He looks white, he lives in America, but he probably speaks Yoruba better than you.

We are a bit used to Oyinbo learning Yoruba language by now, Titilola Oyinbo broke the mould on that . But here is a man who  hasn’t stopped at just learning Yoruba language, he is also immersed in his daily life, in Ifa religion. Seemingly there is no aspect of Aborisa that he is not versed in . Especially the Yemoja and/or Osun. Is Yemoja a river or sea goddess ? That’s one of his favourites.

He definitely knows more about Ifa and Aborisa religion than most of us.

He told Red Carpet Films about himself a while ago.

Watch the video below. His vocabulary, tone , context etc – flawless!



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7 thoughts on “Who exactly is Baba Nathan Lugo and why does he love Ifa so much?

  1. Language is only a instrument of communication.The fact that this guy has master the yoruba is equal to a person that goes to a language school and master French,Germany,Latin o any other language.
    It break my heart to see the way this guy is treated in Yoruba Land.
    Some of the people that are hanging around with him are missing the point that :Our ancestor were slaves and his ancestor were the masters.
    I realize that time changes but this guy can not even get close to a place were I am doing or participating in a ceremony.

    1. Language is a lot more than an instrument of communication, It is also a means of identity for a people, That is why native English speakers are described as English, German native speakers as Germans etc. Furthermore, language is a means of encoding knowledge and the basis of thought. Even though scholars offer various theories on the core role of language in thinking, what is not in dispute is that language and thinking work together. If you speak a language and speak it very well, you are bound to appropriate some of the ways of thinking of the native speakers of the language.
      Even though our ancestors were slaves and his ancestors were slave masters, the fact remains that history is not a static phenomenon. Also important is the fact that is was his ancestors that stopped slavery not ours.

    2. Thank you much Lucio for the truth. TO SEE Yoruba fascinated with oyinbo who speak Yoruba is very sad. They made this dude a hugh ranking chief in Osogbo. The king of Osogbo that allowed this does not deserved to be king.

  2. Just wanted to add. The alaafin of Oyo made a white Portuguese woman cultural ambassador of Oyo! These are the types of things that got our ancestors sold into captivity from the first place. It is time for a new order and the wiping out of the old stuff that is doing nothing for African people.

  3. Also, did you know the elders in Osogbo claimed to be against homosexuality until they found out that Nathan Lugo, who was bringing initiates to them, was found out to be homosexual? When did Ifa start accepting homosexuality just because a man confused about his sexuality is bringing small change to your village or throne? This sounds like the trinkets that the persons who sold our ancestors received – selling African bodies for a EUROPEAN UMBRELLA? Selling one hundred African lives for an outdated cannon? Selling priesthood and titles to oyinbo? Absolute madness.

  4. Oloye..Nathan Lugo is gay?..where did you hear that?He is not gay. And to the poster who alleges that Nathan lugos ancestors were masters of slaves! ?..Don’t be ignorant. .very few whites in the U.S. have ancestors who were slave owners. I’m an Oyimbo. Im second generation from Italy and the other side is 3rd generation from Canada .Are you going to claim my ancestors had black slaves. Foolish!

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