Special Exhibition coming up soon at the Museum ...
Be prepared to make a visit.
Museum of Yoruba Art and History (MOYAAH) is a cultural and educational institution of AFHECO Institute, promoting and consolidating Yoruba Art and History
Special Exhibition coming up soon at the Museum ...
Be prepared to make a visit.
The Oodua people ...
Have you a personal understanding of the phrase
".... l'ootu Ife" from the esoteric text of IFA.
Explain your personal view please.
The Yorubas are referred to in the ancient text of IFA as
"the people of Ife"
Simple and clear.
"Eni Olu bi ki ra hun aje ...
Arira oko, ope ma je ki nrahun ire gbogbo"
This is a special coded Artwork by John O. AFOLAYAN
for prosperity radiation in your life and environment.
Titled - 'Aje Olokun #08'
Lithographs / prints now available for your private collection in our Museum ...
at a reduced fee of US.$10 or its equivalent.
Aje ! Aje !! Aje !!! fun gbo omo Oodua !!!
Ire ooo !
A Museum is not a place for display of strength but a place to present meaningful and impact full generational knowledge.
Your cultural knowledge and identity are treasures that you must seek and protect with all diligence because that is your natural heritage.
"Egungun".... Known as " Masquerade" (Eng)
Egungun is very special and particular to the Yoruba cosmology and tradition and is regarded as an homage to the ancestors and a medium of spiritual connection to the divinities.
Just like what the Yoruba tradition and elders always say ... that in whatsoever land you found Egungun or Masquerade medium that place is a Yoruba land or community.
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(Republic of Benin)
Visit us at:
Museum of Yoruba Art and History
Maison 776, Boulevard Lagunaire,
Qtier Adjina, Porto Novo, Benin Republic.
Your culture is your true identity and your true self.
Don't move away from it,
else you are no more original.
Remembering the great Yoruba Sculptor ...
Olowe of Ise
Olowe of Ise is a wood sculptor considered by many historian and collectors as one of most important Yoruba artist of the 20th century with outstanding innovations and sculptural style.
Born possibly around the year of 1873 in a town called Efon Alaiye, Olowe grew and live most of his life in Ise Ekiti, a town where he actually worked and demonstrated his sculptural gift.
Olowe, according to history, was said to be had been employed as a messenger initially at the palace of King Arinjale of Ise Ekiti and his fame as a sculptor began to grow as a result of the royal patronage of King Arinjale before spreading toward other parts of the Yoruba lands.
Eku imura Odun tuntun
Gbogbo Omo Oodua.
Ire ni ooo !
BRAZIL ADOPTS YORUBA AS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
- By The Nigerian Voice
The Brazilian Government has given Yoruba a pride of place among foreign languages spoken in the country.
NewsmakersNG was told in an exclusive interview with the Brazilian Minister of Culture, Dr Sérgio Sá leitão at the weekend in Brazil that the government has introduced the compulsory study of African History and Yoruba language into the primary and secondary schools curriculum.
The Minister spoke at an event where the Institute of African Studies, University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil paraded important dignitaries including Nigerian artists and historians, as well as Professors of arts and African studies at a lecture on the importance of Yoruba language in the Brazilian culture and tradition.
According to him, the inclusion of African History and Yoruba Language in the curriculum would help bring the closeness of the African Brazilian people to their roots and thus encourage the understandings of the language among other important languages in Brazil apart from Portuguese which is the official language.
The Minister also mentioned the role played by Brazil during the festival of arts and culture, ‘FESTAC 77’, held in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; the constant intercultural programmes between Nigeria and Brazil; the annual carnival of Arts, music and cultural displays featuring prominent African artists and Yoruba writers such as Yinka Shonibare, Adeyinka Olaiya, El Anatsui among many others, including the highly respected Yoruba writer, Professor Wande Abimbola.
Speaking at the event, Peruvian Nobel laureate, Prof. Mário Vargas Llosa also made mention of the African community in Peru where the African Peruvians are settled till date.
Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, is known as one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.
According to Vargas Llosa, Yoruba people and their culture have helped the universe, IFA has proven his existence in the beings of mankind right from the inception and IFA is still very much alive and needs to be recognized even more than it is today.
According to Prof Mário Vargas, the Yoruba language should no longer be approached as an ethnic language but a universal language that is alive in culture and tradition of the Africans and her roots around the universe.
Speaking in Yoruba and Portuguese, Prof Katiuscia Ribeiro of the Institute of African Studies drew attention to the African philosophical practices introducing the constant representation of the Yoruba culture and religion in the Brazilian traditional beliefs.
NewsmakersNG learnt that "the Yoruba Traditional Religion" today comes after the Catholic practices as the most improving religious practices in the South American country. Several houses of worships called “ILE ASE” are having the Yoruba culture, tradition and language as official, whenever the cults are declared open for the day. Babalawo, Iyalawo, Omo Awo, and Aborisa are all common Yoruba usages in the practice of the Yoruba religion called Candomblé in Brazil.
A Nigerian carnival artist, painter and illustrator, Adeyinka Olaiya, also expressed the benefits the Yoruba language would bring to the Brazilian culture if fully integrated into the Brazilian educational curriculum.
According to Olaiya, living in Salvador, Brazil, is like living in any of the western states of Nigeria where the Yoruba are predominantly located.
He said, “Most of the cultures and traditions in evidence in Brazil are all of the heritages brought along to the Latin American country by the majority Yoruba families, victims of the BARCO NEGREIROS, the NEGRO BOAT that forcefully brought the enslaved West Africans to Brazil in the 13th century. The Yoruba heritage that represents the majority of the African cultural practices in Brazil today is having several words in Yoruba roots. Akara, Dendê, Iyalode, Babalawo, Iyalawo and lots more are all derived from the Yoruba roots........”
1. A people without History, Language & Culture, is a people ENSLAVED !!!
2. The Nigerian elites and Government have relegated Yoruba & other Nigerian Languages, to the background;
in preference to colonial Languages such as English & French ( & recently, the Chinese Language).
What a SHAME !!
3. The Government of Nigeria has committed violence against the Nigerian people & Culture; by removing HISTORY from the Nigerian School Curriculum..................In the nearest future, Nigerians may be paying Brazilian & Beninoise people to teach our children about Nigerian Culture & Language............( In the same manner, Nigeria is paying both Malaysia & Indonesia, for Palm Oil ).
4. On or about four years ago, the Government of the Republic of Benin, made the YORUBA Language, the second official/national Language in Benin Republic.
5. We congratulate the Brazilian Government & people for this commendable step. This will surely bring more cooperation between the Brazilian people & African/Nigerian people.
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John O. AFOLAYAN. Fr, is a multi dimensional Artist and Theologian from Osogbo, Nigeria.
With his love and passion for the promotion and consolidation of African heritage, carefully produced and presented special works of art titled ... "Indigo Village" with a unique and contemporary artistic approach; in which the same conceptual work and title were presented differently in Five different colour schemes and movements.
Importantly, these works particularly projected the age long, traditional Indigo textile dying village and culture that could be found in few African communities, most especially among the Yorubas; and which of course, is growing gradually as one of the Indigenous Handmade Industries in Africa.
The Artist motive is to present and promote this ancient traditional culture and industry in the contemporary African societies and call for the development and conservation of this golden heritage and treasure.
He said, "Africans must begin to understand that every positive and ancient cultural element is a golden key and a solution to a meaningful and robust national economy. It is time to appreciate meaningfully our culture and cultural products, and at the same time invest our time, energy and resources into it.
"If you lost your culture, you have lost your identity and if you lost your identity, you have lost your real self"
Don't be a slave to other people's culture and ideology. Don't make other people's culture and economy rich while making your own culture and economy poorer.
The ORIGIN of Yoruba Art
The origin of Yoruba art has been traced to the Esoteric art of IFA which of course had influenced the Yoruba people, their culture and ancient history, majorly in all ramifications.
This is observed and confirmed in the originality of concept, forms, symbols, codes, motives, styles, history, proses, messages and myths presented by the majority of Yoruba art.
While it is believed in Yoruba history that Orunmila is the first Artist who created forms, shapes, symbols and codes and used them naturally and esoterically to create a balance between the evil and good. Therefore, Yoruba art is recognized as a major instrument or tool that enforces and at the same time enhances such balance wheresoever.
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A New Yoruba Capital ... in the Americas
Ooni Visits Oldest African Temple, Proclaims Bahia Capital Of Yoruba Nation In Americas
Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has proclaimed Bahia, a state in Brazil as the headquarters of Yoruba nation in the Americas.
The royal father made the proclamation on during a visit to the oldest temple owned by the blacks in Salvador, the headquarters of Bahia state.
The royal father, alongside 17 notable royal fathers drawn across South West states and Kwara, Ifa priests, university teachers, culture promoters and newsmen, are currently on the tour of the Latin American nation.
The temple called Espaco Cultural Da Barroquinha, according to Bahia state's Commissioner for African Affairs, Arany Santa, was established about 600 years ago by the African descent.
She further explained that the temple used to be a Catholic church, until the blacks acquired it, and had since used it as a place of worship by the adherents of traditional African religion.
From the songs rendered, mode of dressing and worship, the adherents clearly established their links to the Yoruba race and expressed their desire to further deepen their knowledge about their roots.
Addressing the adherents, Ooni Ogunwusi, said before leaving Nigeria, he consulted the ancestors and prayed for successful trip, adding that signs were obvious since he came into the country that things were going to change for better for not only the descendants of Oduduwa but the entire residents of Bahia.
Ooni further posited: "I commend you for keeping Yoruba heritage, religion and culture alive, several years after circumstances forced you away from the ancestral home. I am assuring you of my support in whatever way such is needed to make you remain close to your roots back in Nigeria and Yorubaland.
"I demand from you love and special care for the women. When all of you living far away from us back home, live in love, I will be happy and sleep with two eyes close."
Titled "Solemn Declaration of Bahia as Yoruba Capital of the Americas", a statement by Moses Olafare, Director of Media, Ooni's Palace, said Ooni Ogunwusi and the Mayor of Salvador, ACM Neto, signed the declaration, conferring on Bahai status of capital city for the Yoruba people in the Americas.
The declaration reads in parts: "Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ile Ife, by the power and ase given to me by the ancestors and the 400 Irunmole of the Yoruba orisa pantheon as the Arole Oduduwa, sole occupier of the Source throne of Oduduwa, the mystical founder and father of the entire Yoruba nation, both in the African homeland and in diaspora, do hereby decree and solemnly declare as follows;
1. That this nobel land of Bahia de todos as Santos shall henceforth be officially referred to and recognised as the Yoruba capital of the Americas.
2. That this solemn declaration is being accorded in recognition of the long standing historical and cultural protagonism of the African descendants in this land, who have laboured incessantly in the course of the last five centuries to preserve the African, especially the Nago-Yoruba cultural, historical and religious worldwide which they kept alive by dint of collective determination as a source of cultural and communal pride, sociopolitical and economic emancipation.
3.That the citizens and children of this noble land shall henceforth be considered as authentic children of the great Oduduwa in the same way as their brothers and sisters in the Yorubaland.
4. That the land of Bahia de todos as Santos shall henceforth be invoked in all the prayers and blessings offered in the palace of Oonirisa, Alase Adimula in Ile Oduduwa, especially on the annual occasion of the Olojo festival when the Ooni wears the ancient and the most sacred Are crown to bless the entire Yoruba nation and the il'eya omo Oduduwa, when the Ooni celebrates his coronation anniversary with the world.
Responding, Christiane Taquari, Bahia state Commissioner for Culture, commended the royal father for the visit, and assured him of their readiness to obey all his admonitions and further preserve Yoruba traditions and culture.
Also in a remarks Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Brazil, Dr. Rui Barai, acknowledged the leadership role Nigerian government has been playing in Africa, especially West Africa at ensuring that peace reigns across the region.
Barai added that he chose to attend the event because of severial reports about activities of Ooni Ogunwusi he has read and urged him not to relent in his pursuance of peace and efforts aimed at reuniting all descendants of the Yoruba race.
Also commenting, honourary consular, Guinea Bissau to Brazil, Adailton Maturino does Santos, called for support for Ooni Ogunwusi for him to successful implement all his laudable programmes designed to foster unity among the descendants of Oduduwa.
He added: "News about Ooni's peace project is all over the world. He needs support by all to successful implement all he plans, as successful implementation of the programmes will foster peace and engender economic prosperity for the Yoruba race."
Olojo festival in Yoruba land ...
#Ile ife, Nigeria
Photo exhibit op.
Gallery John O. Afolayan
FROM THE ARCHIVES...
Discussing YORUBA ART # West Africa
Yoruba Art is One of the oldest artistic tradition and valuables in the World today
It was rated as one of the most valuable art in World till today and is among the most unique, most traditional, most spiritual, most inspiring and the most profitable art in the World...
Late Ralph KIELO, one of the great collector of African art and a friend of mine once said...
"Yoruba art will continue to be one of the leading most valuable art in the world, that was Why I had invested more than Five Million US dollars in collecting and trading in Yoruba art without regret... "
Both in Visual art or Performing art or in Esoteric art, Yoruba art and history reflect outstanding uniqueness and originality that established the true identity of the Yoruba art which had been transfered from generation to generation even to this contemporary age.
This true and established IDENTITY is the pride, popularity and the progressiveness of the Yoruba art and culture, that gives it a special World class esteem among others.
Yoruba age long terracotta head;
photo Exhibit - OP
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Ancient Yoruba Art and cultural sites reflect primitive unique styles and methods that portrayed true originality and identity.
Yoruba Artistic tradition is an age long tradition dated as far back as 4.Bc with proven evidence and it is purely the expression and representation of the philosophy, Mythology, spirituality and the history of the Yoruba people and nation.
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