Kara Cotton

My trip to Nigeria with CABD was life changing and soul moving. I was blessed to be afforded the opportunity to experience the wonders of Yorubaland with guides, the Omowales, invested in the traditional culture of the Yoruba people. My journey there was filled with wisdom, spiritual enlightenment, character development, and some real soul searching for solutions to the personal challenges that I was experiencing at the time. I was able to participate in the strength of the traditional rituals of IFA in the land where the tradition was born. This contributed to the development of my relationship with IFA, the Orisa, my ancestors, all of the spiritual beings that were with us on the trip. It also opened me up to developing relationships with those who I shared the trip with. I felt no separation between myself and the Yoruba people we were with. It was all love. I definitely felt like I was at home and did not want to leave when the time came for our departure. My favorite places were Abeokuta and Oshogbo. Abeokuta was a beautiful city with rich traditions and beautiful people. It was the home of Olomo rock where we climbed up and saw first hand the history of resistance of our ancestors. Oshogbo, specifically the Osun grove, was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. The Osun river was alive and gave me an energy that I was needing. I felt the spirit of Osun moving through me and I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and the Omowales were the reason for my beautiful experience. Although they were professional and diligent in making sure we stayed according to the agenda, they truly acted as family. Showing me a love and support that I will be eternally grateful for. Special shout out to Mama Ifanike! Love you and your beautiful family. Modupe for all that y’all did. It was appreciated.

Kara Cotton