Friday, June 30, 2023

IFA and the knowledge of Computer

Ifá àti ìmọ̀ ìjìnlẹ̀ ẹ̀rọ kọ̀mpútà - Àpẹẹrẹ Alántàakùn, ọmọ a ṣ'ohun gbogbo bí idán bi idán…

Ìwòri Méjì sọ wípé...

Ògòdò òwú s'òkè odò, ó p'ayín kekekeke s'ólóko. A dífá fún alántàakùn, 
Ọmọ a ṣ'ohun gbogbo bí idán bi idán. 
Ifá bi idán bi idán, ni yio ṣ'ere temi fúnmi.
Ògòdò òwú s'òkè odò, ó p'ayín kekekeke s'ólóko.

Ni èdè Gẹ̀ẹ́sì:
“When the farmer looks at cotton wool on the other side of the river, it seems to open its white teeth smiling joyfully.
Thus declared the Ifá oracle to Spider - the offspring of those who do all things in a wonderful way.
Ifá, in your wonderful way, bring all good things to me.”

In his inaugural lecture in 1983, Prof Olu Longẹ (the first professor of computer science in Nigeria) posited…

“Ifá divination system is like a spider’s web, artistically crafted. It is very attractive, like lily-white cotton, beckoning, on the other side of the stream to the farmer. However, even though the system is so attractive, it is also complex and puzzling. Thus to the casual observer, it is like magic.
An enquirer has to think hard to get at the meaning just as the farmer has to cross the stream to reap the cotton buds.” [1]

The best inaugural lecture ever! I have a copy of this beautiful work and being a software engineer I can attest to the great effort Prof Olu Longẹ put into this lecture. Anybody who knows anything about computer science will appreciate the beauty and elegance of this scholarly work (Grab a copy at The University of Ibadan Bookshop).

1. Longe, O: Ifá Divination And Computer Science - Inaugural Lecture 1983 (University of Ibadan)

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