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The Greatest Igbo Revolt In American History, Taught In Their Schools

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The Greatest Igbo Revolt in American History That’s Taught In Their Schools. Incorporated In Schools In Georgia.

History has made brought to our knowledge that It is a well known fact that the Igbos hate anything related to oppression and enslavement with passion, in any form you like to exhibit it, is perceived to be the worst atrocity because an average Igbo Man bows to no one but his CHI (his god). This can be seen in the 21 decades old Slavery revolt by her people.

Recognized as the first major freedom march in America/Black American history, the greatest Igbo revRev in American history to is the Igbo landing. This was one story that can’t be forgotten in a hurry although onthe surface, the story seems as one of simple defiance, as Ibo men, women and children drowned themselves in front of their white captors.

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Igbo Landing is a historic site at Dunbar Creek on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. In 1803 one of the largest mass suicides of enslaved people took place when Igbo captives from what is now Nigeria were taken to the Georgia coast. In May 1803, the Igbo and other West African captives arrived in Savannah Georgia, on the slave ship, The Wanderer. They were purchased for an average of $100 each by slave merchants.

In May 1803, around 75 Igbo slaves who were being transported by sea revolted by capsizing their ship and drowned themselves while singing in Igbo, a song that translates to “the water spirit brought us. The water spirit will take us home”. (Mmụọ mmiri du anyi bịa, mmụọ mmiri ga-edu anyi laa)

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John Couper and Thomas Spalding who had bought the Igbo men, women and children to be subjected to forced labor on their plantations in Simons Island, had them chained and were packed under deck of a coastal vessel, The York, which would take them to St. Simons Island. During the voyage, around 75 Igbo slaves rose in rebellion, took control of the ship, drowned their captors, and in the process caused the grounding of the ship in Dunbar Creek. They thereby accepted the protection of their god (Chiukwu) & death over the alternative of enslavement.

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The sequence of actual events is unclear, as most of the historical incidence was passed down by oral tradition. A common version credited to Roswell King, a white overseer on the nearby Pierce Butler plantation is that the slaves, once ashore, walked into the creek is unison, singing and chanting in Igbo under the leadership of someone who seemed to be like a high priest among them. This mutiny has been referred to in some quarters as the first major freedom march in America’s history.

The event has recently been incorporated into the history of coastal Georgia schools in America. Beyonce Knowles have also depicted and paid homage to the Igbo Landing in her work “Love Drought”.

Furthermore, Black Panther movie refers to this event. It was also depicted in one episode of American Gods. When Anansi ridiculed the igbo slaves and provoked them to revolt. It’s a reference to the igbo landing story.

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Here’s a video of the reference below;

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Igbos are brave people and this calls for the urgent inculcation of Nigerian History in our educational system. History should be taught in Nigerian schools. It give us a sense of belonging and arouses sour consciousness. We are where we are today because our youth don’t know our history but want to rule.

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