Thomas Peters also known as Thomas Potters and Olaudah Equiano was born June 25 1738 in Nigeria and died 1792 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He was one of the Black Loyalists Founding Fathers of Sierra Leone. Peters, along with David George, Moses Wilkinson, Cato Perkins, and Joseph Leonard, were influential blacks who recruited African settlers in Nova Scotia to colonize Sierra Leone.
Peters was a former African-American slave who fled North Carolina with the British during the American Revolutionary War and later ended up as a leader in Freetown.
Thomas Peters has been called the first African-American hero. Peters, like Elijah Johnson and Joseph Jenkins Roberts of Liberia, are considered the African-American founding fathers of a nation
From 1776 to 2008 Americans elected white presidents, since the civil rights movement African Americans participated in electing white presidents. President Barack Obama was elected first African American president in 2008 and reelected in 2012, since then the conservatives have blamed him for everything from the economy, terrorism, the Central American children at the Texas border to Ebola.
Governor Rick Perry of Texas, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the Republican Party claimed President Barack Obamais responsible for the children fleeing war and poverty in their homeland (Central America) because he encouraged them to come. They blamed President Obama for ISIS, a war they started.
The conservatives blamed President Barack Obama for Ebola and yesterday their leading mouthpiece Bill Kristol backed by Mary Matalin joined the chorus of conservatives calling for the quarantine of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. They asked all 2016 Republican presidential candidates beat President Obama with the Ebola whip, mind you President Obama is not running for office in 2016.
You see Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have one thing in common they don’t have oil. Maybe by luck or design Nigeria the largest oil producer in Africa was able to contain the spread of Ebola. The WHO moved swiftly to declare Nigeria Ebola free, you see the US gets a big chunk of its oil from Nigeria.
During the SARS epidemic in Asia, the US did not quarantine China their “breadbasket” or any other affected countries in Asia they had strong economic ties to. Yes the World Health Organization showed up to contain the spread of SARS in Asia, the Africans are not so lucky.
The country affected the most by Ebola is Liberia, the only American colony in Africa, populated by descendants of American slaves. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky believes the Republicans can get a third of the African American vote in one circle if they play them the right songs. So Senator Rand Paul is on the road meeting “African American Leaders” playing them songs from his playlist while blaming President Obama for Ebola and for not quarantining the Africans, play on players.
Jacqueline Kakembo backstage interview on Operation Crossroads Africa 50th anniversary event hosted at The Nigeria Embassy on Sept 20, 2008 in Washington,DC. This video is courtesy of Juju Films Productions.
All cultures around the world celebrate their ancestors. Americans tell stories about their founding fathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson etc to the point of idol worshiping Living by every word these men wrote as the law of the land. They call them their founding fathers and soon enough they will be their forefathers and ancestors. We read stories about Moses, Abraham, Jesus that tell us that they are our forefathers and ancestors also that Jesus is the son of our God.
Growing up in Nigeria my father told me stories about my forefathers and ancestors. In school I was taught about great African men and women almost as a footnote. I was also taught that the white man’s stories was more important than my father’s stories. So they imposed the christian doctrine, continued bible education. In school I had to wear their cloths, eat their food, speak their language or be ridiculed and punished when I spoke in my native language. I had to be like the white man without question, even though I knew I would never grow up to be a white man.
So I keep it gully by telling my seeds stories of their forefathers and ancestors. How their forefather was a king captured from Abeokuta in modern day Nigeria, enslaved in America became a runaway slave and a freeman in Freetown, Sierra Leone only to be king again. How their grandfather was a farmer, athlete, photographer and an avid filmmaker in Nigeria. From the 1950’s capturing random images on film and print. How he would ride his motorbike from Ibadan, Oyo State to Araromi in Ondo State Nigeria. The same man who would make that same trip with a bull cow stuffed in the back of his Renault hatchback.
So I wish the billions of christians around the world peace as you celebrate your ancestor Jesus.