The following are the Administrative Offices Of the Orisa Temple of Oakland
Oluwo [M]: This is the head of the “home” or temple. He is the officiating priest who is gifted in leading the membership. He is a fully initiated, practicing babalawo. He may also have other spiritual designations, e.g. Oluko, Akorin. Iyale [F]: She is the female counterpart of the Oluwo. Assists the Oluwo in carrying out functions. Assisting and guiding the Akapo and Omidan (apprentices) in planning the of ceremonies, meetings and other administrative duties in the temple. The term Iyale is also a spiritual designation for someone who cares for other members of the temple and who has spiritual children. She leads special prayers for consecrating water for healing. Olushowo [M/F]: This personal is responsible for book keeping, banking and investment activities. Akowe [M/F]: This person is responsible for temple administration, including event calendar and logistics. Ojubona [M]: This is a senior position usually granted to a male. The Ojubona is in charge of the temple during the worship services. He is second to the Oluwo. His duty is to ensure that the rituals and ceremonies are carried out with vigor and vitality, in the spirit of sincere devotion. Oluko [M/F]: This is the title given to someone, male or female, who has attained sufficient spiritual height to teach other members of the faith, according to the Personal Priesthood curriculum. The Oluko is sometimes an Oluwo or Iyale as well. Olori Akapo [M]: This is the person who assures that all the ritual implements are in place for worship and other ceremonies. The Olori Akapo supports the Ojubona in carrying out sacrifices and leads the Akapo in preparing sacrificial offerings for distribution and consumption. Akapo [M]: This category of male apprentices assists the Olori Akapo with his portfolio of duties in the daily caregiving to the members of the temple, and also visit the sick, and elderly in the community. Omidan [F]: This category of female apprentices assists the Iyale with her portfolio of duties in the daily caregiving to the members of the temple, and also visit the sick, and elderly in the community. Alagbo [F]: This is the person who has the gift for healing the sick. This may be done either by praying with the sick person, prescribing medicine or administering treatment. She bears water for head washing, prepares candles, herbs and oils for spiritual baths. Olori Omode [M/F]: This is the person who leads the instruction of children. Onilu [M]: This is the person who leads the drumming/percussion for rituals and ceremonies. Akorin [M/F]: This is the person who leads the singing for rituals and ceremonies. Oluwanje [M/F]: This is the person responsible for leading food preparation and service. Olugbeleke [M/F]: This is the person responsible for internal communications. Olusho [M]: Usually male, the Olusho stands guard (sometimes at the door) and is alert to the arrival of visitors, and their activities and intentions.