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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.