2016 is closed out with a bang for the Temple. Official sanctioning, recognition and authority was granted by His Imperial Majesty Kabiyesi Aare Ogboni Agbaye (Awise Iwase of Yorubaland) for our Temple to be the head of the Florida chapter of Aborigine Ogboni in America, with myself, Chief Ifagbemi, receiving the chieftaincy title of Olori Apena Ola of Florida State and Secretary of America directly from the Paramount King of Ogboni Worldwide.
The Temple name has a slight update as well, to Iledi Ala Orisa Temple (where as before, it was Ile Ala Orisa Temple). Temples of worship in Ifa and Orisa are often called either an Egbe or an Ile. In Ogboni we call a place of worship an “Iledi”, meaning a tied house.
What we have done in establishing the Ogboni here in our Temple is to go back further to our roots. We have enough members here to establish a place of worship of Mother Earth, which is the heart of Ogboni practice, and these members have exchanged oath to maintain the spiritual purity and integrity of all areas of our practice.
The Earth is the oldest Orisa and the only one not to pass on after a lifetime here. Mother Earth has been here all along as the eldest or what we call “Agbalagba Orisa”, meaning Elderly of Orisa. Within the Ogboni we still worship, venerate and work with all Orisas and consult Ifa.