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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

BIAFRA: EVEN IN FAR SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: THEY REFUSED TO BE SLAVES AND DROWNED THEMSELVES

BIAFRA: 
EVEN IN FAR SAVANNAH, GEORGIA: THEY REFUSED TO BE SLAVES AND DROWNED THEMSELVES


16th May 2017

Have you not heard that from time immemorial, Biafrans have been a free people and have always rejected and fought every element of enslavement around them even at the expense of their lives?

The mass suicide of Igbo Biafrans in Savannah Georgia US known as Igbo Landing was the scene of events which in 1803 amounted to a "major act of resistance" against slavery. These events have had enduring symbolic importance in African-American folklore and literary history. The mutiny by the Igbo Biafran people has been referred to as the first "freedom march" in the history of America, Africa and the word at large.

According to WIKIPEDIA, Igbo Landing (alternatively written as Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing) is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. It was the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captives of Igbo Biafrans who had taken control of their slave ship and refused to submit to slavery in the United States.

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In May 1803 a shipload of captive West Africans, upon surviving the middle passage, were landed by U.S.-paid captors in Savannah by the slave ship, to be auctioned off at one of the local slave markets. The ship's enslaved passengers included a number of Igbo people from what is now as Nigeria.

The Igbos were known by planters and slaves masters of the American South for being fiercely independent and resistant to chattel slavery. The group of 75 Igbo slaves was bought by agents of John Couper and Thomas Spalding for forced labor on their plantations in St. Simons Island for $100 each.

The chained slaves were packed under the deck of a small vessel named The Schooner York to be shipped to the island (other sources say the voyage took place aboard The Morovia). During this voyage the Igbo slaves rose up in rebellion, taking control of the ship and drowning their captors in the process causing the grounding of the Morovia in Dunbar Creek at the site now locally known as Igbo Landing.

READ THIS TOO: BIAFRA: WE SHALL AWAKEN THE SPIRIT OF FALLEN HEROES ON MAY 30TH

Under the direction of a high Igbo chief among them known as Oba, walked in unison into the creek singing in the Igbo language (Orimiri Omambala bu anyi bia. Orimiri Omambala ka anyi ga ejina.”) "The Water Spirit brought us, the Water Spirit will take us home". They thereby accepted the protection of their God Chukwu and death over the alternative of slavery, and they drown themselves.

There are more to the history of Ibo landing. Here it is most important to take cognizance of the bravery of these men who drown themselves in refusal to become slaves in a foreign land. Their bravery is part of our inspiration today in the struggle for the freedom of the Indigenous People of Biafra.

READ TOO: BIAFRA: THE LABOUR OF OUR HEROES PAST WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN: 30TH MAY WE WILL SIT AT HOME

By every means necessary, we shall continue to resist the modern day slavery of the British empire via a forceful amalgamation of the contraption called Nigeria in 1914. We shall continue to fight for total freedom of the indigenous people of Biafra until victory is achieved.
#FreeBiafra
#BiafrExit

Published By Biafra Writers

1 comment

  1. Incredible news history! There's nothing like freedom. Either freedom from the murderous entity called Nigeria or death. Either Biafra or death. All hail Biafra.

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