Kabiessi Oba Orisa 1, Ifagbemi OrisaseyePresident & Chief Priest of Ile Ala Orisa Temple / Faseye Institute for the Study of Orisa
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South Florida, Broward, Fort Lauderdale
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“My goal is to see Ifa and Orisa practice regarded with the same respect and reverence as many other world religions and spiritual practices enjoy. I hope to dispel some of the fear and misinformation circling the tradition and shed some light on the practical truths of the practice.” –Kabiessi Oba
- Kabiessi Oba Orisa 1 of America (King), crowned in Federal Republic of Benin
- Kabiessi Oluwo Asaape Ola of Awo Imule Fraternity of America, crowned in Federal Republic of Benin
- Chieftaincy title of Oluawo (Head of Ifa priests), received in Oyo Alaafin
- Olorisa priest, consulting and divining for clients through the use of Erindilogun (16 cowries)
My name is Kabiessi Oba Orisa Ifagbemi Orisaseye 1 (also known as Baba Oba Ifagbemi). I am the President and Founder of Ile Ala Orisa Temples and President of the Faseye Institute for the Study of Orisa, which is the comprehensive teaching umbrella and organization for our students and priests alike, organized as Oracle Ifa LLC.
I began my formal, comparative religious study in 1998. For over 20 years now I have diligently served my community as a healer, diviner, educator, and steward of indigenous spiritual tradition. In addition to being a traditional West African King Oba Ifagbemi was also previously initiated to Ifa as a Babalawo, and also an Olorisa. The role of Oba is traditionally regarded by the Yoruba as the ex officio chief priest of all of the Orisa sects in his or her domain.
Before becoming an Oba or King I underwent many years of study and practice as an Ifa priest (Babalawo), communicating with the Spirit of Destiny known as Orunmila in order to divine a person’s destiny and, when needed, make edits or changes to this destiny through ritual (or, ebo). As an Oba (King) within this culture and tradition I also specialize in various other forms of divination such as mirror and water gazing, cowry divination and other mystical spiritual disciplines in order to assist devoted seekers to find working solutions to many of life’s various challenges.
My journey in West African tradition began in the later part of 2002 while living and working a private Chinese Medicine practice in Colorado. An Orisa priestess encouraged me towards seeking Ifa initiation as a Babalawo. Simultaneously, I had also been actively involved in Tibetan Buddhism, having received various empowerments and rituals. Along the same vein, I earned a graduate diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine and mastered other traditional healing methods and respective disciplines alongside my spiritual growth. Following the advice of close mentors and gurus to study closely my ancestors’ practices, I sought and received initiation into the Ifa and Orisa traditions and societies, first as a Babalawo and eventually taking on many more roles and titles. Every teacher I have had before Ifa, including those I have had within my study of Orisa, has encouraged me to bring all of my experiences and training into the approach to my own practice while distinguishing between the differences.
My unique path both professionally and personally has laid the solid groundwork for the approach that I choose to take in coaching others such as clients, students, and community. Here in the Diaspora (Western Hemisphere), I believe we need to strike a delicate balance between preserving tradition and also progressing the tradition forward in a respectful manner. Beyond its roots in West Africa this tradition has many universal teachings that can be integrated in our modern world which I believe we all can benefit from and utilize various aspects of to create fuller lives for ourselves and the communities we live within and serve.
There is a proverb in Yoruba wisely shared by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon of Osogbo which parallels my own humble approach to Ifa, which says: “Ti a ba ri adan, ao fi odide se’bo”, meaning “you improvise when you cannot readily find some materials for ‘sacrifice’ in a foreign land.” It is this spirit of sincerity, fluidity, adaptability, and generosity which guides my own practice that I share with people around the country.
In the later part of 2017, after about a decade of travel back and forth to Nigeria, I was encouraged to look further into my own direct African ancestry. It was with a DNA test that I found that not only do I have less than 1% ancestry from Nigeria but in fact my direct forefathers descended from Benin Republic, Togo, and Ghana. Following up on this revelation, several royal families in Benin Republic responded to my outreach, made contact with me and, following divination, revealed that I was born of a lineage of Kings. I was graciously invited by Sa Majeste Kabiessi Oba Awo Imule Kolawole Ayorinde to his compound to undergo traditional initiation rites and rituals of Kingship with the support and sanctioning of over a dozen Kings spanning the breadth of the country of Benin. This was to reclaim the seat of royalty from my ancestors that has been previously taken due to the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade and Holocaust of enslaved Africans. I accepted the invitation back home to Benin Republic to submit to the trials and tests of Kingship to determine if I was truly worthy to bear the mantle of leadership. My coronation was covered by reporters and witnessed by many, culminating in registry with the Government of Benin in the Department of Ministry as His Majesty Kabiessi Oba Orisa of America 1. The circle is now complete. This new vestiture with the responsibility and divine ancestral authority given makes me one of the highest ranked authorities and leaders of West African spirituality in the United States and a recognized King in Africa.
Within my role as an internationally recognized leader of this tradition, I cultivate strong working relationships with practitioners and educators of various backgrounds, from Taoist priests, Vedic Indian Astrologers, Santeria, Umbanda, and Vodoun practitioners, to business professionals, college professors, students, families and everyone in between. I hope to make further connections with good people and devotees in the tradition as well as those curious to learn more about Ifa and Orisa, in order to promote harmony, respect, and understanding among all.
My goal in this role is to see Ifa and Orisa practice regarded with the same respect and reverence as many other world religions and spiritual practices enjoy. I hope to dispel some of the fear and misinformation circling the tradition and shed some light on the practical truths of the practice.
It is this spirit of sincerity, fluidity, adaptability, and generosity which guides my own practice that I share with people around the country and worldwide.
Thank you for taking the time to read this brief summary of some of my background. I look forward to working with you and sharing in your own personal story.
His Majesty Kabiessi Oba Orisa of America 1 Ifagbemi Orisaseye Omolulu Oduduwatokun Tobalase
Kabiessi Oluwo Asape Ola of Awo Imule America
President and Founder of Ile Ala Orisa Temples/Faseye Institute for Study of Orisa