It is with great sadness that I post the passing of Clay Keck, Afolabí, my friend and omorisha, as I was the oriaté for his ordination. He passed away yesterday, November 8th, in his hometown of Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Afolabí’s passing is a great loss to many, and especially to the Orisha communities Online, as Afolabí was one of the pioneers of the many Orisha discussion board. He was a path maker in many ways. Afolabí was also responsible for the introduction of Lukumi religion to his community in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where he ordained over 20 people to the religion. This community continues to grow and prosper to this very day. This was a man with great potential and even greater charisma. I had high hopes of making him the first American oriaté, but destiny had other plans.

There is no doubt in my heart that Afolabí’s passing will touch many, many people. We offer our most heartfelt condolences to his family and omorishas, and hope that Olodumare grants Afolabí his due place in orún. Ibé é l’ayént’orún Afolabí.

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