About: Adekunle Akangbe Ogun-Yoruba Woodcarver and Sculptor

Adekunle Akangbe Ogun was born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kasali Akangbe Ogun in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. Ogun, as he is called by his parents and generally known, is the third born of seven children, truly a blessing from Eledumare. His father, Kasali Akangbe, is an internationally-renowned traditional woodcarver and his mother, a trader, is skilled in the traditional art of cloth-dying called “adire” , passed on to her at an early age by her grandmother.

Adekunle mastered his father’s unique carving style at a very young age.

At age of 5, his first marketable sculpture was sold for 25 Nigerian naira and graced the walls of Susanne Wenger’s home gallery in Osogbo.

His zeal for the way of life of his ancestors urged him to remain in his hometown, learning the culture from his elders and growing closer to them every day.

Adekunle,Awo Awosoji, has continued over time to use his continuous training in ifa and Orishas spirituality and herbal cure to help provide answers and solutions to many that have crossed paths with him on spiritual growth.

 

Ade is also working as a traditional woodcarver in Osogbo,sells cultural items to his numerous clients mostly  across the oceans,he also works as a link for people abroad who wish to come to Nigeria for a visit, study Yoruba and  cultural way of life, organize ceremonies and right of passage.

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As a Yoruba man who follows the traditions and  of his Yoruba nation of West Africa, Ogun’s sculptures reflects the unique culture and customs of his home.  His art works are usually representations of Orisa and Orisa items: doors, windows, beds, and totem/wooden pillar posts.

 

The Kasali family specializes in structural art design, bringing beauty, strength, and meaning to all the structures they create.The perfect place to see some of this beauty is Osun Grove in Osogbo, where Adekunle worked with his father in making the shrines, relaxation huts, art shops and the elegant and beautiful structures that seem to tell their own stories as you walk by.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ekundayo
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 07:41:35

    I’m SO happy to see you here Kunle! I am sure Ifa will bless you as you share your story, work and life with the world!
    Orire!!!
    Ekundayo

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  2. Regina
    Dec 11, 2010 @ 17:11:36

    My first time having the opportunity to visit your website. I look forward to seeing more pictures of your woodcarvings. The statues are lovely. Thank you for your Presence. Peace.

    Reply

  3. sara m. garcia
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 19:50:56

    Is there any way to contact you or do you have a pricing list for your work?

    Reply

  4. Francisco Aguirre
    May 25, 2011 @ 00:51:01

    Alafia, I’m very impressed with your wood carvings. IN particualr, I would like to request information on the sango statue, ifa vase, and sango vase. Please send me information on how to purchase these items. Thank you

    ase

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  5. Deyanira Garcia
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 21:45:59

    Good afternoon as would be the procedure to make a purchase?

    Reply

  6. juan
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 00:21:49

    hello,i’m juan and i’m very interrested in purchasing the igba vsango and the odon sango what would be the cost

    Reply

  7. pedro gil
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 09:03:54

    hello I’m interested in a’m ajere Venezuela as we do?
    hola yo estoy interesado en una ajere soy de venezuela como podemos hacer

    Reply

  8. Oduanla
    Apr 13, 2014 @ 22:41:56

    I have purchased several pieces from the Akangbe family for my Orisa shrine. Upon purchase, I was very detailed with how I wanted the artwork. The Akangbe family were very accommodating, paid great attention to detail, were communicative and very professional throughout the process of completing each piece. As such, I plan to make additional purchases and encourage those in the Orisa lifestyle and culture to do the same. It is truly a privilege to have artwork from such an exceptional family of woodcarvers and artists, as well as a custodians and conservators of Yoruba culture, art and tradition.

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  9. Shangu Stephen
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 00:02:46

    Ase o!

    The changes that have occurred in my life from the moment that I’ve met Adekunle are amazing.

    I feel as though his works and prayers have helped me through trying times . Even though I’m a student across the water, whn my ebo is being worked, i feel as though I’m right there! And i have Adekunle to thank for tht.

    Thank u, Ade, for sharing ur blessings with me

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  10. The Divine Prince Ty Emmecca - Oloye Voodoo Obeah Bokor
    Apr 15, 2014 @ 11:42:39

    Oshumare Staff
    Opa Oye
    By Adekunle Akangbe Ogun
    From Osogbo Nigeria
    Made from Ita wood
    Very strong and spiritual wood that will withstand tough weather

    Osumare is represented with the snake and it is at the top.

    Esu in the middle with his Ase of Esú club. (The carver has depicted Èsù holding what could be a seere (power wand) or club in one hand.)
    The bottom is the Obàtálá with his Adaasa in his hand.
    *** **** **
    I greatly reverence the Opa Oye made for me by Adekunle Akangbe Ogun and the Family.
    A de tun si fila fun Opa o.
    I have many Voodoo Sticks but this is the first one hand crafted just for me in Nigeria. It incorporates the powers I love and represents the strong forces ever present along my journey. Obatala Esu Oshumare.
    Be Patient, it took longer to get through customs than it did to craft and consecrate.😀
    Voodoo Chief Divine Prince Ty Emmecca: Oloye – Hoodoo – Obeah – Bokor
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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    • adekunleakangbeogun
      Apr 15, 2014 @ 12:17:37

      Oloye Divine Prince TY Emmecca
      E se pupo o..
      Thanks for shedding light on the shipping timing and checking that could sometimes make package arrive late…

      Looking forward to working more with you and your communities in whatever capacities that I can …
      Anything you want or wish to have that are culturally and traditionally from Nigeria , please contact me and you will have them coming to you in no time …
      Modupe pupo

      Reply

  11. MR AGEMO A RAUF
    Oct 01, 2014 @ 13:21:07

    WE ARE HAPPY WITH THIS UR CONCEPT WE WANT TO KNOW IF U CAN HELP US IN GETING A CAVER DAT CAN HELP US IN WOODING DOORS CAVING

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    • adekunleakangbeogun
      Oct 01, 2014 @ 13:32:21

      It’s my pleasure to read from you sir. We carve doors and can also advise you on wood works including roofing and wooden ceiling.
      Please Let me know how you want us at Arelagbayi Homeof Art and Tradition can be of service … Thank you

      Reply

  12. Manager
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 18:30:21

    We are distributors of yoruba products and we need ere osanyin in iroko
    Have you it?
    Thank you in advanced
    Manager

    Reply

  13. Brandy Madame
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 12:48:51

    Please contact me back, Id like a consultation with IFA!

    Reply

    • adekunleakangbeogun
      Feb 20, 2015 @ 21:33:42

      Aboru Aboye … I replied with an email to your email address but if you do not receive it … My number here in the United States is 954 798 8979. Call me and we will take it from there ..
      I’m currently in BROOKLYN NY but I will be traveling to other states starting from Monday ..
      Ire ooo

      Reply

  14. Brandy Madame
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 12:53:01

    Please contact me back, Id like a consultation with IFA!

    brandymadam@gmail.com

    Reply

  15. Bimbola
    Jul 03, 2016 @ 10:08:51

    How do we see you

    Reply

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