"The Water Spirit Omambala brought us here. The Water Spirit Omambala will carry us home."

THE PLAN

 AIMS:

  1. To give a lasting proper burial to the heroes of Ebo Landing who in 1803 sacrificed their lives in protest against the enslavement of African peoples in America and Europe.
  1. To create a unifying and landmark event in Igboland in collaboration with Igbos in the Diaspora.
  1. To create a lasting monument in Igboland to the Igbo heroes (martyrs) of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and for DNA tested Americans who are Igbos in the Diaspora. 
  1. To create opportunity for intercultural dialogue among Africans at home and in the Diaspora.
  1. To restore the dignity of the Africans dehumanized by slavery by restoring their pre-slavery free born status through a ritual cleansing ceremony at the sacred Omambala River of Ebo Landing fame which is located in Aguleri, Anambra State, Igboland.
  1. To create and promote a comprehensive tourism route around cultural, environmental and historical sites of note in Igboland and environs.

OUTLINE OF EVENTS

November 13 – 16, 2015, Coming of Eri Festival: The annual homecoming for Africans/Igbos in the Diaspora

PROGRAM FOR NOVEMBER 2015 HOMECOMING IN IGBOLAND

  1. Introduction Ceremony, History and Culture classes.
  1. Ritual Cleansing Ceremony at Omambala Sacred Fountain of Life.
  1. Blessings and Prayers by Igbo Traditional Rulers/Ezes.
  1. Naming Ceremony by Igbo Traditional Rulers/Ezes.
  1. Traditional Dances and Masquerades of Igboland Hosted by various States.
  1. Visits to various tourism sites in Igboland and Environs.
  1. Evening of Folklore, Traditional Wrestling and Native Cuisine.
  1. Private Visits to Homes, Market shopping, etc.

AREAS OF NEED – FORMATION OF COMMITTEES IN NIGERIA & USA

  1. Fundraising
  1. Contacts
  1. Media and Advertising
  1. Grants
  1. Database for Prospective ELP Visitors to Nigeria
  1. Secretariat in Nigeria and in USA.
  1. State coordinators in USA/Nigeria to be appointed. Volunteers are welcome.
  1. African American committees in USA.
  1. Igbo Communities in USA and in Igboland.
  1. Youth Committees.
  1. Women Committees.

PARTNERS AND PROSPRECTIVE COLLABORATORS

  1. Gullah-Geeche Nation
  1. Igbo Village, Virginia USA
  1. Igbo Organizations in the USA
  1. African American Cultural and Heritage Organizations in the USA
  1. Anambra State Ministry for Culture
  1. Federal Ministry of Culture and Parastatals.
  1. NAGAS International Consortium, Inc. USA
  1. Ebo (Igbo) Landing Project Non-profit Organization
  1. Niger Association of Global Africana Sciences
  1. Councils of Traditional Rulers in Igboland
  1. Eri Palace, Enugwu-Agulerii

12. Dr. Uwa Osimriri, African Women Economic Consortium (AWEC) & Global Faith Ministries of Chiism

Other collaborators being sought.

For more info, please contact:

Sidney Davis

SLDavis53@aol.com
Tel: 617-548-7208 (C)

GET INVOLVED, VOLUNTEER, JOIN US!

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