Nnamdi! Kofi! Bintu! Shaka! Ekanem! Abimbola…the African mothers screamed the names of their children while fathers fought the strangers who snatched their precious children away to strange lands off the shores of Africa.
The men, women and children crammed in the bowls of the ships where the stench of decomposing waste gave violent assault to the nostrils of the terrified human cargo. Yet in the midst of their pain they called out to each other… Nnamdi! Kofi! Bintu! Shaka! Ekanem! Abimbola…they knew from whence they hailed, they stored it in their minds to be harvested someday, and accessible to them through the power of their spirit.
They held on through the savagery of the slave plantations, but cradled by a spiritual warrior known as the the Black Moses. She reminded them that they deserved to be free, they derserved to live as they did on the shores of their distant land, and even if they could not return home, they would die trying to be free than live to be slaves. Nnamdi! Kofi! Bintu! Shaka! Ekanem! Abimbola…know from whence you hail! We shall return home someday, they muttered with resolve under their breath.
They lived thorough the dreadfulness of Jim Crow laws. They withstood the segregation of schools, the trauma of housing, work place stagnation, and educational discrimination. They did all they knew how to create a world worth living in, and in the process the world benefited from their genius. They gave their new country the street sweeper, plasma, peanut butter, street light, the filament in the electric bulb, refrigeration to name a few…they did so in the midst of hatred …they still knew from whence they hail!
Over the years the children of Africa have settled in the new world, but in the recesses of their minds, they hear African ancestors calling to them to unite with the land they left many years ago. They ask them to look back and remember that they have the wisdom of the queens and kings of Africa in their genes! Look back and remember that they have the blessedness of the Ugo Nnunus (Eagles) in their blood! Look back, remember they were once warriors! Look back and hear the whisper of the great-grandmothers and the great-grandfathers reminding them to reconnect with the African family! Many have traced their pedigree back to different nations in Africa through gene research.
Many Africans in the motherland are reaching out across the seas to reconnect with the siblings their ancestors lost many years ago, working to reunite the divided house, to welcome home the missing pieces that make up the tapestry of African culture, traditions and society. They are doing so through economic, matrimonial and spiritual re-acculturation.
Chiism (Godianism) is proud to offer our African American brothers and sisters the opportunity to reconnect with the motherland through our spiritual tradition that reminds us all that the Spirit of Chineke never left us, that our bond is even stronger now because as we say in Igbo land “Nwanne di na Okpukpu” (family bond is as deep as the marrow in the bones of the body). You are a part of us, we missed you and we are happy to welcome you back, spiritually, and by all means necessary! As we celebrate Africa Day, let us bring our families and friends together to pour libations, honor our ancestors and each other, express our gratitude to Chineke (God), and celebrate our rebirth!
Nnamdi! Kofi! Bintu! Shaka!Ekanem! Abimbola! Welcome home!
HAPPY AFRICA DAY!