February 18, 2015 Obara Meji 71Comment

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I have always been proud of Africa and of the fact that I am a  descendant of a great race of people. I must also credit Jamaica the land of my birth for my early recognition and love for the motherland, Africa. While I grew up in Jamaica, the music influenced our thoughts and made us know about Africa and who we were as a people.

We never looked at ourselves as captured slaves, stolen from Africa and brought to the new world, but as rebellious ones who fought for our freedom and gaining it, through our strength and resilience. Defeating our kidnappers and burning their estates, many died in the rebellion but as warriors we knew that the end justified the means.

As a child, I listened to Artist sing about going back to Africa, and about our home and our people and I too longed to know them. We had no idea where we were from, just that it was more likely that we all came from West Africa, since that was where the slave trade began and where slaves were taken from.

We identified with Ghana because of Nanny (real name Nana) of the Maroons, and also with Zaire, now known as the Republic of Congo, where you find their descendants on the eastern part of the Island St Thomas. and in the Western part of Jamaica you Hanover, St James , Westmoreland you find the Nago, Etutu (means sacrifice, but they in this part if the country use the term unto themselves) people the Yoruba’s of whom my mother and grandmothers belong.

Here you will find a place named Abeokuta, and when asked the meaning of the name, the elders will quickly tell you, that it means under the rock. There is an Abeokuta here in Nigeria, in Ogun State, and this is the town I was initiated into Ifa, it does mean under the rock..how cool is that. In our patois language you will also find traces of Nigeria and other places in west Africa. We call ver light skin people Red Igbo, Igbo is the second largest tribe right here in Nigeria (correct me Charles), they are to be found mainly in the Eastern section of the country and they have an affinity to red, even their dirt is red, lol.

Marcus Garvey helped solidify our strength and pride as Africans, the Rastafarian movement began out of the idea Marcus Garvey gave to a starving (in terms of lost identity or of where they came from) set of people who yearned to see a glimpse of themselves as the Kings and Queens of whom they descended from. Marcus Garvey told us to reject the pale face blue eyed image of God (Jesus), and look to the East for the coming of a black King. He shall be crowned Kings of Kings, Lords of Lords conquering Lion of  The tribe of Judah.

Although Ethiopia located in East Africa was never colonized, Jamaicans heralded the sounds of jubilation when Emperor Haile Selassie, Ras Tafari, (Ras is actually a title, like Chief, Lalibela come correct me if mi wrong) was crowned  Kings of Kings, Lords of Lords conquering Lion of  The Tribe of Judah. Jamaicans saw Garvey’s prophecy as coming through and began looking to the Emperor as the returned messiah, an image which looked like us (Black like us!) to identify God with and not one who looked like our enslavers. (Reject the white Jesus yes!, I am just sad that they still look to the bible as the holy book))

That coupled with news that he was a direct descendant of King Solomon of the Bible, through Queen Makeda of Sheeba, who had a son for him named Melenik. A new movement was born and it also promoted Africa and our return to our home, our love for our race and for our people. I can never think of a time when I was never proud to be black, (expect when mi si de gully queen dem, there but for a sad minute….ok just kidding).

I remember being with my father and his friends in the big gambling yard next to where we lived, they would sit in a circle smoking their chilum pipe (Bong) passing the cucthie from one to the other, discussing Africa and longing to travel there. Some old men would say, even if they could go one time before they died, some would be there with a Nyhabinghy drum beating it while my dad and others joined in to the catchy chorus. One such song was;

Africa we want to go

come on my black brother

come on my black sister

Africa we want to go

Here is a recorded version of the song;

 

There is something about drums and our black race, the drums seems to be an awakening call, we all respond when we hear the drum!

I would suck my thumb and lay in my fathers lap, inhaling the sweet smell of some wicked high grade, as these men discuss Africa, religion, the sate of the world, politics and more, then sing, drum and run boat (cook a community pot of food, being black is fun!). I was in school and those were lessons I never forgot. Those lessons also lifted up my pride as an African. I too dreamed of the day, I would set foot on the land! My eyes teared up the first time I landed at Murtala  Mohammed airport in Lagos Nigeria. It was as if I had stepped into another world! It would be the first of many trips home.

On my journey through life, I stayed close to my people, to my race. I never dated outside of it, (kudos to who does, no discrimination here, just a personal choice) I never wanted to dilute the melanin which was me. Which was the inheritance of my race, my people.

 

I read books on Africa and here are some very interesting ones;

Stolen Legacy by George M James

They Came Before Columbus by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima

Black Athena By Martin Bernal

The African Unconscious (a must read) by Edward Bynum…Big up Ty, mi know you read it!

The Destruction of the Black Civilization by Chancellor Williams…a must read! Every Balck man and woman should read this book and give it for presents!!! The author went blind upon completion of this book, he sacrificed his eyes to give us our history!

Women of Antiquity by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima

Books by Dr. Chiek Antop Diop;

The African Origin of Civilization, Myth or reality

Civilization or Barbarism, An Authentic Anthropology

Precolonial Black Africa

Cultural Unity of Black Africa

The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings by Yaya Diallo…I could not put this book down!! It is a page turner, huddled down in bed between your pillows, a very good book, please read it.

Of Water and The Spirit by Malidoma Some

Ifa Will Mend Our Broken World by Professor Wande  Abimbola…..You must read this book, for a clearer understanding of our tradition of Ifa/Orisha……The author did an excellent job

Ifa: An Exposition of Ifa Literary Corpus

Odun Ifa: Ifa Festival by Abosede Emmanuel

Conversations with Ogtemmeli by Marcel Griaule….About the Dogon People of Mali

Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston

Divine Horsemen by Maya Daren (a white woman) get the Cd also if you can

These are just off the top of my head, books that will feed your spirit and soul and connect you to where you ougt to be, make you able to have great conversations, please be a lover of book, lol please!!

 

Below are some videos and articles, claiming the Aliens built the pyramids and anything mysterious in Africa could not possible be done by our people…..O Ma se oooo…so they prefer to give Aliens the credit…Please watch, read and let us discuss. I do believe in Alien beings, and I do know that they are among us, but I am insulted by these theories of foreigners that we did none of the buildings credited to us.

 

Remember that People are waking up to what our ancestors knew thousands of years before. Africa is a mysterious place, and so are the people

Obara Meji, Proud African!

 

 

 

http://www.outerworlds.com/likeness/aliens/aliens.html

 

 

Bó ti wù kí ojú kan tóbi tó, ojú méjì sàn ju ojú kan lọ. /
No matter how big an eye is, two eyes are better than one…..Yoruba Proverb!

[Together, we can do more]

 

All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!

There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji

 

 

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Lady T
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im glad you wrote about the next topic gonna read now. You do know how long i have i have been waiting to have a conversation with you about this topic

Lady T
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O boy Obara I have been feeling you I’m just hiding out tryin to rise above the emotions give thanks baby good a grow nice.

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Greetings and blessings family. Bam bam bam bam bamm !!! Is all I can say this. Teary and speechless Africa mama Ethiopia land of black faces I want to come home longingbe held in your breeze mama I wanna come home. Bless u all and give thanks for Tue unseen but prevalent strength. Love……
PS congrats obara on the school and the initiated that will be received dis place a go be fyahh!!!! Hotttt

NuNu
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Hopefully we all will be able to make it for the celebration next year

Ty
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here is a wonderful poem called Africa by David Diop
Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
But your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
Africa, tell me Africa
Is this your back that is unbent
This back that never breaks under the weight of humilation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying no to the whip under the midday sun
But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous child that tree, young and strong
That tree over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Africa springing up anew
springing up patiently, obstinately
Whose fruit bit by bit acquires
The bitter taste of liberty.

NuNu
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I like the, “this back that never breaks under humiliation” and the “that is your Africa springing up aknew” parts

kiabubblez
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Africa my Africa…i cant wait to visit! Im going cry, im going dance, im going fall in love with her, my Africa♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Cami
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Give it you to inspire, Ty,

I love the flesh part…notice i referred to such earlier.

Cami
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Love you TY.

Cami
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Muah…KB you return.

NuNu…me nu keep me thoughts fi too long…me notice you no pay me much mind as of lately…me good still cause a so some family tan when dem ready. If me neva love you I would not even write out yu name! lolol Love you still, can’t wait till you evict the duppy you carry back a yu yard wid yu I saw you from you reach a yu yard and put dung yu grip a de front entrance de…lolol

Ty
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Lol….

No one can define you but you Cami….we love you for who you are….

Ty
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Hey Nunu….gonna read the article

Cami
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Good evening Ty and Nunu.

Since the topic of the day is “be proud of who you are” I’m going to share because I’m going to presume that this topic means to EMBRACE everything about one self.

Today, I woke very early to deal with a situation. The situation started out with me blowing like a storm! ok, 2 persons caught up in the wrath pointed out that I am impatient…ok. So, I laid here plotting, but not excusing them. Now, after a few back and forth and me apologizing for being mean it turns out that I have all rights to be angry…now that I am calm I have someone else dealing with the matter and I beg the spirits to keep me in the calm state that I’m in right now and to resolve the issue without me going back into a state of seeing red.

Lo and behold my spirit was on point and I have all reasons to be blowing hot. Therefore, I will never go against WHO I AM.

kiabubblez
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Lol smh only my Cami…embrace that warrior inside when needed.
Goodnight everyone

NuNu
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Night Ty, ok thanks Obara even better, I’ll look for the pdf. I have so many books to read. That article on Sekhmet- nyabinghi was interesting, it would be nice if more stories like that were mainstream

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Night Nunu i thought so too. I enjoyed that HER-story lol

Cami
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Morning NuNu.

NuNu
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Night Kia and warrior princess Cami

ty
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A song that was taught to me, some of u might know….it was for teaching black pride…some of it goes….

“Mama Africa, oh mama Africa, whose beautiful black blood that washes my veins, whose beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields, whose beautiful black blood keeps my heart going…oh how i long to feel your touch…

ty
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I will watch the videos later….

ty
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Proud jcan…out of many one people…i love all the parts…i am a bit partial to the African side most because it is the strongest with me…being of maroon descent, we are a mixture of all who were enslaved…africans, arawaks, east indians, chinese, and indentured european servants… the African sides resonate with me because of what the stood for…

They stood for freedom, equal rights, and were willing to die than be enslaved….yet despite the torture they endured…they continued to love and never became like their enslavers…

Iba nana, iba every maroon who died

ty
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The book …Of water and spirit appeals to me…gonna get that one…

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Bless ty. Spirit mystically drew me to this book and I loved it took me on a new journey at that time in my life was such a blesaing n a strength. Great read!!

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Obara, i love this post… so proud of my every facet….each has molded me to be the person i am…also proud of my past lives that have brought me here… i no longer ascribe to any religion but instead have chosen to embrace my spirituality and higher self….each day the challenge is to be the best version of myself…

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Mth, mi pardie, so glad to have u back…love and light

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Evening everyone… as usaul a wonderful post Obara…

Along with new moon, the chinese new year….ancient cultures know so much more about astronomy than we do….case in pont, the dogon people that Obara posted about recently….

I pray that this new moon brings you all manefestation of your heart desires and the energy to put them into action…ase

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ASE ASE ASE

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Opps spoke to soon, my fault. They are apparently “related” how I work with them is different, so they “appear” different. They are not the same but “related”. Like one came from or has an aspect of the other. I assume Nyabinghi ‘came” (using the word loosely) from Sekhmet. She has attributes of her. Hope that made sense. Don’t want to anger anybody LOL

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Obara Meji, thanks for posting the article. I have been “working” with Nyabinghi (even my name on here nyaha is short for her name) for sometime. I recently heard, from some Rastas that Nyabinghi and Sekhmet are the same. I don’t believe so. I have worked with Sekhmet before (not as much though) and they come off very different. Oral history is interesting cause each story teller puts in their own “flavor”. What is constant though is that Nyabinghi is a serious “woman” she does not play! As much as she is for justice and righteous, she is for it for HER PEOPLE that is very very clear. The hair locks thing is related but it a lot more complex than she (and her followers) lock their hair.

NuNu
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I’ve heard about nyabinghi but I didn’t know that it was actually a feminine energy. I’m gonna go read the article now. Thanks Nyaha and Teach

NuNu
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Good evening my lovely folks, was on the road all day. What a heap of info unoo give today. I want to read a couple of those books listed. I’ll have to check the library.

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Good evening Teach and all ES CREWS members. You are correct Teach( smile ) Teach I would love to read this books that talks more about Ifa. Don’t even know where I can get it.

MTH
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Cams, thanks for the link. Learnt much more on this black moon business.

MTH
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Nyah I am excited. I am on Mountain Time. I have an appointment today, then I should be ready for this New Moon. Thanks for the post…

MTH
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Just finished reading your link. I think of Osun when I read this article. I would have thought them to be one and the same but Osun doesn’t sport locks.

MTH
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Teach dem out fi beat mi already and mi dayeven shed all a di stress yet. LOL. Cami di forever strew-dent. Yu couldn’t tek wey mi tell yu? Bout yu a google. LOL! Yep Nyaha, here each one teach one.

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lol, me is a Taurus, MTH. If I didn’t do google I would swear I missed something in class, plus with the professor I learned under (pun intended, but only in jest, lol) he’s old school, a world renown genius and him sure didn’t cover da moon color de, lol.

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Camiii how are you? Morning everyone! going to read the comments

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MTH you mentioned the new moon, the Black moon. I found this online http://thepowerpath.com/moon-updates/new-moon-update-2-18-15/

I think its fascinating that you can only see it during the day. To me I take it as a time to shine. Even in the darkness there is light. As today’s post is about power, I take it as, in our power we shine!

MTH
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Guys, tonight will be a super moon. It will also be a black moon. Don’t know the significance but I suspect that there is one.

Cami
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MTH, from where you are it’s possible to glimpse the Northern lights…beautiful sight.

Cami
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A de fuss me hear bout black moon and me did astronomy class. I go google dat and lo and behold its some new crap. I’ll stick with the ole and proper terminology.

“There are several definitions of Black Moon. The term can be used either to describe the third New Moon in a season that has four New Moons or the second New Moon in the same calendar month.

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A Black Moon can be a New Moon.

Black Moon is not a well known term in the astronomy world. In recent years, the term has been made popular by astrologers and followers of the Wiccan religion.”

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Correction:

“There are several definitions of Black Moon. The term can be used either to describe the third New Moon in a season that has four New Moons or the second New Moon in the same calendar month.

Illustration image
A Black Moon can be a New Moon.
©bigstockphoto.com/mr. Smith
Black Moon is not a well known term in the astronomy world. In recent years, the term has been made popular by astrologers and followers of the Wiccan religion.”

Source:

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/black-moon.html

KB
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hello my darlings 😀 glad to see you all here today Obara Cami Nyaha MTH Courtney

MTH
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KB, yu waan si mi yesterday…Inna tights. Nice weather since Sunday.

MTH
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Cami mi naah drink. Mi mind sharp like a razor. hehehe! I wanted to inject how I wanted to be seen in her eyes. All the diss and di dat that I have been doing for her doesn’t matter, All she wanted was love.

Cami
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KiaB! whadup? see MTh say she was in tights, lol. That means she adapting to her environment…lucky you because I cannot stand cold weather, not even the fridge I deal with muchless.

Cami
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Obara, de “black moon” a create a rift wid me, lol

I should be able to sleep at nights now that the moon a change.

MTH
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I am extremely proud of who I am. Albeit it has taken a while for me to figure out just who I am. Last year, I would get dreams and in the dreams I was told that I am a good mother. Everyone mentioned that I was a good mother. While I took the compliment, I still felt that I was more. About 2 days ago, I wash some dishes and I remembered how Little M told her teacher that she has to be bright because her dad was the brightest person in the world. Her Dad is brilliant, I will not take that away from him, I felt, slighted. I was the one doing the homework, teaching her to speak properly, teaching her to write etc and here she was heaping praises on her dad.

When she speaks of me, it is always about my nurturing. Two days ago, the answer came and I bwalled like a baby. My role is to nurture the 2 girls I was blessed with. I got the answer that my providing love and guidance, I had fulfill my mandate.

I don’t measure my self worth by my bank account balance. I am who I am and for that I am proud. I can embrace every facet of me and what makes me MTH>

Cami
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Once your children have formed their opinions of you -hell to change it, no 2 are alike.

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lol, cold weather release you from its grip? lol

KB
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Good question Cami…MTH yu thaw out?! lol

Morning all prideful people!

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Good Morning ppl
A great read. I just watched the documentaries light girls and dark girls, and its amazing how we as a race still deal with the effects of colorism and self hate. This post is spot on and we as black people no matter the shade, hair texture,eye color, must learn to love our backness and embrace our diversity.

i was practically white when i was born, my color came in later and i still have a tendency to be pale.People would tell me i wasnt black and I still am bothered by that statement. if you ask any white person they would say im black.Nothing is more beautiful than the african black woman,and im proud to be one.

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Good morning good people. The part I have always found interesting is when people beat the “nyambinghi” drum or have a “nyambinghi”. I say this because of who she nyambinghi is, she was (and still is) a spirit that “possesses” women. She helped defeat the colonists in Uganda and she continues to help many many East Africans (and now all people of African descent) defeat their oppressors. When I first started studying Rasta, it was she that led me there 🙂

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I’m proud to be Jamaican, and being Jamaican means that I am the descendant of many before me. Me is a child of the ROCK; land of wood and water infuse with flesh and blood.

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Morning Obara and ALL ES bloggers and peepers.

Let me just run out the gate (got things to do) I reject the whole selassi ‘story’. I’ve researched that for quite sometime and I find nothing to say I’m wrong. I’ve heard the spiel about “white man writing books to discredit selassi”…well they did a very good job in convincing me.

And for godsake I cannot understand how people can call jesus god! “blue eyed image of God (Jesus)” Garvey can get his credit but I’m not one to buy all his spiel either.

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