The Ebo (Igbo) Landing Project (ELP) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by USA Director of the project Sidney Davis that begun under NGR Director of the ELP, the late Professor Catherine Acholonu (1951 – 2014) as direct appointments by HRM Eze A.E. Chukwuemeka Eri, Eze Ora 34th of Aguleri, the Aka Ji Ovo Igbo and the traditional ruler of Enugwu Aguleri.
“The Water Spirit Omambala brought us. The Water Spirit Omambala will carry us home”
“Orimiri Omambala bu anyi bia. Orimiri Omambala ka anyi ga ejina.” – Chant of the Igbo Martyrs
“Omambala River is a sacred river dedicated to the Mother God Oma/Amma and associated with the myth of creation and of Eden. Oma/Amma is the universal name of the Mother God and appears to have originated from Igbo language and mythology” – Catherine Acholonu. In her three books Professor Acholonu provides evidence demonstrating that the original Eden was located in the Niger River Basin.
The story of Igbo Landing details how a full cargo of Igbo slaves being brought to America took a plunge into the sea to commit a ritual mass sacrificial suicide rather than become slaves to the white man.
To this day, their souls haunt the sight of Igbo Landing at St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA. People say they can still hear the rattle of chains, and the sound of voices chanting “Orimiri Omambala bu anyi bia. Orimiri Omambala ka anyi ga ejina.” (The Water Spirit Omambala brought us. The Water Spirit Omambala will carry us home).
It is believed in Igbo Spirituality, that he whose traditional burial rites are not dutifully performed, are neither in the Spirit home nor in the world of men and women. They are said to be at “Ijite Naabo” (the traditional territory between the human and the Spirit worlds: Ezi/Ezi Mmuo/Spirit street/way). Thus, they have not yet succeeded in carrying back to God Odii Aka or Isi Chukwu (which literally translates “God’s head”). For it is well established in Igbo cosmology:
Onwerro onye ga-atta isi Chukwu.
Onye obuna ga-ebunagalu Chukwu isi.
“No one shall ever eat up or chew God’s head.
Everybody must return God’s head to God.”
We are bringing together native born Africans and the African Diaspora to bring back and rematriate the souls of the martyr heroes of Igbo Landing through a symbolic burial, returning their souls to their original land in the sacred waters of Omambala, in Igbo Land, Nigeria.
Diasporic Africans are gathering to facilitate the reconnection of the African Diaspora to their ancestral land, culture, and spirituality.
WE INVITE INTERESTED COLLABORATORS IN THIS PROJECT.
Sidney Davis (USA)
Tel: 617-548-7208 (C)
Lyndia Chika Duru (NGR)