About the Author
Louis Djisovi Ikukomi Eason, Ph.D. (1949-2005) was born and reared in Atlanta, GA. A community activist, he assisted in physically locating Oyotunji African Village at its present site in Sheldon, South Carolina in 1971. He was initiated into the Yoruba-Fon Traditional Religion as a priest of Shango/Ajakata in 1978, and in 1992, he received both hands of Ifa in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and later was enstooled as a chief. Director of a cultural program and an instructor and co-founder of the Africana Studies Program at Bowling Green State University (1997-2005), he also was an African percussionist in the Babatunde Olatunji genre and the author of several scholarly articles on African Traditional Religions. Toyin Falola is an internationally recognized leading scholar in the history of Africa. Falola has been presented with three Festschriften, various citations, and honorary doctorate. He is the 2006 recipient of the Felix E. Udogu Africa Award, the 2006 Cheikh Anta Diop Award, the 2007 Amistad Award, and the 2007 SIRAS Award for Outstanding Contribution to African Studies. His award-winning memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, captures his childhood years.