Iyalorisa Kim Williams
Kim Williams was initiated to the Orisa Yemonja in 1979 by godparents, Reynard Simmons, Sango Dei (ibae) and Stephanie Weaver, Okesande. She is a classically trained singer and has worked with many diverse music groups, the most recent being with Amma McKen and Omi Yesa. She is a spiritual advisor and elder priest of Omi Ero Ile Yemonja. In conjunction with Egbe Omo Yemonja, Inc, she was entrusted with the responsibilities of Elegun for Ogunleki in 1996. Following the footsteps of Barbara Bey Ogunrelekun (ibae), she became the Egbe’s Ategun in 2004 and is currently the custodian for Ogunleki, who traveled from Ibadan, Nigeria to be a part of our community in the US.
Iyalorisa Sabrina McIntosh Davis-Parham
Sabrina has consistently been active in various Brooklyn communities and non profits including the Bedford Stuyvesant Gateway Project, the Bedford Stuyvesant I Have a Dream Program (Executive Director), and Excellence Boys Charter School (Founding Member). She has given tirelessly to the Orisa community as a Founding Member and 1st Vice President of the Ijo Orisa Yoruba Church, the Founder of Ile Osun Odo Femi and a founding member of the Egbe Awo Osun. She was initiated to the Osun in June 1980 by Osa Unco (Sunta Serrano Ibaiye) and Charles Abramson (Ibu Okanla Ibaiye). Currently, Sabrina is the CEO of O Consulting Group.
Iyalorisa Lynette White
Lynette White-Mathews is a Priest of Obatala initiated in 1979 by Ascension Serrano, Osaunko; “Sunta” Ibaye. She has since earned a Bachelor’s in Education from New York University and a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle and currently works as an Assistant Principal. As a member of Omo Obatala Egbe, Inc. Lynette represented the Egbe as a Board member of Ijo Orisa Yoruba Church, Inc. She later assumed the position of Executive Director for the Church and continues in this position.
Iyalorisa Amma McKen
Amma McKen holds the title of Akpon within the Yoruba tradition She has been singing for over three decades and is the first African American Akpon to produce a musical recording of the traditional songs, titled Alaako Oso: Owner of the Songs is Eloquent. She is the director and co-founder of Omiyesa, a cultural music group. She was initiated to Yemonja in 1979 by Asuncion ìSuntaî Serrano Osaunko (ibae) and Tima Baker Oshun Lari. Iya Amma also holds the title of Ellegun within the Yemonja Egbe.
Iyalorisa Tima Baker
Tima Baker was initiated as a priestess of Oshun in 1972 by Alfred Davis Omi Toki (ibae) and Betty Barney Sango Funke (ibae). She is an esteemed elder of the Awo Oshun Egbe of New York. Additionally, she is the senior elder of Ile Omi Toki and Ile Oshun Lari. She is a singer, dancer, and accomplished senior level professional, serving elders and youth in the community. She has worked with several nonprofits in New York and danced and sang with noted groups.
Iyalorisa Amma Oloriwaa!
Iya Oloriwaa! began studying and teaching African dance and music as a teenager and was introduced to African spirituality by Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu- Ibaye. She is a priest of Obatala initiated in 1983 by her godfather Yomi Awolowo in the line of Osa Unko-Ibaye. An Akpon for 30 years, she leads ceremonies singing for Orisa and Egun, and trains future Akpons. She is blessed to witness and participate in the various work and traditions of the full Orisa community. Iya Oloriwaa! is a founding member of the Omo Obatala Egbe, Inc. and Ijo Orisa Yoruba Church, Inc and is the founder and Alakoso (director) of the Egbe Iwa Odoíkunrin*Egbe Iwa Odo’binrin, Inc (the society of young men and young women of character) Rites of Passage Program.
Iyalorisa Gheri Garnett
Iyalorisa Gheri was born in San Bernardino, California and raised in New York City, where she earned bachelors and masters degrees from New York University. Gheri is also a certified nurses midwife. She was initiated to Obatala on October 7, 1978 and has since initiated eight heads. She is also the founder of “Always Orisa” which serves a community of priests and believers that do not have an Orisa family to work with in the Philadelphia area where Gheri now resides with her husband Joe. Gheri has 3 daughters and several grandchildren, all of which were born into the Orisa tradition.
Babalowo Felix Sanabria
Baba Felix Sanabria, is a Babalawo and percussionist who has been performing and recording for over thirty-five years with the most renowned musicians in the Afro-Caribbean, Latin, Afro- Pop and Jazz Diaspora. In June of 1992 Felix was initiated as a priest of Obatala by Olo Oshun Evelyn Okantomi Smart and Oni Shango Chief Aya Ilu Bey (ibae).
As an Omo Aña, Baba Felix has performed Orisha music with many of the most prominent drummers of our time. – most notably, the late great Orlando “Puntilla” Rios, Oni Shango Obatilemi, who was a leading exponent of Aña, Orisha and Afro-Cuban music in the United States. Puntilla introduced Felix to his godfather Gerardo “Taboada” Ferandez Ogbeyo who initiated him into the Ifa Priesthood in March of 2001.