The Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago which was registered under the Companies Act 1995 and which recognises that it has a role with the consent of those it intends to serve to take collaborative and constructive action to create a healthy social, spiritual and cultural environment that it hopes will foster the development and empowerment of the Orisa community in particular and the African community at large in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
The Council since it’s registration has met with The Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad & Tobago, and held public presentations at City Hall Port of Spain, and San Fernando Creative Arts Centre and at the Museum of Fort King George, Scarborough, Tobago.
Yesterday members of the Council met with Ijo Ifa Imole Osetura and Ojubo Orisa Omolu at Enterprise, Chaguanas, Central Trinidad , to continue it’s efforts at meeting with Shrines. awon Kpaale, awon Ile, awon Egbe and Orisa organizations that are welcoming in have meetings and discussions with the Council.
The gathering and meeting was very warm, cordial and there was appreciation for the meeting by all parties.
Rituals of opening were engaged and the Council was welcomed by Awo Awurela who then turned over the proceeding to the Council.
Oluto Alagba of the Council – Oloye Orawale Oranfe , Head of the Chief’s Council then presented a brief history of the development, formation and registration of the Council and the vision of the role the Council expects itself to play in Republic Trinidad & Tobago. In making this presentation Oloye Orawale Oranfe indicated the Council’s position with the desire to have harmonious, respectful and amicable relationships with the existing registered Orisa organizations in our country particularly those established as ” umbrella ” bodies and recognised by the State of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.
Some personal history of Oloye Orawale Oranfe was also included as a brief biographical sketch of who is Oloye Orawale Oranfe. This touched upon his role as Oludari Agbaiye of Egbe Onisin Eledumare and included the Mas presentation “401 MEETS 2001” presented by his members as part of the Carnival activities of 2001.
Oloye Orawale was followed in his presentation by Chief Sangosegun who gave a short presentation of his work in the African community as activist cultural leader/ promoter in the 1970’s and before 1970. Chief Sangosegun recalled his contributions to PineToppers and to Mas presentations and parties that utilised the party and entertainment media to raise the level of consciousness of the party participants and youths at large. He recounted his role in drumming and how this impacted on him and eventually led to his initiation into African/Yoruba sacred science tradition.
Chief Sangosegun was followed by Yeye Agbamoola Olomitutu Ido Osun, Osogbo – Omotaiewo Ogunlade of Ile Ijo Ose Otura Awon Osun , who recounted her upbringing, and participation in Spiritual Baptist tradition and her later initiation into Yoruba sacred science tradition that eventually resulted in her Chieftess position. She explained the meaning of her title and how that impacted upon both her spiritual and physical functions and purpose. She indicated the affinity of her role to creating conducive environments for the preparation of the minds of children, though love, discipline, training and play and so foster wholistic development of the child. She indicated that we all have roles to play to bring our community together and allow us to attain our destiny.
The final presentation from the Council came from Aiyetoro of Kenny Cyrus Alkebu – lan Ijuba and who represented The Iyalode Awo Agbaye Chief Ifakorede Oyayemi Aworeni. Aiyetoro apologised for the absence of The Iyalode Awo Agbaye and indicated that her love and blessings were with us and that she was committed to work for the development of the Orisa community through her efforts at the Council. He indicated that he thought the Council had a critical role to play in nurturing a conducive environment in our community that would allow for discussions and collaborative solutions for our Orisa community.
Next the host organization thanked the Council and the individual members of their Council was introduced to the Council and they were met by the OLUTO ALAGBA of the Council.
This then opened the way for audience response and questions and several issues of concerned were addressed.
There was sharing of items of refreshment and hospitality followed by closing ritual and oath taking.
The Administrators of this site congratulate both Ijo Ifa Imole Osetura and The Council of Traditional Afrikan Chiefs of Trinidad & Tobago on this most needed effort to consolidate the Orisa community of Trinidad & Tobago.
The Council would welcome requests for other awon kpaale, awom Ile, awon Egbe and Orisa organizations to have respectable and productive dialogue and communication with a view to creating collaborative solutions that would take our Orisa community forward.
May all these efforts lead to success.