Greetings to all in the mighty name of Onile Ogboduora, as I always say that OTITO L’OBA IMOLE
DE’FE, many people are eager to know much about Ogboni so that they will not be lost. Our topic
today was meant to be WHO OWNS THE CROWN but many vital and important questions do come
up and need quick response; hence, the change of topic of discuss for the fifth lecture here in
Atlanta Georgia on this day 15th February 2018. Although the question of who owns the crown has
been answered by different people like Oluwo Opeodu Ifasola Saheed that OGBONI own the crown
but it is worn by some in a dirty and illegal way. The example of such was the illiterate woman
called OLOMITUTU in Atlanta. She posted my picture where i was wearing a white cap beside her
husband with crown on his head on Facebook saying am under her husband based on hierarchy.
She went further saying that was why i cannot wear a crown. More so, that i am not a king
purposely because i went to OYOTUNJI AFRICAN VILLAGE in South Carolina to present OGBONI to the village. She knows not why I put on the white cap [Tajia] and why her husband put on crown
because she’s a novice of the fraternity she claimed to belong by virtue of her husband. My
orientation tells me it is not fit and proper to put on a crown to where we are going that day The
event was 2014 OSUN OSOGBO DAY, where the king himself is not allowed to put on crown until
after the sacrifice. It was this day at the River that KABIYESI ATAOJA OF OSOGBO publicly took the
microphone on seeing some OGBONI factions leaders putting on CROWN when they are not meant
to; himself as a king inclusive not and he said publicly and I quote “OGBONI you are embarrassing
me. I have never said OGBONI don’t wear crown but you should know where you wear it. If you
try it again, I will surprise you” (For reference purpose, kindly check 2014 Osun Osogbo Day video
at the waterside. Details are also available in audios and pictures on request). Please who was
disgraced? I have been appealed to by many reputable people in Ogboni like OBA DAPO OLAFARE,
HRH OBA SAHEED IBRAHIM of Ireland, AMB EFE OJO and others not to reply and I did complied.
May Onile be with all of you lot.
I wouldn’t have mentioned the above but that was the first question asked by a person at the
Atlanta lecture today because the entire dirty event occurred there in Atlanta in 2016 when she
posted my picture on Facebook and called me a thief. She threatened to deal with me whenever
she comes to Nigeria. She did come but couldn’t do anything. [ENI TI KO TO’NII, TI O N DE’NA
DE’NI, AJEKUN IYA NI O JE).
Back to today’s topic, I will first give my respect to all IFA PRIEST [babalawo] and Iyanifa as i
promised never to demote nor relegate anybody while trying to correct or rectify wrong
impressions about the Ogboni. I entered Igbodu too and came out with my odu OGBE ATE, which is
done by many BABALAWOS. This shows I am part of IFA and supported whatever IFA says. I
therefore give Kudos to all IFA priests. The bone of contention here is the mixed up by some
babalawo who says the process of initiation in IFA and OGBONI is the same and that once you have
done IFA you have also done OGBONI. This is not so because the process differs completely. I
agreed that there are processes in IFA initiation. However, having gone through Ifa initiation does
not implies you have done the Ogboni initiation neither does it implies you are or qualifies you as
an Ogboni. The rites are done differently to become and Ifa worshipper and Ogboni member.
The process in OGBONI is three which I may not be able to expatiate for some reasons in public but in brief.
The first stage is the INITIATION PROPER done by the APENA [the chief priest] in OGBONI. In the
olden days, six  people are expected to be in the room to initiate new member; some of which
are Elebusebu, Gbedan, Abole etc., after which the process follows. During the process, the Oluwo,
Abiye and other conclave members who have been on their sit expecting Apena to come out to
feed them back about the new initiate. Here, series of prayers and others rite is done for the new
initiate before bringing him out to know AIYE [the world on the seat]. Here the Apena will present
the initiate to the public for oath taken [this is what is called secret by some people but not] and
others. In our Association [OGBONI ABALAIYE], Apena will do the OBI publicly to know who is the
mother and the father; however, this varies from one association to the other. The initiate has right
to get in touch with his father and mother at any time of trouble for assistance in all directions to
solve the problem. This father and mother are greater than your biological parents because they
are spiritual and can render any help. Here under initiation, you can see that APENA is the chief
priest and not OLUWO as against the IFA initiation where OLUWO is the chief priest.
The second stage is ORI BIBO (sacrifice for the head). This is different from the normal ORI BIBO
because it entails many other things like pepeye [duck], eiye etu, eiye ile [dove], igbin [igbin] etc.
This is done also publicly in the presence of other members. Many people do asked if this is done
same day with the first initiation? Well I will not want to conclude here but it can be done
depending on time of initiation and time availability; if not ITA (3 days) and IJE (7 days) can still be
use for this in case of urgency. All these cannot be done in the absence of APENA who is always the
chief priest in OGBONI. I came to realize that many OGBONI don’t do ITA and IJE because they
count it as time wasting, am amazed when I heard this from one APENA and I came to ask if truly
that person is APENA. Moreover, am not much surprise because many leaders in OGBONI don’t do
ILASAN (lesson period) to enlightened their members about the tenets and practices of the Ogboni.
In this respect, they lack the knowledge as to what is entails in Ogboni. This also explains why and
how many were given post without knowing their duty or what is expected from them as a holder
of such office. I can’t imagine how someone is initiated, do ibori and eran oro same day and next
day without even knowing how to enter the conclave for worship is given the post of OLUWO. As an
adage says “OMO TI KO RA TI ENI KO RIN…” (a child who did no crawl and you want him to walk).
Please what is the duty of ASHIPA? Can you explain how he share what is in his domain? We need
to teach our initiate the duties of their position so that our culture and heritage will not be washed away.
The third stage is ERAN ORO. I may be very brief on this for some reasons but will give details to
audience listening to this lecture live in Atlanta. We don’t just tell initiate what his or her ERAN
ORO is. In OGBONI ABALAIYE, the initiate will tell his spiritual parents who will tell APENA about his
plan to kill his eran oro. Then the Apena will inform Oluwo, Abiye and others where all will return to
the conclave and ask the mother earth (EDAN) who will say what is best for the initiate. This implies
that we have different animal used for the ritual and this is what our religion enemy call rituals or
sacrifice but is it human sacrifice as they proclaimed? Are they not doing sacrifices too? What does
the bible and Quran say about SACRIFICE? We all do sacrifice but we don’t do human sacrifice.
I implore all who claimed that his BABALAWO has done OGBONI initiation for him to please find out
again to rectify it. I am not saying that babalawo don’t do OGBONI; they do. As reiterated earlier,
we do have many babalawo in OGBONI and they are accorded due respect because of their activity
in OGBONI. However, not all babalawo are initiates of OGBONI Fraternity. Likewise, we cannot
initiate one and call him babalawo in OGBONI. OLUWO has never been the chief priest in OGBONI
and will never be. As the adage says “A KII S’OSUGBO LA LAI KO’LA” (we don’t do Ogboni without
mark); which brings us to the question, Can OLUWO mark you? NO. This is the work of APENA
during the first initiation.
I know some people will want to respond secretly or contact me for more truth after the lectures,
you can get me on my email email@example.com or my personal email
firstname.lastname@example.org while my whatsapp is also available on my mobile number
I have done my part for now; I remained loyal to all Ogboni and will continue the good work, IYA
RINU, OLOMO R’OKAN, BI EMI BA SE RERE IYA MO.
ONILE OGBODUORA will continue to guide & guard you all.