The "Red Igbo" - native skin color variation in West Africa Sept 17, 2013 23:18:21 GMT -5 anansi likes this.
Post by zarahan on Sept 17, 2013 23:18:21 GMT -5
(d) Documentary evidence suggest that so-called "Red Igbo"
were ALREADY in place BEFORE any significant appearance of
white Europeans. Famous African (and ex-slave captive)
Olaudah Equiano's detailed account of his people
the Igbo, shows that fair skinned people were
already in place before Europeans arrived.
"Badsen [GT Badsen, "Niger Ibos," Frank Cass and Co, London, 1938: 123-124],
in his early-twentieth century study of the physical appearance of the Igbo, had this to say:
'On the whole, the Ibos are of good physique and compare favorably with other African tribes..
Many Ibos are truly as black as the proverbial coal: others are almost as light-skinned as the
natives of Southern Europe, while a few are distinctly reddish. The folk who stand out obtrusively
are the albinos.'"
--Gloria Chuku (2013) The Igbo Intellectual Tradition. pp 48-49
"He disengaged himself from other life experiences
and went back to a particular spot in his memory
to capture the racial distinctions he was able
to make. He saw no distinction in skin color
between the red men in Igboland and the white men
he met on the slave ship. "
--Jacob Korieh. 2009. Olaudah Equiano and the Igbo world: history, society and Atlantic. 2009
" Oye-Eboe" may be a version of the Igbo word
oyibo used in the nineteenth century to mean
"white man," Equiano clearly uses it to refer to
other Africans, perhaps the Aro slave traders. At
this point in is life, he tells us, he had not
yet seen or even heard of a European."
-- Vincent Carretta. 2005. Equiano, the African: biography of a self-made man. p15
^^Lighter skin is nothing new and nothing unusual
in West Africa's Igbo region, or in Africa..
^^The San further south are yet another example of NATIVE skin color
^^Africa's numerous climatic zones allow for plenty of physical
variation, ON TOP OF and IN ADDITION TO tropical African's already
greater built-in genetic diversity- the most in the world.
Info from Equiano and other captives also shows that monogamy was alive, well
and flourishing in Africa long before Europeans arrived. Of the 31 Africans on
the famous captive Amistad slave ship for example, 15 were married, and only
1 was polygamous.
(Marvin L. Michael Kay, Lorin Lee Cary (1995). Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775. pg 160)