Orisa CDC in collaboration with Empowered Communities Development Corporation & The Wharton African American MBA Association presents the 2nd Annual Empowerment Retreat on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania John M. Huntsman Hall 3730 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, Room 240 (Retreat check-in 8:30AM, Program runs from 9AM – […]

Joe Quinones Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board Joseph T. Quinones (Obakanla) is the first African-American born into the Yoruba Orisa tradition and his mother, Marjorie Quinones, was the first African-American initiated into the Yoruba tradition in North America. Joe is descended from a long line of Sango worshipers from the Yoruba town of Ilesa. […]

The African world view and the Yoruba tradition acknowledge and recognize four major modes of thought or consciousness: collective consciousness, or that of a philosophy of a communalistic society; connection with and reverence for Egun (the ancestors); connection with the Creator or a divine being(s) and the recognition of the presence of that divinity within […]

The worship of the spiritual forces deities called Orisa has a long and venerable history that dates back thousands of years amongst the Yoruba and Southwestern Nigeria. These religious traditions spread to the Americas with the enslavement and indentured servitude of Yoruba during the late 18th and 19th centuries. In spite of colonialism in Africa […]