Orumila witnessed Oludumare (God) create. He is therefore also a witness to fate and knows all future events.
Orunmila lived on Earth for many years but grew tired of humans and their behaviors and left. His absence on Earth wreaked havoc and catastrophe ensued. Humans were left without knowledge of the future and could not choose the right course without Orunmila. After some time of watching human flail, He returned. His followers prospered but those who did not follow continued to disappoint Him. He left again but this time he gave humans Ifa becoming the first Babalawo. It is His wisdom that for thousands of years has guided generations in living fulfilled and joyous lives. Orunmila is considered wise and is always consulted via a Babalawo in any major undertaking. His name is actually Ela also called Elasoode (Ela ties Ide on), while in heaven assisting. In the New World he is known as Orula.