ARELAGBAYI: The Akangbe Woodcarvers of Yoruba Land, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria


Adekunle Akangbe is heir to a rich cultural heritage of Indigenous artisans and skilled journey –men from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, West Africa. Born into a traditional family of Yoruba spiritualist, Adekunle was able to preserve his families’ spiritual lineage of Ogun the Orisa of Hunting, Craftsmanship, Tool Making and Construction and a working Ifa priest,Ifa the Orisha that advises and care for one more than a loved one can.

Learning from his father Master Wood Carver Kasali Akangbe he was able to learn the art of Woodcarving which later was the foundation of his contemporary style of traditional art works that have been sold worldwide. Adekunle has had the rare opportunity as a distinguished young artisan to assist in the architectural design and cultural landscaping of one of the world’s most prestigious World Heritage sites the Osun Osogbo Grove.
His family’s artistic trademark features are unique to the expression and spiritual worldviews of his tribal clan and represent the variable totems of the Yoruba spiritual pantheon which is a very intricate part of the families experience and their cultural ties to the Diaspora.

Adekunle has had the opportunity to showcase his family artworks and teach his traditional style of craftsmanship through out various countries and is a highly anticipated lecturer to journey-men and construction developers who wish to study the art of African Urban Planning, Traditional Architecture, Community Development and Cultural Landscaping.

As a grassroots organizer, Adekunle Akangbe has been advocating around the world for the Human Rights Protection of Traditional Education and Sustainable Tourism within the Yoruba culture and community. His training in Human Rights advocacy has allowed him to represent his country and tribe at multiple lectures and symposiums in association with International organizations seeking to preserve the essence of the Traditional training and Education in which Adekunle and his family both receive and give to local Nigerian traditional youth as well as International students who wish to reconnect with the Ancestral Heritage.
Lectures and International Experience
• Indigenous Woodcarving & Cultural Landscaping
The Urban Construction & Craft Academy- Miami, Florida
• Traditional Architecture and Urban Planning
House of Kuumba Community Development Center- Dania Beach, Florida
• Yoruba Culture & Spirituality
The Pan African Connection Bookstore & Art Gallery- Dallas, Texas
• Yoruba Immersion & Language
The Lab Miami- Miami, Florida
• Traditional Orisa & Yoruba Spiritual Systems
The House of Nine Winds- Brooklyn, New York
Currently on tour of 5 states,NY,North Carolina,Florida,Texas,St. Thomas,Alabama doing lectures,workshop.
Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
Email addresses:
Phone : +1 954 978 8979
:+234 809 794 6887

Babainthgere (2)My father, Kasali Akangbe Ogun’s come from a long line of Yoruba woodcarvers in the Osogbo area of Osun State, Nigeria. In the Yoruba culture we are called Arelagbayi, which is similar to a guild or group of ancestral woodcarvers. This is handed down from family member to family member, with each son or daughter learning their craft from the hands and mouths of our revered parents and ancestors in the spiritual realms.  My Yoruba ancestors have walked for centuries in the forests of Osogbo in Osun State, Nigeria, searching for the wood which speaks to us, that will become a religious object for use in our traditions and rituals.

awardEvery city has its King (Alaiyeluwa, Oba, Kabiyesi ) and traditionally every King has his own sculptors, metalworkers, beaders etc., to produce and furnish objects for his needs and for the needs of his court. I am proud to share our traditions, sculptures and beliefs with you here on these pages. Please take a look at our picture galleries and come back to see the latest sculptures my father and I are working on!

Ase O!

Adekunle Akangbe Ogun







Kasali and adekunle with a statue of  the orisa OGUN

97 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aworo funmi
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 15:54:07

    aboru aboye .. my broda and papa good to see your moving forward with your works.. let me know if i can do anything to help o… sooo proud of you .. good job… Ase Ase Ase …Ire Ire Ire oooooo


  2. Alaelu
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 22:39:13

    Eku se oooo! To this website that’s up and coming .This family works so hard to preserve the culture of there ancestors. I have witnessed by being honored in there home in April of 2010.


    • Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
      Dec 15, 2010 @ 13:06:40

      It’s always my pleasure knowing that you are there,you are a brother from another mother.
      I hope to see you back home soon bro.Modupe o


  3. Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 04:19:06

    I thank you for taking your time to be here….
    Modupe pupo……
    Awofunmi:thank you,you are helping already….hope to see you soon in OSOGBO here…ogbo ato….

    Alaelu:my broda,I give thanks to ELEDUMARE for your wonderful life and our brotherhood.ogbo ato o….love and blessings….


    • aworofunmi
      Nov 19, 2010 @ 21:27:42

      you are a great friend and brother… i will do what ever i can for the family to move forward. Ire oooooooooooooooooooooo


      • Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
        Dec 15, 2010 @ 13:03:04

        It’s my honour to have such a gem like you as a family.
        I thank you for everything, much love to you and Awofemi…Up Up you will go,never come down.Ase ooo


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    Nov 06, 2010 @ 12:44:27

    Such beautiful works of Art!


  5. Julia Davis
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 23:29:50

    Your woodcarvings and sculptors speak life into the universe! Thank you for sharing your crafts with us. So peaceful & Spirit lifting.


  6. Fabenusola Aworeni
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 16:31:34

    Aboru aboye o
    Congratulations for the blog my friend!
    Ogbo ato o


    • Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
      Dec 15, 2010 @ 12:55:49

      Ogbo Ato o o my brother from Brazil.
      My regard to your lovely queeen.
      Eledumare will continue His loves and blessings on you and family.ase
      Thank you.


  7. Kehnde Idowu-Fagbohun
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 16:36:34

    Isese A gbe wa o. (Ase)


    • Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
      Dec 15, 2010 @ 12:52:22

      Modupe pupo o Oloye Fagbohun Idowu Kehinde aka Idoken.
      Se dada ni gbogbo Ile wa o…
      E see gan, e ku aigbe ojo.
      A o ma rire ba ararwa se o.ase


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    thanks for the wonderful are i recently recieved. thank ou quite beautiful


  9. Minister Brenda Paige Ward
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 00:55:53

    great job u and father


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    Just sending my love to my family. This is a beautiful place to visit and purchase your beautiful carvings!. Ase ooo


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    Aboru Aboye,

    How are you. Hope you and your family are well and healthy. I’m looking for an wood carving to put my Sango. Also, is it possible to get a calabash the same as the “Calabash of Existence”. It’s a beautifulround carved gourd. Thank you



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    Jul 02, 2013 @ 17:26:06

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    Nov 16, 2013 @ 17:12:47

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    Apr 11, 2014 @ 15:56:45

    Adekunle Akangbe Ogun! He is a good friend I have appreciation for his work as a priest and artist! It’s a gentle, wise, creative and generous person! He knows how to get along very well with everyone. His work is powerful Ifa. His art on carving Orisha is much gold! And I’m proud of the friendship that we have. And my friends in Germany are also grateful for all that!

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