Another year has passed and members of our National community once again observe, and celebrate Emancipation – the Act and the struggle led by our illustrious forbears and supported and championed in the spaces of government by philantrophists and others having another view to the then incumbent government.
Many times as others write our history, our own contributions to the fall of the economic and dehumanising activity called ‘Slavery “, leave out the proactive involvement of the guerrilla and sabotage actions of the enslaved population whose actions ensured that the claims made by some of the abolitionists were ” reasonable ” in light of the economic costs to the planter class and the government.
Our acts of resistance began on the African continent.
All persons who became aware of the desire of the foreigner to take them forever away from their place of nativity and origin resisted any attempt to deny them the full sphere of living. Life for many African people include how and where they shall be interred in the EARTH, and how they will transit to the next world.This passage of one state of life to another require family participation for the one in transition to properly sit in the ” new” space.
The “Slave Trade ” encoraged some of the enslaved to take desperate action, and so some threw themselves overboard the vessels on which they were transported.
Many died from newly encountered diseases. Many starved themselves to death.
Some went insane.
Some were thrown overboard as excess cargo.
All together sharks lined the route of these ” Slave Ships ”
Every year we at EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE call on the general public to honour our Ancestors by not consuming shark for one week in honour of our Ancestors who were eaten by sharks during that most traumatic aand infamous journey from continent to continent,and from continent to island.
Please refrain from EATING and CONSUMING SHARK AND ALL SHARK BASED AND INCLUDED PRODUCTS from today JULY27. 2010 –
AUGUST 2 , 2010.
WHEREVER YOU ARE YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE RITUAL OF REMEMBERANCE .
Members of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE will conduct their ritual just after midnight on Saturday 31st. July, 2010 This is in the very first moments of AUGUST 1 ,2010.
THE PRIMARY RITUAL MATERIAL AND VICTUALS USED WILL BE SPECIALLY CONSECRATED SEA WATER AND GARI – FARINE, FARINA.
May our Ancestors accept our offerings.
May we all have a glorious and grand celebration of EMANCIPATION DAY this year.