Oyotunji Village: A Trip To Africa In The United States

April 25, 2017

Nashville, Tn

By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

The oldest living African tradition on stolen soul exist in the small county of Sheldon. It is home to the Yoruba and known as the Oyotunji Village. It’s minutes off the highway, a half mile off a dirt road, and sits on about 15 acres of land. To the east of the Royal family lives and the west of the village several Priestesses and Priest live. In the center is where all the activity takes place and to the north of the land sits a rice plantation. The village still harvest its own food growing the essentials necessary to sustain life through farming. The spirit of the ancestors still dwell along an area not to far from the coasts of the Atlantic ocean where it is known in history as some of the earlier ports where our Ancestors entered onto this stolen land. Out in front of the Village before the gates sits a sign and that sign reads ” You are leaving the U.S. You are now entering the Yoruba Kingdom. In the name of his Efuntola, Peace welcome to the sacred Yoruba village built by priest of the Vodun cults as a tribute to our ancestors. These priest preserve the customs, laws, and religion of the African Race. Welcome to our land.” You immediately feel the spirit of this village upon entrance.

As the story of this village is told in a tour it’s eldest King was the 1st priest on United States soil to be named priest. He has as many as 14+wives and 22+kids and the population was as many as 250 people. The newest King of the village is a youthful 26 years of age and has 4 wives and 5 kids. I’m not advocating for polygamy or suggesting one should adopt every aspect of the village what I am advocating for is a sense of self perspective, and the ability to restore the African community paradigm by re-establishing those important cultural practices of our ancestors. In this we will find a sense of pride and accountability by giving ourselves a chance to heal within and out, but most importantly to reclaim a sense of perspective that we lost after being kidnapped and held against our will.

The entire land has been built by hand from every sense of the word. It’s painted every 2 years and continues to have multiple festivals a year pertaining to its original historic African practices. All over the Village we see the elegance of Africa embedded in the culture of the Yoruba. The women of the village hold an esteem position as Priestess which out number the amount of men priest. The village is also known for its mentor-ship with young African ladies as it is important to uplift the African woman as she is intended to be. You do not notice disrespect, misrepresentation, or commercializing a culture in this village. It’s ability to exist on foreign soil as a sovereign Nigerian nation should speak for itself. Yes the Greco-Roman European police feds or whoever are not welcome on the land and will be met with confrontation if they do not have permission from the King to enter. They have their own flags that hang high in the festival hall on the land and with honor will fight to protect its sovereignty.

One of the most mind-boggling things about this village is not too many people even know it exist. Yes it is a lot of Blacks that live in the state of South Carolina that have absolutely no idea that this village rest near the shores of the Atlantic coast. They maintain their culture by speaking the native language of the Yoruba, its names, dress, religious or spiritual practices, and maintaining it all by continuing the most important aspect uplifting the Black Woman. When people say let the Ancestors speak here is a place the Ancestors speak and they speak to the Village daily.

As Africans in America we can learn a lot from the people of Oyotunji, because they are centered in Africaness which the rest of us struggle to obtain daily. This key principle is why people like our Ancestors Doctors: Francis Cress-Wesling, Amos Wilson, John Henrik Clarke, Yosef Ben Jochannon, Chancellor Williams, J.A. Rogers, John G. Jackson, and many more fought and continue to fight to liberate the African mind and encourage one to know their story and remain centered in its perspectives. What we must do is take the knowledge and wisdom of our dear Sisters and Brothers of the village and implement them within our communities and combat the struggles we still face within. Remember it takes a village and that African concept has always been our greatest strength, and that is something that we must get back to in order to combat everything we face as a people today to change our tomorrow.

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Marshall’s Law: The Destruction Of Conscious Community

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By: Ini-Herit Khalfani

Nashville, Tn

4/25/2017

2 years ago a young 20 to 21-year-old man was introduced to a community of people who tuned into a YouTube station whose main focus was to uplift, inspire, combat, inform, and disseminate information to an audience searching for solutions and understanding of themselves and it’s oppression. What was a genuine acknowledgement and introduction suddenly turned into a fan fair with an agenda driven perspective. The majority of this introduction had been heard before from community elders Phil Valentine, Bobby Hemmit, and a few others. However, because of the young man’s personality, passion, energy, and memory he wow’d an audience who has never heard the song he’s sung before.

The problem with his introduction and dealing with this so-called high science turns out to be a repetitive theme in years to come. That theme would later be challenged after a series of attempts to validate his scientific claims and false conclusions. It was on the corners of Harlem one specific night among a panel of scientific minds who found the young man comical and entertaining at best which would expose the flaws in the young man’s methodology. This would also provoke change in a paradigm who as of late has been introduced to the importance of methodology, primary evidence, and sound scholarship.

The young man since then would combat any information coming from a particular group of individuals who all like him had their introduction to this same audience under different circumstances similar but not quiet. Over time Marshall’s Law would form and his methodology would be called to question as his scholarship would be exposed as unscientific, Unafrican, and undesired as it does more harm than hurt. He immediately would be protected by the same person who introduced him to the community due to views and youth who among woman became believers in a young man who pushed a series of teaching that served as a detriment to the African community.

What actually is Marshall’s Law one may ask: it is a series of pseudo claims passed off as scientific fact deceiving a community intentionally with the expectation to create a following behind expectations to defend deny and destroy the intelligence of African Philosophy, Scientific Perspective, and Historic Achievements. Let’s use a working definition of Law by Merriman-Webster to understand exactly what I am arguing “a (1) :  a binding custom or practice of a community :  a rule of conduct or action prescribed (see prescribe 1a) or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority.”

Over the past few years we have witnessed a series of binding and controlling customs and practices by followers of a young man who has yet to provide, prove, or show any of his teachings as African let alone truth. In his last disagreement (meaning he’s had more than a few) after a botched living room presentation he made it clear that he was not only going to attack his introducer he in returned would disrespected the elders and vowed to destroy the community which he hustled fooled and condemned as ignorant. His poor methodology would continue to be on display as a series of YouTubers would exploit his living presentation, expose his master teacher, and put his bad character on display all the wild he remained confined to his home continuing to teach in the basement of his residence.

Recently after claiming to take a spiritual break from everything and rejuvenate himself he found himself back in the fold searching for another challenger. This time it would be a familiar opponent for many months who ignored the callings of this young man. Like all his other disagreements this to would go left and once again someone would be the blame for his antics as he would completely embarrassed himself. He refused to stand on his on doctrine or his teachings in fear that he would be exposed and his hustle would end.

After a series of videos to stay relevant he went back to attacking everyone who had something to say to him prior to his scholastic meltdown. This would pose another question as to why one would continue along this path intentionally trying to challenge, argue, fight, threaten, disrespect, and antagonize people’s wives and children. Marshall’s Law seems to be more about binding his followers and destroying a community with hopes that people continue to donate to his go fund me accounts that have absolutely no intention on being used for anything related to creating solution in the community. As he continues in his attempts to bring his law into effect or create go fund me accounts like collection plates it’s imperative that people wise up in the wake of this foolishness and realize the pattern of destruction he’s on. One must remember our ancestors for thousands of years created scientific journals, laws, and a culture centered around uplifting the community and we must  combat ignorance with intelligence and put an end to Marshall’s Law. 

picture source: https://gaming.youtube.com/channel/UCunerP9yMzVa4S2D1Wgi0dA?mweb=1

Solutionary Revolutionaries: An Intelligent Perspective To Uplift Our Own

For the past 500 years, Black people have found themselves in a similar situation wondering, worrying, sick and tired, scared thinking about what will tomorrow bring. Many women and men have died with one question on their mind that hasn’t been answered yet. What Must Be Done to free the minds, bodies, and spirits of our people? “Africans were kidnapped, mass transported, dehumanized, deculturized, de-educated, stripped of their applied scientific tradition, and denied skills necessary to create their own civilizations as they had in the past, made dependent, amnesia induced, and worked to death enslaved on lands they do own, building White and Arab civilization for predatory/racist populations, not of their own race/culture. They live lives that are not their own, subordinated underneath increasingly Nazified populations who no longer need their labor or presence.” Through all that we have endured with every single strike, every single blow, and every single negative example made out of us by our oppressor European and Arab we have persevered. With all our struggles, economically, socially, and spiritually time and time again we have looked ourselves in the mirror and wondered What Must Be done!

Chiekh Anta Diop in 1974 wrote a book called “Black Africa”, and his intent from the beginning of the book at that time was set out to organize the African mind on the continent and abroad. He realized that a dream of global unity was farfetched, so he devised a plan for that period of time to help create a better Black Africa. “If we are to protect Black Africa from such a fate the idea of federation must actually constitute for all of us, especially those in high political positions a method of survival (by way of an efficacious political and economic organization to be set up in optimum time), not just a dilatory demagogic formulation receiving merely lip service. We must stop fooling the masses with minor patchwork and bring about the ultimate break with all the fake structures (Communaute’, Commonwealth, Eurafrica) which have no historical future. Black Africa must finally and definitively be started up the slope toward its federal destiny.”** He believed then in 1974 that Black Africa could survive without the help of any other country and could economically back itself alone with the amount of wealth West Africa had if it was to build a federated continent. He knew then that the “consciousness” of the rest of the world was not ready to unify on a grand scale yet if progress could be made on the continent it could spark a domino effect all over the world. He believed that unity of the planet was possible only when people are equal in strength, and could advance to a place that no one would consider to stab one another in the back.

Today America is looked to by Africans abroad to see how will we endure and embrace change as it has once again made headlines all year-long regarding the disparity and racial unjust, economic disparity, and lack of an opportunity for Africans in American. “Therefore, African purpose in life must be higher than temporary survival in this decadent White society. African life is worth more. The goal, the outcome, the purpose must not continue to be a lifelong exercise in helping Whites to build their societies and civilization. It is time to place the same precise value in rebuilding African civilization in Africa that we place in building White civilization for whites.”* The past few years Africans in America have been re-emerging, re-awakening, re-acclaiming momentum from past movements. This time it is left up to those of us who are willing to move the needle further than our ancestors ever could have inspired to do so, and by doing that we must see to it that our survival is more important than our individual selves. Like our great Ancestor, Dr. Diop we must revisit his 1974 plan of action for a Black Africa and use that initiative to create a Black America as an example for the world to see. Maybe then we can use that momentum and rebuild Black Africa after we have proven ourselves worthy here even though we are dealing with a failed economy, an unjust justice system, poor school systems, lack of jobs, and a lack of unity amongst ourselves. Every so many years  questions are  posed to a particular generation of people: Who will lead? How will they lead? What is your plan of action, and Where are your leaders for your generation?

So far, my generation has generated a bunch of loud mouths, regurgitating, old argument having, egotistical, disrespectful, YouTube personalities who have failed to carry a sacred torched left to us by a people who have long waited for an opportunity to pass it. Even with all the misguided youth, egos, and noise from our peers, it’s a select few who continue to steer the course and bring forth solutions to the community which can guide us in a direction many before us have failed to reach. Dagger Squad Inc founded by Garfield Reid has brought forth a 9-point plan that we can implement in our communities and seriously consider. This could help us create a 5000-mile bridge back to Black Africa where we can migrate back to or help solve the issues of our brothers and sisters abroad.  Dagger Squad Inc 9-point plan outlines a strong perspective geared toward 1) Urban Development, 2) Credit Repair, 3) Real Estate and other investments, 4) Legal Counseling, 5) Banking Research, 6) Conflict Resolution, 7) Buying and Abandon Town and Rebuilding it, 8) Educating with schools centered in teaching Science and Technology, and 9) Social and Political Awareness. For a people with no plan of action if one was to die they also offer Life Insurance, stock tips, help with student loans, government contracts, and tax services to name a few. Within the past 30 days they have opened an online solutions page for people looking to advertise their business, get real-time questions answered, and they will continue their weekly economic empowerment show advertised on one of the biggest platforms in the “Conscious Community.”

University of Kmt Press also has written solutions in several of their works regarding the African woman and man in America looking to return home, but most importantly prepare themselves for what some may seem to call the biggest war we will have to fight to regain our presence on this Earth. In What Must Be Done they outline 13 clear-cut solutions regarding the transition for those of us who are looking to escape America heading home to Africa.

  • The Africans in America who return home for work must systematically purge themselves of all attitudes and behaviors of individualism, sexism, prostitution, cowardice, escapism, selfishness, elitism, and profiteering.
  • Africans who are located in various micro-nations, must unify and racially and culturally transcend the micronational boundaries that presently exist;
  • The two groupings of Pan-Africanists on either side of the Atlantic who are selfless, forward thinking, and hard working, must be united and disciplined under an uncompromising collectivists all-African international organization;
  • This All-African international organization must keep reliable probes on the pulses of the imminent collapsible U.S. economy and the campaign for violence directed at African Americans. Continual, comprehensive, and credible studies are needed to accurately determine the proper timing of the legitimate streams to Africa.
  • African organizations must devise and implement broad programs for educations Black folk people of the necessity and great opportunity of this move. They must also provide the framework and the organizational structure for cleaning and educating Africans in America so that Black folk will all be productive entities of national development in Africa to mutually benefit all participants.
  • Organizations must also develop comprehensive relocation programs that gives specificity to each of the three critical, broad-based areas concerning the transportation for Black folk reunification:
  • Next, organizations must prepare the timely movement of African Americans to designated exit points in America;
  • Next, organizations must, with proper timing, mass transport African Americans across the Atlantic in the most efficient and reliable manner to strategic entry points on the African continent;
  • There must be demographic classification and accounting of African American population’s age, sex, volume, quantity, quality, skill type, skill levels, rate of migration, volume of migration, types of transportation, i.e., land, air, water means;
  • Next, there must be the dispersal of newly returned Africans into various locations based on the critical variables of productivity and safety;
  • The Scientific program of action for the social, cultural, political, and economic merging of Continental Africans with Africans from the diaspora.
  • Identify and unite with Black folk reflection on the continent. Thus Black folk must unite with Black folk people on the continent who are organized to work with any Africans, regardless of their present national geography, provided that they embrace the collectivist and mutualist approach to Pan-Africanist national development.
  • Africans on both sides of the Atlantic are too intellectually and painstakingly hammer out the mission, structure, and procedures of political apparatus that is to be mobilized for purposes of building a unified Pan-Africanist nation that is free from balkanization, exploitation, degradation, and privation.

In order to successfully prepare ourselves for any type of transition rather it be buying an abandoned town and building our own community, they’re, escaping America and returning home to Africa, or continuing out our lives as we have been the past few hundred years. We must remember “There can be no compromise, and we will in the future allow no creation of White States in whatever form or for whatever pretext, regardless of the apparent prestige of hypocritical international organization proposing such states. We will drive no one out, for we are not racists. We will wipe out the minority but will insist upon democratically proportional participation in the way states are governed. We will not accept stratification of national life in these future states on an ethnic basis. No country, until now, has solved its minority problem in any other manner. Those who cannot service us as examples are not qualified to offer us advice, much less give us orders.”**

Without the African woman, our presence here or abroad is useless and we will have to make great efforts to restore her to her rightful place. Without her, our gains will be limited and our grip on society will be unjust. It will not be organic not without the woman she is the solution to a lot of our problems. We solve her and she will help us solve it all. We have a tough road ahead of us but like many before us and many after us our time is now, and it is our responsibility to allow our thinkers to think and our doors to do while our elders assist and aid us as we prepare our youth collectively to continue the fight if we fall short of our goal. We have a course of action to solve our problems, and preparing for the unknown must not be feared. We can actually implement a 9 point plan, Back to Africa movement, and dream of a Black Africa by taken the proper steps necessary to see it through. It can no longer just talk because talk is cheap and it’s time to put up or shut up!