Blessing & memorial of enslaved Africans by the Eze Nri of Agukwu Nri, Eze Nri Ènweleána

Blessing & memorial of enslaved Africans by the Eze Nri of Agukwu Nri, Eze Nri Ènweleána II.
Location: Igbo farm village at @FrontierCultureMuseum in Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A.
Year: 2011.
Photo Credit: Newsleader staff.13307340_1028993257169929_2905730959348507777_n

Note: Nri Kingdom is noted for being the oldest existing kingdom in what is now known as ‪#‎Nigeria‬. The kingdom also never had a standing army or slaves.
During the slave trade era, slaves became free as soon as they entered Nri territory.
The Eze Nri sent out priests known as ọ̀zọ̀ whose job were to settle disputes (judges) & perform earth cleansing rituals when an abomination was committed.
To understand it in a modern day context, think of the Vatican City. The Pope is both a monarch & Priest, the Vatican has no standing army but control 1.2 billion people. Only difference is that our ancient holy kingdom abhorred slavery while the Vatican benefitted from slavery.2014-new-yam-main
Note on Igbo religion (Odinani): The rope around his red cap represents Eke Idemmili, in my part of Igboland (Anambra), we don’t kill the Python (Atleast when I was growing up in the 90s) because Idemili is a water deity.
As I’ve noted elsewhere, duality is a central philosophy in Odinani. The supreme God known as Chi has 2 forces within it, one is a creative force called Chineke (God the Creator), the other force within God is chi (small letter). This lesser force manifests itself on earth through Chineke’s creations (Trees, animals, sun, sea etc). That’s how our ancestors understood & interacted with God.
For Christian’s who disagree. Let’s talk of Christ; a Jewish man who claimed that you can get to God through him, the Jewish elites accused him of blasphemy & the Roman rulers of Judea hated him for empowering the poor. They killed his followers & killed him too. His killing gained him a cult following & the Romans decided to take over Christianity. They used it to rule Europe (Britain was a Roman colony), the British in-turn used it to rule us. My point here is, no religion is sacrosanct. So, If some of our people prefer the old religion, let them be, stop burning down their places of worship. Dalu nu.

IPOB,The Nkpor Crisis: Drawing a Line between Objectivity and Fantasy!

1. I convened this conference today to offer some clarifications on the crisis that erupted in Nkpor yesterday between the law enforcement agents and the young men and women who staged a peaceful demonstration under different names to mark the annual Igbo Day. This conference became a necessity following the curious interpretations given to the incident by different segments of the media.13319995_245391985828172_2156630266928688319_n

2. However, we are worried that the recent crisis in Nkpor appears to have opened an unpleasant vista on the reportage of issues of grave national importance in the contemporary history of the Nigerian press. We are concerned at how a strain of virulent sensationalism appears to have crept into the various accounts given by different media platforms on the incident (We hope for a more cautionary approach that takes cognizance of the fragile strands of national unity and the supremacy of objectivity over fanciful headlines in professional journalism).

3. It was in a bid to provide a balanced perspective on the matter that we issued a Press Statement yesterday to serve as a guide to journalists whose aim is to provide an objective account on the crisis to the public. Unfortunately, much to our perplexity, a great number of people preferred the sensational to the factual. It is for the purpose of separating the imaginary from the hard facts that we wish to restate as follows –

i. That the peaceful demonstration by youths who allegedly belong to the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the Igbo Day was hijacked by hoodlums whose designs were antithetical to the peace and security of Anambra State.13346443_245392205828150_3647526873229243180_n

ii. That these elements who infiltrated the peaceful demonstration, turned violent at Nkpor; fired live bullets at the policemen who were detailed to watch the procession and ensure that it was peaceful and burnt down a patrol van to send a dangerous signal to the entire neighbourhood that Anambra had lost the peace we had all enjoyed for two unbroken years.

iii.
a. Nothing happened inside St Edmunds Catholic Church Nkpor. The confrontation was at a nearby Primary School.

b. No house was burnt. We counted about 2 cars at Eke Nkpor and a motorcycle at Afor Nkpor.

c. His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano has already expressed his deepest condolences to families who lost their dear ones to this avoidable shootout.

d. Items recovered
i. Dynamite
ii. Charms
iii. Machetes
iv. Banners (IPOB etc)

iv. That the actual number of casualties can be ascertained from the office of the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State as against the curious figures being bandied in the press.13315397_245392339161470_2014068422520788561_n

v. That contrary to the sensational report alleging that some citizens who took shelter in a church were murdered in cold blood inside the chapel, no such incident happened in actuality. My team visited Nkpor this morning to verify that claim from the residents and it was dismissed as dubious and misleading. However, there was a gun battle between those criminal infiltrators and the police in the premises of a nearby primary school. We urge the general public to disregard this claim as it is false. It is the duty of the Obiano administration to protect the life and property of every Nigerian resident in Anambra State and a threat to the life of any citizen will be resisted with the strongest possible force.

vi. We want to assure Ndi Anambra that calm has since returned to Nkpor and that people have resumed their normal lives under the re-assuring protection of the law.13177611_1187253651298623_4857208439609566474_n

vii. We wish to appeal to our colleagues in the media and various Nigerians who have assumed the sacred duty of citizen journalism with their mobile phones to always place national interest far and above other considerations, especially in a season of anomie as the one our dear country has found itself in.

viii. Thank you.

Ogbuefi Tony Nnachetta
Hon Commissioner for Information and Strategy

The Story of the Farmer,Biafra.

After this, Jesus traveled around from one town and village to another. He announced the good news of God’s kingdom. His 12 disciples were with him. So were some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses. One was Mary Magdalene. Seven demons had come out of her. Another was Joanna, the wife of Chuza. He was the manager of Herod’s household. Susanna and many others were there also. These women were helping to support Jesus and the 12 disciples with their own money.13015120_1106223686085439_4619692221441887177_n

A large crowd gathered together. People came to Jesus from town after town. As they did, he told a story. He said, “A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. People walked on it, and the birds ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground. When it grew, the plants dried up because they had no water. Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up with it and crowded out the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 100 times more than the farmer planted.”

When Jesus said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears should listen.”

His disciples asked him what the story meant. 10 He said, “You have been given the chance to understand the secrets of God’s kingdom. But to outsiders I speak by using stories. In that way,

“ ‘They see, but they will not know what they are seeing.
    They hear, but they will not understand what they are hearing.’ (Isaiah 6:9)

11 “Here is what the story means. The seed is God’s message. 12 The seed on the path stands for God’s message in the hearts of those who hear. But then the devil comes. He takes away the message from their hearts. He does it so they won’t believe. Then they can’t be saved. 13 The seed on rocky ground stands for those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But they have no roots. They believe for a while. But when they are tested, they fall away from the faith. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear the message. But as they go on their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures. So they do not reach full growth. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with an honest and good heart. Those people hear the message. They keep it in their hearts. They remain faithful and produce a good crop.

Biafran Story by Mr Nwokedi,and bro Uche,

Traditional Nwokedi at age of 16,no school,not more living with parents at 14, with 14 have lost 2 Sisters and 2 Brothers,,18119_1727967704096527_5584672443131345220_nIt is just that We are BIafrans,Nwokedi Isuofia,Uchenna Isuochi,age 16 and 14,that will show all the Isu Family,that there is no future for us in NIgeria,men, I saw hell here then,Nigeria should or have by now started giving us respect,not killing us and hiding it,or even treating us not to tell our stories,then,we can say no to Nigeria.We are kids born to live like other kids did,not to suffer from the past that we did not create,and Biafrans wolrdwide have to recorgnize themselves,and stop laying blames on one another,who is right or wrong,respect our situations because we did not create any but still born to live,our lives matters sometimes ,and NIgeria should stop baptizing us,and changing our ways of life,we are humans,and have the right to humanrights,the World should talk about our freedom,or they back off,and we will defend our selves,

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE,by Odimegwu Onwumere

Many Biafrans were killed yesterday (May 30 2016) by the occupation of the Nigerian military and security agents. The killed were in a peaceful demonstration to mark the Biafra Day, 46yrs after the gruesome genocide was carried out by the Nigerian state against 13335749_1134081503320283_5669555403949409676_nBiafrans between 1967-70. The genocide still continues! The truth is that the Biafrans courage always heightens at every bit of attempt to intimidate them. I was among the first group that protested from Port Harcourt on foot to Owerri when Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and later, was denied a bailout after a court ordered that to be done. yet, he has not been given a fair hearing! The annoying thing today is that the Nigerian government under Major General Muhammadu Buhari is doing something worse than killing the protesters; the security agents are shooting our children. The later is the worst they have done against Biafrans. But his government cannot make Biafrans to feel afraid, no matter the climate of fear and intimidation that the Buhari government is creating around the actualisation of Biafra. The killers are invariably asking Biafrans, “I have sacrificed your children before you and you have nothing to do.” I know that tyranny is a habit, an organic ailment; and Biafrans are not tyrants. Buhari is rejecting the freedom of Biafra he does not understand with the fear that the freedom will make Nigeria small. Just with time, Biafra will grow and every other thing in Nigeria will shrink. May Lord Ikenga be praised.
by  Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet, Writer and Consultant.

Is Nigeria Heartless to the Biafrans?read,

One word now describes the policy of nigerian military goverment toward secessionist biafrans genocide,it is ugly and extreme but it is the only word which fit nigerians decision to stop the international committee of red cross and other relief agencies from flying food to biafran children, washington post{editorial} july 2nd 1969, 378088_Biafra_War_2_jpgd13bbe6ba6e7e64eb23660a09fbc8a14
Their has been genocide on the occasion of the 1966 massacres in the region b/w the towns of benin and asaba wer only widows and orphans remain,federal troops having for unknown reasons massacred all the men-le monde{french newspaper}april 5 1968 in calabar speacial force shot at list 2000 ibos most of them civilians, new york time jan 18 1968,378087_Biafra_War_1_jpg281a84cd85fa4a1b9040d2f14a0d3339
This needs to be taught in the history books. These pictures will forever be a reminder.

The people of northern Nigeria fear and detest the Ibos. Tens of thousands of Ibos were massacred there in 1966. Ibophobia, which is widespread too in Western Nigeria, is The-Biafra-25comparable to the Nazi hatred of Jews. Biafra was created out of fear of racial prejudice and it is fear of persecution and death that keeps the Biafrans fighting.” — Richard West, Sunday Times Magazine of London, March 1969,The-Biafra-15