Queen Mother Brings Yoruba to African-Americans

June 15, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On June 15, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Yoruba is the name of a major ethnic group in Nigeria and its religion." Queen Mother Yeyefini Efunbolade, the founder and director of the International Institute of Afrikan Studies & Knowledge in Jamacia, is bringing this African ancestral reverence to African-Americans. "Much of Efunbolade's teaching in African spirituality is devoted to rites of passage that are specific to different stages of life: birth, schooling, puberty, marriage, parenthood and death." Her focus is on the spiritual aspect of these rites of passage. She helps her listeners examine the "emotions that arise when initiates reflect on the challenges their parents and grandparents might have faced, as well as more remote ancestors who might have been enslaved."