Shekinah Creations

Shekinah Creations

Yoruba Cultural Center is pleased to partner with Mrs. Betty Osae, whose fashion design company, SHEKINAH CREATIONS, has been at the forefront of creating fashionable and authentic African designs for men and women in the DFW area for several years. SHEKINAH CREATIONS now has an office and studio at the Yoruba Cultural Center.

  • 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
  • The following individuals are affiliated Boosters of the Yoruba Cultural Center:
  • Pastor Pade Okunola, Dallas
  • Pastor Raphael Adebayo, Dallas
  • Mr Michael Folorunsho, Dallas
Kunle Tometi

Kunle Tometi, PharmD.Pharmacist and Entrepreneur.Fundraising & Projects Liaison with businesses and professional organizations.AMBASSADOR AT LARGE, Yoruba Cultural Center.

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

His social and extracurricular interests outside his work as an entrepreneur and pharmacist include his family and church and his charitable work as Ambassador-at-large of the Yoruba Cultural Center. Kunle is a Deacon of the Church of God Mission, Grand Prairie Texas.

“Strong business development, Encouragement and Empowering are the tools that bring people up to be the best they can be.”

Taiwo-Olusesan

Taiwo Olusesan Entertainer, Show promoter,Partner and Affiliate & Yoruba Cultural Center.

Taiwo Olusesan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After studying Mass Communications at the Lagos State University (LASU), he moved to the United States, where he is forging a successful career in entertainment and promotion of popular music.

With his twin brother, Kehinde Olusesan, Taiwo is the founder and owner of “Better Life,” a media and entertainment company with roots in the Dallas Yoruba and African American community. He has a deep interest in supporting the traditions and culture of his Yoruba people, and is using the platform of the Yoruba Cultural Center to promote Yoruba culture, music and popular entertainment not only in the Dallas area but all over the United States in his role as Cultural Ambassador and Entertainment and Events Organizer, Promoter and Partner of the Yoruba Cultural Center.

Ayangbayi Stephen Ayantunji

Ayangbayi Stephen Ayantunji, BA“Ayangbayi Bata”Cultural Ambassador, Yoruba Cultural Center.

Ayangbayi Ayantunji is a master drummer who graduated with a degree in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Adeyemi Chapter, Ondo. Over the years, “Ayangbayi Bata” as he is popularly known, has transformed the musical and cultural scene in Yorubaland with his highly creative and original drumming skills. Ayangbayi “talks” with his drums, especially the bata and the talking drum, making them sing with melody and meaning. When we hear his drumming, we become connected with those ancient moral values that are disappearing in modern Yoruba society. The world of dreams become real, and we have a sense of the deep, ancient culture of the Yoruba people. This synergy between Ayangbayi the drummer and his drum is like a beating heart pumping nourishing blood into a grateful society.

Ayangbayi also excels in the making of drums which he does with great zest. In his own words, he has this to say, “My mission is to explore and explain to the world the inherent value in the culture of the Yoruba people.” In this, Ayangbayi has largely succeeded. Already celebrated while still relatively young, he has become a creative icon. As Cultural Ambassador of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Ayangbayi will help to proclaim to the world, the beauty and originality of our beloved Yoruba culture in its many manifestations. Ayangbayi lives and works in Ondo and Ibadan, deep in the heart of Yorubaland.

Kolawole Owolabi Ayodele-Oja

Kolawole Owolabi Ayodele-Oja1st President, Egbe Omo Yoruba North America, Ambassador-at-Large, YorubaFest Partner, Yoruba Cultural Center

Kolawole Owolabi Ayodele was born to Ahmed and Mutiat Ayodele of the Eletu Odibo family in Isale Eko, Lagos, Nigeria. He is an international business management consultant with expertise in financial products, industrial raw materials, consumer goods, and agricultural products. Over the years, he has managed and coordinated various projects all over the world, especially in the United States and West Africa. He has held high management positions in reputable international corporations, such as Sumtex, Lockwood Greene, Bolado (Nig), Interflex (Nig), Viewtech (Nig), and Bemil Ltd (Nig). His clients included Shell Petroleum Development PLC (Nig), Lever Brothers, Mobil, First Bank, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, United Bank, Ashland Oil, John Holt, Metal Toyo Glass, Nigeria Petrochemical, Ajaokuta Rolling Mills, Kaduna Textiles Industry, Delarue Travelers Check, and the Lagos Free Trade Zone.

Under his pioneering leadership, Egbe Omo Yoruba USA and Canada became the vanguard of the struggle for a free market economy and democratic government in pre-May 1999 Nigeria. During his tenure, Kolawole initiated many projects and led the movement with energy and purpose. His mediation skills and personal influence on Nigeria’s business and political leaders were part of the international effort that led to the termination of the military dictatorship in Nigeria. His publications include “Plotting A Cause For Yoruba Nation Building,” “Prescription for Political and Economic Revitalization”, and “Plan To Reinvigorate Agriculture in Yorubaland.” Kolawole is the father of five children, three of whom played professional football in the NFL.

Kolawole Ayodele’s diverse network of business associates, friends, and family built over four decades in the U.S., Europe, and West Africa cuts across religious and ethnic barriers. This will be put to great use in his role as an ambassador-at-large of YorubaFest and as a partner of Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas Inc.

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.

Olayinka Suliat Ajibade

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.

Toriola Kudirat Morenike

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.

Ebenezer Fowobaje

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.

Kemi Eniola Odefemi

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.”

Erelu Oodua

HRH Tinuade Mabel OnaneyeErelu Oodua of Aye Kingdom
Ambassador & Cultural Custodian,
Yoruba Cultural Center, Cultural Ambassador

Tinuade Mabel Onaneye was born in Ode-Aye, in Ikale waterside area of Ondo State, Nigeria. Growing up in Lagos, she received her education at Metropolitan College, Isolo and obtained a Diploma from the Lagos State Polytechnic. A well-established entrepreneur and Pharmacy Technician, she led several medical missions to many underserved areas of the world including Haiti, Dominican Republic and Southern Nigeria.

As a recognition for her entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropy, service to the community and dedication to Yoruba cultural values, Tinuade was made the Erelu Oodua by the Oba of Aye kingdom. This is a position that confers on her the status of a Princess, Ambassador and Protector of traditional customs in that part of Yorubaland. Like a regent, she is able to speak and act on behalf of the Oba.

Erelu Tinuade has devoted her life to the preservation and promotion of the cultural traditions and values of the Yoruba people, a life mission which she will continue as an Ambassador and Cultural Custodian of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas.

“Favorite saying, “Ranti omo eni ti on se.”