The Ifa Heritage Institute, Nigeria is the only Higher Education institution in the world that specializes in the study of all aspects of Yoruba indigenous culture.
In November 2005, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed Ifá as one of the 86 traditions of the world to be regarded as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. UNESCO then enjoined all nations and peoples of the world to give their unflinching support to these traditions so that they would not perish.
The Ifa Heritage Institute is a post-secondary institution in Oyo Town, Oyo State, Nigeria, sponsored in part by UNESCO and endorsed by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The objective of the Institute is the preservation and propagation of Ifá as an indigenous African body of knowledge within the settings of a modern and contemporary educational system.
In the past three years, the Ifa Heritage Institute has developed programs on Ifa and other aspects of Yoruba culture, and taught those programs successfully to three sets of students, two sets of which have already graduated.
We, the faculty, staff and students of the Ifa Heritage Institute trust in Ifa, the good people of Nigeria and lovers of indigenous culture in the world for financial and moral support so that
the Institute can continue to be sustained and nourished. This is the very first of its kind on the continent of Africa. May the Ifa Heritage Institute of Oyo continue to march from strength
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