Sep 15, 2022
Alafia "Ifabowale, Osundamilola" Stewart, affectionately known as just Alafia, is a second-generation practitioner. Her parents transitioned from Santeria to Lukumi, then to Isese during her childhood. She is a passionate agent of change in spiritual awareness through the advocacy of accurate representation of Orisha devotees in media. She holds a BA from Dillard University and an MBA from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Alafia has also been featured in the New York Times for her contributions to the Public Broadcast System (PBS) docu-series Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler chronicling her journey to initiation in Nigeria in the summer of 2014. Alafia has spent the last decade on international platforms representing the Orisha community. From, TV to radio and print. Alafia stands for the future of Orisha worship to be normalized and celebrated.
We chat about African traditional religion in the time of social media. Alafia discusses how she uses her platform to expose lies and offer support and transparency to the community. She also encourages us to be empowered and informed when seeking spirituality.
[00:01 – 00:50] Opening Segment
[00:51 – 03:57] Who is Alafia Stewart?
[03:57 – 13:40] Challenges in the Spiritual Journey
[13:41 – 20:01] Taking Care of the Spiritual Community
[20:12 – 20:58] The Guided Meditation for Wealth
[20:59 – 26:32] Your Spiritual Sister on the Internet
[31:17 – 37:28] Closing Segment
“There are folks that want to come into my religion simply to get initiated and to have a title or some sort of social standing, which is wild, but it happens.” - Alafia Stewart
“Do your due diligence as if you would look for a life partner because this religion is not free. It is expensive. Spiritual work is expensive.” - Alafia Stewart
“We live in a society where there is a core set of religions that have essentially taken over. At least now, folks are moving away from the religious constructs that they come from and reconnecting back to their ancestry.” - Alafia Stewart
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