Nigeria’s Chibok Girls: Why was this former captive treated differently?

Ms. Hassana Adamu, then 18, was among the more than 200 girls stolen from their school dormitory in the middle of the night on April 14, 2014.

“I want the government to assist me with good things,” she told me. “I want to go back to school and to have a better life,” says Ms. Hassana Adamu.

“Is it because we stayed so long or because we were already married? Maybe that is why the government does not want to take care of us,” she added.

Ms Adamu got “married” to a Boko Haram fighter about two years into her “captivity” – many of the girls felt they had little choice – and her so-called husband is among the many militants that have surrendered to the Nigerian government in the past year, following intensified anti-terror operations by the military. The Nigerian military stated that 7,000 jihadists surrendered during one week in March alone.

Ms Adamu and her “husband” spent about five months in Maidugiri, the Borno state capital, in separate sections of a camp for repentant Boko Haram fighters and their wives. Afterwards, she and her two children were sent home to her parents in Chibok while the man returned to his family in the north-eastern border town of Banki.

“It was not a real marriage,” she said. “I want a better life for myself and my children. I am never going back to him.”

Mr Yakubu Nkeki (the chairman of the missing girls’ parents association) worries that the government’s apparent loss of interest in the Chibok girls could mean that the 109 still missing may never be reunited with their families, even if they are or can be rescued.

Ms Adamu believes that she is entitled to the same opportunities as her classmates. If nothing else, she wants to be included in the scholarship scheme at the AUN (American University of Nigeria).

“It worries me so much because we started the suffering together but the other girls have become like American people while I am at home taking care of babies,” she said.

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani | April 17,2022 | BBC News – Africa

I’m sad my sisters are still in captivity, says

rescued Chibok girl Grace Dauda

Tracing the history of the Chibok abduction, which has since gained global acclaim, with even the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement having branches across continents, Coordinator of Bring Back Our Girls (Lagos), Habiba Balogun, said “276 girls were abducted, 57 jumped out of the bus as they were being taken away; government negotiated the release of 82 and later another 21 girls. A few others also escaped or were liberated by the army, but there are still 109 Chibok girls in captivity, whose families are still crying, still begging God for them to be released.”

She said all Nigerians are now a metaphor for Chibok girls, stressing that the series of abductions and attacks, including the recent Kaduna-Abuja train bombing and abduction more than underline this.

In an attempt to capture the trauma parents of the yet to be released girls are going through, Balogun said, “If your child is dead, she is dead, but for her to be missing, that is a nightmare. And to even know that your child is in the hands of people who are not kind, to know that your child is in a condition that nobody would pray to be in; in a forest, with no shelter, no clean water, no regular food, and subject to God knows what, is something you don’t want to imagine.”

April 17, 2022 The Nation

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The Stanford PhD student with a mission to graduate 10,000 Black engineers by 2025

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Favour Nerrise, National Chairperson, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Only 5% of developers, engineers and programmers are Black, according to data from /dev/color, a non-profit that helps companies find Black tech talent. Nerrise says she is the only Black woman in her 160-person electrical engineering Ph.D. cohort. But she and NSBE are hoping to increase these numbers through Game Change 2025, a strategic plan that Nerrise implemented to see 10,000 Black engineers graduate annually by 2025.

Children as young as third grade are now being exposed to NBSE, which Nerrise says was a necessity. “And we might even need to go all the way down to like, kindergarten,” she says, “because we found that if the kids weren’t exposed early, Black and brown students typically were at a disadvantage of catching up in mathematics and science.”

Article written by AJ Horch – August 23, 2022

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Salvation of GOD is for all Mankind

Salvation does not depend upon one’s connection with any group but on one’s right beliefs and good deeds. Whoever goes before Allah with these provisions will find his reward with Him, for the judgement of Allah will be based on one’s real worth.

GOD in the Arabic language is Allah (The GOD), in the Arabic script it is spelled أللهُ .

I am a Muslim, (Sunnah) following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (upon him be blessings and peace from GOD) just as Islam is practiced universally (throughout the world). “I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the Nation of Islam;” (i.e., followers of Elijah Mohammad and connected groups). What they did as a collective group (the Nation of Islam) is something I benefited from, just as other African American’s. But because I am a Muslim does not subjugate me too them no more than to some Arab.

I have been worshipping Allah (GOD), making salat (sujood/prostration) for over forty years. All power belongs to Allah. If we look to GOD, to promote GOD consciousness, worship of GOD as our ‘salvation,’ the life that He wants for “all mankind,” worship Him alone without no associate, then all will have a clearer understanding of their ‘human’ relationship to Allah (GOD), affording to all the opportunity to progress as individuals ‘within the collective,’ based on the word of GOD and His Messenger صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ سَلَّمُ. Here, we have Sunnah, Shi’a; (and their differences), as well as people of other Faiths, Jews, Christians, etc. whom we should not expect to conform to what someone else believes particularly when the historical evidence clearly shows the Nation of Islam grappling with the most basic and fundamental aspects of Islam and accepting them into their lives as Muslims all over the world. I am a witness to this, for over forty years. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship, prayers but Allah; and Muhammad is His messenger.

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NOTE: 1/10/2022

NOTE: 1/10/2022

America is the greatest place on earth with the potential to live your life in peace within the faith of your choice, as you want to worship.

Example: With the influx of people from throughout the world striving towards the liberties promised here.

Yet as we welcome new and potential citizens; let us say Afghanstinians (Muslims mostly) who have/are persecuted by their own people, their ‘co-religionists’ there. How can America be so far remote to accept even the idea that forms of persecution (although not actual killing ‘outright’) are happening right here every day in America.

One ‘cover’ that is used to conceal this persecution (although they perpetrators may not see themselves as persecuting) is culture. The exploited and down cast African, brought up achieving educational success (first Black school system) and business success as Black Muslims. Yet the Islam of These Black Muslims, while mentioning Allah, Quran, Muhammad looked to Elijah Pool as their Muhammad, and some person by name of Fard Mohammad as god (Allah is The GOD in the Arabic Language).

So, as Black Culture rightfully gains acceptance, we all benefit. But the benefit of an African American Muslim not of the unorthodox belief of this new group, Black Muslim – life can be just as tumultuous as that of our newly arriving Afghan citizens who had to flee persecutions from their own kind in order to live and worship as they please. So hard to believe.

As our hearts go out welcoming our Afghan refugees seeking to help them in whatever ways we can, towards the American Dream, freedom to live and prosper as Americans, we look at the struggling African American that has been a Muslim striving as all Black people in American with what DuBois termed the second self ‘double consciousness,’ add yet being an orthodox Muslim in a world just becoming/accepting Islam. You never think but it is true, the unconcern of others can be used as a tool of exploitation. Most African Americans are Christian. So, if there is an issue concerning Islam and Muslims they say; leave it to the Black Muslims, they have had some success. But that African American Muslims belief in Allah is different. He looks to GOD (Allah) for his salvation, while Black Muslims look to some saviour Elijah, Fard?. ‘It is Persecution.’.

Let us see you ‘make’ a Saudi Muslim celebrate their saviours day, ‘make’ a Somali or an Afghani Muslim celebrate their saviour and savior day. Leave me out if it. ‘It is Persecution.’

A final thought in this mornings NOTE:. Isn’t there enough hate in the world? It feels much better to not carry hate, as much as you can. GOD is The Forgiver, Al-Ghaafir. I say at times, how can you forgive someone that has their heal on your neck? Yet forgiveness is priceless, we all seek it. I personally do not need their hate. Life is hard enough.

“America is the greatest place on earth with the potential to live your life in peace within the faith of your choice, as you want to worship.”

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A Wall of African Culture.

Praise GOD! everyone. All Praise, all Worship/Prayer belongs to GOD! 🙏

Happy New Years! 🙏

A wall of African Culture

جِدَّر ثَقَافِة الإِفْرِقِيَّة

Remember, ‘Culture’ serves a very important function (both historically and presently). But it is not to be worshipped in any way, but acknowledged and used as we would any tool. The praise and glorification, “all praise, all worship is to GOD,” Who gives man the ability to frame this or that concept so that mankind can conquer this life’s environments in order to better serve GOD.

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Man Calls himself “God” After Killing NY Woman.

When asked if he had killed Michelle Alyssa Go, a 40-year-old Upper West Side resident, Martial copped to the ghastly attack, and claimed he was “God.” “Yeah because I’m God. Yes I did. I’m God, I can do it,” Martial shouted to a gaggle of reporters.

Unhinged homeless man Simon Martial admits to deadly Times Square subway shove, declares himself ‘God’

Unprovoked attacks on Asian Americans soared in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic amid anti-Chinese political rhetoric, and were up 368 percent in 2021, according to police data.

Many of the crimes occurred in the subway system, which city and state officials recently pledged to fill with expanded police presence and social service teams to combat rising crime and help shift homeless people living underground into shelters.

Michelle Go was 40 years old when she was killed; “pushed in front of a subway train in Times Square.”

By Steven Vago and Jesse O’Neill | New York Post – January 15, 2022 :

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The Taliban ordered shop mannequin beheadings, saying the dummies are ‘idols’ and are forbidden by Islam, reports say. Ministers believed that people were worshipping the mannequins as idol [gods].

Joshua Zitser | 1/2/2022 | Microsoft

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Looted Artifacts Pulled from U.K. Auction After Ethiopian Embassy’s Appeal

The Ethiopian government has been appealing for the restitution of items pillaged during the siege for decades. In 2019, the nation renewed calls for the return of 11 wood and stone religious tablets, known as tabots, which sat for decades in the storeroom of the British Museum amid a wealth of Maqdala treasures. The British Museum responded by offering the possibility of a long-term loan agreement.

BY TESSA SOLOMON, June 17, 2021, ArtNews

Living Islam 101

Maqdala-Era Artifacts Leave U.K.: ‘The Single Most Important Heritage Restitution in Ethiopia’s History’

The London-based Scheherazade Foundation has returned a collection of artifacts that were looted from Ethiopia in 1868. Tahrir Shah, one of the Scheherazade Foundation’s cofounders, bought some of the works privately at the Busby auction house in Bridgeport, England. The artifacts were pulled from public auction the day before the sale was set to take place amid an outcry from the Ethiopian Embassy in England. Ethiopian officials were quick to praise the handover as a major restitution—one that they said acts as a recognition of the violence wrought by British colonial forces within the country.

BY ALEX GREENBERGER, September 10, 2021, ArtNews

Living Islam 101

Maqdala Artifacts Looted by Britain Withdrawn from UK Auction at Ethiopia’s Request

By Helen Holmes, 6/17/21, OBSERVER

Britain Refuses to Return Sacred Religious Tablets to Ethiopia, Best Offer Is a Loan

Posted by Nyam Daniel | December 6, 2021Atlanta Black Star

Related: Abyssinia / Ethiopia, Artifacts, History

Built By Angels: African Jerusalem ‘Lalibela’

If faith is a mystery, there are few places in the Christian world where the mystery is deeper than in Lalibela. 800 years ago, an Ethiopian king ordered a new capital for Christians. At 8,000 feet, on the central plateau of Ethiopia stand 11 churches, each carved from a single, gigantic, block of stone. No bricks, no mortar, no concrete, no lumber, just rock sculpted into architecture. Not much is known about who built them, or why. But the faithful of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church say there’s no mystery really. The churches of Lalibela were built by angels.

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Do not Ridicule one another

GOD prohibits His Messenger and the Believers from insulting the false deities of the idolators.  Insulting their deities will lead to a bigger evil than its benefit for the idolators might retaliate by insulting GOD as the Believers [Muslim] believe “Allah,” none has right to worship but He  لآ إلَهَ إلاَّ الله

“O you that believe!  Fear Allah and believe in His messenger, and He will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy: He will provide for you a light by which you will walk (straight in your path), and He will forgive you (your past):  Because Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

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Black Inventors Create First Bio-Robotic Arm Operated by Brain Signals

This bio-robotic arm created by two Kenyan inventors looks like it’s straight out of a science-fiction movie, but it’s not from the future. David Gathu and Moses Kinyua, two young men from Nairobi, Kenya, have created a bio-robotic prosthetic arm that could change the lives of disabled Kenyans and the future of prosthetics entirely.

SHOPPE BLACK Nov 10, 2021


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