Odunfa Banquet & Inauguration
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. 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. In addition, the Odunfa Banquet will be hosted by Chief Sekou Alaje. The experience will be punctuated by the Presidential Oath of Office, followed by musical performances, recitation of sacred poetry and fine dining at Soul's Restaurant in East Oakland.
The Odunfa Banquet & Inauguration will include the celebratory, but soothing sounds of Bay Area musicians, Sistah Iminah, Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri and Kolanmajaro. 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, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles and beyond.
Schedule of Activities
6:00 pm Prayer and dedication, delivered by Chief Sekou Alaje
6:15 pm Inaugural Dinner
7:30 pm Musical Performance by Sistah Iminah
8:00 pm Inaugural prayer and invocation, delivered by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon
8:15 pm Board Member's Swearing in ceremony
8:30 pm President's Swearing in ceremony
8:45 pm Inaugural Adress by Obafemi Origunwa
9:30 pm Musical Performance by Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri