When it comes to the Igbos, there are so many considerations.
The Igbos are not just the people of the South East. No. The South East is just a fraction of Igbo Land.
Igbo Defender (Igbodefender.com) aims to be the journalistic defender and voice of the Igbos. Not just of the Igbo indigenes of the South East, but also of the Igbo indigenes outside the South East.
If we limit ourselves to just the South East, then;
Who will speak for the indigenous Igbo communities in Benue, in Kogi, in Delta, in Rivers, in Cross River, in Akwa Ibom, in Edo?
There are communities all over Nigeria that may have had historical and assimilative contacts with the Igbos in times past. You have the Ibibio and Igala. Who will tell the story?
The Ooni of Ife has confirmed that Igbos were the Aborigines of Ile Ife, even though those that remain are largely assimilated into the Yoruba race. Who will tell their stories?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSrkMZP71B4
Let us move outside Nigeria. There are Igbo communities that are indigenous to Equatorial Guinea. Who will tell their story?
What of the Bantus who had an Igbo component, the Proto (first) Bantus?
What of the Afro American people of all the American countries (from US Afro Americans to Jamaicans to Afro Colombians to Afro Brazilians) who have high Igbo content?
Let’s look at the Igbo nation of Haiti. This is a country whose president once acknowledged that Haitians, like the Igbos of the South East are Igbo. So, who will tell their story?
Who will tell the stories of the Igbos of all the Igbo nations? Who will tell their contemporary stories?
Who will promote and propagate Equianoism, the Igbo and Afro American way of achieving Extraordinary Success which needs to be learnt by all men for their benefit?
It is fallen to Igbodefender.com and its international community- online and offline- to tell these stories.
- That culture is the last defence of an oppressed people,
- That there is no panacea to human ills, but publicity is the nearest approach – that we should therefore speak the truth to power,
- That philanthropy is a buffer
- That noble alliance between Igbos and non Igbos of like mind can promote humanity, friendship, multiculturalism, fair play and justice
- That those that do no know where they are coming from will no know where they are going to.