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A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by BiafraIpob25: 8:45pm On Feb 15, 2020
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.

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 into the Jamaican Patois.

Some of these words include:

Unu– You people

Ima osu (Jamaica) Imu oso (Igbo)- to hiss by sucking your teeth

Akara (Jamaica) Akàrà (Igbo)– bean cake

Soso (Jamaica) Sọsọ (Igbo)- only

Jamaica’s history cannot be discussed without mentioning the influence of the Igbo’s. The Igbo’s influenced the culture, music, the pouring of libation, the “ibo” style, idioms, language 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 take after 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 regarded as being one of the campaigners of the abolition of slave trade (Google celebrated his 272 birthday last year).

The Igbo slaves were also popular for committing suicides to go back to their homeland. This suicide was what made most slave traders sceptical 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/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by lomprico(m): 8:48pm On Feb 15, 2020
interesting

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Nonsensetalk: 8:51pm On Feb 15, 2020
Hmmmm...
Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by helinues: 8:51pm On Feb 15, 2020
Nice to read

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Nonsensetalk: 8:53pm On Feb 15, 2020
Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Frankdoz8: 8:59pm On Feb 15, 2020
Many Caribbean islands have good number of Igbo race. I once meet a Dominican woman of Igbo ancestry.

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Crayonforest: 9:05pm On Feb 15, 2020
Lala move this to fp please

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by abercrombie(m): 9:11pm On Feb 15, 2020
no be from the lost tribe again

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by ozoebuka1(m): 9:17pm On Feb 15, 2020
We've always been special.

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Snipper007: 9:18pm On Feb 15, 2020
Igbo amaka...... cheesy

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by BiafraIpob25: 9:24pm On Feb 15, 2020
When they could no longer bear the slavery, 250 Igbo men conspired to kill every white man in the land. we always say no to tyranny grin grin


We will win Nigeria in no distance time ..

IgboAmaka

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Dreambeat: 9:35pm On Feb 15, 2020
This reminds of the story of Paul Leroy Robeson. The African American son of a slave of Igbo ancestry. The guy gave the American racist politicians tough time in the 1900s. A true Igbo blood.

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by javaRookie: 9:55pm On Feb 15, 2020
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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by ETWs: 9:57pm On Feb 15, 2020
Brompton, st Elizabeth in Jamaica full of igbos

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by ejanla077: 5:25am On Feb 16, 2020
javaRookie:
Oh here we go again with the boasting and all.
Very soon they would say they own half of Jamaica or claim that Drake is from their tribe.

Check my siggy if you wish.

Why d thing pain you like this. Your hate spur us. Ur tears water us deliciously

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Sylraph1: 1:28pm On Feb 16, 2020
Wow Igbo di egwu

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by Olu317(m): 2:01pm On Feb 16, 2020
javaRookie:
Oh here we go again with the boasting and all.
Very soon they would say they own half of Jamaica or claim that Drake is from their tribe.

Check my siggy if you wish.
Every ethnic group has right to talk or write about their ancestors or relatives who are presently in South , North or central America or wherever they are located in the world.

So, I plead with you to ignore bitterness even if Ibos are in Jamaica or wherever they are. Besides, there are many other ethnic groups in Jamaica, so celebrate ibos or let their thread be.

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by NigeriaBam: 2:34pm On Feb 16, 2020
cool Interesting
Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by DropsMic(m): 2:34pm On Feb 16, 2020
Hmm
Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by happney65: 2:34pm On Feb 16, 2020
Jamaica?They are no longer from Jerusalem again according to Nnamdi Kanu?

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by solmus: 2:34pm On Feb 16, 2020
Seeing Igbo and Jamaica made me laugh.. O.P you meant Ibo people and not Igbo weed marijuana

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by priscaoge(f): 2:34pm On Feb 16, 2020
Jamaica’s history cannot be discussed without mentioning the influence of the Igbo’s. The Igbo’s influenced the culture, music, the pouring of libation, the “ibo” style, idioms, language 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.


Igbo Amaka kiss
Omenaala Igbo amaka! Ejiji anyị, nri anyị, ejije anyị, ihe niile gbasara Igbo na enye m obi ụtọ.

Chukwu Okike abiama gozie ụmụ Igbo niile nọ na mba ọbụla! Kpuchie ha ma nyere ha aka ná mbọ niile ha na agba!!!

Ụwa m Ụwa asaa, aga m abụ nwa afọ Igbo smiley smiley

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by gaetano: 2:35pm On Feb 16, 2020
A lot of Jamaican kids answer ịgbo names

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by drips8(m): 2:35pm On Feb 16, 2020
Africans have really gone through a lot at the hands of white people.

From slavery to colonization and the terrible legacy behind it.

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by jeromedee: 2:36pm On Feb 16, 2020
1,2, ready.....Oya let the chest beat begin grin grin

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by bumi10(m): 2:36pm On Feb 16, 2020
hmmmmm


ndi igbo, mmama nu oooo

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Re: A Brief Profile Of The Igbo People Of Jamaica by NaijaMutant(f): 2:37pm On Feb 16, 2020
The Igbo spirit is like a wild fire that cannot be quenched.




I feel blessed to be an Igbo cool

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