Community Conversations: Baba Makanjuola
In conjunction with the exhibition The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond, this workshop, facilitated by Baba Makanjuola, will focus on the sacred relationship between the Ori (head) and ancestral lineage. In traditional Yoruba belief, the Ori is the site of one’s consciousness, individuality, and spiritual intuition. In the culture of Ifa divination, ancestors have the power to intercede in the realm of the living; thus, one’s ancestral lineage can impact the state of their Ori. Baba Makanjuola will lead participants through several exercises to help them understand how ancestral history and a healthy Ori can lead to personal transformation and a desire to support others in their journey toward fulfillment.
About the Artist
Baba Makanjuola’s personal story is one of resilience and transformation. After losing his house, facing business setbacks, and ending his marriage, he embarked on an internal quest for self-discovery. This led him to explore the teachings of Ori, which became a catalyst for positive change and evolution in his life.
In 2020, Baba Makanjuola launched Ori Eni, a platform that offers a curated curriculum focused on the teachings of Ori. Through this platform, he aims to share his knowledge and experience, and help others on their paths to growth and self-discovery.
Community Conversations are co-curated with artist and abolitionist Patrisse Cullors, whose installation forms part of the exhibition The House Was Too Small. These dialogues bring together community partners, leaders, artists, and Ifa practitioners to explore and celebrate the orisha divinities who play a vital part in our everyday lives.
This program is funded by the Nissan Foundation and co-sponsored by the Center for Religion and Cities at Morgan State University, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Image courtesy of Baba Makanjuola