Orisa Temples
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“My goal is to see Ifa and Orisa practice regarded with the same respect and reverence as many other world religions and spiritual practices enjoy. I hope to dispel some of the fear and misinformation circling the tradition and shed some light on the practical truths of the practice.” –Kabiessi Oba
My name is Oba Ifagbemi Faseye Efunsola (also known as Baba Ifagbemi). I am the President and Founder of Ile Aala Orisa Temples, including the comprehensive teaching umbrella and organization for our students and priests alike.
I began my formal, comparative religious study in 1998. For over 20 years now I have diligently served my community as a healer, diviner, educator, and steward of indigenous spiritual tradition.
Before becoming a respected leader in the tradition, I underwent many years of study and practice as an Ifa priest (Babalawo), communicating with the Spirit of Destiny known as Orunmila in order to divine a person’s destiny and, when needed, make edits or changes to this destiny through ritual (or, ebo). As a leader within this culture and tradition, I also specialize in various other forms of divination such as mirror and water gazing, cowry divination and other mystical spiritual disciplines in order to assist devoted seekers to find working solutions to many of life’s various challenges.
My journey in West African tradition began in the later part of 2002 while living and working a private Chinese Medicine practice in Colorado. An Orisa priestess encouraged me towards seeking Ifa initiation as a Babalawo. Simultaneously, I had also been actively involved in Tibetan Buddhism, having received various empowerments and rituals. Along the same vein, I earned a graduate diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine and mastered other traditional healing methods and respective disciplines alongside my spiritual growth. Following the advice of close mentors and gurus to study closely my ancestors’ practices, I sought and received initiation into the Ifa and Orisa traditions and societies, first as a Babalawo and eventually taking on many more roles and titles. Every teacher I have had before Ifa, including those I have had within my study of Orisa, has encouraged me to bring all of my experiences and training into the approach to my own practice while distinguishing between the differences.
My unique path both professionally and personally has laid the solid groundwork for the approach that I choose to take in coaching others such as clients, students, and community. Here in the Diaspora (Western Hemisphere), I believe we need to strike a delicate balance between preserving tradition and also progressing the tradition forward in a respectful manner. Beyond its roots in West Africa this tradition has many universal teachings that can be integrated in our modern world which I believe we all can benefit from and utilize various aspects of to create fuller lives for ourselves and the communities we live within and serve.
There is a proverb in Yoruba wisely shared by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon of Osogbo which parallels my own humble approach to Ifa, which says: “Ti a ba ri adan, ao fi odide se’bo”, meaning “you improvise when you cannot readily find some materials for ‘sacrifice’ in a foreign land.” It is this spirit of sincerity, fluidity, adaptability, and generosity which guides my own practice that I share with people around the country.
Within my role as an internationally recognized leader of this tradition, I cultivate strong working relationships with practitioners and educators of various backgrounds, from Taoist priests, Vedic Indian Astrologers, Santeria, Umbanda, and Vodoun practitioners, to business professionals, college professors, students, families and everyone in between. I hope to make further connections with good people and devotees in the tradition as well as those curious to learn more about Ifa and Orisa, in order to promote harmony, respect, and understanding among all.
My goal in this role is to see Ifa and Orisa practice regarded with the same respect and reverence as many other world religions and spiritual practices enjoy. I hope to dispel some of the fear and misinformation circling the tradition and shed some light on the practical truths of the practice.
It is this spirit of sincerity, fluidity, adaptability, and generosity which guides my own practice that I share with people around the country and worldwide.
Thank you for taking the time to read this brief summary of some of my background. I look forward to working with you and sharing in your own personal story.
Oba Ifagbemi Faseye Efunsola
President and Founder of Ile Aala Orisa Temples
Authority / Credentials
HSM Kabiessi ObaRisa Obatala of America
ObaRisa Obatala Confirmation Letter
HRM Kabiessi Oba Orisa of America 1
Oba Orisa Letter of Invitation
Atunwase of Imogbara Ijesa Land