Charleston, SC- Wakanda, The fictional African country appearing in comic books and on the big screen was under the Kingship of South Carolina native Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa. Well move over Wakanda, the true life African Igala Kingdom located in Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria equally has a South Carolina native Kingdom official, Nizar Idah Edibo, Kelvin M Blufton, Sr., The official Onu Igala of South Carolina, United States of America. Nizar, whose birth name is Kelvin M. Blufton, Sr., Baptist Hill High School graduate and Hollywood resident, was installed via zoom by Igala Kingdom Ambassador Ayegba Abdullahi on Saturday, January 16th 2021. Citizens of the Igala Kingdom and Igalas worldwide were celebrating proclaiming, Nago, Nago, Acheee. Nizar is no superhero but he is a 22 year law enforcement veteran, former member of Charleston Police SWAT Team, Special Operations Tactical Squad and he’s a disabled US Army Veteran.
Nizar is a Gullah Interpretive Realism Painter whose collection is considered the largest of Anti-slavery, Collective Resistance art in America. During the same ceremony, Queen Mother honors were bestowed upon Vivian Allen, a longtime Charleston resident, now known as Queen Mother Emah Ahliellah. Nizar praised her as a very influential teacher who inspired him and others to pursue their African ancestry and to pursue their greatest potential.
The Igala Kingdom attained the height of its fame during the mid 17th century It diminished in size due to European encroachments, colonialism and forced removal of Igala citizens to the Americas and the Caribbeans.Come join us as we embark upon the journey to reconnect our Igala community here in the United States, beginning with Charleston, South Carolina, the Ancestral Capitol of America.
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