I have lost counts of Ifa Apps on iPhone store and android play store. I will just review all of them in this post, this way people will not be fooled by many of this shame Apps.
First of all, understanding what IFa is and I will give my own definition of Ifa. Many may agree or disagree with me but the point is to make it clear to potential victims or users of all these “Ifa Apps”.
What is Ifa ?
Ifa can be defined as the whole structure of Knowledge, Wisdom, Science, Technology, Poetry, Psychology, Mathematics/Physics, Music, Orisa Spirituality
(Not Yoruba religion), Medicine, Pharmaceutical and much more, all embeded in compendiums handed over to Orunmila the harbinger and interpreter of the Divine Message of Olodumare. Orunmila (Baba Ifa) is known as the Father of Ifa.
Ifa is not just a collection of verses, proverbs, parables and anecdotes. Ifa is Olodumare’s
(GOD) sacred message to mankind. It is the embodiment of the totality of human existence. As Orunmila (BA) told us in Ejiogbe 1:36, the basis for understanding the beginning and end of all things:
When you understand what Ifa means, it is the embodiment of Knowledge, research, development, marketing strategies, ideas, then one can easily come to a conclusion that there is no way an app can be consulted for Ifa. There are many books explaining Ifa, ese Ifa including Stories (Itan) according to the audio cd recorded by Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon
Anyone that calls Ifa a Yoruba religion is completely a novice and does not even know anything about Ifa. There is an aspect of Ifa known as the Ori(Orisa) which is totally different from religion. Ifa is not a religion and can never be. There is huge difference between Ori and religion and readers should take note of Orisa tradition or spirituality which is only an aspect of Ifa. So for someone to come up with an app claiming it contains all the Odus is just deceiving himself or herself.
Ifa is much bigger than what anyone could put in an App and for the most part, it has been preserved for centuries by Oluwo, Agba Awo and Baba’Alawo or Iyanifa respectively. For a Babalawo or Iyanifa to be a certified one, he or she must have learned Ifa from Oluwo (Olu Awo). The hierarchy is quite clear. To become a Baba’lawo or Iyanifa, one must be initiated into the system and spend nothing less than 10-16 years to be a fully certified Ifa Chief Priest. ( A copy, modified and paste example of western position would be a Professor). There is no equal in western tradition to the word Awo.
Is Orunmila Ifa ?
No, orunmila is not Ifa. The message is Ifa. Clearly, Orunmila hears and understands the message, but he is different and detached from it. Orunmila, as the Deputy of Olodumare in all things pertaining to omniscience, wisdom and spiritual salvation knows the secrets of man’s being. He was with Olodumare in the beginning and knows how creation was begun and completed.
He is endowed with the extraordinary wisdom and foreknowledge, an attribute, which allows him to perceive the beginning and end of all things. He is present when every individual is created and when everyone’s Destiny is sealed. Thus, Orunmila can predict what will come to pass and prescribe remedies to effect or avert eventualities. Ifa, as the Divine Message is the Word, which was with Olodumare in the beginning. The Word is Olodumare, in as much as the Word (Ifa) cannot be divorced from its owner (Olodumare). Can any of the ‘Ifa Apps’ be consulted without Human being beind it ? The Answer is NO. Therefore, all the ‘Ifa apps’ claiming to be Ifa for consultation are all fake and do not know anything about the concept of Ifa divination.
See example of fake “Ifa Apps” in the video bellow.
I suggest that all concerned are cautious with fishing expedition, intellectual property theft, copyright violation and all forms of criminality used by the enemy to steal from those who do not deserve the crimes unleashed at them.
In many aspects which comprise human existence on earth, Oodua (
Yoruba race) and other Africans consult Ifa in order to know the wishes of Olodumare. Ifa, throughout the history of Ooduans ( Yoruba race) over the past several millennia, has always been an essential part of life. The real key to the life of the Ooduan ( Yoruba race) lies in Ifa. It forms the foundation of the all-governing principle of life for them.
Before a betrothal, before a marriage, before a child is born, at the birth of the child, at successive stages in one’s life, before an Oba is enthroned, before a chief is installed, before anyone is appointed to civic office, before a war is prosecuted, before a journey is made, in times of crises, in times of sickness, at any and all times, Ifa is consulted for guidance and assurance.
Can an App be consulted for this ???
You be the judge.
What is Ifa called in other races?
Thus, it is called Ifa among the Edos of Nigeria, Fa among the Fon of Republic of Benin. Eva BY Nupes, Ifa in Cuba, USA, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Surinarm and Haiti, Afa by the Ewe of Togo, Ephod by Jews, Geomancy by Europeans and Malagasy, as well as Ramal or Hati by Arabs. Ifa is also widespread in Africa…
It is practiced among the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria, the Kamuku and Gwari of Northern Nigeria, the Igbirra in South Central Nigeria like Jukun of Eastern Nigeria, and all the tribes in the region around the Cross Rivers. Among the Siwah people in the Sahara, Ifa is known as “Derb el’raml” or “Derb el fu” It is also widely practiced in Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Sierra Leone as well as in Liberia.
The Napoleon Book of Fate is based entirely on Ifa. The Jewish Kabbala is based on Ifa. Indeed since Ifa is coexistent with Olodumare, the actual title of Ifa is Ifa Olodumare. Others call Him Orisa Agbaye (Lord of the Universe), Olorun (Owner of the source), Oodua (creator of Character and Destiny).
All the “Ifa Apps”, on Iphone, APK/Android app store are fake and possibly sponsored by those who have been trying everything since the last century to erase or change the Oodua history. Many undercover agents if you like. Ifa is not a Religion and there is no word like YORUBA in Ifa.