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Re: Kalabari People! by ow11(m): 5:53pm On Mar 15, 2009
asha 80:

Why is that people have a way of dragging igbos to something that ordinarily does not concern them?

Ask Mr Mortiple who came with the Igbo 'conquers all' theory to a Kalabari thread. Behaving as If all Kalabari people were born when NL was first uploaded.
Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 8:56pm On Mar 16, 2009
lol
Re: Kalabari People! by na2day?(m): 5:33am On Mar 17, 2009
Mortiple:


Igbos may hate you, definitely not because of the above reason you stated.  We HATE YOU because of your betrayal during the Nigerian Civil War.  Unfortunately, you are paying dearly for your sins now. The Ijaws will remain slaves of the Nigerian state until Jesus comes!

back to sender! angry angry angry angry angry

Mortiple:

Are you telling me that a people lost their dialect to their supposed "slaves" (IGBOS)? It's like someone is being too economical with the truth. Could not be that Igbo migrants got to Kalabari towns and TOOK OVER?

i dont know which one is ur problem, playing dumb or actually being dumb. yes, through out history, slaves and immigrants have always affected places where they go or settle; blacks slaves in america have affect the language and culture and even long affect slavery, blacks and other immigrants keep affecting the usa's lingo and cultural face; israelis did it to the egyptians and to the babylonians and many more examples abound. as long as there is integration in the human society, nothing especially language remains the same.

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Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 2:28pm On Mar 17, 2009
Hello KIWI,

May I thank u for your write up and expose'. It will serve as an elixir to many of us who are from that region.
Especially, me. From ur account of the history of Kalabari and by extention BAKANA, u missed little or nothing from from what i know and was told. From ur account of Bakana history, it was obvious from which of the divide in Bakana u are from, i.e between Braide and Iyalla.

I am very sure i have a blood relationship with you, strongly so when my grand mother is a direct daughter of Chief India John Yellowe, She is popuarlarly called INGBELE MAMA, in Iyalla's compound and beyond. And i feel u are getting the picture by now; you also mentioned that Dr. C.I BEREPIKI is a relative of yours, nothworthy is that he is my mother's elder brother and she remains the only surviving child of BEREPIKI today in Bakana.
I would want to bring to your knowledge that   the version of history of BAKANA our brothers from braide compound have is slightly different from what u know, which is the basis of most acrimony between these two MAJOR GROUPS of the Town.
What i want us to achieve is that if we are aware of these divide we would be tempted to guide our actions in such a way that, emphasis would be placed on those issues that bind us together rather than on issues that portray some people as owners of an heritage others as settlers. For long, people have carried themselves along these path and the result has being disharmaony that had even taken ugly dimension in past and i believe, you had witness one or more before your sojourn. A good example, is the activities of some recently, leaders that emerged you who insist that for anyone to claim to be a Bakana person he or she must bear the surname BRAIDE.
You will agree with me that,  this runs counter to ideals of the founders of KALABARI LAND, which regarded all irrespective of whether they are settlers or slaves as indigenes, this you rightly asserted.

EDLANDO
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 1:33pm On Mar 18, 2009
Hi Ed,



Thanks for the comments.

Nice to know that you and I have probably got a common blood line.  However, please remember that I've been away from home for much too long and as such, might not quite be able to identify such family members, except those that I knew as a kid.

The late Dr C.I Berepiki wasn't just a relative of mine but indeed, my dad.  I'm a brother to Lolo, Otonye and Dagogo Berepiki who are also his sons.  I do know that ILO is my dad's youngest sister from his paternal family and she lived in Berepiki's compound.  I don't know if she's still alive or dead now.  I do remember the names of such cousins as Berembo, Ben, Bekinbo, Gloria and Lowell Berepiki.  However, I'm not quite sure I'd be able to recognise them if I saw them.  The rest, I just can't remember them. 

As kids, we lived in Iyalla's compound as opposed to Berepiki's.  My dad was the last son of Ine, daughter of Paramount Chief Iyalla (Pina Pina Inai).  Former Ambassador Joe Iyalla, Dr Ibiapuye Yellowe and Ngo Yellowe (to name but only a few) are my family members from Iyalla's compound.

You said:

From your account of the history of Kalabari and by extention BAKANA, u missed little or nothing from from what i know and was told. From your account of Bakana history, it was obvious from which of the divide in Bakana u are from, i.e between Braide and Iyalla.

I would want to bring to your knowledge that   the version of history of BAKANA our brothers from braide compound have is slightly different from what u know, which is the basis of most acrimony between these two MAJOR GROUPS of the Town.

Tell you the truth, I don't know what's going on in Bakana at the moment.  I really don't want to know either or be drawn into such politics 'cos it's got nothing whatsoever to do with me.  All I know is that Bakana was a peaceful town when I left home.

I'd rather steer clear of such sensitive subjects, if you don't mind.  How could I belong to a so-called 'divide' when I've never been home to Bakana (or indeed Nigeria) since 1974?  Perhaps you were wrong in your presumption.  I do NOT belong to any faction or indeed, interested in belonging to one either.  Life's much too short for such trivial politics as to who founded Bakana and who didn't.  I wish people there would get a bloody life instead of fighting each other over such things.  silly!     

My mum was from LongJohn and Sokunoma polo, so, it'd be totally wrong of me to take sides, if ever I'm that daft - indeed, this is something that I'll never, ever do.  I think I've learnt more than enough to know what it means to live peacefully with my neighbours, regardless of their nationality, let alone my townsfolk in Bakana, were I to go back there. 

Most of all, I've got better things to do with my life, other than sticking my neck out, partaking in the silly politics of Bakana.  Anyway, what has anything got to do with me?  What do I know about Bakana and its politics eh?  Why should I be dragged into it or indeed, care about what's going on there?

They can fight as much as they like and raze the whole town to the ground for all I care.  The sad thing being that with such people around and wreaking havoc in the town, people with good intentions for Bakana would never rear their heads.

Instead of fighting each other, why can't those people find something better to do with their time?  Eh?  Why can't they?  Get a job or something or indeed, set up a fishing co-operative and become professional fishermen.  Nothing wrong with that, if you ask me. 

I can but only recall the history of the founding of Bakana as narrated to me as a kid by the elders in Iyalla's compound.  The fact that Bakana was founded by Paramount Chief Iyalla (Pina Pina Inai), who handed over the ruling of the town to his cousin Chief Braide, as he was the elder of the two.  That was what I was told and that's what I'm sticking to, period.

The oil wells in Bakana are located in Iyalla's compound (outside St Andrew's Church) but that doesn't mean that the revenue should only go to Iyalla's compound.  Far from it - it should be given to the entire Bakana Town (including Ifoko), and used to improve the town's infrastructure, build hospitals, schools, develop industries and so on, to create jobs for the people.  That's my take on it, never mind the greedy chiefs and their subjects who want everything for themselves, thereby causing so much unrest in the town.

Sorry but I don't quite seem to recall your grandma's name - been away too long, sorry.  Hope you understand.



kiwi992.
Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 6:00pm On Mar 18, 2009
Hi Kiwi,

Yes i got it right, you are directly a relative, but truely had left home for a long time now. I am happy to know i have  a relative in you, thanks to our new found cyber world.
Sorry, if you ever thought i intend dragging you into a divide that is so unimportant. And also note, i have left the town ever since i completed my secondary school in Bakana, exactly OBAMA BOYS HOGH SCHOOL, since 1988, and presently, reside and work in Abuja. All i wanted to let you know is that, [our sweet home, Bakana, is no longer what it used to be.
And truth regarding history, rather be managed or else it be interpreted in certain circles as rude challenge of  somebody's authority. What i did was to raise the red flag, as a symbol of caution.
And this did not start at the moment, it had started long ago, but took a more deadly dimension only recently, prompting people like us, many, to abandon our cheerished homeland.
You surely, left Bakana when the TOWN CRIER goes about renting KPAIN KPOI, ODUM AMA PU A; Before delivering his message to the good people of Bakana. Now the slogan is KPAIN KPOI, IGBANIBO AMA PU A.
So when things degenerate to these level, caution and feigned indifference is called for. That is why i said, let us preoccupy ourselves with those things that bind us really good. ESPECIALLY, for people like you who live far from home.
A kalabari adage says, AMA NI MI ABO, DUN NAGAM.
Brother, of all the names of our Brothers and sister you mentioned i know them or atleast heard of them in the family; but sadly Lowell Berepiki died along time ago, when he went fishing. So we lost him.
All the Seniors you mention in iyalla are also my elder relatives that motivated and supported us to pursue education in order to hold our heads high in todays Nigeria. Senator Ibiapuye Martins Yellowe is a role model to many of us,in Kalabari land, haven succeeded in breaking the jinx to become a senator, the highest political office ever held by our people.
It will also interest you to know that the vice chariman of Degema Local Gov't is OSAKI BEREPIKI, I.E LOLO'S  SON.
Once again, i had no intentions to drag you into such a dirty politics, that i run away from; atleast not my brother.
Thanks for the response.

edlando
Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 8:25pm On Mar 18, 2009
*dakobu:

The Kalabari engaged in overland trade with other West Africans before their first European trading contacts with the seafaring Portuguese in the 1400's. Later, the Dutch, French and British also arrived by sea for trade and various attempts at missionary work.



The 1700's and 1800's were the heydey for the Kalabari as expert traders and middlemen (for men did the trading) with the Europeans. Among the items they chose in trade were cloth from India but also other commodities rare in their time, such as Venitian glass beads and coral.




My Brother Dakobu,

Your write up confirms, a finding i made in 1994 when i was researching the kalabari culture, to be specific our language. I discovered where it was mentioned that the Kalabari Numbering of 1-10 is the same with a Dutch language.
Obviously, a fall out of the early contact of these different cultures, as examplified by your PIECE.
I had forgotten the source to enable me quote it, but the book had to do with BUGUMA CENTINARY. It was an eye opener, and a measure of HOW exposed the language had being.

Can someone help verify or disproof this claim.

EDLANDO.
Re: Kalabari People! by ow11(m): 8:56pm On Mar 18, 2009
edlando:

Your write up confirms, a finding i made in 1994 when i was researching the kalabari culture, to be specific our language. I discovered where it was mentioned that the Kalabari Numbering of 1-10 is the same with a Dutch language.

Can someone help verify or disproof this claim.

EDLANDO.

I do not think so

Kalabari    Dutch
gberiye       en
maịn          twee
tẹrẹị           drie
ini               vier
sọnọ           vijf
sonio           zes
sọnọ-ma    zeven
nine            acht
eseni         negen
oyi               tien

What the book you read was probably trying to infer was that Berbice Creole Dutch was an admix of Kalabari, English and Dutch languages. It was spoken in Guyana from the late 17th century. The language is a dying one at the moment. You can read more about it [url=http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~typology/linggen/literature/bdutch.pdf]here[/url]
Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 4:48pm On Mar 19, 2009
Hello OWI1,

I'll like to say sorry, your version of dutch was not what i saw that ignited my attention. Do more findings, cos the difference in yours was too obvious.

Besides, mainstream Kalabari language does'nt start counting with "Gberiye" RATHER IT SAYS " INGEYI", BUT PREFER  USING "GBERIYE" TO DESCRIBE AN ITEM.

You can do better!

Edlando
Re: Kalabari People! by ow11(m): 6:36pm On Mar 19, 2009
edlando:

Hello OWI1,

I'll like to say sorry, your version of dutch was not what i saw that ignited my attention. Do more findings, cos the difference in yours was too obvious.

Besides, mainstream Kalabari language does'nt start counting with "Gberiye" RATHER IT SAYS " INGEYI", BUT PREFER  USING "GBERIYE" TO DESCRIBE AN ITEM.

You can do better!

Edlando

Google translate can help you with the translations except you would not believe all the online translations but would believe some book out there. Dutch, English, German and the Scandanavian languages all have the same root language and counting in all languages are quite similar.

My kalabari is not excellent but at least I can understand a bit but It could be possible that some words are of dutch origin however, I doubt we would find any.
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 11:21am On Mar 20, 2009
Hi Ed,



You're alright man, you're alright.  No probs.

It's good to sound such warnings before I put my big foot in it.  Still, one has to speak the one's mind without fear or favour.  You've only got one life - why hold back from speaking your mind?  No harm in speaking the one's mind, if I may add.  Death doesn't scare me as I dice with death whenever I wheel out that little aircraft to go flying in it.   

Good to know that you and I are related.  That said, I'm really sorry to hear that Lowell is dead!  I don't understand 'cos I thought he could swim.  What a sad loss.  May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Mind you, I got drowned once, as a kid, close to the wharf at Charlie's compound in BK.  Luckily for me, I got rescued.  I can still remember people screaming that I was drowning.  Blimey!! - what a nightmare, having to take in all that salt water.  That served me right for messing about in the river with my friends, including the very tall, legs-up-to-the-armpit Kotiba Braide from Davies' compound, playing hide and seek - I wonder how she is doing.  Oh yeah, and my very beautiful friend, Belema Iboroma (Isaac Dadumo's younger sister) from Iboroma Polo in Ifoko.  I wish I could see them all. 

You know what?  Living abroad (away from all your childhood friends and family in your country of birth), is NEVER the same as living at home, no matter what you have achieved, whilst living in the foreign country.  There's more to life than mere material things or academic/professional achievements.  In that respect, you guys should consider yourselves lucky for living at home.  I really miss that, including all my childhood friends in Bakana, Abonnema and Lagos.  Oh yeah, and fishing I do miss too, strange as it may sound.  There's no place like home, they say.

Memories of my Yoruba school friends and I in Lagos, being ripped-off by the veritable magician called Rondo Rondo, outside Yaba Post Office, next to Sabo Market.  We got ripped-off man, swindled out of our pocket money!  Can you believe it?  We never got the radios that he was going to magically get for us!!  What a laugh eh?, thinking back on it now.  That shows how gullible we were, as kids.  Oh yeah, shooting odere koko (wood pidgeons) with catapaults was my friend, John Oti's favourite pastime whilst I was crap at it.  Gosh, memories man, memories.  I've got to visit home to check-out these old friends.  Got to.

Don't get me wrong, I love it in England and will never swap it for any other country in the world (well, except Nigeria) 'cos I'm very happy here.  Life's peaceful and safe.  Most of all, you can achieve whatever you want to achieve, as long as you work hard and remain within the law.  No hatred, racism yes, but who takes any notice of those bigots?  I bloody don't, so they can take a running jump.  I just get on with my own life.            

Actually, the last time I set my foot on Bakana was in the morning of the town's evacuation by the Biafran rebels.  We never went back home after the war and instead, lived in Port Harcourt for a bit with my dad and the rest of our immediate family.  I then left Nigeria in 1974 and haven't been home since then.

I'd have most definitely visited home had it been that my dad were still alive.  Still, I'm most happy and content here and couldn't wish for any better.  You know how it is - the one has got to be extremely careful if there isn't anyone trustworthy at home to guide the one along, especially after such a long time away from home.

My close friend from Abonnema (Ibanibo Lawson), was training with a firm of Chartered Accountants in London, and was in excellent health when he visited home on hols just for a couple of weeks.  You know what?  He never came back!  He went mad under the strangest of circumstances and died, thanks to the wickedness of people out there.  His girlfriend here nearly committed suicide due to the shock of hearing about her boyfriend's strange illness and eventual death.  She missed him that much.  Phew!  It's mad out there - pure mad!!  Who wants to expose themselves to that sort of danger?  Definitely not me.  Sack that!

Yeap, Bakana is also known as Odum Ama.  Odum is Iyalla's other name and Odum Polo is Iyalla's compound.  Odum Ama means Iyalla's Town.  Surprised to learn that all that's been twisted and changed to something else.  Still, never mind.  These things don't matter as long as people live in harmony with each other.  We are all citizens of Bakana and are one, so are all Kalabaris.

Lolo never had a kid when I was at home, so, I don't know his son.  Good on him though, he's done well for himself.  I'm surprised to hear that Ibiapuye is in politics.  I thought he'd have been practising medicine instead.  I thought it was a dangerous thing to be a politician in Nigeria, or is it not anymore?  Still, each one to their own, as long as he's safe and happy being in politics.  I hope one of my other cousins - Dr Mpakaboari Abite is alive and doing well and hasn't been bumped off by those evil people.  I understand he has a morgue in Bakana.  Actually, there's that many relatives out there, most of whose name I've forgotten.  I think one must make a fleeting visit home, at some point - must do.

Ed, can I suggest that you take it easy with Ow11.

It doesn't matter even if he counts one as 'gberiye' or 'ngei'.  These things don't matter.  He probably can not speak Kalabari very well or that he's forgotten it.  The point he was making was that in his view, there isn't any correlation between Kalabari and Dutch.  That's what you should have addressed, if you see what I mean.

Hope you don't mind my pointing out that to you.  Personally, I don't know and indeed, wouldn't wanna have anything to do with the Dutch - the bloody Boers.  Japanese, yes indeed.  Some of the Kalabari words do sound like Japanese.  Maybe one ought to look into that.



kiwi992.
Re: Kalabari People! by Pepeye(f): 4:49pm On Mar 20, 2009
Hey peeps

I got lots of Kalabari as friends
nice people
Re: Kalabari People! by *jona: 1:04pm On Apr 15, 2009
Pepeye:

Hey peeps

I got lots of Kalabari as friends
nice people



cool
Re: Kalabari People! by edlando: 9:57am On Apr 28, 2009
Hi Brother Kiwi,

I am so comfortable with your last piece, and greatly touched by the fact that, you had not returned home to Bakana ever since you travelled. As sad as it sounds, nobody will blame you for that, cos self preservation is one of the primary needs of man.
I'm sure you missed the chrismas season, when everybody returns from far and near. I can still remember Your Father, my Uncle arriving with his Kids and family in his personal Speed Boat with his name inscribed on it, C.I BEREPIKI, a Blue boat, That Berths at iyalla poku. Christmas is not complete without his kids such Dagogo, Odima, Lali etc and the Families of Gogo Apite and his kids Akins, Prefa, kasibo  and aunty Majoba kids Amama, labo, Furo, Ibiso and Dawari  all arriving at iyalla Poku. I missed all of them to this day. They were all relatives of mine.
The masqurades, EPO in Ngo POLO, OKI in Davies Compound, SEKI in IYALLA'S COMPOUND, OWUMA NUMBER 3 n 4, OKUKU by EKINE-SEKI-APU etc.
EREMINA OGBO from various compounds keeping the town lively.
Remember the fun during the xmas period, could deny you returning to resume work during the new year.Men! Bakana use to be fun. When we were there during our growing up days, our peers added another dimension to it that attracted visitors to Bakana; from Warri, Owerri, Buguma, Aba, Abonnema, Lagos etc.
By introducing Bakana Beach Party, which takes place at Igbekiri, an island belonging to iyalla, opposite Charlie Poku, on the 25th of every December.
We enjoyed Kukudam at iyalla compound, a dance play that attracted the whole town and beyond, with bangers exploding to compliment the mood. These experiences will for ever remain green in the memory of most of us.
My Big brother, all these thrills and frills were aborted when politicians and self centered leaders armed the youths with Guns and other dangerous ammunitions. So instead of bangers exploding we hear Guns and dynamite directed at different groups exploding and cutting short the lives of young upcoming personalities. We lost brothers and sisters in ten of hundred.
Notable among the Dead were, Alapakate Iyalla, shot dead in presence of his wife and children, Daa Iyalla and Opali Braide shot and killed while celebrating the appointment of Eldred Braide as Commissioner in P.H. The Death of Adokie Iyalla a young businessman with a commanding knowledge of the oil and gas industry, via rib riping bullets is still fresh in our memory.
So when you say your friend visited and could not return because he was charmed I really felt sorry, but I should let you know that at least he is alive and you can hope that he recovers. These days they eliminate outrightly and in broad day light.
You can see why nobody can blame the likes of you staying away; atleast somebody should be alive to record the history.

EDLANDO
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 1:03pm On May 15, 2009
Hi Ed,


Sorry about the late response - been caught-up in the About SAP and Pilot Career threads in the Careers section.

Well, I don't know much about Ada and his worldly possessions 'cos I wasn't there to witness all that.  Moreover, things like that don't mean much to me 'cos I've grown up to have a different set of values.  I still like my gadgets though, just like him.

One thing I know for sure is that he (Ada) and I were very close - just like two best friends.  Something that you rarely ever see amongst African families, unlike in European families.  This strong father-son friendship was stressed upon, when our family members from Iyalla's compound got me all dressed up in native attire, singing 'Ibiduo, dabo ikiabo', whilst escorting me to Sokunoma Polo (with an 'omonibo' in front of me), inorder for me to pay my last respects to my late mum as she laid on her death bed.  Anyway, that was then, this is now. 

I understand Olobo is in Canada.  Actually, since Ada's death, I've cut off all ties from Lali and her siblings 'cos of the way their mum treated me whilst I was a kid.  The utterances that she used to come out with, one can't just forgive and forget.  Forgive, yeah, but definitely not forget.  We always used to fall-out, yet I was supposed to be her Godson as well.  We never got on, hence my having had to live with Auntie Majorba before coming over to the UK. 

You know what?  You simply do NOT insult a person that's dead especially if that person never did anything wrong to you whilst the one was alive.  Pure jealousy, if you ask me - jealousy because of the love that Ada had for me as his most favourite son.

In Kalabari they say 'fitebo wori wori a'.  That person that Sisi (Lali's mum) was insulting was my late mum.  Needless to say, I had to jump to my mum's defence by insulting her (Sisi's) mum back, oh yes! - even though a very young kid and extremely vulnerable at that time.  Mums are equal, they say.  I'm most glad to this day that I did defend my late mum.  I'd have felt very bad about it, had I not done so.  Indeed, some of her utterances to me whilst I was a kid are not worth repeating here. 

Then again, that's step-mums for you - which step-mum out there isn't like that?  The proverbial 'wicked' step-mother, ha ha!  At least she never, ever, laid her fingers on me - I'll give her credit for that, as well as giving me weekly pocket money whilst we lived in Lagos.  She also took good care of me, as a kid, considering that I am not her own son.  Credits to her, again.  Even then, I still prefer to keep my distance - a very sad decision really, 'cos Lali and Dagogo really understand me, being that we all lived together in Lagos.  Indeed, Tokini looked so much like me when she was very little.  I think she still does now.   
 
Auntie Majorba was really kind to me.  As I said before, I did live with her for a while in Diobu before coming over to the UK.  I do remember her kids with Dr Braide - Amama, Laabo and Ibiso.  Bre was also kind to us as kids - he usually bought us fireworks during Xmas.  His children being Dokuboba, Wisdom, Ibiba, Iria and Kaine.  Oh yeah, and our uncle MaiBro.

I was Papa's favourite nephew as well 'cos he, like Ada (our dad), used to come to Diobu and take me out.  Ada - whenever he was celebrating something special 'cos I was his best friend, and Papa - whenever he needed to go out and have a good time.  Papa was the name we called our uncle - the late Chief Vincent Yellowe (Inedi's dad).  Papa did live in Port Harcourt (Aggrey Road) after the war.  He (Papa) used to hand over a big bag full of money for me to take care of, whilst we were out.  He was truly an Engineer that built boats, launches, as well as re-building car and motorbike engines from scratch.  Indeed, my interest in aircraft engines started only because of him.   

Oh yeah, talking about whilst we lived in Lagos, uncle Lloyd Romeo's wife, a kind-hearted Yoruba lady (Soji and Ayo's mum) was really good to me.  Same as Inedi's wife - a Calabar lady.  Iman and Levi Braide (now a politician, I hear) were also good to me as a kid.  I only ever used to see Joe Iyalla whilst he visited us.  So, so many relatives - it's so hard to remember all their names.

You know what I miss most about home?  All those masquerades that you mentioned.  Owuama, okolo kurukuru, and the rest.  Owuama number three, especially.  Is it kpukudam or kukudam?  I've forgotten the right name for it.  You should hear me speak Kalabari - like birinbo!.  Shame really, 'cos I have to think carefully about the words before speaking. 

I do remember Igbekiri with its sandy beaches, but not the beach parties 'cos I wasn't there then.  This must've been long after the war.  There wasn't even a Boys High School in Bakana then, other than the girls', let alone oil fields.

Very sad to hear about all what's happening in BK - killings and all what not.  Sad, very sad.  Actually, I don't remember Adokiye or Alapakate Iyalla either.  Still, violence is not the answer to solve problems.  I'm most shocked to hear about all the problems in our town.  I'd probably go to Nyemoni to stop for a bit if I do go visiting home 'cos wa mine ama ofiri ari

Actually, my friend - Ibanibo Lawson was bumped off during his holidays at home.  It all started with the madness from which he died.  Sad really, so, so sad.  Bastards!



kiwi992.
Re: Kalabari People! by na2day?(m): 4:32pm On May 15, 2009
my ppl, i hail ooo grin grin grin grin
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 3:28pm On May 16, 2009
Iyimbere Na2day,


Tobara?

Hope you bloody understood that!



kiwi992.
Re: Kalabari People! by na2day?(m): 3:32pm On May 16, 2009
kiwi992:

Iyimbere Na2day,


Tobara?

Hope you bloody understood that!



kiwi992.


LOOOOOOOOOOOOL! grin grin grin grin i did but how to spell the reply is the big problem now grin grin grin grin ibere embarassed embarassed embarassed embarassed
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 3:39pm On May 16, 2009
Iyimbere Na2day,


Cool. 

The correct reply should have been either:

1.  ibim or
2.  ibi wu rari

Again, it is 'iyimbere' but not 'ibere', in the most grammatically correct Kalabari language which is only spoken in Bakana as opposed to the other Kalabari towns and villages.

Sorry, just a small correction.             



kiwi992.

NBibere means 'my case'
Re: Kalabari People! by na2day?(m): 3:58pm On May 16, 2009
kiwi992:

Iyimbere Na2day,


Cool. 

The correct reply should have been either:

1.  ibim or
2.  ibi wu rari

Again, it is 'iyimbere' but not 'ibere', in the most grammatically correct Kalabari language which is spoken in Bakana as opposed to the other Kalabari towns and villages.

Sorry, just a small correction.             



kiwi992.

NBibere means 'my case'

LOL grin grin grin grin my bad! embarassed embarassed embarassed
Re: Kalabari People! by kiwi992(m): 4:01pm On May 16, 2009
Iyimbere Na2day,


You're alright man. No probs. We learn everyday.

Easy now!



kiwi992.
Re: Kalabari People! by na2day?(m): 4:02pm On May 16, 2009
kiwi992:

Iyimbere Na2day,


You're alright man. No probs. We learn everyday.

Easy now!



kiwi992.

thanks man smiley smiley smiley
Re: Kalabari People! by bebure(m): 1:37pm On Jun 28, 2009
edlando:

Hi Brother Kiwi,

I am so comfortable with your last piece, and greatly touched by the fact that, you had not returned home to Bakana ever since you travelled. As sad as it sounds, nobody will blame you for that, cos self preservation is one of the primary needs of man.
I'm sure you missed the chrismas season, when everybody returns from far and near. I can still remember Your Father, my Uncle arriving with his Kids and family in his personal Speed Boat with his name inscribed on it, C.I BEREPIKI, a Blue boat, That Berths at iyalla poku. Christmas is not complete without his kids such Dagogo, Odima, Lali etc and the Families of Gogo Apite and his kids Akins, Prefa, kasibo  and aunty Majoba kids Amama, labo, Furo, Ibiso and Dawari  all arriving at iyalla Poku. I missed all of them to this day. They were all relatives of mine.
The masqurades, EPO in Ngo POLO, OKI in Davies Compound, SEKI in IYALLA'S COMPOUND, OWUMA NUMBER 3 n 4, OKUKU by EKINE-SEKI-APU etc.
EREMINA OGBO from various compounds keeping the town lively.
Remember the fun during the xmas period, could deny you returning to resume work during the new year.Men! Bakana use to be fun. When we were there during our growing up days, our peers added another dimension to it that attracted visitors to Bakana; from Warri, Owerri, Buguma, Aba, Abonnema, Lagos etc.
By introducing Bakana Beach Party, which takes place at Igbekiri, an island belonging to iyalla, opposite Charlie Poku, on the 25th of every December.
We enjoyed Kukudam at iyalla compound, a dance play that attracted the whole town and beyond, with bangers exploding to compliment the mood. These experiences will for ever remain green in the memory of most of us.
My Big brother, all these thrills and frills were aborted when politicians and self centered leaders armed the youths with Guns and other dangerous ammunitions. So instead of bangers exploding we hear Guns and dynamite directed at different groups exploding and cutting short the lives of young upcoming personalities. We lost brothers and sisters in ten of hundred.
Notable among the Dead were, Alapakate Iyalla, shot dead in presence of his wife and children, Daa Iyalla and Opali Braide shot and killed while celebrating the appointment of Eldred Braide as Commissioner in P.H. The Death of Adokie Iyalla a young businessman with a commanding knowledge of the oil and gas industry, via rib riping bullets is still fresh in our memory.
So when you say your friend visited and could not return because he was charmed I really felt sorry, but I should let you know that at least he is alive and you can hope that he recovers. These days they eliminate outrightly and in broad day light.
You can see why nobody can blame the likes of you staying away; atleast somebody should be alive to record the history.

EDLANDO

Engr. Adox Iyalla is/was my father. How did you know him?
Re: Kalabari People! by seunnowell: 11:27pm On Jun 28, 2009
my ppl, hw go dey go
Re: Kalabari People! by joyblinks(f): 4:41am On Jun 29, 2009
Iyaminapu arosim.

I hail everyone. Am from Kalabari Partly Ke(dad) and Bille(mum)

@Kiwi (bears the same name as my lecturer's name)
I bukuroma te. good job on the hostory part.

@Kiwi and eld.
tanks to N.L for making you know urselves

all the peole wey no know histroy don run.
where re u guys that started this thread? come and say how much u knw abt ur tribe.

as for me, i will jst sit back and watch as the show goes on.

am loving it
Re: Kalabari People! by seunnowell: 6:36am On Jun 29, 2009
@ joyblinks

ur pic looks familiar, have we met b4? is ur BF's name Chris? wink wink
Re: Kalabari People! by joyblinks(f): 6:48am On Jun 29, 2009
@Seunnowell
lol

as ur id states, e be like say u no really well.

tie i lae-e.
Re: Kalabari People! by seunnowell: 6:58am On Jun 29, 2009
joyblinks:

@Seunnowell
lol

as ur id states, e be like say u no really well.

tie i lae-e.

lucky me, my name no bi seun tongue tongue
Re: Kalabari People! by joyblinks(f): 10:00am On Jun 29, 2009
if your name is not seun, then ur id is. and if your id is not seun. then u will bear the name because thats wats u used in making ur posts.
Re: Kalabari People! by seunnowell: 5:44pm On Jun 29, 2009
joyblinks:

if your name is not seun, then ur id is. and if your id is not seun. then u will bear the name because thats wats u used in making ur posts.

i reject the name seun. that id is as a result of getting banned twice in 2 days. anywho, my name is chris brown and u are? cool cool cool
Re: Kalabari People! by joyblinks(f): 5:54pm On Jun 29, 2009
If u say u are Chriss Brown, then i am Rihanna

but if u change am to Romeo, then i go change my own to Juliet

and if na patrick pls call me patricia.

any of the above.
Re: Kalabari People! by seunnowell: 6:33pm On Jun 29, 2009
joyblinks:

If u say u are Chriss Brown, then i am Rihanna

but if u change am to Romeo, then i go change my own to Juliet

and if na patrick pls call me patricia.

any of the above.

wow! it is indeed complicated undecided undecided

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