Monthly Spotlight: Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko

River of Honey Wellness is committed to honoring the Divine Feminine by celebrating the amazing work of Black Women. Every month we will feature a Black woman who embodies the Divine Mother by utilizing her Goddess-given talents and gifts to support the overall well-being of Black people.

This month we celebrate Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko, a talented artist and spirit worker, and one of my closest sista friends. Her interview is below.

Want to be featured or recommend someone to be featured? Email me at alaade.ojekemi@riverofhoneywellness.com.

 

1) What is your name and what does it mean?

My name is Afia Asaase BreTuo Oyonko.

In my culture, your name is preordained by Nyamewaa Nyame (Amen and Ament – Kanit/Kamit Language) and given based on the day of your birth. Afia is a name given to females born on Fida, aka Friday.  Friday is ruled by and represented by the planet Venus or Abosom (deity) Nana Afi.  Nana Afi translates to Osun in Yoruba Culture, Azilie in Voodoun, and is also known as Het Heru in Kanit/Kamit (Nubia/Egypt). She personifies the magnetic, attracting force of life and unites things harmoniously. As a daughter of Nana Afi/Het Heru I embody these energies and work to stay in alignment with them. Asaase is a title of the Earth Mother.  BreTuo is the name of my Matrilineal clan, a clan of warriors known for their bravery, skill and protection that is personified by my clan totem, the leopard. Oyonko is my last name and the name I received from my husband and Ohenni (King). It is derived from his bloodline and is the clan of royal heritage in the Akan tradition.

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2) What do you do artistically/professionally and how long have you been doing this work?  When did you get your nudge from the universe to do your work?

Living in alignment with my divinely allotted function is my life’s artistic pursuit and profession.  Everything I do in this incarnation I consider artful practice and ritual. My expressions vary and range from Visual Art and Meditative Drawings, Massage Therapy and Reikii, Hoodoo Healing and Conjure Work, Dance, Dream Catcher Weaving, Ritually Crafting Healing Teas and Tonics and Holistic Bath and Body Care, Music and More. I have always been supported by the Universe, My Spiritually cultivated Ancestors and Ancestress, Nana Afi and The Supreme Being Nyamewaa-Nyame, to create and explore harmoniously and fulfill my role in Creation during this incarnation. It is a continual journey of self-discovery.   In addition to this, my artistic expression has extended, in its form and function, in the realm of self sustainability, nation building and entrepreneurship.

3) What is your spiritual tradition/practice and how long have you been involved in this tradition/practice?

Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit Ancestral Religion of the Akan is the spiritual tradition I live and embody.  It exist in my blood and throughout my whole life has been bringing me home to its center.

4) What is your life’s philosophy?

My life’s philosophy can be summed up as Obra Bo. It means an ethical existence and generativity for Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit people and the eradication and destruction of those entities and energies that are enemies to Afurakani-Afuraitkaitnit people.

 

5) What does the Divine Feminine mean to you?

The Divine Feminine is one half of the Supreme Whole.  It is the magnetic house of creation that births form from its constant dance with the divine masculine Nyamewaa- Nyame Nhyehye (Divine Order of the Supreme Being).

6) What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?

That the only way out is in… That the foundation of my existence is based on the Divine Law and Love of my Ancestral Culture and Tradition and that no matter where I am in life, I can Sankofa (go/return and fetch) and receive Divine guidance and support from my spiritually cultivated Ancestresses and Ancestors and Okraa Nana Afi.

7) What is your website and what are some of the services you offer?

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Monthly Spotlight: Madame Omi Kongo

River of Honey Wellness is committed to honoring the Divine Feminine by celebrating the amazing work of Black Women. Every month we will feature a Black woman who embodies the Divine Mother by utilizing her Goddess-given talents and gifts to support the overall well-being of Black people.

This month we celebrate Madame Omi Kongo, a talented and powerful healer and spirit worker. Her interview is below.

Want to be featured or recommend someone to be featured? Email me at alaade.ojekemi@riverofhoneywellness.com.

 

1) What is your full name or the name you go by and what does it mean?

I named myself Omi Kongo…

Kongo defines my fire, my spirit, people and bloodline- strong, resilient, and Divine DNA. Omi has many meanings. I usually tell people to “light a fire where the river and ocean meet and you’ll see me.” First and foremost, Omie McKnight was my great, great, great, great Aunt. She was a Juju Queen, you know, a conjure woman. And she could read anyone; she could see. She taught my Grandmother (her sister) how to work the root passed down the lifestyle through the women and it laid in my hands, literally. Omi also honors the Yoruba water spirits, Yemonja and Osun who have both claimed me as their daughter. Maternal, healing, enchanting, intuitive, reflective, strong, graceful, powerful, emotional, erotic, sensual, and so much more.

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2) What is your profession and how long have you been doing this work? When did you get your nudge from the universe to do your work?

Im a Juju Queen. I run Kalunga Avenue, been reading cards for 7 years now, professionally for 4. I also have a new baby, Bantu byOmi, which is my handmade jewelry line. Ive made jewelry for about seven years now but mostly for myself and by request. I recently decided to take things to another level. I also write and I’m a full time digital design student. Ive got a lot in store, keep an eye out!

3) What is your spiritual tradition and how long have you been involved in this tradition?

I have sat at the feet of many elders of various traditions that I truly respect and will always keep their shared secrets in my trick bag. Though out my journey, I have found that my greatest training has been learned alone in the presence of my many spirits. I learned to work the Boveda from a strong and sweet Yemaya Priestess from Puerto Rico. The Boveda is my foundation. It is my EVERYTHING. Simply put, my tradition is ancestral and spiritual veneration. I am committed to honoring my spirits in the way in which they move me to do so through various mediums. I have dedicated my life and all my works to them. And because everything in life is spiritual cause and physical effect; if it does not honor them, I do not do it. When I make mistakes, they move me to correct them and I share my experiences with those who are receptive. This is my lifestyle, my tradition.

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4) What is your life’s philosophy?

Be receptive, reflective, heal, grow, follow your spirit and live free.

5) What does the Divine Feminine mean to you?

So many words are synonymous. The Divine Feminine is the Ancestral Oracle, The healer, The Mystery, The Enchantment,The Intuition, The Power, The Reflection,The Water in its many forms, The Creative force, Nature and Nurture. It is the Goddess.

6) What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?

Everything is relative to perspective and perception. What I once saw as my pain, I now see as my healer. What I once saw as necessary is now obsolete. I’ve learned to constantly shift my angle and viewpoint and see my spirits working at all times.

7) What is your website and what are some of the services you offer?

KalungaAvenue.bigcartel.com | Offering Spiritual Consultations and Coaching, Intuitive Readings, Candle work, Spiritual baths, Reiki services, and more

BantuByOmi.storenvy.com | Offering Adornments & Art

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