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!
Oladele Olugbeminiyi Olusanya, MD Writer, Physician and Artist President, Yoruba Cultural Center
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.
Mr. Thomas A. Oyebisi Chartered Accountant, Chartered Stockbroker, Entrepreneur, Business Consultant & Preacher Financial DirectorChairperson, Finance Committee
“We owe the future generation a duty to do our part in making the world a better place.”
Deinde Peters, BA, M.Sc. Technology Professional Chairperson: Yoruba Community Outreach
Dr. Simon Olatunji, Theologian, Writer and Speaker, Director, Yoruba Cultural Center, Vice President, Operations and Publicity
A man of hard work and dynamism, Dr. Olatunji is an active member of many international bodies including Hope School of Ministries and Discipleship and the Internet Society of Great Britain. He is a fellow of the Washington Internet Society; Member, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Member, International Committee on Nigeria (ICON); Member, Restorative Justice and Peace Commissions of England; Member, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; Member, International Society of Christian Apologetics, and Member, Christian Apologetic Association of America.
Apart from his work as a minister, Dr. Olatunji is the chief executive officer of many organizations including Alabaster Care Trust Foundation; Usher-Africa Initiative, and ALFA Global Inc of the Simon Wale Olatunji Ministries worldwide. He is the author of 53 titles, host of “The Host,” a seasonal analysis of the Nigerian State of the Nation; “Daily Oil,” a review of Christian world views, and “Kojomoonu,” which features Yoruba cultural heritage, language and other issues.
With his passion for the revival of Yoruba language and culture, Dr Olatunji is a pillar on the Board of Directors of the Yoruba Cultural Center in his position as Vice President in charge of Operations and Publicity. Dr. Olatunji and his wife Ododoeye have three children, Ayanfeoluwa, Inioluwa and Oreoluwadamiloju.
Kehinde Obikoya, MD Fellow, American Psychiatry AssociationDirector, Yoruba Cultural Center
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.
Alade Sesan, BSc, MScArt and Creative Director,Yoruba Cultural Center
Alade is a Creative Designer, Servant Leader, Facilitator, Agile Coach, and Mentor. He serves as the Art Director for Soxx n Boxx Art Productions, and at various times, has served on the boards of numerous companies, including Lilburn Oil and Gas Co., Paradise City Projects, Vikings Industrial & Marine Services, Mayflower Oil & Gas Co., Masters Energy, Nigeria, and Quant Capital Limited, where he worked as a Business Development Partner. He has also held leadership positions, including Executive Director for Lilburn Group and Consultant at Ben TV, UK. As a creative artist, his works have been showcased at multiple locations in the USA, Nigeria and other parts of Africa. He has had his works exhibited at the French Cultural Heritage Center, Ikoyi, the American Embassy in Lagos, Didi Museum, and the illustrious Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos. As the Creative Art Director for the Yoruba Cultural Center, Alade uses his skills to extend the reach of this cultural organization into the art and cultural community not only in the Dallas area, but worldwide
“Art is a language that communicates without uttering a single word. It bridges gaps without physical contact, and allows the artist to positively influence people’s lives without ever meeting them in person.”
Bayo Bankole, BADramatist and Producer, Co-Drama Director,Yoruba Cultural Center
As an actor on television, he played the part of Boy Alinco in Papa Ajasco and Company, the longest running television comedy series in Africa. His TV credits also include “Tinsel” a daily TV series on African magic.
His stage plays include:
- Playing the part of the Old man in THE CHAIRS by Eugene Ionesco
- Giles Corey in THE CRUCIBLE
- THE ENGAGEMENT by Femi Osofisan, produced and performed by the National Troupe of Nigeria in Tel Aviv, Israel, to celebrate Nigeria Independence
- The Oba of Benin in Langbodo, directed by Ojo Bakare, the first African professor of Dance
His movie credits include the following iconic roles:
- Jeje in *Owoblow* the highest grossing and most watched Yoruba language movie to date
- Ibinu Elewon by Ogogo
- Oloja Ere by Bayo Bankole
In addition to his role as an actor on the big screen, Bayo is a movie producer (OLOJA ERE) and Director (MACABRE)
Having already become a household name in dramatic arts in Nigeria, Bayo feels it is time to explore even greater avenues in the United States, using the platform of the Yoruba Cultural Centre Dallas to showcase the greatness of contemporary African arts and culture to an audience that may not be aware of it.
Let us do it together…Ase!”
Babajide Oladipupo (Ologundudu)Community Outreach Director,Associate DirectorExecutive Coordinator, YORUBAFEST
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 OgunkoyaBA, Actor, Producer & Choreographer.Associate and Music Dance & Theater CoordinatorYoruba Cultural Center.
Oluwatosin Amure, BA.Music Director and PerformerAssociate: Music and Technical CoordinatorYoruba Cultural Center
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.
David AyanladunAlayande Master Talking Drummer Drum, Dance, & Theater InstructorAssociate Director, Yoruba Cultural Center
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 Ireti Hart, MA Director, Yoruba Cultural Center, African-American Community liaison.
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 FasehunProfessional Yoruba MC “Alaga”, Educator, Singer and Registered NurseDirector, Yoruba Cultural CenterMusical Director and Impresario of the Youth Choral Group
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.
“Arike ademo ni segi
Omo segi ni uleke obun.””
Adeneye AdebulugbeDrama & Theatre DirectorYoruba Cultural Center.
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.
“It is better to be called a fool for asking a question, than to be a fool forever by not asking at all.”
Olori Olaitan Opeloye , Women’s Liaison,Yoruba Cultural Center.
With her passion for the promotion of Yoruba tradition and culture, Olori Olaitan’s task is to organize women and families in the Yoruba community all over the DFW metroplex to participate in the activities and programs of the Yoruba Cultural Center.
Victoria Maku, BSc , Social Secretary,Yoruba Cultural Center.
As the Social Secretary of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Victoria will use her talents and skills to connect our non-profit cultural organization with the community in order for it to place its stamp on the social and cultural calendar not only of Dallas but other parts of the world where Yoruba language, arts and culture are appreciated. Victoria is a wife and mother who lives in the Dallas area.
Lanre Kuponiyi, IT Specialist / Media Publicity Coordinator,Yoruba Cultural Center.
Before moving to the United States, Lanre was a C-Suite Marketing Communications Executive and an Entrepreneur for two decades before branching into Information Technology. Currently, he is a Digital Transformation Specialist, holding the Agile/Scrum Leadership position at Revenue Solutions Inc. He is a Certified SAFe®5.1 Program Consultant (SPC) and Certified ICP-CAT® (Coaching Agile Transformations) Practitioner. He also has Cybersecurity, EU GDPR, Software Testing and Business Analysis experience and certification.
As Associate Director and Media Publicity Coordinator of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Mr Lanre Kuponiyi is in charge of the organization’s events postings and digital publicity and marketing on Eventrite and other public information sites.
Lanre is a married father of five children. He lives with his family in the Dallas Area.
Nosimot Adetutu Adepegba A Nurse Practitioner Business owner and Minister
“Dream it, Pray it, and achieve it.”
Elsie Mutsaka, Social Media & Communications Associate,Yoruba Cultural Center.
With her training and skills in media and corporate communication, Elsie will help the Yoruba Cultural Center in the coordination of its social media presence, especially on Instagram and Facebook.