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
- Deji Olusanya Foundation Scholarship Fund
- 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, 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.”
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 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.
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.
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.”