A Tribute to Chief Raphael Ige Ibigbami (1939-2020): The Father of Modern Nigerian Ceramic Art


Awo kìí kú, Awo kìí rùn

 Awo ńpa’pòódà ni

B’Áwo bá p’èhìnd ̣ à tán

K’éni máse s ̣ è’dárò Awo

 The knowledgeable ones do not die and do not become rotten

 They only transition to the spiritual realm of ancestors

Therefore, when a knowledgeable one transitioned

 Let no one mourn but rather celebrate the transition

 Ìyè ̣rè ̣ Ifá dirge for a deceased Babaláwo, Ifá diviner (‘Father of ancient wisdom’).

We celebrate the life of our knowledgeable and well accomplished retired Ceramics Professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Chief Raphael Ìgè Ibigbami, who transitioned to the realm of ancestors on August 26, 2020.

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