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Mwariama Sankara

I literally hate black folks

Every time you try to show your own history you always have someone brother who throws rocks

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On social media you often hear the argument of "why should we study THAT history", "why are you talking about that" I even heard a popular guy talking about we are lost because "your listening to lectures from old people", some say "How is that relevant today" you get the point. It seems like people look at this movie and think this is how African men and women should act. I wonder does it occur to anyone that this is how African men and women acted before our culture and self identity was violently attacked and destroyed within our minds. This violent attack then replace the cultural memory and identity with a new creation developed in the New World called slave/black and developed in Europe when they carved up Africa and gave it Borders conducive to the agenda of European powers. We still live with these identities today globally.

The information presented here is my humble attempt to deal with some concepts of the movie I feel people don't truly understand. This understanding is not for lack of intelligence, but often we are entertained when we watch European entertainment, the social conditioning aspects are never seen. Many people are getting the inspiration of how African men and Africa women can work together instead of seeing how African men and Africa women worked together. We have a real hostility towards conscious circle elevating the woman so much so we have developed derogatory concepts such as Hotep, because of a few individuals. Yet we swallow the pill of the creation of the white man without hesitation, regardless of the individuals who murdered, raped and killed our ancestors and do it today. anyway, I think most people have heard or are now aware of the N’Nonmiton of Dahomey. This is not all the information just a quick gathering of service research.

The N’Nonmiton of Dahomey were a military corps of women appointed to serve in battles under the direction of the Fon king, who ruled over a nation that included much of present-day southern Togo and southern Benin. They emerged during the Eighteenth Century and were finally suppressed during the 1890s.

The N’Nonmiton were chosen from among the nominal wives of the king, called “Ahosi.” Estimates of the number of women soldiers vary by accounts, yet some scholars believe the numbers to have ranged over time from several hundred to a few thousand women soldiers. remember Europeans always like to shrink our numbers. From daughters to soldiers, from wives to weapons, they remain the only documented frontline female troops in modern warfare history. An African band of female terminators who left their European colonizers shaking in their boots, foreign observers named them the Dahomey Amazons while they called themselves N’Nonmiton, which means “our mothers”. Protecting their king on the bloodiest of battlefields, they emerged as an elite fighting force in the Kingdom of Dahomey. Described as untouchable, sworn in as virgins, swift decapitation was their trademark. Now you understand why you have seen pictures of them holding a human head. These are not mythical characters. The last surviving N’Nonmiton of Dahomey died at the age of 100 in 1979, a woman named Nawi who was discovered living in a remote village. At their height, they made up around a third of the entire Dahomey army; 6,000 strong, but according to European records, they were consistently judged to be superior to the male soldiers in effectiveness and bravery. I want you to notice when studying our history how they speculate that number was in the hundreds and then tell you the actual truth.

As a side note, they have a rich history and had far-reaching consequences for people African descendents in the Americas under slavery. One of these women was the surrogate mother of Jean-Jacques Dessalines and past the warrior spirit onto him. Without this knowledge, it can be argued the revolution would've never been one. Even during the Haiti revolution, you had a number of all female units. You see the ideal of African men and women working together and standing as equals followed us to the Americas. This is one of the main reasons Christianity was pushed and Voudo was demonized. For a better understanding of this rich history I refer you to the master teacher Professor Bayyinah Bello lecture "Seven Voudon Loas: Principles for Life of Victory" for basic understanding of what was happening in the revolution, spiritually, then "Re-Awakening the Voodoo Warrior Spirit" she continues to breaks down the remarkable women of the Haiti revolution, then "African Women in Haiti's War for Independence." All of these lectures can be found on YouTube. They should be downloaded and archived. Remember our history of oral tradition, vibration is important when accessing knowledge because you can hear the sincerity and depth of the research. this is why you trust your Minister, more so than the Bible. Don't let what going on in social media or New York with that WWF Circus debate for money cloud one's vision on listening to lectures from master teachers.

The Fon women’s army had three main wings: the right and left wings, and the elite center wing or Fanti. Each of these wings had five subgroups: the artillery women, the elephant huntresses, the musket-bearing frontline group, the razor women, and the archers. They served in battles in conjunction with male troops.

These women soldiers had extensive training and drilling. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century N’Nonmiton used flintlock muskets. They also used cannon, and later modern artillery and machine guns. (now, if you're anything like me, you're taking artillery and machine guns, I'm not trying to glorify this is just some of the things my quick research came up with) Subject to celibacy under pain of death, they could not marry once they became N’Nonmiton nor could they have children. In addition to their military duties, the N’Nonmiton also had daily occupations within the royal household. These occupations included indigo dyeing, weaving and selling mats, palm oil production and distribution, as well as sewing and embroidering cotton cloth. in researching this, I ran into a couple things that you have to be careful of when studying. You know the typical European point of view they have suggested that men who could control their wives or didn't want them sent these women into this type of service I don't agree. And is the typical Western visualization that we have to swim through when studying ourselves. We have to do that even with the Black Panther movie, don't be inspired by the entertainment but let the entertainment inspired to search for that which was lost our collective conscious memory.

During the late Nineteenth Century, the Dahomey kingdom it is said thrived on the slave trade three things must be mentioned here. One, The ideal we have of slavery is a European concept. Second, This word changed meaning and definition throughout European history. Third, the trade talked about doing this. Is never discussed as being manufactured deliberately by the process of giving guns to one one group and then simultaneously given it to another group. Think about what was done in the 80s with crack cocaine in the Americas, you create a suit situation and then years later use it to justify your actions and attitudes towards a people.(Slavery is a very important issue because it has emotional and psychological effects upon us today that need to be dealt but cannot be dealt with here. I would suggest Chinweizu's "Reply to Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr What Slave Trade" on youtube and/or "How the Africans looked at slavery, how it was much different than Europeans. part 1"

Much debate exists among whites, but should not among us on whether the slave trade itself fueled Dahomey’s wars with its neighboring nations or merely exploited and exacerbated existing conflicts. The European Atlantic slave trade formally( and illegal slave trade still flourished and multiply)ended in 1865 with the antislavery patrols of the British Navy and by the Spanish government’s closure of Cuban ports to slave traders. The trans-Saharan slave trade, however, continued as late as May 1892 with a market in North Africa. We all know this even was happening in the 1980s and is reported to still be happening today in Arab countries.

As early as 1728, under the direction of King Gezo, the Dahomian Army, which now included the N’Nonmiton, conquered the kingdoms of Whydah and Popos. In 1840, they helped to capture the fortress of the Mahee at Attahapahms.

By 1748, after the Dahomey Kingdom had been subdued by the Oyo Empire, King Gezo restored Dahomey independence by defeating the Mahi nation, an ally of Oyo. With military success in part attributed to the N’Nonmiton, Dahomey attacked the Egba city of Abeokuta in 1851, and again in 1864. Both battles ended in defeat for Dahomey, with many Amazon casualties.

The last major use of N’Nonmiton came in the Franco-Dahomean Wars of 1890 and 1892. The French conquered Dahomey in 1892 and were particularly ruthless toward the N’Nonmiton, executing many of them partly because they noted that N’Nonmiton provided the last resistance to their conquest of the state. Thereafter, the Amazon units were effectively disbanded. One of the first decrees announced after Dahomey formally became a French colony was that women of Dahomey would be prohibited from serving in the military or from bearing arms.

Their history traces as far back as the 17th century, and theories suggest they started as a corps of elephant hunters who impressed the Dahomey King with their skills while their husbands were away fighting other tribes. A different theory suggests that because women were the only people permitted in the King’s palace with him after dark, they naturally became his bodyguards. Whichever is true, only the strongest, healthiest and most courageous women were recruited for the meticulous training that would turn them into battle-hungry killing machines, feared throughout African for more than two centuries.

From the start, they were trained to be strong, fast, ruthless and able to withstand great pain. Exercises that resembled a form of gymnastics included jumping over walls covered with thorny acacia branches. Sent on long 10-day “Hunger Games” style expeditions in the jungle without supplies, only their machete, they became fanatical about battle. To prove themselves, they had to be twice as tough as the men. Often seen as the last (wo)men standing in battle, unless expressly ordered to retreat by their King, the Dahomey women fought to the death– defeat was never an option. Girls were recruited and given weapons as young as eight-years-old, and while some women in society became soldiers voluntarily, others were also enrolled by husbands (One theory says) who complained of unruly wives they couldn’t control. This could be true as I don't want to glorify or romanticize this I just try to give all viewpoints and say remember the source of speculation. Remember that's how Europeans viewed women and we have assumed that we would also thought like this. we get this because they went in and recording Eurocentric observations of our treatment of women never understanding duality and balance. They cannot even understand our relationships today. We are diametrically opposites them in all things.

Other accounts indicate that the Mino were recruited from among the king's wives of which there were often hundreds. (not sure about the accuracy of that) A French delegation visiting Dahomey in the 1880s reported witnessing an Amazon girl of about sixteen during training. The records note that she took three swings of the machete before completely removing the head of a prisoner. She wiped the blood from her sword and swallowed it. Her fellow Amazons screamed in frenzied approval. It was customary in the region as warriors of the time to return home with their heads and genitals of opponents.

Stanley Alpern, the author of the only full-length English-language study of them, wrote “when Amazons walked out of the palace, they were preceded by a slave girl carrying a bell. The sound told every male to get out of their path, retire a certain distance, and look the other way.” His book Amazons of Black Sparta: The Women Warriors of Dahomey Paperback was written in 1998 I believe. It could've been written earlier at this time I'm not sure. The reason I mention this is we become experts in common books Greek history, Roman history, World War II and leave the study of ourselves up to other people. This has to change, nothing is stopping anyone of us from writing an Afrocentric view of our history. I hate to use that term, Afrocentric because it's just a real view of our history Instead of a Eurocentric view. Let's get off the religious debates having our attention toward turn toward the Black Panther Party who did believe in nationalism and become scientists and masters of SELF. It's strange how a movie about sovereignty has people turning to a group that was about integration, watch the trickology.

During their membership, they were not allowed to have children or be part of married life. Many of them were virgins. now, for many of them were virgins, and many of them volunteered that doesn't leave much room for men to discard their wives. I think this is more of Europeans cannot conceptualize it, how African men and women stood shoulder to shoulder. You see that concept has to be a modern white woman concept, a feminist concept, not an African womanhood concept. The regiment had a semi-sacred status, which was intertwined with the Fon belief in Vodoo. You see this tradition carried on in Haiti and is a must for you to continue study in that area To fully understand the dedication of these women to the cause of nationhood.

The N’Nonmiton women were not allowed to marry or have children while serving as soldiers and were considered married to the King in a vow of chastity, focused solely on their semi-sacred status as elite warriors. Not even the King dared to break with their celibacy vows, and if you were not the King, to even touch these women meant certain death.

A lot of the information we get comes from the British explorer Richard Burton. and we once again one must understand the perception of the perceiver and never take his perception as the true meaning. But we all understand how white people can watch a video of someone getting killed and see something totally different. In the Spring of 1863, the British explorer Richard Burton arrived in the west African coastal nation of Dahomey on a mission for the British government, trying to make peace with the Dahomey people. Dahomey were a warring nation who captured and sold their enemies. But it was the elite ranks of Dahomey female warriors that amazed Burton. I put this in to demonstrate my point

“Such was the size of the female skeleton and the muscular development of the frame that in many cases, femininity could be detected only by the bosom.”

Now, from the pictures, you can clearly see these women for yourself. This is the observations we deal with when we read accounts of first contact from Europeans. Don't let this turn you off because they are still filled with a wealth of information. One thing must always be understood they have no excuse for to turn around and tell us we did have a civilization or history when they knew for a fact that not to be true. So the information we received during slavery and even now is by deliberate conspiracy to keep you culturally incarcerated in the European world view. you see you don't have to kill the body when you can kill the mind implant your worldview and values into the Negro mind. This process will make a self-perpetuating underclass constantly begging and demanding for inclusion. They will always want to control the narrative so they can control the vision. This is why you have the Black Panther now never forget that. Don't get caught up in the entertainment. Never forget the character of these white people, it's historical. It's genetic, it's called by one of our scholars cultural AIDS.

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The Rendille tribe who inhabit the climatically harsh region between the Marsabit hills and Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya primary importance is the concern with producing surviving first born males. This arises from the Rendille practice of Primogeniture, by which first born sons inherit family herds.

For the Rendille the moon plays an important part in their religion, their moon is god or represents god which is named "Wakh" or "Ngai". A hairstyle in the form of an elegant crest named "Doko" is proudly worn by all Rendillle women whose first born is a son, to draw attention to the importance of the firstborn in so many contexts in the Rendille life.

Red paint made from clay, dung, castor oil they wear a coiffure in the shape of a fan which rests atop the head like the plumes of a roman centurion helmet and cemented down to a foundation of oiled down hair. Mothers also wear a broad leather belt and a necklace of fertility made up of vegal fibers.

On the night of the new moon, the first born son of each family blows a horn, they burn incense from local trees in the fire. Prayers are then prayed to the god of the new moon at 8pm.

A prayer for long life involves placing hands out towards the new moon and saying "You take the short life and gave me the long life". At the time of eclipse the prayer says "God our father, don't die be alive" and after the moon shines again "Our god is alive and he is with us".

The Doko is finally shaved off on the passing away of the husband or the son.

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The "Ibeji" are known superficially as the Orisha twins but what they symbolise is more than just being literal twins, they represent the deification of the concept of synchronicity / teamwork.

Nothing of significance in this world can be done alone, this is the illusion given. Nothing you wish to achieve can be achieved alone, you have to be on the same page with other people in order to help them to achieve your dream, their dream and the overall dream of the people.

The Ibeji deals with the nature of twins being born in pairs and how this twin nature is the true nature of creation. This symbolises the pairing of two things from creation in order to perpetuate further dual creation.

They are depicted as twins (usually male and female) because their symbolism transcends a married couple. They are twin brother and sister and they represent kinship, equality and unity in accomplishment far beyond just marriage.

The message given is we must work in pairs, because it is our true twin nature, this is the metaphor behind the veneration of Ibeji and other West-Central African twinness divinities.

There is no "I", there is only "we".


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“you can’t help who you fall in love with” Well when you forget the past that is so true.

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"The critical issue for the Afrikan world is survival and development. Our survival as appendages of an alien paradigm is tenuous and crisis-ridden. Our survival is assured only with the conscious and learned determination to be Afrikan. Development is assured only as we begin to prepare our youth to be uncompromisingly Afrikan, self reliant and free of alien cultural, moral and psycho-emotional and spiritual baggage. All Afrikans who consciously engage in this war must enter it knowing clearly what the objectives are; adept at using the skills and tools available to us and determined to accept nothing short of total victory, total freedom and total independence. Thereafter we must be prepared to defend and perpetuate that victory."

~ The Sankofa Movement ReAfrikanization and the Reality of War Kwame Agyei and Akua Nson Akoto pg. 219

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