In remembrance of Otunba Abiodun Oshowole, JP, MNIM, DDG

In remembrance of Otunba Abiodun Oshowole, JP, MNIM, DDG

The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), before a world in shock, mourns the death of Otunba Abiodun Oshowole, JP, MNIM, DDG, Olori Oluwo of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity who died after a brief illness on the 26th September 2010...

The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity

The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity

The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity was founded on December 18 th 1914 by Hon. Archdeacon T.A.J. Ogunbiyi a clegy man. He was supported by notable church leaders of his time like Bishop Leslie Gordon Vinning, Rev. W.B. Euba...

Pre-colonial Nigeria.

Pre-colonial Nigeria.

Ijebu was a Yoruba kingdom in pre-colonial Nigeria. It was formed around the fifteenth century. According to legend, its ruling dynasty was founded by Obanta of Ile-Ife. Scholars today have also identified the influence...

What ROF Stands For

What ROF Stands For

ROF teaches kindness at home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards the wicked, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one other and above all reverence and LOVE for God.

Cultures and Disputes

Cultures and Disputes

The note in Africa, Neolithic rock carvings known as petroglyphs and megaliths in the Sahara desert in Libya attest to early hunter-gatherer culture established in the dry grasslands of North Africa during the Ice Age...

Reflections

Reflections

Hundreds of houses, egbe, components, villas, ancient kingdoms in Africa are, as they have a collective memory with various components and various rituals and modus vivendis respecting, and little by little, today joining forces under the respect and without transculturation...

FEATURED

Venerable Rev T.A.J Ogunbiyi CBE LTh founded the ROF on the 18th Dec 1918 at Obun Eko in Lagos Nigeria. As time went the fraternity considered admit non-Christians and all tribes, provided such entrants embrace a non-idolatrous believe in God...

FEATURED

Membership shall be opened to all who embrace a non-idolaterous faith in God, intending members shall be at least 21 years..ROF promote the principle of universal fatherhood of God, without any discrimination as to Race, Colour Creed, Sex, Religion or Political Affiliation...

FEATURED

ROF teaches kindness at home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, pity and concern for the unfortunate, resistance towards the wicked, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one other and above all reverence and LOVE for God.

FEATURED

ROF ceremonies are conducted in a way that its principles are passed on to the initiate practically in the form of staging a drama. The ceremonies incorporate drama, allegory and symbolism. There are stages of advancement into higher degrees, after the first, which is the initiation ceremony...

The Rt. Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Owelle-Osowa-anya of Onitsha, and Zik of Africa was born on November 16, 1904 in Zungeru, Niger State into the family of Obededom Chukwuemeka Azikiwe and Racheal Chinwe Azikiwe. His father was a Government worker, a clerk, and his mother was a trader. He attended various schools in Nigeria, including CMS Central School, Onitsha (1911); Methodist Boys High School, Lagos (1915-18); Hope Waddell Institute, Calabar (1920-21). He was also a pupil teacher at St. Jude’s CMS Central School, Orafite, and CMS Central School, Onitsha (1919). He was a third class clerk with the Treasury Department, Lagos (1921). Read more »

A seasoned administrator and accountant, Otunba Francis Meshioye, has been appointed and installed the fifth Olori Oluwo of The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity Incorporated. Read more »

The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF), before a world in shock, mourns the death of Otunba Alfred Abiodun Oshowole, JP, MNIM, DDG, Olori Oluwo of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity who died after a brief illness on the 26th September 2010. This is an irreparable lost to the entire ROF family, associates and to the nation as a whole. The late Otunba Alfred Abiodun Oshowole was born of a very humble parentage with a solid Christian family background sixty eight (68) years ago, on the 25th of December, 1941. He started his career as a civil servant in 1963 with the Ministry of Defense Lagos, where he was deployed to Nigerian Army Apapa. Read more »

Since the first evidence (Neolithic past 30 thousand years before Christ), followed by cultures like the Chavin Culture northern Peru, 1200-400 BC Olmec Culture 1000-900 BC Gulf of Mexico Zapotec culture in Oaxaca, Mexico 900-200 a.C. Cupisnique culture on the northern coast of Peru 400-100 BC Paracas Culture on the southern coast of Peru 300 BC-1450 AD Mayan culture in Yucatan 200 B.C.-800 A.D. Read more »

Human interests are now too deeply into the economic needs of causing a great amount of stress and pressures on the human environment. And I very humbly and expose the traditional Yoruba religion, the religion of our ancestors, ISES religion in all their denominations in the world, is a transforming vehicle that stress. Read more »

Ijebu was a Yoruba kingdom in pre-colonial Nigeria. It was formed around the fifteenth century. According to legend, its ruling dynasty was founded by Obanta of Ile-Ife. Scholars today have also identified the influence of the Benin Empire in the court art and ritual of the Ijebu.
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The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity was founded on December 18 th 1914 by the Hon. Archdeacon T.A.J. Ogunbiyi a clegy man. He was supported by notable church leaders of his time like Bishop Leslie Gordon Vinning, Rev. W.B. Euba, Rev. M.S. Cole, Dr O. Obasa, J.H.S. Robbin Esq, G.A. Williams Esq and M. Akinsemoyin Esq. B.L. others were H.Libert Esq, M. Abayomi Esq B.L. E.A. Jacobs Esq., and J.Oso Esq. The ROF was founded to improve the life of true believers and worshippers of the only true and living God Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Read more »

What is the R. O. F.?

Answer: The Reformed Ogboni Fraternity Inc.

     

  1. When was it formed?

Answer: On December 18, 1914 in Lagos, Nigeria.         

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What baffles many people, even with intention of joining the fraternity is the name Ogboni. This perception is most out of ignorance, and would have not been necessary if people have bothered to find out what Ogboni means. Ogboni is a circle of elderly, wise people who advise the Oba on matters affecting the town – they stand by the Oba day and night, they are always in the Oba's court. In those days they ruled the town in such a way that whatever disputes arising in the town is settled. There are no instances or circumstances as far as the ROF is concerned in which non-members will be placed at risk by ROF Activities. Read more »

Do you prefer imported products? Please read this: Ever wondered why it's so hard to find a job in Nigeria? Chukwu Emeka had just been retrenched from a high flying job, and now he set out hoping to bounce back into the job market. He started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6a.m. While his coffee pot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG), and bathed with his sponge (FROM SOUTH AFRICA) and soap (from Ivory Coast) and sprayed his designer perfume (from France). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN ENGLAND, IMPORTED FROM DUBAI), designer jeans (MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). Read more »

It is called the land of dreams, the place of opportunities, capital of the world; God’s own country and the place to be, but I know it as the United States of America: U.S.A. The country I started dreaming to visit ever since I was three years old wearing my Oshkosh dungarees while watching Sesame Street, a kiddies TV program that got me infected with the American bug. My grandfather never failed to tell me about America, “Obodo Oyibo,” he usually calls it whenever he sits down with to tell us tales by moonlight while smoking his tobacco filled pipe. Read more »

Sir Adetokunbo Adegboyega Ademola is the second Olori Oluwo and was born on 6 February 1906 in Abeokuta.  Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, former Chief Justice of the Federation of Nigeria, was an illustrious son of an illustrious father. His father was the late Alake (Paramount ruler ) of Egbaland (1920-62 ), Sir Ladapo Ademola.  Sir Adetokunbo is among the most distinguished and most respected Nigerians. He had a brilliant career and over the years he built himself an International reputation, being a member of several world bodies.  Born on September 1, 1906, at Abeokuta, capital city of Egbaland, Sir Adetokunbo studied law between 1928-31 at Cambridge University, obtaining a BA degree. He received his MA. later.

Venerable Rev T.A.J Ogunbiyi CBE LTh founded the ROF INC on the 18th Dec 1918 at Obun Eko in Lagos Nigeria. The original name of the fraternity was EGBE "OGBONI ONIGBAGBO " which means in English language "OGBONI FRATERNITY OF THE CHRISTIANS".  As time went on the founder considered it necessary to admit non-Christians, provided such entrants embrace a non-idolatrous believe in God.  History has it that the following officiated at the first initiation ceremony: • Chief Fagade (Apena Ife)-Oluwo • Chief Ogungbade-Lisa • Venerable Arc Deacon T.A.J Ogunbiyi-Apena • Mr Paul Shokunbi-Adele • Mr Jas Brown    Read more »

ROF ceremonies are conducted in a way that its principles are passed on to the initiate practically in the form of staging a drama. The ceremonies incorporate drama, allegory and symbolism. There are stages of advancement into higher degrees, after the first, which is the initiation ceremony. Prayers are said at certain points in every stage, but the system is quite definitely not a religious ceremony. Read more »

SECTION 1: NAME: The fraternity, which is based on the ancient rites, usages and, customs of our Forefathers, shall be known and called the REFORMED OGBONI FRATERNITY (INCORPORATED). Read more »

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