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The Story Of Attah Ameh Oboni – the Nigerian King who Chose Suicide Instead of Bowing to the Queen of England.

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Attah Ameh Oboni was a revered Igala King.

At a particular meeting held in Kaduna which consisted of all paramount traditional rulers in Nigeria and which had the queen of England in attendance, Attah Ameh was asked to remove his cap to greet the Queen of England as others had done.

Though he refused until they said he should leave the meeting if he would not remove his cap. But Attah was not like others, or was he?

It was a taboo for Attah to remove his cap in the public. The entire hall where they were staying was occupied by swan of bees which emanates from the cap of Attah Ameh Oboni which he removed in order to greet the Queen.

The Queen of England as well as other rulers in the meeting ran helter-skelter except the friendly Oba of Benin who was asked by Attah Ameh to go out before he removed his cap. The hall became empty as some were stung by the bees and the meeting ended.

According to history, Attah Ameh Oboni was asked to be arrested and handcuffed by the security people, which they did, but the handcuffs fell off his hands.

He was later locked up in a room on the instruction of the Northern rulers and guarded by the security personnel but only to find out later by the personnel that he had left the room. Yes, when the security were taking him to be locked up, he told his driver, Amanabo of blessed memory, to take the car and be going to Idah while the security locked him in the room.

He then warned Amanabo not to look back until he felt a cool breeze in the car. Though Amanabo argued a little that he cannot leave the Attah there but later obeyed and started driving back to Idah from Kaduna.

After some time, he felt the cool breeze in the car, and Attah Ameh was sitted inside the car.

The incident in the meeting made many traditional rulers which were mostly northerners to be angry especially making kings run in such a manner because of bees.

This became one important sin, and it was like “one sin too many”.

The queen of Englnad was also not happy and they (the Queen and northern leaders) started looking for a way to remove Attah Ameh from the throne since he was getting tougher and uncontrollable like others, as well as searching for an obedient replacement.

Igala has various cultural festivals, one of which is Ocho. Ocho is celebrated before farming starts, and it is the time that Attah Igala prays to God for sufficient rainfall, bountiful harvest, success in hunting. It is celebrated in the bush and the venue is called Ere-ocho, where the Attah will hunt until he kills a Buffalo or a strong animal. The community in Idah where Ocho takes place is called Ogo-Efa. He performs a little sacrifice to the ancestors using a fowl in the process, and this was to find out if there will blessings or problems in the land after the Ocho.

Before this time, the enemies at home (among the Igala people), especially those having connections with the leaders of the northern region, were working hard to get any evidence either true or false which can be used to remove him from the throne. The blood of the animal used as sacrifice at Ocho ground now became what the enemies would use against him.

Petition was written by these two Igala people to the Queen and some other Northern leaders that Attah Ameh was sacrificing humans during the Ocho festivals. Since they were looking for any means to displace him with, judgment was quickly passed that he must be dethroned, even when investigations were not yet concluded.

In addition, all the Igala cultural festivals including the Ocho were immediately banned and this remained for almost 63 years until Governor Yahaya Bello unbanned them based on the appeal of the present Attah Igala.

Already, before this time, the Oba of Benin who had such friction with the British had already been dethroned and banished from Benin. So, Attah Ameh Oboni knew that at that point, no matter what spiritual approach applied, it can only postpone the evil day as his enemies will never relent until he was removed by them.

The result of the blood sample which was taken from the Ocho venue and taken to University of Ibadan for analysis had arrived and it was proved that it was the blood of an animal and not human. Sadly, the revered King, Attah Ameh had passed on before the result was brought.

But Attah Ameh, being very sure that he was wrongly accused and framed up by his enemies, especially those from Igala who wrote the petition against him marking the beginning of his planned dethronement, made some pronouncements before his death.

He was allegedly quoted to have said that ” the person who wrote the petition against him would have that hand dried up, and that the leader of the gang or petitioners would be buried three times”. And they all came to pass.

While the hand dried as said, the other was buried as stated, first was the leg, second was his hand and the third was himself, all buried at various times at different locations.

In addition, as this information of his dethronement was given to him in a meeting from where he was supposed to go back to Idah and prepare to leave the throne, he stopped on the way in another Igala land called Dekina.

That was where he committed suicide.

Before taking his life, he was allegedly quoted to have said that the town, Dekina will be popular but its development will not be as much as its popularity.

He was also quoted to have said that because Igala was the genesis of his ordeal, there will be disunity among the Igala people until the reign of his own blood (son) as Attah, and all Igalas irrespective of their locations will be reunited again.

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Queen Cleopatra Was Indeed a Black Woman — Here’s 10 Strong Arguments Why!

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Netflix documentary African Queens about Queen Cleopatra VII, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom in ancient Egypt, is causing quite a stir. However, it’s true that she was indeed Black or at least of mixed African ancestry. Here are 10 strong arguments why:

Firstly, her lineage was Macedonian Greek, but her mother’s identity is uncertain, with some historians suggesting she was a Nubian princess.

Secondly, Egypt at the time was a melting pot of cultures and races, with intermarriage common among the ruling classes.

Thirdly, Cleopatra was known for her striking beauty, which ancient writers described as “exotic” and “otherworldly,” traits that were often associated with African features

Fourthly, she was revered as a goddess by the people of Egypt, who saw her as a reincarnation of the goddess Isis, who was traditionally depicted as black.

Fifthly, Cleopatra was a skilled diplomat who forged alliances with African kingdoms, suggesting she may have had cultural ties to the continent.

Sixthly, her coinage depicted her with African features, such as a broad nose and full lips.

Seventhly, her physical descriptions by ancient writers, such as Plutarch, suggest she had a darker complexion than her Macedonian predecessors.

Eighthly, she was known to wear wigs and elaborate hairstyles, which were commonly worn by Black women in Egypt at the time.

Ninthly, the Roman historian Cassius Dio described her as having “a seductive voice and a persuasive tongue,” qualities that were often attributed to black women.

Lastly, her lover and father of her children, Mark Antony, was said to have had a preference for dark-skinned women, suggesting he was attracted to Cleopatra’s African features.

So, there you have it. Cleopatra, who was born in Alexandria in 69 BCE and ruled from 51 BCE until her death in 30 BCE, was indeed a Black woman known for her intelligence, political acumen, and charm, which allowed her to maintain Egypt’s independence while navigating complex relationships with Rome.

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What Did Jesus Look Like?

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Many people of African descent believe that Jesus Christ was a Black man, but the truth is that his physical appearance while on earth is not described in the Bible, a collection of ancient manuscripts cherished by billions of Christians around the world.

It is true that the Bible book of Revelation compares his hair to wool and his feet to “burnished bronze.” However, this is a prophetic description of Jesus while in heaven and Christianity teaches that fleshly elements do not exist in heaven. Therefore, many Christians have concluded that the description of Jesus’ hair and feet uses symbolic language to illustrate his qualities after his heavenly resurrection, not to describe his physical appearance when he was on earth.

According to an article published by JW Library, “Jesus was a Jew and likely inherited common Semitic physical traits from his mother. It is unlikely that his features were especially distinctive. In fact, on one occasion he was able to travel in secret from Galilee to Jerusalem without being recognized. And he apparently did not stand out even among his closest disciples. Recall that Judas Iscariot had to identify Jesus to the armed crowd that arrested him.”

The article also reports that it is very unlikely that Jesus’ hair was long, and that Jesus wore a beard. He also followed Jewish law, which prohibited adult males from ‘disfiguring the edges of their beard.

In addition, Jesus had to have been physically robust because he traveled many miles during his ministry, once overturned the tables of money changers in his Father’s temple, and even once drove out livestock with a whip.

Also, because people of all types approached Jesus, it can reasonably be assumed that his facial expressions reflected kindness and compassion. Even children felt at ease in his presence.​

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Arrested 29 Times For These So-Called Crimes

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Everybody knows who Martin Luther King, Jr. is, and what he did as a civil rights hero to contribute to freedom and equality for African Americans. But few people know that MLK was arrested almost 30 times fighting for what he believed in. His so-called “crimes” varied, and his arrests took place in various different cities in the south.

Here are just a few occasions when he was arrested and why:

January 26, 1956 — He was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama as part of a “Get Tough” campaign to intimidate the bus boycotters. Four days later, on January 30, his home was bombed.

March 22, 1956 — King, Rosa Parks and more than 100 others were arrested on charges of organizing the Montgomery Bus Boycott in protest of Parks’ treatment.

September 3, 1958 — While attempting to attend the arraignment of a man accused of assaulting Abernathy, King is arrested outside Montgomery’s Recorder’s Court and charged with loitering. He is released a short time later on $100 bond.

September 5, 1958 — King was convicted of disobeying a police order and fined $14. He chooses to spend 14 days in jail, but is soon released when Police Commissioner Clyde Sellers pays his fine.

October 19, 1960 — He was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia during a sit-in while waiting to be served at a restaurant. He was sentenced to four months in jail, but after intervention by then presidential candidate John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy, he was released.

May 4, 1961 — He was arrested in Albany, Georgia for obstructing the sidewalk and parading without a permit.

July 27, 1962 — He was arrested again and jailed for holding a prayer vigil in Albany, Georgia.

April 12, 1963 — He and Ralph Abernathy were arrested in Birmingham, Alabama for demonstrating without a permit. During his time in jail, he he wrote what is now known as his historic “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

June 11, 1964 — He was arrested for protesting for the integration of public accommodations in St. Augustine, Florida.

February 2, 1965 — He was arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration, but the demonstrations continued leading to demonstrators being beaten at the Pettus Bridge by state highway patrolmen and sheriff’s deputies.

Sadly, King was assasinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968 while visiting the city to fight for economic justice for the city’s sanitation workers who wanted better working conditions and higher pay. His legend, however, continues to live on.

 

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