Professor Wande Abimbola is President and Founder of Ifa Heritage Institute. He served as Vice Chancellor (President) of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) from 1982-1989. From 1992-1993 he was Senate Majority Leader of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. From 2003-2005, Professor Abimbola served as Special Adviser on Cultural Affairs and Traditional Matters to the President of Nigeria. He was installed as Awise Awo ni Agbaye (Spokesperson of Ifa in the Whole World) in 1981 by the Ooni of Ife on the recommendation of a conclave of West African Babalawos.
Born in the historic city of Oyo, the Awise comes from a long line of tradition bearers. His late father, Abimbola Iroko, a veteran of World War I and a renowned hunter whose brave exploits are still being celebrated by Ijala artists, was the Asipade (Leader of the Ogun Community) of Oyo until his death in 1971. His late mother, Sangodayo Ifagbemisola Awele, a high priest of Sango, lived mentally and physically well until she departed the earth in 1987 at the age of 109.