Who’s Who in the Yoruba Pantheon
Written by three of Nigeria’s finest authors, Peju Akande, Toni Kan, Jahman Anikulapo, and accompanied with illustrations by visual artist Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, this book is full of facts and fun – and will provide you with all you need to know about Who’s Who in the Yorùbá Pantheon. Learn more about powerful Yemọja, strong Sàngó, Ọṣun’s ways of wisdom – and why Èsù most definitely is not Satan! The book showcases 16 most important Yoruba gods and goddesses, the òrìṣas, featuring Ògún, Sàngó, Ọya, Ọbà, Ọbàtálá, Ọrúnmìlà, Èsù, Soponná, Olókun, Ajé, Aganjù, Ọsanyìn, Yemoja, Osun, Morèmi and Òsóosì. It aims mainly at a young Nigerian and international readership.
Who’s Who in the Yorùbá Pantheon wishes to inspire young people to learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the sixteen òrìṣas that were selected by the Nigerian experts Prof. Wale Adeniran, Chief Priest Ifayemi Elebuibon, Oloye Muraina Oyelami, Oludamola Adebowale, Emma Uduma, and Yinka Akanbi. Each chapter is about one òrìṣa, beautifully illustrated by the well-known Nigerian illustrator Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, presenting the gods and goddesses as strong, beautiful characters with comic-style features.
Each chapter provides information about the origin, the characteristics, the symbols, and the devotees of each individual òrìṣa and tells a story from their diverse lives – about love, jealousy, fights, and shape-shifting. In their signature entertaining and educational way, Toni Kan, Peju Akande, and Jahman Anikulapo dispel colonial preconceptions about local spirituality.
Peju Akande, Toni Kan, Jahman Anikulapo, illustrations by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu