Eze Chukwuemeka Eri of Eri Community in Aguleri, Anambra state says that Benin people left Eri before establishing Ife. He also stated that the Igbo and Igala races also started from Eri, Aguleri. The traditional ruler made the statement during an interview with Daily Trust.
There is the need for us to look inwards because there are values in our culture. Let’s appreciate what we have; it is for our good.
Benin people left here to establish the Benin Kingdom before establishing Ife. It is not only the Igbo and Igala that originated from here. Eri had five children; among them was only one female.
The video describes the destruction of Black Wall Street. That destruction is one of the worst cases of genocide to happen in the United States in the 20th Century. Racists couldn’t handle the fact that an Afro American community could become affluent like Beverly Hills. So, they decided to burn it down and kill its people.
Note that the racists had thrown the rocks of life at these Afro Americans. But when the Afro Americans managed to build a strong house with the rocks that had been thrown at them, the racists came and burnt the house down!
A Paradise Of Hope
Before the destruction, Black Wall Street had been home to over 10,000 largely affluent Afro American residents.
Black Wall Street was situated in the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was filled to the brim with successful Afro American businesses and dainty homes.
Rejected elsewhere due to the inhuman evil called racism, the Afro Americans felt at home in this little spot of earth they could at last call their own.
And what is more, news of the successes made Afro Americans elsewhere proud of that achievement. What is more; it gave them many role models to aspire to.
Residents of Black Wall Street became role models for many Afro American youth who would have lived a life of crime. Role models that told them they could succeed in this United States, despite deep-seated racism.
Innocent American citizens would watch movies at the Afro American-owned Bill Williams Dreamland Theater.
They would shop for their essentials at Afro American-owned D. L. Hookers General Stores.
They would get treated for health issues at the clinic of Dr. A. C. Jackson, an Afro-American Surgeon.
Many would stay, have meetings and hold events at the Afro American-owned Stratford Hotel.
Happy children were delighted when taken for ice cream or cakes or candy at Williams Confectionery. Many residents shielded their children from the sad reality of racism against Afro Americans.
Afro Americans called Black Wall Street Little Africa. Perhaps, if it were still around today, it would have served as a notable model of success for Big Africa.
Racists Burn Up The Paradise; Screaming Children…
But all that came to an end one day in 1921 when envious racists fell upon the paradise, massacred its inhabitants and burnt it to the ground.
The attackers had killed hundreds of Afro Americans within hours. Their crime? Being successful Afro Americans.
The racist attack rendered 10,000 Afro Americans homeless, and destroyed property worth millions of dollars.
No doubt, the destruction of Black Wall Street wounded America’s psyche. America is not proud to write this chapter in its history books. But it must.
America needs to heal the deep hurt experienced by the Afro Americans over this. America needs to dry the tears this destruction brought with it.
“The Igbos are still the biggest consumers and users of kolanut which is only planted in Yorubaland till date. Can the Igbos do without kolanut? ”
“The ancient Igbo house is one of the most sacred places in this palace till date. One of my brother kings – Aka Arogundabi from Iremo quarters saw the mysteries of house of Igbo (Aka-ri-Igbo).
Till date, Akarigbo of Remoland still sees house of Igbo as a common heritage of his forebears.”
– Ooni of Ife, The Great Keeper of Ancient Truths, HRM Oba Enitan Ognunwusi, speaking of his esteemed fellow Yoruba monarch, Akarigbo of Remo while encouraging Igbos and Yorubas to reunite as brothers.
Igbide is a town situated in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.
Origin From Mgbidi, Awka, Effurun
While some historians have it that the Igbide people originated from Mgbidi in Anambra State, Igboland, Nigeria, some more recent writers say the Igbide people originated from Awka, also in present day Anambra state with a blend of later immigrants from Uvwie (Effurun) in Delta State .
It is very possible the Igbide people originated from all three places.
The Igbo connection of the Igbide people can be observed in the dress and costume codes of the Igbides in festivals like ABAME, and the salutation sequence and chants as well as the mercantile nature of a typical Igbide man. (Remember the Igbos have been called the World’s largest business incubator.)
Owodokpokpo, a community in Igbide clan, is widely regarded as one of the main entry points of Christianity into Isokoland.
Igbide is also an oil producing community, and it hosts Shell’s Oroni oilfield.