The Board of Directors of the Yoruba Cultural Center is made of professionals and business owners who, with their expertise, knowledge, and experience, make sure that the Center continues to serve the needs of people of all ages who are interested in the unique language, art, and culture of the Yoruba people.

Get to know them better here!

Dr. Oladele Olusanya

Dr. Oladele Olusanya Curator, Yoruba Art and Heritage Museum PresidentCo-Chair, Yoruba language school
Co-chair, Yoruba Scholarship

Dr. Oladele Olusanya was educated at the University of Ibadan medical school, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is an accomplished artist, poet, music enthusiast and a passionate advocate of the revival of the history and culture of the Yoruba people. He lives in Dallas, Texas, where he takes time off from art and writing to run a busy medical practice. Honored through the years as a Yoruba Cultural Ambassador, Dr. Olusanya is the 2018 recipient of the O’odua Image Award. He is the author of Gods and heroes and other books of the “Itan – legends of the golden age” trilogy, the acclaimed 1,000-year historical novel of the Yoruba people.

“And hope like a shining light will light up the distant hills, illuminating the path ahead for us and our children.”

www.oladeleolusanya.net
www.chartermedicalcenter.com
www.charterartcenter.com

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Educator Board SecretaryDirector, Yoruba Language School
Co-chair, Yoruba Scholarship
Co-chair, Yoruba Youth Group

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu ‘Honeydrops’ is a philanthropist, public speaker, educator, author, entrepreneur, and mother of 3 boys. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University Of Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology from the University Of Phoenix, Arizona. She completed her Doctoral Degree of Philosophy in Humanities from the United Graduate College and Seminary International. She owns and runs multiple businesses under Honeydrops Pro Inc., founder of The Honeydrops Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit organization, and a veteran educator with Dallas ISD. She is the published author of “Living Beyond The Norm – From the bottom up” and the newly released “King of My Gifts”. She is a thought leader, an experienced international public speaker, corporate trainer, life coach, podcast and talk show host “Dr. O. J. Speaks.

“Every life has value, the measure of our value is found in the positive change we impact in others along our path and the legacy left behind.”

www.hdproglobal.com
www.honeydropsfoundation.org

Mr. Thomas A. Oyebisi

Mr. Thomas A. Oyebisi Chartered Accountant, Chartered Stockbroker, Entrepreneur, Business Consultant & Preacher Financial DirectorChairperson, Finance Committee

Thomas Abiodun Oyebisi studied Accounting at The Polytechnic, Ibadan Nigeria & Devry University, Texas, US. He holds a master’s degree in Accounting & Financial Management. A certified accountant & stockbroker who is also a dealing clerk on the trading floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He has over twenty-two (22) years of work experience in banking, accounting, Audit, tax practice, FOREX dealing & business consulting. He manages a tax & accounting practice in city of Dallas, Texas, United States. A lover of Yoruba cultural heritage & a preacher of the word of God.

“We owe the future generation a duty to do our part in making the world a better place.”

www.excellefinancial.com

Kunle Tometi, Pharm D.

Kunle Tometi, Pharm D.Pharmacist and Entrepreneur.Director in charge of Fundraising from business & professional organizations, Yoruba Cultural Center.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria but educated largely in the northern part of the country, Kunle obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ife in 1988. After three decades of an active professional career, he obtained a Pharm. D (Doctorate of Pharmacy) from Howard University, Washington D.C. 2018-2020. A busy professional, entrepreneur and business leader, among Dr. Tometi’s current positions are: Member of Council, Public policy and Financial affairs, Texas Pharmacy Association; Member, Audit Committee, Texas Pharmacy Association; Member of the Board, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Ambassador at Large, the Nigerian Pharmacists Association, DFW. He is President, Total Pharmacy, Dallas Texas, President, Tometi Holdings Inc, Medical offices, Dallas Texas, and Managing Partner, Takai By Angela, Cedar Hill Texas.

His social and extracurricular interests outside his work as an entrepreneur and pharmacist include his family and church. Kunle is a Deacon of the Church of God Mission, Grand Prairie Texas.

“Strong business development along with encouragement and empowering allow people up to be the best they can be.”

Kamilu Abiola Alli, MBA.

Kamilu Abiola Alli, MBA.Insurance, Investments & Retirement SpecialistDirector: Fundraising, Corporate Relations, & MarketingYoruba Cultural Center

Kamilu Abiola Alli was born in Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria. He attended Ibadan Grammar School, then graduated from the Osun State Polytechnic with an HND in Statistics. After this, he earned an MBA from Imo State University, Owerri. He currently lives and works in Dallas, where he is a Registered Representative for companies specializing in insurance, investments, and retirement services.

Kamilu brings to his position as a Director of the Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas, Inc. a passion for the arts and culture of the Yoruba people. He is active as a member and executive of various Nigerian socio-cultural organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Deinde Peters, BA, M.Sc.

Deinde Peters, BA, M.Sc. Technology Professional Chairperson: Yoruba Community Outreach

Deinde Peters is the CEO of CENTRIS Commerce, a technology services company located in the Dallas area. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Staffordshire University, U.K., and a Masters in Computer Science from University of Birmingham, U.K. He is the General Secretary of Omo Yoruba Dallas.

Nosimot Adetutu Adepegba

Nosimot Adetutu AdepegbaA Nurse PractitionerBusiness owner and MinisterChairperson, Yoruba Language School STEAM Initiatives and Family Affairs Committees.

Tutu Adepegba possess a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye, Nigeria. She obtained a Master’s degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University, Illinois. She is a family-oriented person who places high importance on positive family dynamics. She is a passionate mother who believes in raising a “total child,” one who is physically, spiritually, socially, and culturally sound. She is a teacher and the leader of the Children Ministry of a growing local church.

“Dream it, Pray it and achieve it.”

Nosimot12@yahoo.com
Focushousecall@gmail.com

Bolaji Ajayi, CPA, MBA

Bolaji Ajayi, CPA, MBA Finance & Technology ProfessionalDirector, Yoruba Cultural Center

Bolaji Ajayi studied Computer Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, after which he obtained a Master’s degree in Accounting from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. He also has an MBA from Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. An accomplished finance and accounting professional with over 15 years’ corporate experience, he has worked with various top-class companies and currently provides consultancy and decision support to corporate executive leaders. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Bola provides financial and tax consulting services for individuals and small businesses.

Bola is an avid runner and swimmer who also enjoys cycling. He has a passion for the arts and believes in the preservation of Yoruba culture & heritage. To this end, Bolaji sees his role in generating with passion awareness for the programs of the Yoruba Cultural Center and its offerings to people of Yoruba, African and African-American descent

“Òní larí‚ kò sí eni tó mòla.”

Kehinde Obikoya

Kehinde Obikoya, MD Fellow, American Psychiatry AssociationDirector, Yoruba Cultural Center

Dr. Kehinde Obikoya graduated as a physician from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She had her post-graduate residency training in the specialty of Psychiatry in the United Kingdom and the United States. Board certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry, Kehinde is the medical director at a forensic psychiatry outpatient clinic in Dallas. A trail blazing educator who created the only forensic psychiatry fellowship training program in the state of Texas, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at a prestigious academic medical center in Dallas where she is the program director for the forensic psychiatry fellowship program.

Apart from being an accomplished and much commended physician and psychiatrist. Dr. Obikoya has an enduring interest in investing in the future of the next generation, especially in the education and training of young people interested in health care careers, and in the passing on of Yoruba culture and language for posterity. Dr. Obikoya is an avid artist and volleyball enthusiast. She has illustrated a children’s book, published numerous psychiatric articles in scientific journals, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Obikoya is a mother of two girls. She is particularly interested in the documentation and propagation of Yoruba language, history, and culture in the modern age.

Kim Agoro

Kimberly Agoro, BA Entrepreneur and Business DeveloperDirector, Yoruba Cultural Center

Mrs. Kim Agoro is an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she is married to a Nigerian born physician, Dr Tunde Agoro. Over the years, she has developed an abiding interest in Yoruba traditions, language and culture. She holds a BA degree in Biology with an additional BA degree in African Studies. She is currently working on her Master’s degree. A multitalented business leader, Kim is the founder and CEO of the Wellness Village. She also developed 5G Medical, and managed the 4 medical offices for Dr. Agoro which she built, developed and staffed. She also served as the CEO and developer of two successful sleep labs, Sleepy Village and The Sleep Institute of Fort Worth, Texas. Kimberly also reopened the Lake Como Bar B Q restaurant across from the “Blue Bird” in 2016 as part of a massive neighborhood development program which has received statewide and national recognition. Most of her time is currently spent working on developing her radio station and ministry. VSE produces two radio shows that air on www. rhemagospelradio.com

Kim has served on the board of various powerful and successful business and philanthropic organizations, including the National Women of Achievement North Texas. She has recently been appointed President of the DFW Gospel Industry Network as well as serving on its national board. Kim is the recipient of numerous citations and awards for her unstinting contribution to uplifting the lives of her fellow citizens.

All these efforts and activities have made Mrs. Kimberly Burks Agoro to be recognized as a proven community leader and firm believer in the principle of giving back to the community. She is very happy to join the Board of Directors of the Yoruba Cultural Center. With her passion for black African culture, language and traditions, she will be using her outstanding organizing and leadership skills to plan events for the organization including the yearly YorubaFest cultural festival, a first in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis, and to integrate the activities of the Yoruba Cultural Center into an heightened awareness and participation by the African American community in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.

Kim lives in the Fort Worth area with her physician husband. She has several grown up children who are themselves striking inspiring career paths on their own in many areas of business, the professions, and entrepreneurship.

Tedra DeBritto-Williams

Tedra DeBritto-WilliamsMLS, BS, RN, ACHEPublic Health Nurse & Community activist.Director, Yoruba Cultural Center

Tedra (Teddi) Williams has been a registered nurse for over 28 years, mainly in the fields of Public Health, malpractice investigations, and quality control in long-term care facilities including nursing homes. She has also served as an expert nurse witness in legal proceedings pertaining to negligence and avoidable health complications. Her work in the health care field has earned Teddi many accolades and awards including being named ‘Health Care Champion’ and ‘Change Agent;’ as well as receiving the Betty Pewewardy Award by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine School of Community Medicine, Tulsa.

A U.S. military veteran, Teddy is a social activist on behalf of black causes. She is a dedicated community advocate, cultural educator, and life coach. Her motivation comes from the story of her ancestors who inspired her to invest her personal gifts in building up young people and working with community organizations such as Yoruba Cultural Center. Teddi believes in the training of empowered, and educated future leaders in the black community.

In her spare time, Teddi enjoys taking care of her family, volunteering in health literacy and social campaigns, creating documentaries, writing, painting, dancing, and coaching. She also speaks professionally, teaches, reviews grants, and trains non-profit boards. As a believer in efforts that offer the betterment of our shared human experience, Teddi remains through the years a fierce advocate for social justice and change. Her poetry has been published in Theresa Robinson’s book titled, “Blaxhaustion.”. In her decision to serve as a Director of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Teddi will help in bridging the cultural gap between black people born in Africa and their African-American brethren, bringing into this important role her experience as a descendant of the famous Black Wall Street entrepreneurs and survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre in Oklahoma.

Personal quotation: “Nursing is what I do. It is a vocational gift for which I’m honored and humbled; not to be confused with who am – a servant of the most High, seeking to be a good representation of Him.”

ASSOCIATES

Ola Ogunkoya (Double O)

Ola Ogunkoya (Double O)Ola OgunkoyaBA, Actor, Producer & Choreographer.Associate and Music Dance & Theater CoordinatorYoruba Cultural Center.

Ola was educated at the Lagos State University where he earned a degree in Theater Arts. Over the years, he has excelled as an actor, producer, choreographer, radio host, MC, and fashion model. He is the founder of Double O Productions, an African dance crew that performs in cities all across the United States. He has acted in a number of Nigerian films produced in the United States. In 2016, ACI Awards nominated him for Best Lead Actor in the Diaspora. His feature film, “Majemu America,” won the OGO Yoruba Award as the Best Movie in the Diaspora and was nominated for an African Oscar Award in Hollywood, California. Ola was also the winner of the Afro USA Best Dance Artist in 2001. In 2014, he won the MBE Improver Award for Best Radio Segment, London, 2014; the Custodian of African Culture Award, 2017; and the TAMPAN USA Achievement Award, 2018. He was named a Yoruba Cultural Ambassador at the Oodua Image Awards in 2018. Ola lives in Dallas with his wife and 2 children. He hosts several radio shows including “Make una thank God” on Distinct Radio Texas, “Orita faaji” and “Lunch Break with Double O” on DNC Radio Texas.

Franchesca Jennings

Franchesca JenningsFranchesca JenningsSocial Media Team MemberYoruba Cultural Center.

Franchesca was born and raised in Dallas. She is a graduate of Skyline High School and will be a freshman in Fall 2020 at the Texas State University, Sam Marcos, TX to major in Liberal Arts and Political Science. She is very active and vocal on social issues that affect her community and impact members of her generation. She has organized and hosted town hall meetings for youths and has served on committee boards of the Youth Council for The City of Dallas Youth Commission. After attending Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Jenkin’s Youth Summit Teen Camp, Franchesca became the leader of several youth organizations focused on creating a positive impact on young people of her generation. She has spoken at youth forums, and her speeches have been broadcast at school. Along the way, she has received several trophies and awards for her social activism. This is Franchesca in her own words: “Mentoring and helping my peers is my passion. I want to spend the years ahead helping young people of color to learn about their culture, especially black history. I am very excited about my role in assisting the Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas to promote the language and culture of the Yoruba people.” Franchesca is the recipient of the YEWANDE PAULISSEN OGUSAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD given by the Yoruba Cultural Center, August 2020.

“Learning about our culture helps us define who we are, so that no one would make us feel uncomfortable in our skin.”

Oluwatosin Amure, BA.

Oluwatosin Amure, BA.Music Director and PerformerAssociate: Music and Technical CoordinatorYoruba Cultural Center

A gifted and seasoned public performer and music director, Tosin Amure studied Accounting at Osun State College of Technology and Lagos State University, Nigeria. A Dallas resident for the last decade, he is an entrepreneur with a passion for music arrangement and performance. Multitalented and adept in vocals, guitar, drums, and the keyboard, Ola has, over the years, organized music performances at private, corporate, and public events, including at his church. His particular interest is in the interpretation of traditional Yoruba music for a modern audience.

Tosin lives in Dallas with his wife and children. He is in charge of the technical and organizational aspects of music teaching and production for the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas.

Olanrewaju Olakanlu, BSc, MSc

Olanrewaju Olakanlu, BSc, MScCreative Director and FilmmakerAssociate: Radio, TV & Media CoordinatorYoruba Cultural Center

Olakanlu Olanrewaju earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the Lagos State Polytechnic and a Master’s Degree in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University, Florida. He is the CEO of Creative Village Productions. Among his many positions, Lanre was a TV and Radio presenter on MITV and Radio Lagos from 2007 to 2012. A brand ambassador and influencer serving several important clientele in Yorubaland, he was hosted at the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, HRM Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, for his promotion of Yoruba culture, especially through his critically acclaimed show, Mr & Mrs Kogberegbe Tunmigbe, on LTV 8 Lagos.

Lanre is an award-winning content producer for MNET, South Africa. He has also hosted the African Magic program with his presentation of “Mr & Mrs Kogberegbe” since 2013. This is a popular sitcom centered around family, marriage, and lifestyle, involving a fictionalized Yoruba couple. On the whole, Lanre remains an accomplished popular entertainer who has organized social events in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex including All White parties, Couples Boat cruises, and the Annual Jeans Parties. Among other events. He has also organized invitations for popular actors, musicians, and socialites from Nigeria to perform in the United States. He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is happily married with kids.

David Obatola

David ObatolaTalking drum SpecialistAssociate, Yoruba Drum, Dance & TheaterInstructor, Yoruba language school

David Obatola is a multitalented individual with special skills in the playing of many traditional Yoruba musical instruments, especially the talking drum. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria by parents originally from Awe in Oyo State. After attending the Elizabeth Fowler Memorial School for his primary education and Jubril Martin Grammar School, Iponri, Lagos for his secondary education, he received advanced technical education, specializing in Building, Painting, and Industrial Technology, from the Government Technical College, Osogbo. Over the years, he also received qualifications and certification in Estate Management and has had extensive experience in Teaching. Mr. Obatola currently lives in the Dallas area with his wife and 3 children. When he is not teaching or playing the talking drum, he works as an Amazon Associate.

His hobbies include playing on traditional Yoruba drums especially the talking drum. He also features on a weekly Yoruba radio show – Majemu America – with Ola Ogunkoya as his co-host. With his deep knowledge of the Yoruba language, Mr Obatola teaches students at the Yoruba language school of the Yoruba Cultural Center.

“Bi owe bi owe ni a nlu’lu agidigbo. Ologbon ni ijo, omoran ni si tunmo re” Yoruba proverb

David Obatola

Alladin (Laide) AkinloyeEntertainer & Media Show Host.Associate for Publicity and Events Coordination, Yoruba Cultural Center.

Alladin (Laide) Akinloye was born in Ibadan, the cosmopolitan center and modern political capital of Yorubaland.
He had his secondary education at the prestigious Government College Ibadan, followed by higher education at the Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Banking and Finance. A man of many parts, Alladin also studied at the Police College, Dubai; and worked as a Firefighter and patrol officer. He then went into show business as a TV and Radio presenter in Kenya and later in the United States. He is currently a co-host of the popular “Trending with Alladin” radio talk show. He is also a Presenter on Mommies TV as well as being the CEO of Mommies Planet LLC. Alladin was nominated to the Board of the Oodua Image Awards based in Houston, Texas, and he was a featured speaker at the Exotic Cultural Movement in Oklahoma. A veteran of show business, he is the recipient of many awards over the years, including the Showbiz Award by Fiesta Magazine and Entertainment Award by Ife Alarede. Over the years, Alladin has become an icon whose life work is steeped in show business and entertainment.

A family man who is married with 3 children, Alladin describes himself as a cultured man who was raised by a socially conscious mother who was the Iyalode of the Oluyole area of Ibadan. He has a deep interest in supporting the traditions and culture of his Yoruba people and would do his best to use the platform of the Yoruba Cultural Center to promote Yoruba culture not only in the United States but all over the world. Alladin’s major role, as an Associate of the Yoruba Cultural Center, is his position as the Social Media & Entertainment Coordinator.

Bunmi Ojomo

Bunmi Ojomo“Yeye Oge Okin”Associate, Yoruba Drum, Dance & Theater; Yoruba Cultural Dance Performer & Instructor

Oluwabunmi Adeyanju Ojomo was born in Oke Ijebu, Owo, Ondo State, in the heart of Yorubaland. After attending Success Academy Private School, Apapa, Lagos, she studied at the School of Nursing, Egbe, Kogi State. She then continued her professional studies at SLT University in Ado-Ekiti, after which she did advanced Clinical Epidemiology and Operations Research at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Although she trained professionally as a nurse, Bunmi has, over the years, shown a great passion and skill in the field of traditional Yoruba dance, an area of specialization in which she has been recognized with various accolades and awards. She has a passion for advancing a deep knowledge of the Yoruba language and Yoruba traditional customs, music, and dance among young people both Yorubas and non-Yoruba.

Ayomide Osunjimi

Ayomide OsunjimiBSc Associate & Youth Ambassador,Yoruba Cultural Center.

Mr. Ayomide Adurape Osunjimi was born in Lagos Nigeria but has lived most of his young life in the United States. He attended high school in Lancaster, Texas, before proceeding to the University of Texas in Austin wherein 2021, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in preparation for admission to medical school. As a high school senior, Ayomide was the recipient of the first Yoruba Youth Scholarship Award, in 2017, given by the Institute of Yoruba Language and Culture in Dallas Texas.

In his position as Associate of the Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas, Ayomide will bring to his role as Youth Ambassador a mission to spread the knowledge of Yoruba history, myths, and traditions to the younger generation.

PATRONS

Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon

Prince (Dr.) Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Bsc (Hons) Engr, MBA, LLB(Hons), BL, D.Litt, F.loD, FNSE, FCS, FNIM, FCIM, FNIMN, FEPHM, FCIAN, COREN Patron, Yoruba Cultural Center

A notable philanthropist and contributor to the development of art in Nigeria, Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon studied Engineering at the University of Ibadan, followed by degrees in Law from the University of Lagos and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ife. Over the years, Prince Shyllon has set himself apart as a distinguished expert and innovator in art, business and public service. He worked at top managerial positions for corporations such as Caterpillar, Nigerite, and the ETEX global Group; and has served on the Board of several corporate and public institutions including OGBC, OGTV, Raigate Investment Company of the Ogun State Government, Gateway Tourism Corporation of Ogun State, several states governors’ transition committees, Statutory Councils, the National Think Tank, and the Ogun State Economic Summit.

Prince Shyllon has sponsored several professorial chairs in notable universities all over Africa for the study of art. He has written and coauthored several books on the traditional art and sculpture of the Yoruba people; and he has given lectures and presentations around the world on business management, public affairs and visual arts. To cap a lifetime of achievement, Prince Shyllonsinglehandedly financed the establishment of the first privately funded public museum of art in Nigeria, with a grant of 1,000 works from his private art collection to the Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art at the prestigious Pan Atlantic University in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr Saheed Lawal-Solarin

Dr. Saheed Lawal-SolarinDoctor of DentistryPatron, Yoruba Cultural Center

Dr. Saheed Lawal-Solarin was born in Sagamu, Ijebu-Remo, Nigeria, where he received his early education. After a brilliant career at the Remo Secondary School, Sagamu, he proceeded to the United States to further his education in the health care field. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Texas Austin, before attending the School of Dentistry at Howard University, Washington DC, graduating as a Doctor of Dentistry (DDS). He then did a post-graduate residency at the VA Hospital in Temple, Texas. Skilled in restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics, Dr Solarin has a vibrant dental practice in the Desoto and Dallas area.

He has lived for the past 2 decades in the Dallas area with his wife and children. He has a passion for youth education and has sponsored several scholarships awarded under the aegis of the Omo Yoruba organization of Dallas Fort Worth. He was appointed a Patron of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas in 2021 in recognition of his support for programs that promote the appreciation and understanding of Yoruba language and culture among young people, both Yorubas and non-Yorubas, in the Dallas area. His hobbies including reading, travelling and playing soccer.

Dr Abraham Ariyo

Dr. Abraham AriyoMD; Interventional CardiologistPATRON, Yoruba Cultural Center.

Abraham Ariyo was born in Ilesha in the Yoruba heartland and was educated at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan where he graduated with Distinction. After proceeding to the United States, he obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health from Harvard University and completed a Residency training in Cardiology at Howard University in Washington DC. The recipient of several honors and awards including the National Research Service Award, Dr. Ariyo served as a Cardiovascular Research Fellow at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and completed a General and Nuclear Cardiology Fellowship training at the University of California. He was then appointed an Interventional Cardiology Fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Ariyo is the owner and founder of Heart Masters Cardiology in Dallas. He is also an Interventional Cardiologist at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Sunnyvale, Texas. A prolific medical author, Dr. Ariyo has written chapters in medical books such as the Modern Textbook of Medicine, and articles in professional journals such as Annals of Medicine, Archives of Medicine, Circulation, Journal of Cardiovascular Risk, European Journal of Cardiology, and The Journal of The American College of Cardiology. As a researcher, he led the NIH-funded Cardiovascular Health Study that has impacted the lives of many Americans.

Dr. Ariyo, as a leader of the Yoruba community in Dallas, Texas, has used his position over the years to support initiatives that help individuals and their families, including providing funds for college scholarships for high school seniors, supporting the first annual Yoruba Fest cultural festival – and now as patron of the Yoruba Cultural Center, providing monetary and other support for the programs of the organization. He has a passion for promoting the progress, solidarity, and self-determination of the Yoruba people in their homeland.

Dr. Ayodele Osowo

Dr. Ayodele OsowoMD; GastroenterologistPatron, Yoruba Cultural Center

Dr. Ayodele Osowo finished medical school at the University of Benin. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York. He did an advanced fellowship in Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and completed his Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Texas and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. After this, he joined Gastroenterology Practice Associates in Arlington, Texas.

Dr. Osowo is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with a sub-specialization in Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine.

He is a passionate supporter of efforts to preserve the Yoruba language, arts, and culture for the next generation, for which reason he was chosen as a worthy patron of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas. He was the Special Guest of Honor at the Official Opening of the Yoruba Cultural Center and Yoruba Art and Heritage Museum on March 6, 2021.