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ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

In the course of the conception of International Ifa Training Institute, we observed that for so long a time, the knowledge of Ifa has been restricted to occult and divination practices among the privileged few, which had created a wide gap between the Ifa Priests/Practitioners and the ordinary man on the street. People more often than not, do not seem to understand the application of Ifa knowledge to other areas of human endeavour than the divinatory occult aspects mentioned above. The situation becomes worse owing to the dearth of adequate information relating to Ifa’s overview and relevance in human development.

Ifa, as we all know, is an embodiment of knowledge and wisdom which explains all things and the basis for their existences. Researches have also shown that there is virtually nothing on earth and even beyond that Ifa does dwell on. On this note, it behoves us to make an exposition of all other human endeavours with which Ifa can be applied with a view to making the world a better place to live in according to the Will of Olodumare(Almighty).

In the light of this, an Ifa Training Programme was put in place in October, 2004 to bridge the wide knowledge gap by training interested people as movers and shakers in the society. At the end of the training, graduates will be able to become Ifa scholars, researchers and resource persons; Ifa priests/practicing Babalawos; Herbal/Nature Therapists; Moral instructors; Counselors; Comparative spiritual analysts; Ifa historians; Community leaders and Opinion formulators and moulders.

IFA TRAINING PROGRAMME ( From Foundation – Adept Stages)

As far as we are concerned, a graduate of this training programme should have been made to go through series of tutelages starting from the Foundation stage to the Final Adept stage. There shall be five stages from Grade I to Grade IV which is categorized as follows with their guiding Odu:

Grade

Stage

Guiding Odu

I

Foundation

=

Ipilese

Eji Ogbe

II

Basic

=

Ileke

Oyeku Meji

III

Intermediate

=

Agbeka

Obara - Okanran

IV

Advanced Studies =

Imo Ijinle

Ose - Otura

V

Adept

=

Agba Awo

Ofun - Ose

The first three grades are designed for the award of Junior Adept (Awo) after the completion of the Intermediate stage. He may then proceed to higher levels of grades IV and V if he so desires which confers on him the full diplomat of Agba Awo (Aaw.) In grade IV, a student is at liberty to choose any area of specialization in which he has comparative advantage. The final graduation and

conferment of Diplomat will take place at the Headquarters in Ile Ife, Nigeria with the Araba Agbaye in attendance.

At the end of each grade, exams are taken and certificates issued for successful students. Lecture notes are prepared in form of monographs by seasoned Ifa Adepts and Professionals in various disciplines. Monographs will be sent by post on payment of subscription fees for lecture notes. The only pre-requisite is to get registered as a student Awo with the Center. Admission will be processed within one week of payment of registration fee after which a letter of admission and other insignia will be mailed to him.

It is noteworthy that all topics have been carefully selected according to the respective grades in order to give qualitative tutorials as far as Ifa pedagogy is concerned. Each of the grades may run for nine to twelve months after which a student moves to the next grade. Each student is allowed to proceed according to his/her own pace. The training is open to both sexes.

This training programme is being organized by the International Centre for Ifa Studies (ICIS) and endorsed by the International Council for Ifa Religion.

GRADE I

Foundation = Ipilese = Ejiogbe

This grade is the foundation stage of Ifa Priesthood when a neophyte has just been introduced to begin to learn Ifa tutorials. It is the beginning of the whole tutelage. Eji Ogbe is the guidind Odu for this stage. Eji Ogbe is the first and the father of all Odus. It is the foundation of Ifa upon which all other Odus are built. The foundation, per definition, is a weight-bearing structure and it has to be firm, sturdy and calculated to carry load. As it is said in Ofun-Owonrin that one cannot build a house, establish a product or programme without laying a good foundation, Ifa asserts that no venture can succeed on a faulty foundation. The stanza reads thus:

“Ori orule ni o see rin

Gbaragada, gbaragada, gbaragada

A difa fun Ipilese

Tii se Baba Ileke

Won ni ko rubo

O gbebo, o rubo

Nje bi o ba si Ipilese Emi la ba fi Ileke se”.

Meaning:

“It is difficult to walk on a rooftop With wanton recklessness That was the message of Ifa to Ipilese (Foundation) The father of Ileke He was advised to offer ebo

He complied Behold, without Ipilese (foundation) Of what use is Ileke (building)

Topics to be covered under this grade include as follows:

1. Ifa

2. Olodumare

3. Ori

4. Iseda (Creation)

(i)

Universe

(ii)

Earth

(iii)

Man

5. Eniyan

6. Irunmole

7. Orisa

8. Obi = Parents

9.

10. Ede – Ifa

11. Babalawo, Apetebi, Iyanifa, Omo Ikofa/akekoo awo, Awo,(Ifa family)

12. Eko ijinle, nipa Imo, Ogbon ati Oye ( Epistemology)

13. ODU

Emi

=

I

Identification of Odu symbols and tools of babalawo

-

- Reading of Opele and determinants (Ibo)

14.

Examination/Tests

GRADE II = Basic Studies = Ileke

= Oyeku Meji

The Basic Studies shall commence exploration into the bowels of Ifa studies. At this stage, it is supposed to break the Akekoo Omo Awo into the dawn of knowledge, and Oyeku Meji is the guiding Odu. According to this Odu:

“Òpèlè lo yo tan Lo dakun dele Difa fun Peregede Tii se Yeye Ojumo mo Ojumo to mo mi lonii o Ojumo ire gbogbo ni Peregede, iwo ni Yeye Ojumomo”

Meaning:

“Òpèlè ate satisfactorily

Then reclined peacefully with face down This was message to Peregede The mother of Dawn May this dawn usher in good tidings for me Peregede, you are the begetter of Dawn”.

Peregede who was the mother or begetter of dawn symbolises the state of moving from darkness (ignorance) into light (knowledge). This Odu, Oyeku Meji follows Eji Ogbe according to the order of seniority and significance. It also complements Eji Ogbe to represent the opposite in order to form the binary principle from where other Odus derive their symbols. This stage is tagged ‘Ileke’ which represents the platform or raft spread on a firm foundation upon which the entire structure is built.

The following will be covered:

1. Odu -

Interpretation of messages – Methods and Techniques

- The study of Eji-Ogbe – Irosun Meji

2. Prayers

3. The Kingdom of Olodumare and Ogba Itero

4. Purity (Iwa mimo) and Purification (Iwenumo) of rites and rituals

5. Leadership Morals (Eko iwa asiwaju) - Ifa’s teachings

6. Advanced Studies of Living and Non-Living things (Ilosiwaju ninu eko ohun elemii ati ohun ti ko lemii) - Mystical/ Magical properties, composition, etc.

7. The study of Owonrin Meji – Osa Meji

8. Destiny and Freewill

9. Birth and Death/Cycles of life

10. Human Character

11. Counselling Techniques

12. Elementary Principles of Orisa Worship

13. General Principles of Shrine – Design, Construction, Lustration and Sanctification.

14. The study of Ika Meji – Ofun Meji

15. Examination/Tests

GRADE III = Intermediate = Agbeka

= Obara Okanran

After the completion of the first two grades, Akekoo Omo Awo is expected to proceed to this stage and on completion; he/she is supposed to have attained the position of a Junior Adept (Omo Awo). He/she can then be admitted into the Priests Council (Igbimo Awo) as Assistant Priest (Asiwaju Isin – III). The Governing Odu is Obara Okanran. In this Odu, Ifa states the need for the

evaluation of a student Awo in order to test his tenacity and level of understanding in the various topics treated so far. Therefore, this grade is expected to direct and introduce the student Awo into the midst of more complex systems and concepts. The stanza reads thus:

“Omode gbo’fa, ko gbo’fa E je ka fi Obara-Okanran loo wo

Obara-Okanran soroo ki wiriwiri lenu Omo Awo

A difa fun Osunfunleyo

Tii saya Agbonniregun

O feyinti o menu nsunrahun Omo

Kope, ko jinna

E wa ba ni jebutu Omo”.

Meaning:

“Whether a junior adept understands Ifa or not Let him recite Obara-Okanran Obara Okanran is surely not easily recitable by a student Awo This was the message revealed for Osunfunleyo, The wife of Agbonniregun When she was lamenting for want of Children In due course The barren shall be blessed with children”.

The following shall be covered in this grade:

1. History of early Temples/Shrines of Ifa and other Orisa.

2. Homiletics - The art and science of preaching, embracing all that pertains to the study and delivery of sermons.

3. Pneumatology - Study of Spirits/Spiritism - Eko nipa awon emi airi, oro, iwin, ebora, abl.

4. Faith (Igbagbo ati Igbekele) – Definition, Dynamics, Purpose/Significance.

5. Concepts of Worship and Sacrifices – Ijosin, Ibo, Ebo, Ipese/etutu etc.

6. Mode of Worship, Child naming and Ikosedaye, Marriage, Chieftaincy and Burial

7. Forgiveness and Judgement

8. Re-incarnation/The hereafter

9. Family Life

(i)

Origin/Meaning of Family

(ii)

Types of Family

(iii)

Significance of Family

(iv)

Family Responsibilities

(v)

Widowhood and inheritance – Ifa’s approach

10. The study of the combination Odu

11. Ebo riru - Techniques and Methods

12. Opele - Types, Potency, Preparations

13. Ikin - Types, Potency, Preparations

14.

Term Paper/Project thesis to be written at the end of this grade. Thereafter, examination for the award of a Junior Adept will take place.

15.

Examination/Tests

N.B

Graduation ceremonies can be organized for the successful students.

GRADE IV = Advanced Studies

= Imo Ijinle = Ose Otura

This is the fourth grade which marks the beginning of Advanced/Post Graduate Studies in Ifa priesthood. The graduate of Junior Adept may be admitted for higher studies after completion of at least one year priestly experience in a recognized Ifa Temple. This stage leads the student to the understanding of the role of supernatural phenomena in the affairs of man. This is the knowledge that the student is expected to pick in the following series of lectures:

1. Theology and Theodicy

2. Classification of Ifa stanzas

- Historical stanzas (Dealing with history, cosmogony &

society)

- Prophetical stanzas (That tell future events)

- Poetical stanzas (Dealing with proverbs, poems & wise

sayings)

- Scientific/Technological stanzas

- Literary stanzas (Dealing with figures of speech, etc.)

3. The Healing Art

- Physical – using medicinal plants

- Spiritual – sacrifices (ebo/ipese)

- Mystical – Ohun enu to heal minor cases (Ori fifo, Inu rirun, Ina, Arariro etc).

4. Magic, Sorcery and Witchcraft

5. Divination – The art, types and practice of Divination

6. Advanced Techniques of Orisa worship and sacrifice

7. Life and Blood

8. The study of combined Odu contd.

9. Further Technicalities in Ifa and Ebo riru

N.B:

10. Term Paper

11. Tests/Examination

It is expected that students should study combined Odu up to at least Okanran-Ofun before the end of this grade.

GRADE V

=

Adept =

Agba Awo

=

Ofun Ose

Ofun-Ose (256) is the last Odu.

here it stands for the last tale of the tape.

This grade is the final of the Post Graduate studies; therefore the student should

It is the Guiding Odu for this grade.

This does not denote the size or potency, but

prepare his mind towards the final conferment for the award of the full Diplomat of Agba Awo, (Aaw.) At the end of this stage, the student must have performed excellently well in the hydra-headed pedagogy of Ifa. According to this Odu:

“Ofun see, Ifa tan lorun Dia fun Aje Tii somo won lode Ibini Abu fun Okun Tii somo won lode Irada Won nsunkun alaini Ibudo Aje wa fi ile e mi sode Aje wa fi ile e mi sodede Aje je nri e mu r’okun Ki nri e mu ra’de o

Meaning:

“Ofun see, the tail end of Ifa in heaven This was the message revealed to Aje (wealth), The offspring in the land of Ibini Also declared for Okun (Affluence) Their offspring in the land of Irada They were lamenting for lack of place to settle Aje, please come and settle in my house Aje, please come and use my house as your abode Aje, please let me use you as my purchasing power”

The topics for the course are:

1. Statistics, Research and Documentation

2. More Studies of combined Odu

3. Advanced Ifa Mysticism – Summoning the dead, Ayajo, Aasan, Ogede, Ofo, Ifobaje, Ifa-Ilu, Levitation, and Clairvoyance.

4. Comparative Studies of Ifa and other contra lateral mysticism

5. Limiting and Restricting the evil and Negative forces in Nature

6. More studies of combined Odu

7. Ancient communications/transportation systems – Iyere, Aroko, Egbe, kanako, Afeeri, Telepathy, Teletravel, Astral traveling,etc. etc.

8. Project

9. Examination

10. Graduation ceremonies and Award of the full Diplomat Agba Awo, (Aaw.)

11. Ceremony at Ile Ife in person (no proxy).

During and all through the courses from grades I to IV, various techniques shall be applied relevant to transfer and acquisition of information and skill. These shall include but not limited to:

1. Homework

=

HM

2. Classwork

=

CL

3. Groupwork

=

GW

4. Demonstration

=

DM

5. Dramatisation

=

DR

6. Questions and Answers

=

Q&A

7. Practical

=

PR

8. Fieldwork

=

FW

9. Audio Visual

=

AV

10. Distant Learning Technique

=

DLT

11. Internship

=

IN

12. Seminars/Workshop

=

SM/W

Sources and References shall be from:

1. Books

2. Literatures

3. Oral sources from Adepts and advanced Adepts

4. Audio/ Video & other electronic devices

Evaluation shall be based on continuous assessment and examinations as at when due and approved.

Mystic Temple

After the graduation from the Adept stage and the award of Aaw, it is expected of

the graduates to begin to practice. During this period, his track record will be

monitored. Two years after, he can then apply for admission into the MYSTIC

TEMPLE of the Ifa International Training Institute. This is the highest spiritual,

occult, mystical and preter-natural body whereby all what had been taught,

policies, guidelines and tenets are formulated, supervised, coordinated and

implemented. Initiation ceremony for new members of the Mystic Temple is done

before being allowed into the Temple. Membership of this Temple accords the

member an unfettered and unrestricted access to information, policies, ideas and

other thing that may be of assistance to the member in the day-day performance

of his calling. Each member of the Temple will be given a password with which to

access any information within the Temple.

In the Mystic Temple, there are three chambers as follows:

i. Outer Chamber

ii. Main Chamber

i.

Outer Chamber: This is where cross fertilization of ideas where

spiritual knowledge, advance mysticisms are accessed by the

privileged members as at when required. Members are free to bring

forward any problem encountered in the course of their calling and

cross fertilize ideas with a view to finding lasting solutions. They can

also initiate ideas, policies, rules, guidelines, etc. and send their

recommendations to the members of the Main Chamber for

endorsement. As a member of the Outer Chamber, it takes a minimum

of three years to graduate to the Main Chamber.

ii. Main Chamber: Apart from the fact that members of this Chamber

also have unfettered and unrestricted access to information, they can

examine, discuss and endorse matters or issues sent to them by the

Outer Chamber, and forward same to the Inner Chamber for final

approval. Members in this chamber have a minimum of five years

before moving to the Inner Temple. Part of their responsibility is to look

for uncommon information or sources of energy and ensure, together

with other members of the Chamber the availability of such information

or energy for the usage of the Temple.

iii. Inner Chamber: This is the apex of all chambers where all matters,

policies and decisions are ratified for implementation. They are the

custodian of values and tenets of Ifa.

Auxilliary Services

1. Ifa consultation

2. Initiation

3. Guided Ikosedaye

4. Marriages and Mate selection

5. Information of Rites of Passage & Burial Ceremonies

6. Workshops, seminars lectures symposia etc.

In addition to Ifa training, IITI provides the following:-

Ifa Consultation: It is a notable fact that Ifa consultation is one major area that has sustained Ifa practice and knowledge up till this present date. In as much as the Institute is meant primarily to cater for training of

prospective Babalawo/Iyanifa/Babalorisa/Iyalorisa. We are equally aware of the fact that the day-day needs of individuals and groups must as a matter of course, be catered for. In this wise, the Institute has assembled a crop of well tested, trusted, competent and reliable Ifa and Orisa practitioners who are ready to undertake appropriate consultations for whomever so desire their

services.

Ifa can be consulted on any aspects of life such as travel, opening business concern, improvement on business endeavours, birth, marriages, illness,

chieftancy, coronations, death and general well being.

Initiation (Itenifa): It takes more than entering Ifa grove for initiation. For proper Ifa initiation, such initiate must be able to find in his guiding Odu that will be revealed during the Ifa initiation rites the revelation of his/her destiny. Not only this, he /she must be properly guided on ways and means of following his/her destiny based on the guiding Odu. Lastly, he/she must be given the challenges on how to fulfill his/her destiny still based on the guiding Odu. By so doing, the original and uniqueness of each individual will be revealed. He/she will be able to gauge his/her achievements based on the revelations contained in his/her guiding Odu. Pursuing the wrong or inappropriate goals will thereby be eliminated. At the Ifa International Training Institute, an initiate will be assisted to find, to follow and to fulfil his/her destiny. For those who had already been initiated, the Institute can assist in writing a synopsis on his/her guiding Odu should he/she requests. This will enable him/her to be equipped with adequate information with regard to finding, following and fulfilling his/her destiny. The institute also can arrange initiation for those who are yet to be initiated. For such initiates the institute has the following package in addition to the Ikin Ifa and Esu in order to make it complete.

i. Ibori (Receptacle for Ori propitiation)

ii. Iroke/irofa (Beaded Ifa staff)

iii. Irukere (Beaded horse tail)

Guided Ikosedaye: Ikosedaye is not, and can not be done by proxy. Accordingly, the parents / guardian of the new born baby shall be guided on how to handle the ceremony. Thereafter, the guiding Odu revealed for the new born baby can be forwarded to the Institute for in-depth analysis. This will facilitate proper and adequate nurture and training of the new born. Hence, this will make the new born useful person to the society in future.

Mate Selection and Marriages:_ Due to lack of adequate spiritual guidance, a lot of well celebrate marriages have hit the rocks. Some marriages collapsed sooner after being contracted while some could not stand the test of time, even after many years of marital endurance. All these tanners can be avoided if Ifa traumas had been consulted for guidance. Ifa has shown that the character of individuals involved in the marriage, the time of the day and the day of the week of contracting the marriage, those involved in the contractual agreement may make or mar the relationship Ogbe Yonu (24:19) Ogbe Weyin (18:25) Iwori Wodin (49:17) etc. It is therefore part of the responsibilities of this institute to give proper guidance for successful marriage to those who so desire.

Rites of Passage and Burial Ceremonies:- It is as natural to die as to born. It will not be complete greeting new born with happiness and according it with necessary rites without also treating death with respect and according it with necessary rites of passage. Failure to accord the deceased with rites of passage in accordance to his/her faith may even affect his/her spirit in the journey to the great beyond. Ifa International Training Institute can arrange for those interested to give well deserved and befitting burial rites.

Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, Symposia . :- With abundant human and material resources available to the Institute, workshops, seminars, lectures etc can be effectively organized in a well conductive atmosphere for individuals, groups/temples or corporate bodies on several topics as related to Ifa, Orisa, Africa Tradition and Culture.

Infertility Problems:-This is one of the major problems besetting certain homes all over the world. In some cases, it has led to divorce, separation or ever untold pain just because either of the couple had become sterile and unable to procreate. Children we all know are of great value as far as family unit and happiness are concerned. In Ogbe ‘ka, Ifa says that children are not sold in the market otherwise only the rich would receive the blessing. On the other hand, Ifa says that children are sold but only at Orunmila’s house. At Ifa International Training Institute there are competent and tested adepts who are always on hand to assist people of both sexes on problems relating to infertility in achieving this, application of roots, herbs, ritual and above all, power of the spoken word will be employed.

All these services above can be arranged for those interested at affordable fees, and we guarantee good value for your money. The Institute has fully experienced scholars and adepts to meet your demand using natural, esoteric and power of the spoken word. We will show you that we really care and all personal matters will surely be treated with confidentiality. Get in touch with us today through our e-mail and you will be glad you did.

Aboru, Aboye, Abosise.

FACULTY AND RESOURCE PERSONS

1. Oluwo Italeke Akangbe (Aladikun of Ilua)

- Grand Patron/Spiritual father

2. Prof. I. B. Odeyemi

-

Chairman, Governing Council

3. Chief A. Oyesanya

-

Patron

4. Chief Ademola Fabunmi

-

Adviser

5. Chief Awodiran Agboola

-

Adviser

6. Chief (Ms) Bukola Odunfa Popoola Aworeni

-

Spiritual Mother

Resource Persons

1. Chief Solagbade Popoola

2. Chief Fakunle Oyesanya

3. Chief Gbolahan Okemuyiwa

4. Chief Fagbenga Oyesanya

5. Chief Adebamiji Omoniije

6. Faleke Dosumu

7. Dasola Fadiran

8. Dubi Imevbore

9. Chief Fashina falade

10.Dr. Awopetu Adeyemi

11. Chief Fakolade Atinumo

12. Chief Fagbemileke Gbadegesin

13. Mr Bankole Aderibigbe

14. Oluwo Basiru Aniyalorun

DEPARTMENTS

1. Comparative Religious Studies

in charge Rector/Oluwo Registrar/Religious Studies/Comparative Analysis Prayer and Power of the Spoken Words (With special interest in Family, Kinship & Marriage). Bursar / Circulation Manager Higher Studies & Esoterism Yoruba Language Studies Orisa / Irunmole Coordinator - Europe Coordinator - North America / Diaspora Student Affairs Preter-natural / Supernatural Forces Orisa Comparative Studies.

Herbs / Pharmacy

2. Higher Studies and Esoterism

3. Prayer/ Power of The Spoken Words

4. Yoruba Language Studies and Yoruba Philology

5. Orisa Studies

6. Preter-natural / Supernatural Studies

7. Herbs and Pharmacy (, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics)

8. Bursary and Finance

9. Student Affairs