Abigail “Ifatola” Jefferson

A founding RIBS member, Abigail  Ifatola Jefferson is an arts educator, storyteller, and yoga teacher Abigail “Ifatola” Jefferson, M.Ed., conducts programs globally. Through a unique blend of story, dance, and yoga, she keeps alive stories and traditions from the African Diaspora. Audiences of all ages have described her programs as spirit-filled, inspiring, and energizing!  In June 2017, Abigail was ordained as an interspiritual and interfaith minister by One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York City.   She has traveled to Egypt with Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep to study and certify in Kemetic Yoga. In 2001, Abigail initiated into the Yoruba tradition in Oyo, Nigeria in Chief Wande Abimbola, Awise Awo Agbaye’s compound.  She has also traveled to Cuba, Ghana, Niger, and India to collect stories and to study cultural traditions. Most recently, Abigail just returned from South East Asia (Vietnam, Bali, and Thailand), where she performed storytelling, taught English and shared the dance of yoga.

Abigail has served as the Education Coordinator for the Schomburg Center’s Teen Curators, an adjunct professor for Lesley University’s Creative Arts in Learning Program, and a teaching artist for Brown University’s Arts Literacy Program. A resident of Harlem and founding member of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Abigail has released a beautifully illustrated children’s book titled Imani’s Heart: The Dancing Angel. Abigail currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Lifetime Arts, Inc., where she coordinates and provides oversight for Lifetime Arts’ creative ageing national initiatives and partnerships.


Join Abigail “Ifatola” Jefferson at the Southside Cultural Center for these FUNDA Fest Events on February 2, 2019. Click buttons below to learn more.