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Nigerian History: How Igbos chose to drown than to be enslaved (Pics)

During the slave trade era in Nigeria, some set of Igbo people saw the dignity in dying than being enslaved. An unspecified large number of Igbo people were captured around 1803 and transported in a ship to a white man's land. The slaves had chains on their hands and legs. In an act of mass resistance against slavery, a group of igbo slaves revolted. They took control of the slave ship grounded it on an island. During this voyage, they took control of the ship and grounded it, drowning their captors in the process. The sequence of actual events is unclear as most of the historical incidence was passed down by oral tradition. Instead of submitting to slavery, they proceeded to march into the water to drown. While marching into the water, they sang in their igbo language.

Igbo Landing is the location of a mass suicide of Igbo slaves that occurred in 1803 on St. Simons Island, GA. A common version is that some made it to the shore alive. Once ashore, they walked into the creek in unison, singing & chanting in Igbo under the direction 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.

Ghanaian artist Kwame Atoko-Bamfo created several sculptures in a lake to remember our ancestors who drowned as they were transported through the Atlantic Sea during slavery.

Beyonce's "Love Drought" video seemed to be based on the "Igbo Landing" story

This research is based on African & Black History.


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