Love for a slave is not for the slave's sake
An impoverished king is unable to lead
An indebted slave cannot grow old enough
To claim he will not serve a master anymore...
- Holy Odu IdiLarin
Money enables decision making. A poor man says, "I have an idea." But a man with money says, "I am going to do this." Individually and collectively, the ability to practice self determination is largely defined by degrees of financial independence. And while it is essential to consult Ifa, perform sacrifices and observe taboos, it's equally important to adhere to practices that are proven to increase financial liberation.
The Agbole Foundation of America (AFA) is an innovative, charitable service organization that uses financial & educational vehicles to fulfill our purpose, which is to make the art and practice of Orisa Lifestyle accessible to practitioners around the world. Underlying all of our work, however, is a strong commitment to redefining the use of money in human development. At AFA, we frame all of our efforts according to a set of core values. We have no endowment, and our ability to accomplish our mission rests on the generosity of our investors and donor advisers. Our Mission: To make money work for the Good Condition.
Our Core Values
Giga | Elevation: Money is meant to serve the highest intentions of the human spirit.
Otito | Trust: People are best served when the use of money is based on long-term relationships.
Afarabale | Discipline: Economic success will be defined by balancing social, spiritual and ecological impact, not by financial results alone.
Egbe | Collaboration: The strategic integration of social networks will be increasingly important in the circulation of money.
Aseyori | Innovation: A deeply entrepreneurial culture is required to generate breakthrough ideas at the intersection of social change and finance.
Idogba | Equality: All who seek to align their values with their money will be granted access to opportunities for investing, lending, and giving.
Yoruba Adages on money
Kose e mani: The indispensible one
Owo ni koko: Money is the key
Sure lere: Patience is profitable
Ibanuje ni ojo ori, owo l'agba: knowing your age is sad, money is the eldest (Age without money is sad)
Olowo n soro... talika loun ni "idea": The rich man speaks and is obeyed... the poor man on says "I have an idea"
Owo ni keke ihinrere: Money is the engine (bicyle) of the gospel
Oogun ti a o f'owo se, ehin aaro ni gbe: A spiritual medicine bought cheaply has little value
Owo eru kii gb'oro: Money should acquired in a clean way
Ise l'oogun ise: Hard work is the antidote for poverty
Far from being considered simply the root of all evil or what makes the world go 'round, the Yoruba tradtitionally see money as a multifaceted, LIVING entity. It has its virtues and vices and must be respected as an integral element of our earthly sojourn. Lest we forget "Earth is a marketplace. Heaven is our home."
Obafemi Origunwa, MA | www.OrisaLifestyle.com