35-year-old Ifa priest, Owolabi Aworeni has emerged new Araba Agbaye and got the approval of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eniitan Ogunwusi.
The new Araba Agbaye learnt the rope from his father right from childhood and showed traits of making it to the apex of the priesthood with his many exploits that earned him accolade within and outside the country. He has his presence in countries such as USA, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, UK, Paraguay, Venezuela, Argentina where has received awards in propagating Ifa, Yoruba history and Cultural heritage.
He is the last son of his parents and partly a student of Oluwo Fawole of Agesinyowa compound of Ile-Ife in the late 1990s. The passion of the new Araba Agbaye over the years was all about propagating traditional religion in face of the expanding influence of Christianity and Islam in Yorubaland.
It was learnt that his journey to Awo Olodumerindinlogun started in December 2013, when he became member of the Awo Olodumerindinlogun and was installed Olori Iwarefa.
In April 7 2018, he emerged as the new Afedigba Awo Olodumerindinlogun due to the death of late Afedigba and Baale Ile Oke-Itase, Pa. Olujide Omopariola.
He is the founder of Orishada Ifa Cultural Foundation. It was also learnt that the title of Araba Agbaye is restricted to Oke-Itase compound, Ile-Ife. The first Araba Agate was one Agiri a.k.a. Baba Oke-Itase. It was his descendant that has been reigning as Araba Agbaye. Some of his successors were Olumodan, Gbagalaala, Adoosioke, Agarawu, Lamilooye, Ijala, Awoyeju Ipeti Nagunnaja, Fafore Omopariola, Awosope Awosade, Fasuyi Omopariola, Adisa Aworeni, and the newest Araba, Owolabi Awodotun Aworeni.
Further findings also revealed that not all male child of Oke-Itase is qualified to hold the title of Araba Agbaye. It is exclusive to only child who has been initiated to Awo Olodumerindinlogun cult under the headship of Araba Agbaye.