About the Creator
Ifa says we should be thankful,
Ase Ire was created by Iyalorisa Fúnláyò Easter Wood. Funlayo (pronounced “Foon-lah-yo”), a native New Yorker, is an Iyanifa, Orisa priestess, scholar of Africa and the African Diaspora, traveler, researcher, writer and public speaker. A doctoral student in African and African American Studies with a primary field in Religion at Harvard University, her research focuses on philosophical and theological aspects of Ifá-Òrìsà tradition as practiced in Nigeria and in the Americas, and cross-cultural analysis of Yoruba religious concepts and practice – within all of which she privileges Yoruba language as a conduit to understanding. Funlayo has dedicated her life to the Ifá-Òrìsà tradition and is proud to add her voice to the scant chorus of religious scholar-practitioners within the tradition.
Funlayo holds an Associate of Arts in Psychology from Bronx Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in the African Diaspora in the Americas from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Degree for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in History from the City College of New York. Throughout her post-secondary career, she has conducted independent research on African Indigenous religious systems including research at the University of Legon in Ghana, Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and at various cultural-historical sites in Nigeria and Egypt.
An avid traveler, Funlayo has visited much of the United States as well as countries in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. In her relaxation time, Funlayo enjoys reading, playing cards and board games, attending cultural activities, cooking, creating visual art and crafts and spending time with her loved ones.
SITE LAYOUT & MAINTENANCE BY 'FUNLAYO