Bishop Anyogu's Cultural Identity

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Chapter Two ANYOGU’S CULTURAL HISTORY AND ANCESTORS Daun Juan – LXXXI 11 … ship off the holy three to Senegal and ask them how they like to be in thrall. The Lord Byron 1807 Most Ibo speaking people claim to have originated from at least two deities. The Onitsha people claim at least five deity origins whilst the UmuEzeAroli tribe of Onitsha claim to have originated from seven deities with inferences of nobility and linage. This chapter seeks to explain and tell the story of linage and nobility. AROCHUKWU the First DIETY There are several versions to the origins. The Bishop Anyogu was born to parents from Onitsha. According to history, the people of Onitsha originated from the Arochukwu area and environs. Note that the meaning of AroChukwu…show more content…
This version too gives Chima and his descendants added deity status. Whatever version one decides to takes, looking at all the evidence, a minor noble, celebrated warrior or wealthy by association or subordinate to the ruling Benin monarch left Benin, led his people to safety, away from the tyrant Benin King to become himself a king and with time a deity of his people. IFE AND BENIN DEITY -2nd and Third Deities The kingdom of Ife, some 100 miles from Benin also held their kings as deities. It was stated that as far back as the 12th century, Benin was an annex of this Great Kingdom of Ife – then, there were no kings or Oba’s at Benin. This caused all sorts of problems and the people of Benin decided to send an emissary to the then Oni of Ife to provide them with a prince from his land to rule. One of his sons Eweka became head of the historic Eweka dynasty of the Benin Empire - the first King and deity of Benin. Another version states that he Chima married a princess Eze – the daughter of the Benin King Oba Esigie 1504 -1550. During this period, England was well in the Tudor period - between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales. It coincides with the end reign of the Plantagenets and the full Tudor dynasty rule in England whose first monarch was Henry VII…show more content…
The second stage of the triangular trade (the middle passage) involved shipping the captives to the newly discovered Americas for enslavement. The third, and final stage of the triangular trade involved the return to Europe of the produce of the slave-labour plantations particularly cotton to Manchester and Lancaster, sugar, tobacco, molasses and rum. Trade with the Portuguese made the Benin King excessively wealthy and his power resulted in greed and the suppression of the various non-Benin indigene tribes such as the Weppa-Wanno tribes of the north east and Chima’s Ibo tribe of the east in the Benin Kingdom. Most of the settlers had inter married but when it came to the crunch – all had to follow their main immediate tribes out of the Benin Kingdom during these periods. The various historical reasons for the exodus ranged from: The quest for more fertile farmlands outside Benin Kingdom – as their wealth increased the Benin indigenes people were no longer generous or were taken back land previously allocated to the

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