The Ifá Heritage Institute, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria
Professor Abimbola is the recipient of the UNESCO Proclamation of Ifá as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In November 2005, UNESCO proclaimed the Ifá divination system as one of the 86 traditions of the world to be regarded as masterpieces. UNESCO then enjoined all nations and peoples of the world to give their unflinching support to these traditions so that they would not perish. A project entitled “Safeguarding the Ifa Divination System” was then initiated with the support of UNESCO, the major component of which project is the establishment of the Ifa Heritage Institute at Oyo, Nigeria. The Ifa Heritage Institute, which is a two-year college, came into being in November, 2008. The curriculum is based on Ifá and Yoruba indigenous knowledge and taught in the Yoruba language.