The man known as Cudjo Lewis (ca. 1841-1935)

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The man known as Cudjo Lewis (ca. 1841-1935) was the last survivor of the Clotilda, the last recorded slave ship to the United States, which arrived in Mobile on Sunday July 8, 1860, illegally and under cover of night, 52 years after the country had abolished the international slave trade. Cudjo helped found the Mobile settlement African Town (known today as Africa town) with other formerly enslaved companions from the Clotilda. He gained some small fame at the end of his life when his story was recounted in several articles and a book
Cudjo Lewis was born Oluale Kasola in the modern West African country of Benin Republic to Oluale and his second wife Fondlolu. He was the second of four children and had 12 stepsiblings. He was a member of the Yoruba people, more specifically the Isha (a Yoruba sub-group), whose traditional home is in the Banté region of eastern Benin Republic. Kasola was born into a modest family, but his grandfather was an officer of the town’s king. Kasola and his siblings had a happy and active childhood. At 14, he began training as a soldier and learned how to track, hunt, camp, shoot arrows, throw spears, and defend his town, which was surrounded by four tall walls. The teenager was also inducted into oro, a secret Yoruba male society whose role is to police and control society. At age 19, Kasola fell in love with a young girl he saw at the market, and at his father’s urging underwent initiation that enabled young men and women to get married. In April 1860, in the midst of Kasola’s training, Ghezo, the King of Dahomey, and his army attacked the town, killed the king and many of the people, and took the rest of the townspeople prisoner
Kasola and his companions were marched to Abomey, Dahomey’s capital, then on to Ouidah on the coast, where they were held for three weeks in a slave pen known as a barracoon (a prison where captives were held before being sent across the Atlantic). Then he and 109 others from various regions of Yorubaland boarded the slave ship Clotilda, captained by Mobile ship builder William Foster and embarked on the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, known during the slave trade as the Middle Passage. During his 45 days on the ship, Kasola suffered from terrible thirst and the humiliation of having been forced on board naked.
In Mobile, he was enslaved by James Meaher, a wealthy ship captain and brother of Timothy Meaher, the man who had organized the expedition. James Meaher was unable to pronounce Kasola’s name, so the young man told his new owner to call him Cudjo, a name given by the Fon and Ewe peoples of West Africa to boys who are born on Monday. During his five years of enslavement, the young man worked on a steamship and lived with his shipmates under Meaher’s house, which was built high above the ground
In 1865, with general emancipation, Cujdo regained his freedom and took the name Lewis. He married Abile, a young Yoruba woman who also had been on the Clotilda. Like their companions, the couple’s objective was to return home, but when they failed to raise enough money for the trip, they decided to stay in Alabama and create a town of their own. Because Timothy Meaher had been responsible for their ordeal, they decided to ask him for reparations in the form of free land Cudjo was chosen as the spokesman. Meaher refused their demand, and they purchased land from him and others and established African Town on a hill north of Mobile. Cudjo worked as a shingle maker but after being injured in a train accident in 1902—for which he sued the railroad company—he became African Town’s church sexton
He and his wife had five sons and one daughter. To mark their attachment to their culture, they gave American and Yoruba names to four of them and Yoruba names only to two. Sadly, all of the children died young: Celia/Ebeossi died of sickness at 15, Young Cudjo was killed by a deputy sheriff, David/Adeniah was hit by a train, Pollee Dahoo disappeared and was probably killed, and James/Ahnonotoe and Aleck/Iyadejimi died after short illnesses. Abile passed away in 1908, just one month before Aleck died. Cudjo again suffered the loss of his family
Financial hardship forced Cudjo to sell several plots of land. By the early 1920s, all his companions from the Clotilda had passed away, leaving him as the only survivor. During the last years of his life, he achieved some fame when writers and journalists interviewed him and made his story known to the public. Alabama-born author Zora Neale Hurston filmed him, and he is thus the only known African deported through the slave trade whose moving image exists. Cudjo Lewis died of age-related illness on July 26, 1935, at about 94. Although he had always wanted to go back home, he was buried among his family in the Africans’ cemetery that opened in 1876 Today, a tall white monument marks his grave. Some of his descendants still live in Mobile

You say you are happy. Are you really

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You say you are happy. Are you really happy, or are you merely trying to convince yourself. Look at yourself fearlessly and you will at once realize that your happiness depends on conditions and circumstances, hence it is momentary, not real. Real happiness flows from within
— Nisargadatta Maharaj

Abidamak is the god warrior particular lion was

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Abidamak is the god warrior particular lion was a symbol of the god of war have Nubian veterans in a period of civilization irrigated have found inscriptions and statues in several different parts of Sudan, such as quenched and Naqaa and Musawwarat and lining which seems to be more places that have been worshiping them, especially Naqaa where there is a temple Ibadamak photographer in the body of a lion with three warheads and four hands and also found one Brass He has played a small role in Egyptian Nubian religion irrigated through the influence of culture

“Our revolution…

“Our revolution is not a public-speaking tournament. Our revolution is not a battle of fine phrases Our revolution is not simply for spouting slogans that are no more than signals used by manipulators trying to use them as catchwords, as codewords, as a foil for their own display. Our revolution is, and should continue to be, the collective effort of revolutionaries to transform reality, to improve the concrete situation of the masses of our country

-Thomas Sankara

MAMA AFRICA

A true woman whose womb bore scribes scribing science, knowledge and wisdom in scrolls until they came to mis-educated us from believing we had a role to play in their inventions whose idea’s stolen by sailors and explorers,Mama Africa,A woman whose breast milked Marcus Garvey,Malcolm X,Thomas Sankara,Nkrumah,Lumumba,Mohammad Ali, Martin Luther,Frantz Fanon and all the heroes unknown