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OmoEkofa (Young girl who studies Ifa Philosophy)

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2006

11 year young Awo of Babalawo of northern Oyo State, Nigeria, reciting Ifa poetry from the Ifa Corpus (students start studying at 4yrs old). It is worthy to note that Ifa is still very much an Ancient Oral poetic form (very little has been written to date) of restating Ifa's stanzas of historical, philosophical, practical, curative and healing messages, as they have been stated and restanted for thousands of years among the Yoruba in West Africa and has, recently, as a result of the Maafa (transatlantic slave trade) of enslaved Yoruba people found in the diaspora namely Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, Surinam, Guyana, Haiti and now throughout most of the world. The root was among the Yoruba of West Africa, these ancient stories spoken in poetic form often using parables, was the root of African proverbs common today, that would deliver messages onto themsleves. It is also very notable that as said Ifa is an Oral art form and is taught to children orally and retain into memory, this girl is only 11 years old and can recite many stories from memory, also to note that she is a female and to dispel the myth (in the diaspora) that girls do not study Ifa, but shown here she is orally reciting Ifa stanzas and the response from others is to also learn that Ifa stanza.

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