My journey of community service began at the feet of my Nana, a medicine woman and nurse, who began grooming me to be a spiritual worker before my first birthday. As the story goes, she cuddled me up and the rest is...well, you get it.
At age 7, I was invited by an Elder to speak to religious leaders and villagers. I still remember how electrified I felt! Time spent with a spiritual educator as a young adolescent led to me being asked to teach courses in religion to children and adults.
About Ifetayo Titilola Kumasi-Ka
Ife is a devotee of the West African spiritual tradition of Ifá.
In 2008, she founded a women's coalition that served marginalized communities. She co-developed the curriculum and instruction for Symbolism Of A Relationship (S.O.A.R.), a forum on building and sustaining culturally aligned interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships in 2009.
Between 2008-2012, Ife cofounded and led a 14-organization partnership comprised of artists, community mobilizers, editors and writers, mental health professionals, politicians and public health officials. She has been an activist and social justice change agent fighting for equity and equality as a community mobilizer, cultural facilitator, public health advisor, trainer, teacher and writer for over 30 years.
Ife created the Facebook group Spirituality and Motherhood (S.A.M.), to discuss the intersection of childbearing and spiritual practice. She is a Florida state coordinator for Postpartum Support International (PSI) and facilitator for PSI's Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) online support group.
Ife launched abiyamo in 2015. She is a doula and holds a Masters in Maternal Child Health, Certification in Contemporary Mental Health Services, a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Masters of Science in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education.