A five-part series on Afro-Latin Americans by Miami Herald. The black experience is unveiled through a journey: to Nicaragua, where a quite but powerful civil and cultural rights movements flickers while in neighboring Honduras, the black Garífuna community fights for cultural survival; to the Dominican Republic where African lineage is not always embraced; to Brazil, home to the world’s second largest population of African descent.

Contemplating eastern concepts condenses and incorporates sceneries into an old iconic form; packed with sacred motifs and emblems constituting the work of art. This concept confirms the interactive and conversing narrative characteristic that takes numerous sensual, realistic and abstract geometric forms, swinging between the peripheral and inner dimensions of impressionist formation and art work structure. The interaction between plastic arts components incorporates the essential characteristics of expression, forming my simplification order based on insignia that combines narration with expression.

In February 1897, the British Empire waged war on the old Benin Kingdom. At the end of the battle, Benin City was burnt to ashes. The Oba of Benin was deposed, most of his chiefs murdered, numerous innocent lives were lost. The war, apparently Obinali Egele, general manager of Markets and Investments, producers of Crown Fraud, said was punishment for the Benin people for not accepting the occupation of the white men who invaded their lands. The British invaders also looted over 3000 Benin artefacts of monumental cultural heritage, which held the secret to the events that shaped the history of Benin

The scandal emerged when it was revealed that most of the 21 girls and 82 boys were from Chad, and had relatives who were still alive. During their trial in the Chadian capital N’Djamena last year, the aid workers said they had been tricked into thinking the children were from the troubled Sudanese province of Darfur.The six have since been returned to France to serve out their jail terms.

Ndigbo are known to be very cultural and traditional people. Aspects of Igbo culture are usually on display for all to see during certain ceremonies in Igbo land such as Igba Nkwu (traditional marriage ceremony), Ichi echi chi (title taking) and others. At these ceremonies, Ndigbo try as much as possible to showcase their music, dance and food. There is also a bit of fashion on display at such events but any casual observer will easily notice the lack of cohesion in the choice of dresses in terms of projecting what truly may be regarded as the Igbo dress. Perhaps this may be because this generation of Ndigbo do not have any such understanding, or they may not have been told any better by their parents and members of the old generation, thus it is common to see young men and women parading themselves in multi-cultural attires.  While the men regale in their red capped outfits, the women adorn themselves elegantly in beautifully patterned attires which could be made of lace, jacquard, brocade and akwete clothes.

When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country's citizens as "we," not "they"? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?

The core issue, and central theme of our deliberations today I believe, is the allocation of constitutional roles to traditional rulers. A question therefore arises on whether these agitations are purely in the national interest (for country), in the interests of the subjects (the citizens) or just in the ‘selfish’ interest of His Highnesses (for Kingdom). Life teaches us that it is always advisable to give people the benefit of the doubt, in that sense I would want to think that the clamour and agitation by the traditional rulers for constitutional recognition is purely in the national interest (for country).

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