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.

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DIRECTORS

Dr. Oladele Olusanya

Oladele Olugbeminiyi Olusanya, MD Writer, Physician and Artist President, Yoruba Cultural Center

Dr. Oladele Olusanya was born in Ibadan. Educated at Government College Ibadan and the University of Ibadan medical school where he graduated with Distinction, he underwent postgraduate specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United Kingdom, and Family Medicine in the United States of America..

His academic accolades and professional awards include the National Merit Award, given to the best 10 undergraduate students entering all Nigerian universities in all disciplines in 1970; Dr Oluwole’s Prize in Preventive Medicine on graduating from the University of Ibadan in 1976, First Fellow by examination of the West African College of Surgeons, 1983; Teaching Exhibit Award of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians 1997, and a listing in “America’s top Family Physicians,” 2004. A gifted man of many parts, Dele is an accomplished writer and artist. His 3-volume “Itan – legends of the golden age” series, in particular Book 1: “Gods and heroes,” has been described as one of the best books ever written about the Yoruba people for Yorubas by a Yoruba author. Recognized over the years as a Yoruba cultural ambassador, Dele is an expert on Yoruba history, mythology and culture. He was one of the movers behind the formation of Omo Yoruba organization of Dallas Fort Worth, the Institute of Yoruba language and culture, and YorubaFest – the annual festival of Yoruba arts and culture. He is the founding President, Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas, and Curator of the Yoruba Art and Heritage Museum, the first of its kind in North America. For his endeavors in the cultural field, Dele was given the Presidential Award of the Egbe Omo Yoruba of North America in August 2022.

A married father of 3 children, Dele lives with his family in the Dallas area where he runs a busy medical practice while devoting most of his time to the promotion and preservation of Yoruba language, history, art and culture for the next generation.

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

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

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.

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.

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu

Oyinkansola Jinadu Ph.D Board Secretary Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Educator, & Social Media Influencer

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu, “The Med Spa Professor”, 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., is the founder of The HoneydropsFoundation – a 501C3 non-profit organization – and is a veteran educator with Dallas ISD. She sits on the board of 2 non-profits as the President and Board Secretary respectively. She is a lifetime member of the International Society of Female Professionals. She is the published author of 4 books, 5 training manuals, and over 15 published articles; the main mentions include “Living Beyond The Norm- From the bottom up” and “King of My Gifts”. She is a thought leader, an experienced international public speaker, a life coach, and the podcast and talk show host of “Dr. O. J. Speaks”.

Dr. Babatunde Olorunfem

Babatunde Olorunfemi, BDS, MSc, MBA Marketing specialist, Radio Host, & Retired Dentist Marketing Director, Yoruba Cultural Center

With ancestry from Ile-Ife, Babatunde Olorunfemi was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, where he had his early education and qualified as a dentist. His career as Dentist and Missionary took him to four continents over three decades, exposing him to different cultures and life experiences. His scientific contributions include determining the safe levels of highly caustic hydrofluoric acid for gluing porcelains to the natural teeth of patients and introducing oral implantology into the West African dental school curriculum.

Under his cognomen, Pastor Noah Omoluabi, Babatunde is an ordained minister of the gospel, having chosen the name “Omoluabi” as the Yoruba transliteration of the Biblical Noah, the gentle “man of exemplary character and trusted friend of God.” The character of Noah and Omoluabi represents the basic moral expectation of every Yoruba man and woman, and hence, their tribal nickname.

Babatunde is a veteran publisher. He currently produces and anchors the program “YorExit: Sense & Nonsense”, a weekly radio show which examines emerging issues in the current fragile democracy in Nigeria. As a professional speaker, Noah Omoluabi is committed to igniting the fire of leadership in young managers entering the corporate world, empowering them with time-tested skills only mothers are expected to teach. Clearly, mothers and grandmothers do not follow their kids to the office. This is where Noah takes over. He is also a cybersecurity specialist and an expert in digital design, video technology, and marketing management under his firm, Adtools Concepts.

Dr. Olorunfemi is an active member of many Yoruba organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and is the Vice-President of Egbe Omo Ife, Dallas, Texas. His role on the Board of the Yoruba Cultural Center, which he joined in August 2021, is as a Marketing Director in charge of promoting, publicizing, and marketing the programs of our non-profit organization.

www.noahspeaks.org
www.adtoolsconcepts.com

Nosimot Adetutu Adepegba

Nosimot Adetutu Adepegba A Nurse Practitioner Business owner and Minister

Tutu Adepegba possesses 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 a leader of the Children’s Ministry of a growing local church.

“Dream it, Pray it, and achieve it.”
Nosimot12@yahoo.com
Focushousecall@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

Babajide Oladipupo

Babajide Oladipupo (Ologundudu)Community Outreach Director,Associate DirectorExecutive Coordinator, YORUBAFEST

Babajide Olumide Oladipupo was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Yoruba parents who hailed from Ekiti and Oyo States. He received his tertiary education at the Kwara State Polytechnic where he obtained a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. With an avid passion for arts and traditional culture, and in his capacity as Director of Impeccable African Image Concept, a company dedicated to introducing traditional African cultural trends to a western audience, Babajide, nicknamed “Ologundudu,” has been involved over the years in sponsoring cultural troupes from Africa to participate in international cultural festivals, not only in Dallas and other parts of the United States, but all over the world. His organization has also honored many celebrities considered to be custodians of African culture.

As an Associate Director of the Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas, Babajide’s area of activity is in Community Outreach, reaching out to the various Yoruba and non-Yoruba socio-cultural groups in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex to get involved in the programs and activities of the Yoruba Cultural Center. Most importantly, he is the Executive Coordinator of the Yorubafest – the annual Festival of Yoruba Arts and Language that is organized annually in summer in the Dallas area. He is married and has 3 lovely girls.

Favorite Yoruba saying: “The chewing of a kolanut would always last long in the mouth of someone who cherishes it..”

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.

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

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.

David AyanladunAlayande

David AyanladunAlayande Master Talking Drummer Drum, Dance, & Theater InstructorAssociate Director, Yoruba Cultural Center

David AyanladunAyanwoleAlayande was born in the town of Otu, in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State in the heartland of the old Oyo Kingdom. He comes from a family where the art of playing the talking drum has been passed down through the generations from father to son in a quaint corner of Yorubaland, a place where time appears to have stood still for a hundred years. His father, Amos AyanwoleAlayande, was Chairman of the Talking Drummers Association of his district, while his mother was a trader in farm produce. After receiving his primary and secondary education in his hometown, he moved to Ondo where he attended the Government Technical College. However, David never lost the familial talent and skill with the talking drum that he had learned at the feet of his famous father. He became a member of Sunny Ade’s juju band, where he then rose to become the lead talking drummer in 2004. Over the years, he came to be recognized as one of the leading practitioners of the talking drum in Yorubaland in our modern times.

After emigrating to the US in search of greener pastures, David trained professionally as a nurse at Concord Career Institute, Grand Prairie, near Dallas, Texas. But despite his busy life as a nurse, taking care of geriatric and pediatric patients, he continues to practice the art bequeathed to him as a birthright in his native Yorubaland. And he is now universally acclaimed as a master of the talking drum.

Multi-talented in traditional Yoruba music, dance, and theatre, David has performed and given public lectures all over the US. He takes his jobvery seriously, instructing our students at the Yoruba Cultural Center in the complex art of playing many different African drums, and not just the Yoruba talking drum, but also traditional dance and drama. Apart from being a much sought-after instructor in the talking drum, David manufactures, sells, and repairs all manner of African traditional drums. He is married with children.

Hope Hart

Hope Ireti Hart, MA Director, Yoruba Cultural Center, African-American Community liaison.

Hope was born in Wichita Falls, although she spent most of her childhood years in Dallas, Texas. Her dad was the first black civil engineer in Dallas, while her mom was a teacher. Scholarly and inquisitive from a very early age, she spent her undergraduate years at Vassar College majoring in African Studies and Urban studies. She went on to acquire a Master’s degree in City Planning from Cornell University. She then studied African Art at Spellman College. Her professional experience started in City Planning and Urban Revitalization in Detroit and Atlanta. Lately, she has been involved in administrative and legal advisory work for the African Chamber of Commerce in Dallas and the Small Business Administration. Hope has always yearned to understand and reconcile the African legacy implicit in her African-American ethnicity. Hence, her adoption of the Yoruba name Ireti, which means “Hope” in Yoruba. As a measure of this commitment and passion, she studied African dance, art and religion; and she has also learnt a few African languages including Mandinka. Always a part of her community, she has been involved in various community projects over the years, including the “Africa Newark” project in New Jersey, the Holistic Health Festival, “Acts of Change” of Dallas, and several Kwanza celebrations. She is active in many social causes and organizations in the Dallas area and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Hope brings to the position of Director of the Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas Inc her passion for the realization of a cultural identity for black people in America, based on emphasis on the cultural bonds of music, art, dance and worship that unites black people on the two continents of Africa and America.

Bolanle Fasehun

Bolanle FasehunProfessional Yoruba MC “Alaga”, Educator, Singer and Registered NurseDirector, Yoruba Cultural CenterMusical Director and Impresario of the Youth Choral Group

Bolanle is the daughter of the famous Dr Frederick Fasehun, the late Yoruba nationalist and founder of the Oodua People Congress. Born in Lagos Nigeria, she was educated at Muslim College, Egbe, College of Education, Oro, Ondo State University, Akungba, and the University of Ilorin. Her academic fields of training and accomplishment were in modern languages (English and Yoruba), Educational Management and Administration. After moving to the United States, Bolanle studied Nursing. She now works as a Registered Nurse at various local hospitals, although her real passion is her activity in the cultural and social scene in the Yoruba community not only in Dallas but all over the United States. She is an accomplished and much sought after “alaga” (chairlady) and master of ceremony at events such as traditional weddings and other formal occasions. She also runs a private Yoruba language school in the Dallas area.

Despite her busy professional life which takes her all over the country and abroad, Bolanle (also known as Mama Gold) cherishes her unique creative and administrative role within the Yoruba Cultural Center organization. This is the development, training and management of a talented youth singing group “CHORAL CULTURE” to complement “AFRO CULTURE,” the adult performing troupe of the Yoruba Cultural Center.

“Oriki:
“Arike ademo ni segi
Omo segi ni uleke obun.””

Adeneye Adebulugbe

Adeneye AdebulugbeDrama & Theatre DirectorYoruba Cultural Center.

Adeneye Adebulugbe was born in the Campos area of Lagos Island, where he received his early education. Early in life, he was influenced by the actors and performing artistes of his day and became fascinated by acting and drama. He made his first professional appearance as an actor on stage at the age of fourteen when he landed a much coveted role in the historical play, “Madam Tinubu.” Determined to back his natural talent with academic training, Adeneye proceeded to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Dramatic Arts.

Over the years, Adeneye has made a mark in all areas of drama in Nigeria – in stage, TV and cinema – as an actor, director, teacher and producer. He was an active member of the “Collage Theatre Group” in the famed National Theatre Open Theatre slot, appearing in productions such as “Olu Omo” and “Grip-am.” He worked at the Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture for two decades, from 1983 to 2000, during which time he represented Nigeria in many international festivals and cultural exchange programs. Among the many shows and events he directed were the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 National Sports Festival and the Command Performance celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Lagos State. A much decorated performer, Adeneye won the Bronze Medal in 1988 and the Gold Medal twice, in 1991 and 1997, at the National Festival of Arts and Culture. He has also directed many contemporary Nollywood movies and stage plays.

Adeneye’s role in the Yoruba Cultural Center is to organize from scratch the organization’s drama group that will be authentic, world-class, and culturally relevant. He is the proud father of four children, all males, as well as many grandchildren.

Favorite saying,
“It is better to be called a fool for asking a question, than to be a fool forever by not asking at all.”