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Aba Women’s Riot – #TeachMeTuesdays

The Aba Women’s Riot. Let’s change the language here, the Aba Women’s Uprising, ok, that’s better. In 1929, Igbo women fought against colonizer imposed policies and as a result, they won, and were appointed to high courts. It is described as the “launching of the most serious challenge to British rule… it became a historic example of feminist and anti-colonial protest”.

Ok that was a summary, but let’s give a little background. The Aba women’s riot, or Ogu Umunwanyi in Igbo, was one of the most significant historical events during British inferiority in Nigeria. Remember, we are no longer giving life to colonization in a positive light, it’s inferior behavior. So, the Igbo women were challenging the inferior behavior, and they organized around Owerri and Calabar, in the eastern part of Nigeria also known as Igbo Land, and involved a population of two million people. The organizing arose in the palm-oil belt of Southern Nigeria. The Igbo’s largely occupied and lived in mini-states where men and women exercised varying degrees of political power. Village council meetings involved men and were held in the habitat (community centers) of the Igbo earth-goddess known as Ala (the most important deity according to Odinani – Igbo religion). To make it plain, just like someone may go to church or a mosque to enter the presence of God, these centers held the presence of Ala.

Women had their own sociopolitical organization. They held weekly meetings on the market day of their community (there were 4 market days in Igbo Land), where they created and enforced laws that they mutually decided on. However, British colonialism changed the fundamental structure of precolonial Igbo societies which eliminated women’s political roles. Igbo Women saw themselves as the moral guardians and defenders of the taboos of the earth-goddess, understanding that they naturally embodied its productive forces. This helps understand the outrage that Igbo women had against the destruction of society by British colonizers.

The initial protest started against a British imposed tax that created an increased inability to buy food and goods necessary for survival. They called an emergency meeting and engaged in a traditional practice of dancing around a man and chanting until he becomes miserable and feeds into their demands. The British submitted to their demands for fear that it may get out of hand. Protests spread as the situations got worse, and a British soldier harmed two women. The Igbo women raided their factories and banks, and were eventually killed by British policeman. With all the protests, British eventually conceded and hence, the first paragraph of this blog posts. These women’s protests were modeled throughout 1930s and 1940s against the introduction of factories that took away from the interests of the people but only benefitted the wealth of British colonizers.

Let us be like our ancestors and continue to understand our power as women, we are warriors too! So many men inbox me to say that only men are warriors, and tell me I should focus on helping the children, I laugh in various laughs because I know my history as an Igbo woman, and I know my strength as a woman. When we have one common enemy we bring out the people who are willing, based on skills and qualifications. Save the submission stuff for the colonizers. Peace!

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Protect Black Women Unless… #DearBlackPeople

Well, I find it quite interesting, my melanated gems, that I constantly hear excuses for why it’s ok to mistreat our fellow black people. Whether it’s auctioning them off, and inviting a white person to take their place, or saying they’re getting what they deserve for being mistreated by white people, or that the mistreatment against them is ok because they are not attractive to you. OK..

  1. I know that there are people who get on the wrong side of justice, and start behaving like their masters taught them, going against black people publicly; but we should never get online and in public and say that a Black woman deserves to be beaten because she was with a white man. If we are honest, many Black women have been rejected by Black men, in a way that falsely makes them believe they’ll be treated better by a white man, which is completely false. I honestly promote and love Black Love for reasons beyond just love, I believe it is beneficial to the broken community, but, I’m not going to disown and condone violence against someone because they are with a non-black person, how does that help me? How ignorant is it to proclaim you are for the advancement of Black people, then condone the mistreatment and disownership of black women – the birthers of Black people – simply because they live a different life? There are some traitors, and people who are so dedicated to white supremacy that they will fumble the opportunity to advance, but united, we won’t have to worry about the few who do and we can always teach instead of disown.
  2. Leave children alone! I find that children become easy targets, especially celebrity children, and when it comes to little black girls, people feel so comfortable stating their horrible opinions. Why does it matter what you feel about that baby’s hair? Why does it matter that you even feel she’s cute or not? And yes, it happens to brown and dark skinned girls more often, that’s violence! To spew hateful words against a small black female child, when we want the world to protect us, and we don’t see the same happening to children of other races. We shouldn’t do it to any child at all, but especially children who didn’t ask to be in the limelight because of their parents. Some of these celebrity kids are googling themselves at 7, 8, and 9 years old, and are seeing some of the hateful comments people write/wrote about them years ago. Just stop, I truly don’t believe that any sane person can comment on a child that’s not theirs in a negative way, and why is it that we as a people do it to each other’s kids, while praising the white and light-skinned kids. Don’t ya’ll get tired?
  3. Just be mindful of the negativity you put out there when promoting violence against your own. This is how we have taken on the role of the oppressor in our own communities, and it can become dangerous if we don’t check ourselves. Everyone is upset, and should be upset at our violent oppression, but taking it out on each other is not beneficial to anyone at all.
  4. Protect black women in word and in deed.

~Ndidi Love~

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Salt of the Earth #Poetry

Black women are the Salt of the earth…

In every form, we are excellent, in every space, we give life; in every time, we make history, in every breath we speak with might.

We are the backbone of the backbone, the place many warriors have called home; our wombs carry legends, and our inheritance is a throne.

We are the flavor of the earth, that mimics our very being; we are the mother of all mothers, we create everything seen.

We are the finish line, it begins and ends with us; we are the storyline, if it trends, it sets with us.

We are because we are, we are our own validation; we are who we are, because we came to change the nations.

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