UK-based Nollywood actress and socialite, Adenike Alajogun, has sheds light on her decision to embrace Ifa religion after leaving Islam three years ago. Amidst social media controversies, especially on Facebook, Adenike discusses her journey and beliefs in an exclusive interview with entertainment journalist Gbolahan Adetayo, coinciding with her birthday on Monday, November 27th, 2023.
When asked about the shift from Islam to Ifa worshipping, Adenike attributes her decision to Eledumare’s will and a quest for personal truth. Born into a Christian family with ancestral roots in Ifa worship, she emphasizes that the switch is a personal choice, and her supportive husband, hailing from Afobaje’s family in Imeko, Ogun State,embraces traditional beliefs.
Reflecting on her pilgrimage to Mecca seven times, Adenike explained that despite the religious experiences, she didn’t find spiritual fulfillment until she embraced her forefathers’ tradition. “I feel at home, comfortable, and confident now,” she stated.
Addressing the change in her name from Anike to Adenike, she clarifies that Anike is an Oriki (appellation), not a name, while Adenike signifies a real name. She associates “Ade” in Adenike with the crown on her Oracle “Ade Ori Ifa Mi,” emphasizing Ifa’s significance. Adenike proudly declared herself Iyanifa since August 2020, sharing her deep connection to Ifa through her family’s background.
As she celebrates her birthday, Adenike expresses gratitude for another year with her family. She acknowledged the challenges faced when transitioning from established religions but remains resolute in her commitment to Ifa. Looking forward, she reveals plans to produce a movie detailing her journey back to her forefathers’ religion, promising an enlightening story for all.
In her words, “I won’t really say what brought me back to Isese, but I am planning a movie towards it soon where everyone will see the reason.”