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Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Guyman02: 6:47pm On Jan 18, 2018
Wah gwaan bredrin, everyting ire ?

Ever heard the word “red ibo ” in Jamaica? Your suspicion is true, “red ibo” was used to refer to the Igbo slaves in Jamaica because of their light skin .
The land of Jamaica witnessed the influx of the Igbo race between 1790 and 1809 during the transatlantic slave trade .
The modern Igbo race dwelt in the Bight of Biafra in Nigeria . It was from here that the Igbos who were kidnapped and sold as slaves by the Europeans were taken to work on plantations .
During this period, the Igbos , due to their inability to speak the language , introduced some of their words which have now become infused in the Jamaican Patois .
Some of these words include:
Unu– You people
Ima oso (Jamaica) Ima osu (Igbo) - to hiss by sucking your teeth
Akara (Jamaica) Akàrà ( Igbo)– bean cake
Soso (Jamaica) Sọsọ (Igbo ) - only

Jamaica’s historical culture cannot be mentioned without the influence of the Igbo’s. The Igbo ’s influenced the culture, music , the pouring of libation , the “ ibo” style, idioms and way of life of the Jamaicans . Their yam festival 'the Jonkonnu' was introduced by the Igbos. There is a town allegedly named after them , the Ibu Town .

The Jamaicans are akin to the ways of the Igbos such that it is not uncommon to see Jamaicans watch Igbo Nollywood movies . Some of their rural areas resemble the Igbo ’s in Eastern Nigeria.
Known for their pride, the Igbos are said to have unwritten rules that even the slave owners were made to abide by. Out of this people came individuals who left a mark in that period. A popular example is author, Olaudah Equiano, who was very instrumental in maintaining law and order among the Igbos in Jamaica during the 1776 Mosquito Shore Scheme. He is also credited as being one of the campaigners of the abolition of slave trade (Google celebrated his 272 birthday last year).

The Igbos were also popular for committing suicides to go back to their homeland. This suicide was what made most slave traders skeptical of having them as slaves.
When they could no longer bear the slavery, 250 Igbo men conspired to kill every white man in the land. Although they failed, their song for freedom cannot be forgotten:

Oh me good friend , Mr Wilberforce, make we free!
God Almighty thank ye ! God Almighty thank ye!
God Almighty, make we free !
Buckra in this country no make we free:
What Negro for to do ? What Negro for to do?
Take force by force! Take force by force!
ALL
To be sure! to be sure! to be sure!


https://m.guardian.ng/life/a-brief-profile-of-the-igbo-people-of-jamaica/
BY NJIDEKA AGBO

Pix: Olaudah -Equiano . Photo credit : Daily Mail

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by MrPdtech: 7:04pm On Jan 18, 2018
Truly Igbo Amaka

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by RedboneSmith(m): 12:50am On Jan 19, 2018
'Imu oso' is not a Jamaican patois expression. The post where you got this from misinterpreted the source material.

'Akara' is also not Igbo. It is Yoruba.

Other Igbo words in Jamaican Patois that could have been added are:

Attoo (chewing stick) from Igbo 'atu' and chinch/chink (bedbug) from Igbo 'chinchi.'

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Probz(m): 3:08am On Jan 19, 2018
RedboneSmith:
'Imu oso' is not a Jamaican patois expression. The post where you got this from misinterpreted the source material.

'Akara' is also not Igbo. It is Yoruba.

Other Igbo words in Jamaican Patois that could have been added are:

Attoo (chewing stick) from Igbo 'atu' and chinch/chink (bedbug) from Igbo 'chinchi.'

Is akara not a shared word between Yoruba and Igbo?

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by RedboneSmith(m): 6:58am On Jan 19, 2018
Probz:


Is akara not a shared word between Yoruba and Igbo?

No. Borrowed word.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Probz(m): 7:25am On Jan 19, 2018
RedboneSmith:


No. Borrowed word.

I just thought it was one of those shared words between the languages. Just like ogiri, egusi and mai mai/moyin-moyin (moin moin).

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by aljharem(m): 8:38am On Jan 19, 2018
So many false statement here. Alaia and moi moi are borrowed words from Yoruba. Until the amalgamation of Nigeria there was nothing like bean in igbo land. The demography does not favour such!!!!. So how did they get food made from beans. Haha!!!!!

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Probz(m): 8:54am On Jan 19, 2018
aljharem:
So many false statement here. Alaia and moi moi are borrowed words from Yoruba. Until the amalgamation of Nigeria there was nothing like bean in igbo land. The demography does not favour such!!!!. So how did they get food made from beans. Haha!!!!!

Nothing like beans in Igboland? Nothing like akidi ani, okpa and fiofio? It just so happens that black-eyed and brown oloyin beans are the most readily available in Nigeria.

And you talk like all of Igboland’s green rainforest. Have you been to Enugu?

Why is it okay for you to open your mouth and talk about Igbo things you don’t know anything about but not the other way round, hm?

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by RedboneSmith(m): 9:10am On Jan 19, 2018
aljharem:
So many false statement here. Alaia and moi moi are borrowed words from Yoruba. Until the amalgamation of Nigeria there was nothing like bean in igbo land. The demography does not favour such!!!!. So how did they get food made from beans. Haha!!!!!

The bolded is rubbish. Various legumes, including beans (agwa) were well established in Igboland before amalgamation.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Probz(m): 9:14am On Jan 19, 2018
RedboneSmith:


The bolded is rubbish. Various legumes, including beans (agwa) were well established in Igboland before amalgamation.

Allow him. According to him pineapple pizza and French fries originated in Ibadan. Easterners were unclad forest dwellers before exposure and colonialism in his mind.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Zoolezoo(m): 9:22am On Jan 19, 2018
Nigerians just Fight over the most stupid of things... smh

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Probz(m): 7:14am On Jan 21, 2018
Zoolezoo:
Nigerians just Fight over the most stupid of things... smh

Only with stupid people. Aljharem happens to be a little cunt.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Icecomrade: 11:17am On Jan 22, 2018


Some people are already dragging and claiming origin of certain words.

I will be waiting patiently on Nairaland to read the Hausa and Yoruba Version of this story.

Trust Naija




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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by scholes0(m): 11:17am On Jan 22, 2018
Isn't "SOSO" the Yoruba word for Only?

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by EmekaBlue(m): 11:18am On Jan 22, 2018
Issorite
Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by buskie13(m): 11:18am On Jan 22, 2018
no pictures and it's already on FP
Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by TheAngry1: 11:20am On Jan 22, 2018
Probz:


I just thought it was one of those shared words between the languages. Just like ogiri, egusi and mai mai/moyin-moyin (moin moin).

Good point!

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by grandstar(m): 11:20am On Jan 22, 2018
I love history.

At a time in America, there were up to 30,000 Igbo slaves in Maryland and Virginia. There were always posters of runaway igbo slaves.

They were call Eboe or Bights by the Americans

It is estimated that as many as 60% of African Americans have Igbo blood.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Guyman02: 11:21am On Jan 22, 2018
Thanks MOD for pushing this to FP, I posted article on NL it since last week.
This year go better for all us, since my topic have made it to FP grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by VICTORCIZA(m): 11:23am On Jan 22, 2018
aljharem:
So many false statement here. Alaia and moi moi are borrowed words from Yoruba. Until the amalgamation of Nigeria there was nothing like bean in igbo land. The demography does not favour such!!!!. So how did they get food made from beans. Haha!!!!!
ina akogheri akogheri

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by blackpanda: 11:23am On Jan 22, 2018
Igbos are great people

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by robosky02(m): 11:23am On Jan 22, 2018
green igos
Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by vioment: 11:24am On Jan 22, 2018
Akara is not bean cake, bean cake is moi moi. Think of it, how many cakes do you eat that are fried; At least, moi moi can be put in the oven.

About the african linage in regards to igbos is interesting, i will be reading more on this.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by RedboneSmith(m): 11:24am On Jan 22, 2018
scholes0:
Isn't "SOSO" the Yoruba word for Only?

One of those shared words. Around Anambra it is 'soso', too. In much of Imo it is 'naani'.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by gurujoe(m): 11:25am On Jan 22, 2018
Igbo Amaka

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by GavelSlam: 11:26am On Jan 22, 2018
Akara is the same meaning in Bahia, Brazil.

The Bahia people just like some Cubans and Haitis worship Ifa and Yoruba gods.

Trinidad and Tobago has some Yoruba influence.

It's safe to say the carribeans were taken from West Africa .

One cannot rule out Igbo presence in such places but the influence of Yoruba is beyond doubt.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by AvailableCofOLa(m): 11:26am On Jan 22, 2018
I admire the Igbo race except for the exorbitant marriage rite expenses and their reaction to death even of their very young fellas.

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Re: Red Ibo In Jamaica: A Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by ifeanyibxt: 11:26am On Jan 22, 2018
Nice 1 mi bredren

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