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Ilorin Afroasiatic civilization provoking Indigenous African cultural revolution

The recent threats of violence issued by the Emir of Ilorin and his thugs against Isese traditionalists to prevent them from exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of worship, has rightly attracted the Youth Wing of the International Council of Ifa Religion, who have now declared that Ilorin will be the venue of their next Isese festival.

Just like the Muslims excesses in India led to the crystalization of a violent Hindu backlash, Nigerian Islamists are overstepping their bounds which will lead to a violent final conflict by Indigenous Africans to protect their rights of freedom of worship and cultural justice. All indigenous African ethnicities of the South and Middlebelt share common genetic and cultural origins. Every single ancient town in South and Middlebelt was established by the 16 sector African Information Retrieval System known as Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa.

Before the Black Race can be uplifted, indigenous Africans that are 70% majority in Nigeria and across Africa must go through not only political and economic revolutions but also a cultural/civilizational revolution and reawakening. However, being natural pacifists, it appears that the Islamists are about to wake the sleeping dog of Original African civilization.

There is an ongoing peaceful political revolution started by the Original African civilization decision and unity to support an Igbo candidate based on the morally correct and just rotational presidency that made it obvious that it was the turn of the Southeast region. However, the Afroasiatic civilization had other ideas and backed Islamist candidates.

It was obvious that the Muslim-Muslim ticket would embolden the Afroasiatic civilization to push their cultural imperialism further. The capture of the presidency by Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, the Frontline Fulani imperialists, has led Islamic extremists like El Rufai to openly boast that it was a well hatched strategic plan towards the Islamization of Nigeria. Unfortunately, the Northern Afroasiatic backed powerful Yoruba minority that actually lost the elections in Yorubaland used the prevalent Pan Tribalistic perspectives to paint Igbos as enemies in Lagos. The attempt was to isolate Yorubas from their natural South and Middlebelt civilizational partners, in order to embolden the Islamists to finally destroy the Yoruba cultural sphere.

We at ASHE Foundation try to change the colonially induced Pan Tribalistic perspectives of South and Middlebelt groups back to their civilizational relationships and worldview. Unfortunately, while the progressives of the Yoruba political spectrum took the civilizational advice to unite into South and Middlebelt leadership alliance, which successfully challenged the Afroasiatic political hegemony, the Isese traditionalists remained largely Pan Tribalistic and failed to unite with other Nigerian ethnicities that they shared the Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa civilization, wrongly believing Ifa was only a Yoruba cultural foundation.

Instead the traditionalists rather reached out to the dollar spending Diaspora and not the Igalas, Igbos, Edos and all other South and Middlebelt peoples that will be needed to challenge the unfied Afroasiatic civilization of Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri that not only deny Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa traditionalists freedom in Ilorin but across the Middlebelt. Unfortunately, majority of Southerners and Middlebelters are Eurocentric universalists and modernists that have been fooled by the Western concept of nationstatehood, thereby ignoring the 1000yr civilizational war in the belief that civilizational identities have been rested and overtaken by tribalism and nationalism.

Ilorin was never captured in a war by the Afroasians, but was taken over through Afonja that employed them as mercenaries to fight against his Oyo leadership, which eventually led to his death in a coup and takeover. However, Yorubas had regrouped and started fighting back to reclaim their lands before the Europeans caused a civil war amongst them and then colonized us all, allowing the Ilorin Afroasiatic takeover to continue.

Following the colonization and amalgamation of Nigeria, South and Middlebelt peoples rested their oars and became civilizationally derailed with European Abrahamic epistemicide and coloniality. The British broke the Original African civilization into three by first adding in 1914 it’s northern territories known as the Middlebelt to the Afroasiatic Northern Protectorate, then in 1939 the British divided the Original African Southern Protectorate into East and West regions, thereby giving birth to the Yoruba-Igbo fracas.

Yorubas and Igbos, the two most populous ethnicities of the Original African civilization fell for the fallacy of Pan Tribalistic perspectives, especially their competing politicians and civil servants. Instead of tackling the continued Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism, they could only relate and understand things from a divisive Tribalistic perspective. Though Afroasians dropped their weapons, they kept their civilizational focus and advanced with soft power, dismantling traditional institutions and populating indigenous African cities with Afroasians. Many of the Afroasians seeped into Osun State, while some headed all the way to Lagos where they were assimilated and became Islamist sleeping cells. Ilorin and even Offa where they suffered their last defeat was slowly and insidiously Arabized, with the direct support of the Fulani Sokoto Caliphate and indirect support of the British colonists.

Immediately after independence, with the brewing divisive competition between Yoruba and Igbo, Nnamidi Azikwe choose to align with the Northern Afroasiatic civilization, instead of his natural civilizational and genetic partners, the Yoruba through Awolowo. The Northern Afroasiatic civilization took the opportunity and attacked Yoruba cultural and political leadership, jailing Awolowo and removing Ooni of Ife as the governor and head of the Yoruba region. With Nnamidi Azikwe disempowered, the North thought they had achieved a takeover, only for young Southern soldiers to overthrow their government in January 15th 1966. This derailed the Northern plans but increased their divide and rule tactics to ensure that there was no unified Original African civilizational challenge to their Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism.

The derailed Original African civilization failed to check the insidious Afroasiatic advance as mosques were built around traditional spaces, especially around every traditional palace across Yorubaland. In Ilorin, they strengthened the stranglehold on Original African traditions and belief systems. The Emir of Ilorin was made supreme in Kwara state where over 75% of the populace and 12 of the 16 local governments are Yoruba. This was achieved by controlling the central government that was biased to the Afroasians. The Islamists also resorted to violence to have their way in many cases, but unfortunately the Original Africans didn’t respond adequately. The Islamists violently attacked and destroyed the Moremi statue in Offa without reprisals. They attacked the main Middlebelt cultural center, Wukari the capital of the Kwararafa Confederacy, nearly destroying it’s palace. They also led attacks in Ife, the source of Original African civilizations a few years ago, and in the last year unsuccessfully attacked the Ooni of Ife palace.

However, there is a new Woke conscious generation of indigenous African traditionalists that are ready to stand up to defend their rights, culture and lands. However, to successfully beat back the Afroasiatic civilizational imperialism, Original Africans can’t fight back as tribes but as a united civilization. To put an end to Afroasiatic imperialistic agenda in indigenous African lands, all Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa traditionalists must unite against the united Afroasians that include Fulani, Hausas and Kanuris. Original Africans never in their histories have been the first to launch attacks, but are more than capable of defending themselves, if they have the right uniting perspective.

Despite various pleas by universalists and modernists to the Ilorin Emirate to allow peace to reign by following the constitution that enshrines freedom of worship, they have ignored nationalistic considerations and hell-bent on pushing their civilizational agenda. Therefore the Original African civilization has no choice but to unite to defend their inalienable rights. We at ASHE Foundation fully support the call by International Council of Ifa Religion Youth Wing to all traditionalists to meet at Ilorin to protect the rights of Yorubas to worship anyway they choose.

84th year anniversary of the wicked Yoruba-Igbo April Fool’s Joke

April Fool’s day joke is meant to last a day, but the cruel April Fool’s Day Joke played on Yoruba-Igbo has lingered for 84 years. On April 1st 1939, the Southern Protectorate was broken into West and East to disrupt the emerging Nigerian Youth Movement. It was an insulting joke claiming the Southern Protectorate was divided for administrative ease while the Northern Protectorate that was twice as big and diverse was left united. It was a ruthless joke of not only administrative violence against the NYM, pitting Awolowo and Azikwe against each other, as Yorubas demanded Igbos returned to their new created region to contest politically.

For over 80,000 years, Yorubas, Igbos and other Southerners and Middlebelt had coexisted peacefully and productively as an Ifa/Afa based civilization until the wicked April Fool’s Joke turned ignorant self centered Yoruba and Igbo generations against each other for the last 84yrs in politics, civil service, business and nearly every other aspect of life, except marriage. The April Fool’s Joke tore apart the two most populous, prosperous and oldest indigenous African groups, whose unity was the key to the rise of Nigeria, the world’s most populous nation, and the Black Race as a whole. The 1939 April’s Joke was based on the logic that if the Yoruba and Igbo tributaries of the Original African civilization forget their source and linkages, like a river that forgets source, we would run dry.

84 years earlier, in 1855, displaced Yorubas resettled in Lagos were attacked by displaced Yorubas from Oyo Ile resettled in Ibadan and Abeokuta, led by the likes Madam Tinubu of Abeokuta seeking to retain the same slave economic that made both groups displaced. While this cruel joke occured between Yorubas, a mother of all cruel jokes was planted to derail our civilizational identity as indigenous Africans across Africa. A process was embarked upon known as epistemicide in which our indigenous knowledge bank containing our civilizational identity and history was mischievously misinterpreted.

The trick was to choose one dialect in a subregion in which the Bible was written and became the official language of the new tribal geographic group. In Yoruba land, the Bible was written in Oyo dialect by Bishop Ajayi Crowther, an Oyo himself, just like Samuel Johnson that wrote Yoruba History. In Igboland, the dialect chosen for Igbos was Onitsha. They institutionalized tribalized dialects by enforcing that it should only be the language of communication in churches, schools and all colonial institutions. And that was how they balkanized the Original African civilization whose source was Ife Odaye, Ife Ooyelagbo and Ile Ife.

Yoruba and Igbo towns, as well as others of South and Middlebelt, were established and lived by Ifa/Afa, the sixteen sector knowledge bank accumulated through observation of natural phenomena and philosophy for tens of thousands of years. And nowhere in our knowledge bank were the words Yoruba, Igbo or other tribes mentioned. Basically, we had no tribes but a continuum of dialects known as the Niger Congo ethnolinguistic groups that spread from our coast all the way to South Africa, sharing the same genetic and cultural origins. We had minor lingusitic divergences as we diverged from the same Source into Oyos, Ijesa, Ekitis, Igbominas into Igala, Igbos as each generation took the next land to farm as we spread all the way to South Africa. One people, one philosophy, one destiny.

Before the 1400s advent of the European, there wasn’t much difference in our civilization based on Ifa-Afa-Iha-Fa-Efa, yams, beads and kolanuts. There are essentially two civilizations across Nigeria and Africa – our Original Indigenous African civilization composed cultural and genetic related people and the Afroasiatic/Arabic civilization made up of various groups that later underwent Arabic imperialism at different times. The disfigurement and derailing of the Original African civilization into divisive tribes leaves us at a competitive disadvantage to the Afro-Arabic and European civilizations.

Genetic anthropological evidence from the multinational Human Genome Project (Tishkoff 2009) and Harvard Medical School Simons Genome Diversity Project (S.Mallick 2016), those called now called the Yorubas were the oldest full sized humans dated around 89,000 years ago. The dynamics of the genetics shows how we spread to South Africa. Yoruba and Igbo had the longest and oldest DNA strands with only Igala between them.Yoruba, Igala, Edo, Igbo and a few others, all belong to the same subgroup known as the Volta-Niger ethnolinguistic family, the oldest ethnolinguistic family, which evolved before the Benue-Congo ethnolinguistic evolved on River Benue before spreading into Cameroun and all the way to East and Southern Africa.

So the divisive joke planted in the mid 1800s blosoomed into the April Fool’s Day Joke that derailed our independence movement. It split Yorubas and Igbos Original African civilization that covers South and Middlebelt, and 70 percent of the population, enabling the minority Afroasiatic civilization to establish a political hegemony, robbing us of the chance to build a stable and balanced two powerbase polity. For us to evolve to a higher political existence, we need an Epistemic Democracy, wisdom of the multitude, whereby our people understand their civilizational identity and collective economic and political aspirations. Therefore we must strive to unite Yoruba and Igbo with true civilizational knowledge. Our civilizational leader, the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi attempted to educate us a few years ago that Yoruba and Igbo were closely related, but the hate was too much fuelled by those that used the division to make or protected their political control. While leaders like ex President Goodluck Jonathan have stated that their political ambitions are not worth the loss of a single life, we have those ready to waste millions of lives, violently deprive entire ethnicities of the their voting rights.

The schism between displaced Yorubas of the North and South Yorubaland went from 1855 to 1839, it’s about time the schism between children of Ifa/Afa, Yoruba and Igbo must now end. Yoruba science identifes that 84yrs cycle of Universal Justice/Shango, two of which should bring a new and higher level of consciousness/Olokun. There are 6000 ethnicities in the world out of which Yorubas and Igbos have no closer relationship. These two sides of the coin must become currency to buy our economic and political advancement. The disgraceful Tribalistic voter repression of March 18th must never be repeated, otherwise for the lack of knowledge a people will perish.

Eurasiatic intellectual tyranny in Nigeria and across Black Africa

There is a persistent intellectual, cultural and spiritual slavery among Original Africans, the Niger-Congo ethnolinguistic, despite the breaking of our physical chains of slavery many years ago. Academic and cultural leaders are forced to stick to the historical version of their Abrahamic colonizers.

You won’t believe the pressure placed on the Ooni of Ife, the Supreme cultural and spiritual leader of Yorubas, the largest and most prosperous group, simply for publicly admitting the obvious cultural and genetic linkage between Yoruba and Igbo, backed with DNA evidence and oral history. The professors called from home and abroad querying why he deviated from the Pan Tribalism standalone version. When ASHE Foundation quoted the Obi of Onitsha statement that Igbo at a point in time was in Ife, as Igbo originated from Ife since there was no evidence of coming from elsewhere, the palace as well as other Ezes were attacked by Eurocentric scholars for ‘subjecting or selling out’ to Yorubas and departing from the European induced Pan tribalism Waka Alone version.

When DNA figures and the well accepted Bantu Migration Theory was present to the Royal Court of Aku Uka of Wukari, the cultural center of Kwararafa Confederacy, now known as the Middlebelt, it was disheartening to realize that despite the evidence giving the Jukun wider cultural relevance all the way to South Africa, the royal Court had to stick to the official standalone version of coming from the Middle East. Also, the Igalas royal Court would rather be tied to Egypt Pharaohs and glamor of pyramids that started just five to ten thousand years ago than proudly be identified as the world’s second oldest group. They and other Original Africans would rather be number 124 to Oyinbo that just evolved less than 8,000yrs ago than for them to be number 2 to Yoruba or their neighboring tribe that evolved 50,000yrs ago. Whereas if they dare make those claims in public in Egypt or Israel, they would be stoned.

The global comparative DNA study showed the highest DNA value to be Yorubas 93.2% followed by Igala 93.1%, Igbo 92%, Gwari 89.5%, Kongo 90.7% as the figures fall as you move down to South Africa. The Original African groups started 87,000 years, created the world’s first religion and knowledge bank, spread civilization out of Niger-Benue Valley to the Nile Valley, with the first king called Ori in Ethiopia in 4470BC before going down to build the pyramids in Egypt, spreading civilization based on Ifa all the way to Southern China.

Yes we Original Africans whose language was still very much the same built Egypt but we and human civilization evolved from the Southern Nigerian coast.

Now instead of the core of Original African civilization of South and Middlebelt coming together to proudly uplift their culture, they point to Ethiopia Afroasiatic Christianity that overthrew Ifa, and point to Egypt as their origin. This is a case of the old calling the young Baba because of his big car and wallet. This poverty mentality in our culture is the foundation of our poverty mentality in all aspects of life especially in politics, whereby instead of building our own Original African powerbase on our cultural linkages, we prostitute ourselves to the Northern Afroasiatic civilization for power.

The question is why do we act in this self hating self destructive divisive way, and the answer lies in Karl Marx Social Reproduction Theory that shows that generational failure is keyed into our institutions, especially those created and guided by our oppressors and colonizers and their local agents.

There is continued institutional pressure on our cultural and academic leadership to stick to what their ‘ancestors’ claimed starting from the 1500s European disruptions, and erase from our memories tens of thousands of years of history before then.

A Eurocentric historic version was crafted and institutionalized by European academicians in the 1800s to justify the enslavement and inhuman treatment of Black Africans by whitewashing the Original African civilization and our contributions to human civilization. Their fellow Abrahamic cultural imperialists, the Arabic imperialists and their clerics, had started the cultural disorientation in Bornu from around 1000BC, then in Daura in 1400s when the labelled all Original Africans as Banza Bakwai, eventually leading to the lost of the Original African cultural identity across the Northern Nigeria and the wider Sahel, turning the people into Afroasians.

The European exploitation of Original Africans was not only limited to our physical slavery and toiling on American plantations, but exploitation of our cultural and knowledge bank. Our knowledge of medicine and vaccination that formed the foundations of modern Western medicine was stolen through Maximus, a West African slave, by his master Cotton Maher that used the gleaned knowledge to write America’s first scientific book, The Christian Philosopher. Like with this theft that started the scientific approach to medicine, all aspects of Original African knowledge was converted, exploited without compensation or even mere acknowledgement. Infact a few hundreds years later, their Eurocentric African scholars saw to the banning of the Soponna cult.

Abrahamic history and academia set out to denigrate Original African knowledge and history across Africa to bred cultural disorientation and political disunity. They prevented the dissemination of our true and full history that linked the continuum of dialects that form the Niger Congo ethnolinguistic family. Instead they made all African history to be linked to the Middle East or Eastern half of Africa. They focused on archeological evidences that was not universal in application due to the acidic rainforests and moving sand dunes of West Africa that dissolved Skeletons or buried them too deep. Therefore incapable of providing a comparative analysis of all ethnic groups history.

Despite all conventional studies show that no tribe jumped over others and went to settle a thousand miles away with no cultural relationships. Pan Tribalism was fostered with the Waka Alone historical accounts that blinded Original Africans to their strategic cultural partners needed to free the Original African civilization. Without a strong united political platform based on Original African cultural linkages, Original Africans could only stand on foreign exploitative powerbases that made them sell out their people to advance their political careers and fatten their pockets.

In the Churches, enlightened clergymen that rightly understood the Original African cultural sphere were hounded out. In academia, professors and academicians could only progress if they pushed the Eurocentric perspective, and earned additional income through research grants sabbatical studies and invitations to conferences. They were the Vanguard of White supremacy and the disorientation of Original African culture. They pushed nonsensical thesis that Original Africans had no history, philosophy or history before the advent of the European.

Western and Islamic foundations continue to pump financial and media resources to empower their cultural enslaved scholars to carry out intellectual tyranny to promote their defeatist and divisive perspectives. This is a problem that can’t be resolved with demonstrations or protests, but with money. Original African leadership have to pump funds into Afrocentric scholarship. Who pays the piper dictates the tune.

Over $2.7b dollars was invested into the Human Genome Project which researched the complete human tree and out genetic relations. At its inception, it was believed that it would reveal the oldest ethnic group, but when it was found out that Yoruba and the Original African civilization evolved in Southern Nigeria, Christian scientists insisted that the results shouldn’t be released because it would shake mainstream beliefs systems of Christianity/Islam. It was much later that we heard snippets of information of the racist leadership of the study conducted under Francis Collins. It became obvious that they won’t be using their billions to fund an Original African cultural revolution away from the Waka Alone mode to that of a united Africa that could repel Abrahamic cultural imperialism.

Original Africans need to not only invest in research but also media propagation. Rather than run from confrontations and let the cultural disunity continue to arrest our economic and political advancement, ASHE Foundation following 20yrs of research has decided to put up the One Billion Naira Eden Challenge to encourage those who have contrary DNA evidence to those stated above to step forward to resolve it once and for all. ASHE Foundation board of trustees board is composed of all the paramount monarchs of all major Original African ethnic groups, so we are assured of fair play.

An Ife-Kwararafa spirit essential to global Black ascendancy

The greatest mental blockage of an Original African is the definition of his identity by foreign cultural platforms.

Yoruba, the word that defines the largest original African group, is an Afro-Arabic word. The Yoruba word for Black, Dudu, has been equated to excreta in English.

Jukun is an Hausa word meaning person, while the great multicultural empire, Kwararafa was a Hausa collective term for a coalition of Original African ethnicities that extended from Cross River to Southern Kaduna.

The Kwararafa peoples united under the cultural and spiritual leadership of the Aku Uka of Wukari, to challenge the advance of Islamic imperialists and slavery raids by attacking Zaria, Kano, Katsina and Bornu Islamic citystates.

Before the advent of Afro-Asiatic cultural platforms, Black Africans shared the same cultural foundations and identity.

The world’s first family evolved in the Ife Forest Reserves, as those now labelled Yoruba diverged into Igala, who diverged into Nupe, Igbo and Idoma to form the Volta-Niger linguistic family, whose social organization was articulated by the same Original African information retrieval system aka Afa-Ifa-Iha-Efa.

Over time around the Niger and Benue Rivers confluence, the original Africans cultural melting pot evolved into the Benue-Congo ethnolinguistic family. Jukun, whose Original African name is Apa, is a combination of the Yoruba, Igala, Idoma, Nupe, Igbo and others during the Nok civilization.

This lingua franca, the Jukuniod family that covered Cross River to Southern Kaduna and Bornu, spread up the Benue River into Cameroon to form the Beti-Pahuin family, then down River Sangha through Gabon into Ugbangi-Kongo River basins, to spread to the Rift Valley area, where they became the Marshariki Bantus that spread throughout East and Southern Africa.

The Original African cultural platform that spread out of Ife and the Southern rainforests into Nok grassland civilization continued to Lake Chad’s Sao civilization that connected to the Lower Nile civilizations of Egypt and Ethiopia into Southern Asia.

However, original African geopolitical experience changed from around 2000BC when Euro-Asians came out of the Central Asian mountains caves with metal weapons to overwhelm and rollback Original African cultural platforms through Egypt down to Lake Chad Sao civilization.

The Sao civilization of the Sara people, overwhelmed by the influx of Northern Berber immigrants, withered and transformed into the Kanem, which later expanded further to the west of Lake Chad into Bornu empire, forcing Original Africans southwards.

The insidious advance of Afro-Asian cultural imperialism that destroyed and obscured Original African cultural and sociopolitical structures was a slow process best highlighted with 250yr Oya trends.

Arabic cultural imperialism starts with a mosque thats created to cater to foreigners, but insidiously spreads over the first 250yrs (Bornu 750AD, Hausa 1000AD, Oyo 1500AD) after which it takes over political leadership and discards Original African institutions (Bornu 1000AD, Hausa 1250, Oyo/Ilorin 1770), then lastly leads a local brand of Islamic imperialism (Bornu 1250, Hausa/Nupe 1500, Oyo/Tinubu 2007 Northern Alliances?). Every 250yrs original African structures not well rooted and protected were blown further afield by the winds of Oya.

The primary motivation for the Afro-Asiatic imperialists is economic – Original African resources and slaves. Starting from a single mosque, overlooked due to the traditional Original African tenets of freedom of worship, Afro-Arabic cultural imperialism spreads till it reaches a critical mass of the population that can be influenced with moralist propaganda to overthrow the true leadership.

The Afro-Asiatic influences were to infiltrate the Northwestern population center through Daura to capture the Hausa citystates that practiced and was organized around Bori, the Original African state religion.

This is captured in the Bayajidda myth whereby the Sakin, snake, is killed and the Daurama, the Hausa Bori queen is married to an Afro-Arabic conqueror.

The Original African cultural and sociopolitical leadership is demonized and a new creed is instituted against cultural norms, rights and liberties painted as evil. The original African history is whitewashed and a new Afro-Asiatic version of history that devalues the essence of the Original African is institutionalized and imbued into the collective consciousness.

Daura, being on the Northern caravan route between Upper Niger (Mali/Songhai empires) and Bornu empire, became the source of the new Hausa Afro-Asiatic cultural identity, while Gobir to its West was the Hausa boundary citystate against Songhai. Kano was a major caravan junction, where goods from Lower and Upper Niger met, while Zaria launched slave raids into original African territories of central Nigeria.

The unconverted Hausa called the Maguzawa and other Original Africans of the former Nok civilization fled from the Islamized centers of Bornu, Kano and Katsina. The Islamists were to ransack Oyo on River Niger and Kwararafa in the Benue Valley in the early 1500s, which required new strategies to counter and stop the advance of Islamic imperialism.

The Oyo Royal court that moved to Igboho after the Nupe invasion, was to return to Oyo Ile with a more militarist approach that saw the creation of Aare Ona Kakanfo military structure and use of Calvary.

The Original Africans along the River Benue tributaries and rivers that rise from the Jos highlands to water the vast central Nigerian grasslands, collectively known as the Kwararafa, moved their capital to Wukari, a better strategic fort.

In addition to the leopard totem used across Southern and Central Nigeria, the crocodile was a totem from Adamawa to River Kaduna. The word Kaduna means crocodile.

The Benue-Congo family under the cultural leadership of Aku Uka waged war against the Islamists, but unfortunately the older Volta-Niger family lost its way with questionable alliances and waged war within itself. Oyo was to strike alliances for the supply of horses for its new cavalry army from the North, while ignoring the insidious effect of Islamic cultural imperialism within its territory.

Ooni of Ife is the spiritual leader of the Volta Benue family, as Oranmiyan an Ife Prince had set up the royal lineages of Benin and Oyo, while the Igala that diverged into Nupe and Igbo accept Yoruba linkages.

However, the cultural unity and identity of the world’s first family, the Volta-Benue ethnolinguistic family began to unravel due to growth of the sister empires, Oyo and Benin, and their questionable alliances.

The first Church was established around 1506 in Benin, the greatest rainforest Black empire, and around 1506 the first mosque was setup in Oyo, Yorubas frontier empire, resulting over the next 250yrs sociopolitical and cultural implosion.

The Benin amicable welcome of European Jesuits and traders in 1480s, took a drastic turn when demand for slaves increased with Colombus ‘discovery’ of the Americas. Though Benin expelled and banned Europeans for 100yrs, the Volta-Niger subregion was plunged into slaves for arms anarchy, which made Oyo to expand towards the sea, contesting with Dahomey, Allada, Benin and others.

Instead of Oyo Empire pushing northwards to curtail Afro-asiatic imperialists, it ignored the insidious Islamization of its territories as mosques spread to Iwo and beyond. Although Afro-Asiatic influences also took root in Kwararafa, the original African focus was to wage retaliatory attacks on foreign strongholds of the Islamists.

The neglect of the insidious Afro-Asiatic influences in Oyo led to the corruption of the Aare Ona Kakanfo military structure and the fall of Oyo to Jihadists in Oyo Ile and Ilorin. Though Yorubas briefly united to defeat and stop the advance of Fulani Jihadists around Oshogbo, Yorubas fell into greater disunity as the fight for political supremacy continued instead of retaliatory attacks against the North like the Kwararafa.

Kwararafa eventually fell and was broken apart after continuous pressure from Bornu and later Fulani Jihadists. Adamawa and the Gongola riverbasin was taken and placed under a new Fulani inspired emirate, Muri. Kwararafa also faced pressure from Tiv, new migrants from the Cameroun mountains, probably caused by the European inspired slave trade on the Calabar coast.

With hindsight, the original African heartland would have stood a better chance if the Ife Volta-Benue family had joined the Kwararafa peoples in repelling the advance of Afro-Arabic imperialism. It was the Original African alliance that prevented the Bornu Islamic empire and Fulani Jihadist from crossing river Benue to the South to create an emirate like it was done in Ilorin.

Despite Oyos military machinations and alliances with the Islamists and White colonists, it became the greatest loser of people and land, allowing the Fulani Jihadists take more original African territory in just a few centuries than Bornu could in the East over a thousand years. The Yoruba infighting led to the longest Civil War, stopped only by the British colonization.

Unfortunately, the lessons have not been learnt in the new British colonial design, Nigeria.

The African independence movement was fought on two platforms – Pan Africanist and Pan Arabic. Though the Pan Africanist movement was made up mainly by Original Africans (Niger-Congo ethnolinguistic) groups and was more effective than the Pan Arabic movement, the Pan Africanist movement broke up with infighting among the Volta-Benue groups – Yorubas and Igbos, while the Pan Arabic group remained united and favorites of the British colonists aiming for indirect rule.

The Pan Arabic group was to win power and control Nigeria because the Original African pan Africanists that accounted for 70% didn’t have a well articulated cultural identity and platform.

The Yorubas, Edo and Igbos basically lost their original African cultural identity and need to trace their last common ancestors to Ife and unify their knowledge banks and cultural platforms. The Igalas, the Original African crossroads, must strive to unite the Yoruba, Nupe, Igbo, Idoma and Jukuns, while Jukuns, the gateway to Africa, must strive to reignite the Kwararafa spirit, especially across the Middlebelt, first by restarting the Puje, the annual celebrations of all Kwararafa monarchs.

The paramount kings must lead the movement, cultural revolution, by clearly stating our cultural origins and linkages, tallying them with genetic and other scientific evidence.

To free Original Africans from mental and cultural slavery, original African monarchs, our cultural custodians, must spell out a well articulated original African cultural platform on which politicians, economists, doctors, engineers and other professionals can build an original African perspective in their professional sphere.

The lack of an original African cultural platform has led to the waste of our traditional knowledge banks and inability to adopt foreign technologies properly. It has led to our poor work ethic,anti social attitudes and feelings of alienation in existing political systems. It is said, ‘Give me a place to stand, (a platform) and I will move the world’. This applies to every aspect of our existence although the political and economic realms are the more obvious.

An original African platform is lacking at the national negotiations table dominated by Fulani Islamists and Western colonists, because the cultural leadership and intelligentsia have failed to provide an original African platform to arm our politicians with a narrative tying origins, linkages and aspirations, in the absence of which they operate as selfish free agents.

The same appies in the medical field, where the lack of a robust Original African platform on herbs and medical procedures is absent. Also, we fall for propaganda and mental slavery because we don’t understand the original African concept on information confused with the wrong equation with Esu and Devil.

So the Ooni, Obi, Attah, Jaja, Aku Uka, Ochi’Idoma and others need to come together as fathers of our cultural identities and teach us the truth of our cultural origins and linkages, instead of leaving us to be labelled by jaundiced foreign perspectives as bastards, Banza Bakwai, Niggers or whatever name given to those who lack home training of their culture.

This spirit of cultural information, unity and direction is aptly known as the Ife Kwararafa spirit. This is the spirit that will take over the destiny of Nigeria and the Black Race and steer us to global Black ascendancy.

Charity they say begins at home.