Marcus Akinlana is an artist, traditional African Sango priest, martial arts instructor and drummer. He lives in New Orleans, where he co-runs Positive Creations Fine Arts and WON Mural Society with his wife Fatu Akinlana; two art companies both founded in the 1980s. He has also cofounded Ile Eko Asa Yoruba Ni New Orleans, a study institute for traditional African culture and spirituality serving the public. In 2012, Akinlana also founded Avalanche JA Self Defense and Combat School, a martial arts training academy. In addition, Akinlana is a professional drummer and now combines his visual arts with music.