Awise Adewale Ifatona Bogunmbe
Founder & Chief Priest (USA)
Oloye (Chief) Adewale Ifatona Bogunmbe is the Founder & Chief Priest of Ile Okanran Onile and is also the Awise Awo of Ido Local Government in Ibadan, Oyo State. Nigeria. Baba Adewale has tasked himself with spreading knowledge and understanding of the Ifa/Orisa tradition in the diaspora and the world at large.
Born into the Yoruba Tradition of Ifa/Orisa, Baba Adewale was raised in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. and comes from a line of Ifa Priests dating back to many generations. A well-versed Ifa Priest, he has more than twenty-five years experience as a practicing Babalawo who tends to clients’ spiritual needs and conducts initiations for people want to enter into the priesthood. He has trained under the tutelage of his father (and Oluwo), the late Oba Fayemi Fasina Awopeju Bogunmbe and a host of other highly recognized elders.
In his effort to uplift the Yoruba tradition Baba Adewale was the architect of a religious group’s journey from Nigeria to Venezuela in 2007. During the course of the trip, many religious and spiritual events took place but also with focus on propagating the existence of the Ifa/Orisa tradition. Since then, in addition to various states within the United States, Baba Adewale has and continues to travel to other countries like France, Spain and Puerto Rico to spread the messages of Ifa.
Baba Adewale doubles as Chief Executive Officer of Okanran-Onile Productions Inc., with over ten years experience in music production. He has produced Ifa/Orisa music for various traditional musicians within the Yoruba tradition through his record label. He also launched AKODA-OLU, a very successfully self-sponsored Ifa/Orisa radio program on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (B.C.O.S) Nigeria in 2007. Currently, in the United States, Baba Adewale co-hosts a weekly radio talk show with the intention to educate the listeners on various aspects of the Yoruba Ifa/Orisa Tradition.
Currently Baba Adewale resides in New York City, USA where he continues his work in the Ifa/Orisa Tradition.