In May, 1803. A number of Igbos revolted at a historical site Dunbar creek on St. Simons Island, in Georgia, rather than submit to an existence of bondage and forced labor at the hands of another; slavery.Igbo people were popularly known by farmers and slavers of the American South for being fiercely independent, hardworking and more unwilling to tolerate chattel slavery.
They were bought from their land in what is now called “Nigeria” for forced labor on their plantation in St. Simons Island.
During this voyage, the Igbos revolted by drowning their captors and taking over the ship, causing it to drown at the site now know as the “Ebo Landing”.
It was said that the Igbos took to the swamp, chained together, led by a chief priest amongst them as they drowned themselves, singing “Orimiri omambala bu anyi bia, orimiri omambala ka anyi ga ejina” in unison, which means “The River Omambala brought us here, the River Omambala will take us home”.
This body of work serves as a commemoration of the heroic death of African women and men of the Igbo Landing who drowned themselves in the St Simmons Island Creeks singing “Orimiri Omambala bu anyi bia, Orimili Omambala ka anyi ga eji na”, meaning “Omambala River brought us hither and it will carry us home”.
The Omambala river which is actually located in Anambra state, is a natural landmark from which the state was created and named by white men as “Anam Branch” of the River Niger and later shortened to “Anambra”. Dwellers of the riverine areas of Omambala believe in the santification power of the river. They believe having a “ritual bath” cleans ones iniquities. It is seen as a very sacred river, Hence priests and priestesses come from far in ancient times to perform certain sacred rites and ordinances of sacrifice to Omambala.
May 1803 will forever be remembered and of great importance in black history. This historical event is seen as a very brave one to a lot of people but otherwise to some, what do you think?