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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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.”
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.”
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, 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.
Olajuwon Abijo Pharm D. PharmacistYoruba Professionals Liaison, Yoruba Cultural Center.
Olajuwon Abijo was born to the family of Abijo in Shagamu, in Ijebu-Remo. He underwent his undergraduate studies in Pharmacy at the Ogun State University, Abeokuta. He then proceeded to the United States where he enrolled at Loma Linda University, California, eventually obtaining his doctorate degree (Doctor of Pharmacy).
He lives in Cedar Hill and runs a pharmacy in the Dallas area. His interests include sports and music. His passion for the study and promotion of the history and indigenous customs and traditions of his Yoruba people has informed his decision to further his interests fo the public good as a member of the Board of Directors of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas.
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”.
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.
“Arike ademo ni segi
Omo segi ni uleke obun.””
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.
“It is better to be called a fool for asking a question, than to be a fool forever by not asking at all.”
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.
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.
Baba Lawrence Spiritual Educator,Business Teacher, and Facilitator African-American Community Organizer & Liaison, Director, Yoruba Cultural Center
Baba Lawrence (Lawrence Spearman) is a recognized leader in the African-American community in the Dallas area. Known for his spiritual insight, problem-solving methods, and organizational skills, Baba Lawrence has been a force in the spiritual and cultural scene in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex area for over a decade.
As a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he received a Bachelor‘s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Baba has received many awards for his work in the corporate world, personal spiritual development, and entrepreneurship. In 2006, he wrote his first book, “Wisdom Chronicles: Reconnecting with Ancestral Wisdom”. In 2014, his second book was published – the popular “Melanin–The Basic Guide to Knowledge of Self,” followed in 2020 by his third book, “True Spirituality-An Evolution to Divinity”. Furthermore, Baba has authored 31 high-value articles appearing on www.scribd.com/spearmangroup.
Baba is currently engaged in a diversity of disciplines, especially as an educator. He is the facilitator of the online spiritual course, “True Spirituality-An Evolution to Divinity.” He also serves as a life coach for young people and a street performer on the conga drum. His work has earned him a loyal following in Dallas and all over the United States. Baba’s business and personal skills are complemented by his unrelenting drive to unite the will of man with that of God. He sums up his teaching philosophy as a trio of spiritual education, life skills, and business coaching.
Baba’s role with the Yoruba Cultural Center is to use his position as Director, Community Organizer, and Liaison to promote the programs of the Center and connect the Dallas African American community with the spiritual origins and original culture of their African motherland.
Toriola Kudirat Morenike Cultural Events Hostess, Singer, and “Ewi” Poet Associate, Yoruba Cultural Center
Toriola, whose stage name is “Morẹ́nikẹ́ Agbáṣàga,” was born in Abeokuta, although, she now lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. After attending St. Peter Clavers’ School and Nawair-Ud-Deen Grammar school in Abeokuta, she studied Agricultural Science at the Tai Solarin University of Education. Following her natural talents and inclination for music and the arts, over the years, Toriola has become accomplished and well known in the areas of traditional and contemporary music and cultural promotion.
The multi-talented Toriola is a much sought-after hostess and MC at cultural and red-carpet events all over Nigeria. A singer and songwriter in the Yoruba traditional idiom, Toriola began working in 2022 on a music album titled “Yoruba Dun,” based on her popular radio and TV show by the same name. A passionate community advocate, she is a volunteer at a CDC-supported facility for the prevention and treatment of HIV in Lagos. When not occupied with her various hobbies, especially music production and cooking, Toriola is kept very busy taking care of her two children, both boys.
Her role as an Associate of the Yoruba Cultural Center is to coordinate music production and vocals for the organization’s music group, AFRO CULTURE, and drama troupe, IJUBA. She will also be a major event organizer for the annual YorubaFest.
Olayinka Suliat Ajibade International Cultural Event Hostess YorubaFest Media Coordinator, Associate, Yoruba Cultural Center.
Born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, but now based in Ilorin, Olayinka Suliat Ajani, popularly known as “Omidan,” is a beautiful, young, and accomplished Yoruba lady who has made a name in media and cultural cycles as a popular cultural and radio hostess. Her voice can be heard on several radio shows in Nigeria, including Royal FM Ilorin, where she headlines many popular Yoruba programs, such as Lawujo Ariya, Oja Ife, and Ko ma roll. Her signature show is “Asatainment with Omidan,” which she has hosted for more than a decade. Receiving much acclaim in her field of endeavor, her various honors and awards over the years include:
- Broadcaster of the year, Association of Professional Drummers of Nigeria.
- Best female presenter, KMAA awards 2015
- Meritorious Award, Basic Medical Science Students Association (BAMSSA)
- Merit Award, Muslims in Agbaaji compound, ILorin
- Honorary Award, Faculty of Arts Students Association, University of Ilorin.
- Most popular female broadcaster of the year, YOBA awards
- Best indigenous presenter in the South-west, Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards (NBMA)
- Most creative female presenter of the year, Emperor Awards 2017.
Combining beauty with brains, Olayinka was crowned “Miss Yoruba” while a student at Tai Solarin College of Education, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. Her hobbies include motivating others, traveling, dancing, and acting.
Olayinka’s role as a professional associate of the Yoruba Cultural Center organization is to act as the main red carpet host at the annual YorubaFest, using her skills and cultural competence to add glamour to this international event. She would also stream the event live on radio and YouTube channels through her Asatainment TV.
Daniel Bankole Saxophonist, Music Teacher “AFRO CULTURE” Band Member Associate, Yoruba Cultural Center
Daniel was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained his education at the Nigeria Model High School, Idi-Oro Lagos, and the Lagos State Polytechnic, where he studied Insurance. After this, he worked in the Banking industry for five months before finding his calling in music. Daniel has been playing drums since the age of 4 years, even before starting primary school, first at his father’s Cherubim & Seraphim (C&S) Church and later at various youth clubs in Lagos. He later obtained a certificate in Music Theory from MUSON— the Music Society of Nigeria. As a multi-talented musician who has honed his skills on the trumpet and saxophonist, he has played with many prominent bands of international repute, including Femi Kuti (son of the late great Fela Anikulapo-Kuti), Tunde Kuboye’s Jazz 38 fame’s “Extended Family” band, Gbangbe Brass Band in the Benin Republic, Duro Ikujenyo’s “Age of Aquarius” Band, Bongos Ikwe, Fatai Rolling Dollars, Jimi Solanke and Kola Ogunkoya (Sweetie Baby, Fa mi ni run’mu).
Along the way, Daniel became the Assistant Cultural Dance Director under Chris Okolo at the National Troupe of Nigeria based at the National Theater in Iganmu, Lagos. After emigrating to the United States, Daniel has become a sax solo virtuoso in the Dallas music scene, where he has thrilled audiences at various venues, festivals, and shows with his “Lovers’ Band” and its eclectic mix of jazz, highlife, and Afrobeat. He has many musical recordings to his name, his last album titled “My Trade” being released to popular acclaim in 2022. He is a leading member of “AFRO CULTURE,” the music band of the Yoruba Cultural Center.
Favorite quote: “Don’t wait to be perfect before you act, for perfection does not exist for one who believes success is a journey.”
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 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 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.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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline WalshDancer, Actress & ChoreographerCommunity Outreach LiaisonAssociate, Yoruba Cultural Center
Jacqueline was born and raised in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. She was educated at Collin County Community College and the Texas Women’s University, Denton, where she graduated sigma cum laude with a Major in Dance and Theater. Over the years, she has worked as a teacher, actress, professional dancer and choreographer. She is also a mentor and spiritual adviser to teenage girls and troubled women. In the course of this multi-talented career, Jacqueline has received numerous commendations for her dedication, and the quality of her work and artistic endeavor. Among her various awards and accolades are Prize for Best Supporting Actress for her distinguished role in the movie, “The monster in my closet,” produced by New Harlem Renaissance Productions; and Award for the Best Play at the Art & Lyrics Festival, Garland, Texas.
Jacqueline has nine children – six sons and three daughters, to whom she is very devoted. As an Associate of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas, she is in charge of Dance, Theater and Choreography. She is a founding member of “Afro Culture,” the performing and music group of the Yoruba Cultural Center. And most importantly in her role as Community Outreach Liaison to the African American and art community in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Jacqueline has focused her energy on bridging the gap between African people who have settled in the United States and their African-Americans brethren born in this country, in an appreciation of the unity of the cultural aspiration of all black people born in Africa and the Diaspora.
Kemi Eniola OdefemiAssociate, Yoruba Cultural CenterMember, AFRO CULTURE band
Born in Lagos Island, Nigeria, Kemi Eniola Odefemi attended Aunty Ayo High School in the Keffi area of Lagos Island after which she studied Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria. Over the years, she has developed a passion for Yoruba and African cultural revival. She has over 15 years’ experience as a cultural promoter participating in various artistic, musical and cultural events that celebrate African heritage and custom. As a teenager, she was a member of Frances Kuboye’s Afro-cultural group, BOGOBIRI HOUSE IKOYI, a cultural and artistic establishment where young artistes were groomed in a full understanding and depiction of their African heritage. She was also active in the Matron Araromi Lafiaji Social and Cultural Festival (FANTI CULTURAL CARNIVAL), a revival of an iconic annual Brazilian-type carnival in the heart of Lagos island. Currently, she is a singer and dancer with AFRO CULTURE, the performing group of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas.
Kemi has an interest in all things cultural, including being an actress in Nollywood movies and an acclaimed expert on African dishes. She describes herself as “a proudly African woman, an Omo Yoruba and a descendant of Oduduwa.”
Ebenezer Fowobaje, MSc Entertainer, Soccer coach & Talking Drum Specialist. Member “AFRO CULTURE” Band.
Associate, Yoruba Cultural Center.
Ebenezer Fowobaje was to born to the family of Fowobaje in Iludun–Ekiti, Nigeria. He studied Banking and Finance at the University of Lagos In addition to this, he obtained a postgraduate Diploma at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State along with a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from GCU, Arizona. Ebenezer is a former Nigerian international soccer player who spent the majority of his playing career in Europe after playing professional soccer in Nigeria as a member of the First Bank football club, Stationery Stores of Lagos and Niger Dock 3sc Shooting Stars of Ibadan. After moving to the United States, he started his soccer coaching career in Houston. He is the current Owner and Director of Arlington FC and MID – CITY FC in the DFW semi-professional soccer circuit. On the social and cultural side, Ebenezer is a talented player and teacher of the Yoruba talking drum. He is also a poet, entertainer and song-writer who has played with many top professional musicians.
His passion is to give back to his community. Due to his love of Yoruba culture, he joined the Yoruba Cultural Center in 2022 to be part of the pioneer Yoruba drum-based group “AFRO CULTURE,” the official music band of the Center.