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Abdul Ibrihima: From Being Slave Raider to Being Slave

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Abdul Ibrihima: The Enslaved Slave Raiding

The story of Abdul Rahahman Ibrihima is another example out of many of Africans who were slave raiders in Africa who ended up being enslaved.

Ibrihima was a Fulani prince from Timbo (in what is now Guineau) whose father was a staunch jihadist king named Maudo. In 1788, his father sent him on a mission with 2000 soldiers to attack some of their rivals on the coast. His orders were to capture as many Afrikans as he could in order for them to sell them into captivity to the whites. According to Ibrihima's account, after defeating the enemy he "set them free" and started back to the Timbo monarchy. He stated that one of the opposing commanders, whom had been defeated ambushed them, captured Ibrihima and some of his soldiers, marched them to the coast, and sold them into enslavement. From there he was taken to Dominca then New Orleans and finally to a plantation in Natchez, Mississsippi. He was made an overseer on the plantation shortly after his arrival in Natchez and remained so for forty years until he was emancipated.

Now to the problematic part of his story

In his story, he states he let the captives of the opposing forces go. This is highly unlikely as his mission was from the king himself who told him the capture Afrikans for slavery. That could meant death or banishment even for a prince.One part of the mission, the king told him, was to also take over part of the slave trading business that his coastal rivals were monopolizing. Now picture this. It is about 200 miles from Timbo to Konakry on the coast. That is a straight shot. It would take a person, walking at about 2-3 miles per hour, about 6-7 days to walk there if they covered about 30 miles a day. You also have to factor in that this is an ARMY of 2000 men. This trip easily went ten days! Now why would Ibrihima and his people walk for 10 days only to let some people go when the order was to defeat and enslave them?

His life on the plantation speaks more to the truth. He was appointed overseer almost immediately. The slave master probably was informed of his slave raiding in Mawufe (Africa) and figured he would be a good overseer since he liked to capture and enslave other Afrikans anyway. What happened more than likely is that he simply lost the battle and was sold. He didn't walk or ride a horse 10 or more days only to let people go.

In America, he wanted to twist the story in order to make himself look good. It didn't quite work for him. Interestingly, while in Natchez he spotted a white man whose life he saved in Mawufe. He pleaded with this man, one John Cox, to help him become free. However, this was unsuccessful. Cox claimed he tried but couldn't. What do you think really happened?

Ibrihima is an example of many who were once captive raiders and traders who became captive. There are also many stories of those who were captive, obtained their freedom, and went back to Mawufe only to become captive traders themselves!

Now, since we deal with ancestral legacies and origins one must constantly ask themselves what is the spiritual impact of his type of behavior on one's lineage? What kind of spiritual chaos has been created and passed on in the lineage due to a person or part of your clan even being captive (so called “slave”) traders? If you believe in reincarnation, do you think that some of these captive traders and raiders reincarnate in their descendants? If so, what is the impact of this on society? Does this possibly explain a lot of the unique and often seemingly unexplainable unique problems found amongst Afrikans globally but New Afrikans in particular?