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Community Conversations: Oluwo’Nla Fakolade

February 16, 2024 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM

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Oluwo’Nla Fakolade is an initiated Ifa Priest at Idin Kaa Ifa Temple in Los Angeles, and an advisor to the Fowler exhibition, The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond. Join us for an ancestral ritual ceremony dedicated to Olokun, orisha of the deep ocean in Yoruba religion. In the Yoruba belief system, Olokun is a custodian of those who are lost in the ocean. This ceremony seeks to honor the memory of ancestors, particularly those who perished in the transatlantic slave trade. The workshop aims to connect past and present, and recognize the ocean’s dual role as an ancestral grave and a symbol of resilience. As the character Erik Killmonger lamented in Black Panther, “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”

Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds is an adjunct professor of Africana Studies at California State University Dominguez Hills. He has been an Ifa priest (babalawo) for over fifteen years. His areas of focus are African History and the practical application of African/African Diaspora spiritual systems and martial arts. Most recently Baba Jahsun was installed as the Oluwo or leader the of Idin Kaa Ifa temple, where he works with communities from South Central Los Angeles through healing rituals, ebo, and spiritual remedies.

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.



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