Culture History

Is this 19th century European description of the Eboes (Igbos) right?

We just stumbled upon a description of the Eboes (Igbos) by a European, Adolphe Burdo in the 1800s.

“…it was here that I first saw copper-coloured negroes who are found everywhere in Ebo; they are fine men, well-grown and carry their heads proudly; they nearly all have blue eyes. They talk a great deal, and speak loud and fast. When they are negotiating any business one would imagine them to be quarreling and that there is going to be a fight. They are a dangerous race, ferocious, and easily carried away to the most violent extremes…” – Niger and the Benue: Travels in Central Africa by Adolphe Burdo published in 1880 page 126.

Would you day Adophe Burdow’s right or wrong in this description?

Note that ‘Ebo’ here is a corruption of the original word Igbo.

Culture History


(Identifying Igbo Variants During the Era of the Slave Trade)

Ishaq D. Al-Sulaimani
Vernon (Alufiel) Grier, Ed.D

It is universally recognized that Igbo is the correct spelling of the tribe that currently comprises the majority of the inhabitants of south-eastern Nigeria and of whom are readily associated with the Biafran revolution, however during the time of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade the”Igbo Nation “ was divided into a number of sub-tribe variant
identities which were most commonly expressed in the Egbo,Egba Ebo and Ibo forms.

The purpose of this writing is to promote the understanding that the majority of the captives taken from Africa for enslavement in the Americas were of Igbo origins by identifying the role of the sub-tribe variants during the slave trade and their recognized status as being part of a once greater and more inclusive Igbo identity.