Oyo Traditions

MARYLAND SCENE

August 15, 1999|By Sloane Brown

What would you do if you gave a party for someone who then wasn't able to make it? You might spend the time with your other guests talking about the missing honoree and his accomplishments. That's exactly what members of Oyo Traditions, a Baltimore Afrocentric cultural arts organization, did when Chief Ogundiya of Nigeria could not make the party.

Oyo sponsored a Baltimore visit for the African traditional healer, but hours before his scheduled welcoming reception at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, the organization learned that he wouldn't be able to make it. That didn't keep party guests from coming, and discussing the African religion of Ogun, in which Ogun-diya is a chief priest. Those enjoying the lively conversation included Nemi Ogunronke, Oyo founder and president; Michelle Wright, Eubie Blake Cultural Center curator; and Hakim Sayyed, videographer and griot.

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