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 PresidentCurator, Yoruba Art and Heritage Museum Co-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

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.

Babatunde Olorunfemi

Dr. Babatunde Olorunfemi, BDS, MSc, MBA.Marketing specialist, radio host, & retired dentistMarketing 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 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. 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 Marketing Director in charge of promoting, publicizing, and marketing the programs of our non-profit organization.

www.noahspeaks.org
www.adtoolsconcepts.com

ASSOCIATES

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

PARTNERS & AFFILIATES

  • Yoruba Physicians of Dallas
  • Omo Yoruba organization of Dallas-Fort Worth
    www.omoyorubadfw.org
  • Deji Olusanya Foundation Scholarship Fund
    www.dejiolusanyafoundation.com
  • Wess & Cathryn Young Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • Yewande Paulissen Ogunsan Scholarship Fund
Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu

Dr. Oyinkansola Jinadu Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Educator, & Social Media Influencer

A former Director and Secretary of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Oyinkansola partners with the organization in its various programs and events.

Kim Agoro

Kimberly Agoro, BA Community activist, manager, and organizer

Partners with the Yoruba Cultural Center in the planning and organizing of many of its events, including the annual YORUBAFEST.

Tedra DeBritto-Williams

TedraDeBrito-WilliamsHealth Care Executive

Partners with the organization with the sponsorship of the Yoruba Cultural Center’s College Scholarship Program