Dr. Tony Vandermeer

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  • Dr. Tony Vandermeer has a Master’s of Science in Community Economics from the Graduate School of Business at New Hampshire College, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. He is a Senior Lecturer in Africana Studies at UMass Boston. One of his significant researched works is titled “Spiritual Journeys: A Study of Ifa’/Orisa Practitioners in the United States Initiated in Nigeria.” He’s been a social justice activist over the past 40+ years, as well as a practitioner in the Yoruba belief system. He was initiated into Ife’ in Oyo, Nigeria under Dr. Wande Abimbola. In addition to receiving the title Akogun Awo Alaafin of Oyo, he was also given the post of Asoju Esin Ali Yoruba (representative or ambassador of Yoruba Religion and Culture) from the late Ooni (King) of Ile Ife,Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II. He is a practicing Babalawo, serving members in the Greater Boston Community with their spiritual practice and development.
  • Participation on Humanity Rising

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