Eboes (Igbos) in Bonny, what Captain Hugh Crow wrote about them.

Discussion in 'Igbo Talk' started by Izu, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    In 1830, Captain Hugh Crow, a British Anti-Slavery Officer, wrote:

    "The inhabitants of Bonny, when our author last visited that port, amounted to about 3,000. They are chiefly a mixture of the Eboe, or Heebo, and the Brass tribes; the latter deriving their name from the importation into their country, which lies to the northward and westward of Bonny, of a kind of European-made brass pans, known in the trade by the name of neptunes, and used for the making of palm oil and salt, with which last the countries in the interior have been supplied by the coast from the earliest times on record. The article is now largely imported from Liverpool, both to Bonny and Calabar.

    The Eboes, who are also from a neighbouring country, have already been spoken of as a superior race, and the inhabitants, generally, are a fair dealing people, and much inclined to a friendly traffic with Europeans, who humour their peculiarities. Their general honesty, when the loose nature of their laws, as respects Europeans, and the almost entire absence of the moral influence of religion amongst them, are considered, affords a favourable prognostic of what the negro character would be if placed under the restraints and precepts of an enlightened system of jurisdiction.

    It is probable (and this opinion is entertained by Captain Adams and others) that Bonny, and the towns on the low line of the coast on either side of it were originally peopled from the Eboe country, and that before the commencement of the slave trade, if it then existed; the inhabitants employed themselves in the making of salt, by evaporation from sea water." Page

    Memoirs of the late Captain Hugh Crow of Liverpool: comprising a narrative of his life together with descriptive sketches of the western coast of Africa, particularly of Bonny; the manners and customs of the inhabitants, the productions of the soil, and the trade of the country, by Crow, Hugh, 1765-1829
    Published 1830.

    Credits to Emeka Maduewesi.
  2. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    The attachment -
  3. Onye

    Onye Admin Staff Member

    The people must have been assimilated well because no Bonny person identifies as Igbo today.
  4. Izu

    Izu Admin Staff Member

    Don't think it's entirely like that, Rivers State is a State with a very high 'we are not Igbo' awareness. This is a product of propaganda of the civil war led by Awolowo and Gowon, planned and monitored by British government.

    When we look at language side, Ibani is now fazing out while Igbo is becoming popular with days. Most of them, even those that speak Ibani understand Igbo. I had a Bonny friend Sodienye, she speaks Ibani but understands Igbo.

    The 'we are not Igbo' syndrome is as a result of the post war hate against Igbo in most if those areas, they see Igbo as 'semi abomination' so most of them are even shameful to admit they have anything to do with Igbo.

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