Hello Friends. Well. I was out of town for a week, and now that I’m back in my own space, I couldn’t let a week go by without talking about Igboness. Now, next week, I will get back into the research and findings part of the Igbo story. Today, I wanted to talk about the “why” part of the Igbo story. As a sociologist by nature – my B.A. is in Sociology – I always like to get to the why. You can tell me something, but for me, I need to know why it’s important to me. So, why is Igboness important? I’ll tell you.
I told you all last week that according to studies, some 60%, at least, of African Americans have 1 Igbo ancestor. A large percentage of enslaved Africans came from the Igbo tribe in the Bight of Biafra. Millions, up to 6 million and even more Igbo’s were killed during the Biafran war, (because Nigeria is not our original land) and everywhere Igbos are, there is contention against Igbo’s, especially proud ones. Igbo’s come up a lot, and it’s usually fighting for our space in the world, and defending our right to be proud. Why am I saying this?
When we look at the similarities and evidence presented by myself and dedicated scholars who have written books about our true lineage (original Hebrew), it is clear that the contention against us is a sign of a hidden truth. Our culture can be found throughout the Diaspora, due to slavery, in popular words such as Ebonics, Okra, and Red Bone. The catholic church stole the very practice of communion from Igbo’s Kola but ceremony. Whites stole everything else from Africans, and lied about Origins, what makes us think that they didn’t steal one of the most important identities, that is, the chosen identity of a promised land. Unless the Old Testament was a prophecy of things to come, there have been no other people to be scattered to the 4 corners of the earth, and have common identifiers that described Hebrews. I’ve already mentioned the red color descriptor found then, today in Nigeria, and by slave owners throughout the Diaspora, amongst others. Another common identifier of Igbo people is stubborn, which is used to describe Hebrews in the Bible.
When we look at the 400 years story of the Hebrews and current Black people, there are so many similarities. We could also argue that Africa itself is the promised land, and all Africans represent the 12 tribes. I saw somewhere that there were 13 African kingdoms that were split up into 54 countries. Either way, our identity is our inheritance, meaning, our liberation, whether as Igbo’s or as Africans, will save the world. I truly believe that just as the white Jews have stored up wealth for their white counterparts and own all the media outlets and hold a substantial amount of wealth, I believe that is what the liberation of original Hebrews will do. Allow us to join together and store up wealth and privilege for our African counterparts. Just as people give credit to ancient Kemet and look to them for ways to move forward, I believe that the liberation of true Igbo identity will give us ways to move forward as well. Nsibidi, the ancient Igbo writing is credited to being one of the roadmaps to the western world in terms of architecture and infrastructure.
Take a look at what’s happening around the world, as Black people are fighting for liberation, Igbos are fighting for liberation from Nigeria, currently. I don’t think it is by mistake, I think it is very telling, what will the liberation of Igbos do and mean? I mean, even Alkebulan, the word said to have described africa before being named Africa, is an Igbo word…
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