As we commemorate/mark/ celebrate African History Month here in Ile Iere ati Ile Alobera – Republic Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean, we wish to thank the millions of Africans worldwide who have been either conscious or unconscious agents of our history, of our contributions to self and to others and of our continued hope and faith in the human person and our ability to live in love and harmony. Though brutalised and enslaved we have continued to demonstrate faith in ourselves as individuals and as a people. Yes, many times, we went into modes of depression, loneliness and even at some moments low self esteem. However the vast majority of us have and still remain hopeful that our calculated action for change will result in the changes we are aiming at.
Wherever we were, we struck a blow for human dignity and respect of the human person – male and female. Wherever we were we struck out in defence of liberity, equal rights and justice. Wherever we were we advocated for the right of self expression and preservation of our cultural norms, and practices. Wherever we were we continued to be innovative. Wherever we were we engage all and any forces and institutions of social inequality and injustice. Wherever we still are we, we continue to oppose injustice, we continue to persue equality and justice for all.
Africans in the Caribbean made our own history. Ours was not an easy and comfortable lot. We were minus our societal structures and institutions. We had to rebuild. We had to re- create. Build and re – create we did. We sometimes arrived at our old institutions and norms, but oft times we evolved those old institutions to adapt to our present environments.
WE HAVE DONE WELL.
LET US ALL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.
Here in the Caribbean and Ile Iere ati Ile Aloubera, we were the major activists for sociological and societal change, reconstruction and REVOLUTION.
In the march towards flag Independence and formal rejection of colonialism , we were in the fore front. Caribbean Nationals featured prominently in opposition to oppression and oppresasive legislation and formed many organizations and institutions, among the most famous and well known being UNIVERSAL NEGRO IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION AND AFRICAN COMMUNITIES LEAGUE, led by Honourable MARCUS MOSIAH GARVEY,
From Sir George Williams University, Canada to University of Woodford Square – People’s Parliament a REVOLUTION was born.
As we remember we give thanks to those who helped to make that REVOLUTION. Among those we honour are :
IYA IJO LOUISA CATHERINE TOUSSAINT, GRAND MATRIARCH OF EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE
HOBONOU SEDLEY ANTOINE OF DANGBE COMME
HOBONOU PATRICK ANTOINE OF DANGBE COMME
AGBA AKOLEJO OLUFEMI OF EGBE ILOSIWAJU ILE ALKEBULAN AND ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE
AGBA AUBREY CHARLES, ELDER OF EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE
MANSA MUSA RUDOLPH LORD OF AFRICAN CULTURAL ASSOCIATION ST. JAMES
YEYE GBOGBO IYALORISA MELVINA RODNEY OF EGBE ORISA ILE WA
OLORI AWO / BABA IJOYE CLARENCE FORDE
SHAKA AGAJA EGBE ILOSIWAJU ILE ALKEBULAN
Ma y we all honour our Ancestors and those who have fought for us.
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