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The Wisdom of Ose Meji: Odù of Family Development and Prosperity

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From the section Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì as a Symbol of Nation Building and Maroonage

This collection of 16 verses from the sacred Odu Ifa Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì is unique in the it contains the short 4-part version of the verse, the revealing 8-part version of the verse, the revealing itan (story), the in-depth moral and spiritual messages, commentary, and taboos. Each verse is presented in properly toned Yorùbá with English translations. None of these verses from Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì appear in the author’s previous “Iwe fun Odù Ifá”.

Why Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì? It is what Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì represents that caused us to focus on this Odu at this time. In an age of abject degeneracy and imbalance, the presence of the divine feminine energy is quite needed. Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì is the ultimate Odu representing that energy. This Odu is closely associated with victory, accomplishment, and overcoming. It is a befitting Odu for the New Afrikans to consult its energy as we are still in a major power struggle with the enemies within and without. Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì represents the ultimate power of the feminine energy – the power that wipes out the old and useless to usher in the proper order amongst Máwùfɛnumeto (Afrikan people). Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì is about change very similar to Osá Méjì is about change. Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì governs the process of decay, a productive dissolution that nurtures the fertilization of new life. Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì is analogous to the Phoenix, the fiery bird that burns itself to death only to rise from its own ashes in a renewed state of strength and vitality.

Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì is directly in alignment with what we call in the Aja (Fòn) language nukɔnyiyi xwe, or family development: an imperative of the Kilombo Paradigm and the foundational component of Nation Building. There are many references to family solutions in Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì, the proper things to do to make sure children are raised properly, and names related to family such as Amúyiwà – one who brings prestige to the family and Ọlápàdé – honor covers the family.

Gbìgbá To - Nation Building

In the Aja-Fon language, gbìgbá to means to nation build. This Odù is literally considered to have founded the Yorùbá city of Ibadan in the year 6061 AX (1820 CE of the Gregorian calendar). Dissident soldiers from Oyo, Ife and Ijebu all came to the place called Ebaodan to settle after the sacking of Owu which was as a result of the disintegration of the old Oyo Empire. This new settlement was a savannah land backing the forest of the Egba. Among these dissident soldiers was a great warrior called Lagelu from Ife who became their leader. He consulted an oracle on-behalf of the new settlers to enable them to know the future of their new settlement and he was told that they should adopt [Eleyele Hill] as their guardian deity. Eleyele Hill then became Okebadan Hill.

As a preparation for the wisdom of Ọ̀ṣẹ́ Méjì, we share the wisdom of 24 verses from 20 different Odù that gives us clear examples on how to live the wisdom of Ifá and how to reap its benefits. The work is a refreshing continuation of the efforts from HRM Axosu Agelogbagan in restoring African Vodun and Ìṣẹ̀ṣẹ̀ (so called Yoruba tradition) to its proper ancient integrity and functional use for Afrikan people.

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