Once again Ile – Iere, Republic Trinidad & Tobago continues to loose of what omo orisa Olokun – Rubadiri Victor , would call it’s ” Golden Age ” contributors.
The current passing of Chief ANISEERE SANGO of Ife – Jeffrey Biddeau is another example of our undocumented contributors to our cultural landscape and heritage.
There are many still alive who did know Chief ANISEERE SANGO of Ife and they can begin to honour him by preserving in writing or by other means available to the public , accounts of his contribution to Trinidad & Tobago culture.
I knew Chief ANISEERE SANGO in many capacities.
As a young man, while training for my priestly leadership Chief ANISEERE SANGO – Jeffrey Biddeau not yet a Chief entered the compound/home of my principal tutor/trainer – Iya Ijo Loisa Catherine Toussaint of the Ojo family at No. 1 Petra Street ,Wood Brook, Ile – Iere, Republic Trinidad & Tobago.He paid his respect to my Oluwo and was introduced to me.
Chief ANISEERE SANGO had returned from Europe where he was involved in the Arts , and from his accounts he was instucted by orisa to return tto live and continue our Traditions here in Republic Trinidad & Tobago.
I was then an ordinary member of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE, functioning as a ritual Leader/ Elder.
Some year’s passed, and our then Elder/ Olori – Agba Akolejo Olufemi became engrossed in efforts to ensure the legal recognition of the Orisa Movement here in Ile – Iere, Republic Trinidad & Tobago. Agba Fred Mitchell – ” Mighty Composer ” who at this time had become involved in EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE , had visited Agba Jeffrey Biddeau at Mora Trace in Matura, and had recommended that we approach Chief ANISEERE SANGO, not yet a Chief to be the National Chairman of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE.
It was when Agba Jeffrey Biddeau with the consent and permission of orisa,eegun and all beneficient and benevolent spirits became Olori of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE, a title I then held that I was promoted to the position of OLUDAR AGBAIYE of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE.
The old and young collaborating together did much for the advancement,growth, and promotion of African/ Yoruba sacred science.
Among some of the Elders involved at this time were Agba Sam ” Bajah Phills “, Agba Aubrey Charles – a contemporary, but in some ways senior to Agba Jeffrey Biddeau ,and an Elder – Wilfred Daniel a.k.a “Achie “. All Elders whose name were aforementioned preceded Chief ANISEERE SANGO of Ife to the Great Beyond.
After some time the collaboration splintered and parties involved continued to serve the cause in their separate capacities.
As many human stories there was ego play, positive rivalry and sometimes jealousy.
There was the phenomena experienced by all innovators.
Eventually Agba Jeffrey Biddeau went to Yorubaland where himself and Iyalode Ifakorede Oyayemi – Chief Joan Cyrus both received there Chieftaincy titles.
Still later on the current author of this article himself went to Yorubaland and himself received chieftaincy titles.
Eventually the President of the International Council for Ifa Religion, – Balogun Agbaye, Chief/ Professor Idowu Odeyemi ,along with other officials and office bearers of the InternationalCouncil for Ifa Religion were in Ile- Iere, Republic Trinidad & Tobago, and by consultation with Ifa Oloye Orawale Oranfe JakutaSango of Ife – Chief Olakela Massetungi was selected as the Head of the Council of Afrikan Traditional Chiefs in Ile – Iere, Republic Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean,with Chief ANISEERE SANGO as the Deputy to Oloye Orawale Oranfe.
At this point I take this opportunity for and on behalf of my own family, for and on behalf of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE, Isese Agbaye Worldwide Community and the Council of Afrikan Traditional Chiefs to express condolences to the family of Chief aniseere Sango of Ife.
May the world wide orisa community join with us as we send off Chief ANISEERE SANGO to the Great Beyond.
This is just a start for the documentors .