History

Here we are informed of historic events and facts

Mungo Park's Discovery Of River Niger And The Silence In The Voice Of Ndi-Igbo

This is not just funny...

“They will teach you that a white man called Mungo Park discovered River Niger. That is rubbish!

Our people fished in the Niger long before Mungo Park’s grandfather was born. But in your exam, write that it was Mungo Park,” says Odenigbo (Half a Yellow Sun).
Note: We must decolonise our minds, culture, history and education so that in future, school children in Igboland and Africa will be taught that our own ancestors discovered our part of the Niger River and not some uninvited guest from Europe."

Interesting Folklore Of The Nkwerre Opia Egbe People...The Gun Makers Of Igbo Land...(Part 1)

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According to one version of Nkwerre folklore, Chukwu Okike (the creator deity/God) sent Ogadazu, the patron deity of iron and blacksmithing, to the Okoto forest and instructed him to teach the first son of Okwaraeshi (the mythical founder of Nkwerre) he met the art of smithing. Nachi, a young man who would eventually become the founder of Umunachi, was gathering fruits in the forest when he ran into Ogadazu, who gave him a hammer, an anvil, a pair of bellows, and imbued him with knowledge of metallurgy and the ability to forge iron ore into metal wares. 

Ojukwu's Interview With The BBC: The Salient Truths Nigeria Can Never Ignore

Some years after the Civil War, Ojukwu, the people's General, granted BBC an interview to address some misconceptions and realities of the war many yet, hold strongly to be a GENOCIDE. 

Here is the translated text format of the audio speech of Ikemba...

"Am Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. I was sometime, General of the People's Army. The leader of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War in the years 1967-1970. In/of all wars, the most cruel is the civil war.

Igbo Fact File..."Proceedings Of The Church Missionary Activity In 1902" - Emeka Maduewesi

ASABA - BRASS - BONNY:
Procedings of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East, One Hundred and Fourth Year, 1902 -1903, pages 77-80.

ASABA:
The Rev. T. J. Dennis (now at home) resumed the superintendence of the work on the western side of the river after his successful journey overland from Lagos, which has already been described (see page 71), devoting much of his time to the translation of the Scriptures into Ibo.

Checkout This Throwback 1939 Picture Of Uli Men

Uli till today is in Ihiala L.G.A. of Anambra state, bordering with the Egbuoma people of Oru West Local G.A. of Imo state.

Apart from being a historical geographical space in the history of Biafra and Igbo land, the city is known for its fast-paced development and education.

Of course, one can't posssibly forget so easily that it was the location of the Biafra Airport, the place from where Ikemba Nnewi himself, Odumegwu Ojukwu took-off his journey to Ivory Coast.

These men wore the look and hairstyles of Uli Men of the late 1800s and early 1900s

 

See The Luxurious Edifice Of Eke Kalu...An Evidence Of His Great Wealth

We had shared yesterday, a brief account of how Eke Kalu, the diplomacy hero of Ohafia rescued his community from the planned onslaught of the British Colonial army. Read here here if you missed it: http://igbobia.com/?q=how-the-ohafia-people-were-saved-from-british-mass...

Well, aside intellectual wealth, respect and popularity the legend wielded in his time, he had much more material wealth to be proud of.

Igbo Fact File..."Part Of What Make Ndi-Igbo The Greatest People"- Sandra Ifechi

Ada-Igbo, Sandra Ifechi takes us aback to the January, 1855 evergreen narrative of John Brown,"Slave Life in Georgia: A narrative of the life, sufferings, and escape of John Brown a fugitive slave now in New England." John Brown was a descendant of Igbo, the son of Joe and Nancy. 

Sandra Ifechi extracts the second paragraph of John Brown's narrative to draw to attention, the spirit, strength and resilience of Ndi-Igbo.

Enjoy...

How The Ohafia People Were Saved From British Massacre...The 1901 Story Of The Brave Eke Kalu

Commonly referred to as “Mba Ji Isi Acho Isi” (the Nation of Headhunters) for their long history of military prowess and exceptional bravery in the face of combat, the Ohafia people have been known to embrace challenges and stand rigid in the face of danger. In a community in which strength and valor were the parameters by which social honors were conferred, wars—especially those with the White Men—were a prime opportunity for young Ohafia lads to earn eagle feathers of their own with which to brandish their caps—a badge of inimitable courage and achievement.

"We Ate Rats, Lizards During The War"...Truths Of The Asaba Massacre Of Oct.1967 (Pt 2)

“We can’t but tell our stories over and over again, for only when we do, we can appreciate the things that made the stories and have more grasp of how to deal with the realities of today”.

This is the continuation of the articulation of narrations by survivors of the Asaba massacre of October 4-8, 1967 during the Nigeria-Biafra War. We hear them share with us their direct experiences and of course, reveal the real truth and facts.

If you missed the previous episode, visit:

Meet Princess Okwei Opene, The Omu of Ossomari...The Who Is Who In The Igbo Land

Princess Okwei Opene, The Omu of Ossomari.

The Igbo land is home to Jewels and geniuses the world has ever known. But not too many are women. The patriachal society suggests a role for the women and, they should find that in their husbands' house, with little ambition for sucess and financial independence. It was unbecoming therefore, to have few extra-ordinary women achieve the uncommon. A revisitation to our history, reveals this woman with a rare character atypical of the Igbo society. 

1967 Asaba Massacre By The Nigerian Army: The Untold Truth Of The Slaughter Of Innocent Igbo Civilians

This is a text version of the video entitled “Most Vulnerable Nigerians - The Legacy of the Asaba Massacres.” The piece is not intended to incite; far from it. One is perturbed that truth and facts of our common history is distorted by disgruntled elements. The real stories and pictures are scuttled so that our youths and younger generations do not benefit from the powerful tool of authentic historical knowledge.

The Lies About The Marginalisation Of South South By Ndi-Igbo- Efa-Iwa Rex Egbe Writes

The more claims are thrown-up against umu-igbo, the more intense the defence for and of course, the vindication with more sound logic and grounds of umu-igbo become. Just as delusive made-up views were flying from the quarters of some northern elements that Ndi-igbo marginalised the south south; a very feeble attempt at blackmailing Ndi-igbo on the Biafra actualisation, people of principle have come to affirm and expose the truth.

1899 Letter Of Mrs. T.J.Dennis, Earliest Missionary In Igbo Land Reveals Some Interesting Facts About Ndi-Igbo

A WEEK'S ITINERATION IN THE IBO COUNTRY BY MRS. T. J DENNIS 0F ONITSHA

In this epistle of religious adventure, Mrs T.J.Dennis, one of the pioneers of the Christian Missionary work in the Igbo land shares with us the experience she and her team had when they visited the Oka community, now Awka in Anambra State, underscoring in essence, the homely, receptive and independent-communal life of Ndigbo, deeply rooted in their culture and traditions.

The 1960 Interview Of Sir Ahmadu Bello...The Irreconcilable Hatred Against Ndigbo And Baseless One Nigeria Project

The current realities that bedevil the so called unity of Nigeria or the one Nigeria spirit are unique and logically connected to the foundation of Nigeria itself.

It is of course, a mere rhetoric to assert that the foundation of Nigeria is inequality and division and it is expected, nothing suggestive of unity or togetherness can ever come to be if the basis is not addressed.

To justify this fact and possibly make suggest remedies, we shall draw reason from the interview of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Saduarna of Sokoto and the god of the north with BBC jorunalsit back in 1960.

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