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Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by MinorityOpinion: 2:59pm On Sep 16
This write up is not to put Igbos down because I know they are great in their own way. One thing I will never agree is how they inflate statistics and twist history to favors them.


Now, the story Of Eboe.

Who are the Red Eboe?

The “red Ibo” or “red eboe” is a word used to refer to Igbo slaves in Jamaica basically because of their light skin complexion.

If you read the definition here, you will think they are talking about Ibos from the South East but you will be surprised its inhabitants of riverine area like Bonny and Calabar that are the real Red Eboe.

If you check Pre-Colonial pictures of igbos documented by the Europeans that visited them, they are all dark and brown like their Africans brothers, the four pictures are of Igbos in 1800 taken by European photographer. Do you see anything like Red Eboe? No.

Let's fast forward it to 2020, if you look around you or your Igbo friends, most of them are dark or brown like their African brothers, go to any igbo dominated market, what do you see? Dark skinned and brown skinned igbos.

Now this is where it get tricky, I know people will ask the question "but what about lightskinned igbos?", there is perfect explanation for that.

Now look at this Pre-colonial pictures of igbos again, do you see lighter shade of skin? The answer is NO. So where does the Igbos get their lightskin from?

To be honest, the truth is igbos bleach the skin of their child right from when they are young, although there is nothing wrong with it, it their body and their child's body. Apart from it, igbo in their teens or adolescent stage also bleach their skin to look more light skinned, i'm not saying other tribes are not doing it, but the magnitude of igbos doing it is more compared to other tribes.

Another perspective is inter marriage between igbos and other tribes from south south, most of the light skinned igbos you're seeing are the cross breed of igbos with their south south neighbours.

Then why do they call them Red Ibos and not not Red Calabar or Red Bonny?

According to Hermann Koler , a German doctor who spent 4 months in Bonny, who made good use of his time collecting word lists, and recording detailed observations about many aspects of Bonny life. This study' s significance for Igbo history lies in the light it sheds on Bonny/Igbo relations in 1840

He wrote and I quote "Of all these, Ibo is the language which is most widely spoken. This is not only because Iboland, through its position at the sources of the Delta, has a natural link with all the coastal tribes in its lower part. It is also due to its power, its extensive area, its richness in products, and the fact that it has developed industries to a greater extent than the people living on the coast. It is also due to the trade of its people, which extends from the sea coast to the far interior, and to their warlike nature, which makes a significant impact on their neighbours. This meant that their language, too, won a certain supremacy among the neighbouring tribes, and the knowledge of it has spread generally. 

They call Iboland Igbinni. It lies at the sources of the Delta, and is full of great forests and mighty trees. It is very rich in natural products--maize, rice, yams, oil palms, dyewoods, cotton, horses and elephants. The numerous inhabitants are industrious, and make cotton cloth (egrabetta), [Italicised African words in this extract are not Igbo but Igbani] iron knives, daggers, spears and musical instruments. At the same time they are warlike, wild, and rapacious, and some of them are cannibals. Therefore they have to put up with being spoken of, by the Bonny people, as they would speak of sharks, lboman wawa too much, "Ibo people are very wicked" . "

The short answer, igbos have already dominated most of the Eastern and sea coast neighbours with their culture, influence and language. So by the time they got to Jamaica, an average Bonny will be called an Ibo man instead of his tribe.

The red Eboe are simply riverine or sea coast ethnic groups and not the igbos in the heart of South East.

According to another article, it was stated the red Eboes were taken from a place that in Nigerian that was formerly known as the Bight of Biafra, where Bonny and Calabar formed the two main port town in Nigeria. Was that coincidentally?



Where did the riverine or sea coast/south south got their light skin from?

There are many articles that pointed out to early settlement of Portuguese before the arrival of British. The Portuguese trade freely with the sea coast tribes and interact with them, even have sexual relationship with of them.

Another theory is their love for sea creatures diet. This make their skin fresh, a bit lighter and smooth compared to their Africans brothers.

Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by superlightning: 3:23pm On Sep 16
Nonsense. Keep masturbating over igbos.

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by BigSarah(f): 3:24pm On Sep 16
The mods have unbanned this tribalist or you’ve finally been able to purchase data?

Avoid tribal rants, stop using stamper stats

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by Bkayyy: 3:30pm On Sep 16
Can a day pass by here without ridiculous historical threads on Igbos?
The dude even brought random pictures to prove his point. The man doesn't even look like a west African
https://embodymuseum.org/collection
Yesterday was osu and ohu, today red eboes, only God knows what tomorrow will bring
Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by Bkayyy: 3:30pm On Sep 16
By the way who has Nokia charger?

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by solmus: 3:59pm On Sep 16
grin grin
Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by landforeast: 4:11pm On Sep 16
Unemployment is Real
The truth is who ever that wrote this is not even from Calabar or Akwa-Ibom. Probably somewhere inside a cave na Odida Anyanwu

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by jude79(m): 4:24pm On Sep 16
To be honest, the truth is igbos bleach the skin of their child right from when they are young,.



Bleaching new child or babies? Does this sound like a reasonable statement from a normal human being.

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by superlightning: 5:07pm On Sep 16
Bkayyy:
By the way who has Nokia charger?
I think I do.... is your own faulty?
By the way, I don't if Liverpool will carry this season's league title.

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by DMerciful(m): 5:45pm On Sep 16
"To be honest, the truth is igbos bleach the skin of their child right from when they are young"

No greater evidence of the Op's mental illness!

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by Obdk: 6:36pm On Sep 16
BrownLondon:
ibos are confused fools.

if they are not Christians today, then tomorrow it's judaism, 2 days later, Red sea abi red Eboes or wetin you call am again.

Even people who sold tjr ancestral hut to Emeka. Who now built better mansion in thr ancestral land is crying. Ur tears only just started

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Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by BrownLondon: 6:38pm On Sep 16
Obdk:


Even people who sold tjr ancestral hut to Emeka. Who now built better mansion in thr ancestral land is crying. Ur tears only just started
Emeka Mr Builder, I learnt you also built New York City?

Pele Julius Berger.

Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by Bkayyy: 7:28pm On Sep 16
superlightning:


I think I do.... is your own faulty?

By the way, I don't if Liverpool will carry this season's league title.
Na rashford oh, the guy use shot scatter my own for stadium
Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by History555: 8:04pm On Sep 16
Afonja man experts on lgbo matters, dummy on yoruba matters
Re: Slavery : The Myth Of Red Eboe(ibos) Of Jamaica by helinues: 5:21am On Sep 17
Minority opinion is irrelevant

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