On this day in the year 6032 AX (August 14, 1791 Gregorian year) one of the most influential and significant events in Máwùfenu (Afrikan) history occurred when over 300 captive Máwùfɛnugbeto (Afrikan people) gathered together and performed a Vodún ceremony that would start what is commonly called the Ayiti (Haitian) Revolution. This revolution led to the freedom of not only the captive Afrikans of Ayiti but also to the creation of the first Afrikan republic in the West. It should be noted that this ceremony was led by a woman Vodún priest.
This event reverberated throughout the world, striking the fear of Xévíoso (thunder deity) in the hearts and minds of the captive-holding and non-captive holding yovo (whited and so called native Americans that were holding our ancestors in captivity). Memories of this event lasted for decades and no doubt was a primary influence on the German Cost Uprising of 6052 AX (January 1811), the Nat Turner Uprising of 6072 AX (August 1831), and the Afrikan Maroons who lived in a marshy area of the confluence of the Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers (Alabama) who maintained their independence up until at least 6111 AX (1870). The latter is very significant in that it was in this Alabama Maroon community that the ancestor of His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogbagan (founder of this site and Gànlɔdó Kilɔmbonu Xotɔme), Sagbaju, found refuge and was afforded the opportunity to never be held captive. It was this very Ayiti Revolution that would greatly influence Axosu Agelogbagan and help shape his Maroon philosophy he coined the Kilombo Paradigm.
Of special note is that it was through their Vodún spiritual and cultural foundation that these Afrikans freed themselves and became a nation. Another note is that they didn’t ask for their freedom. They did not ask to become a nation. They took their freedom and became a nation through their own sovereignty.
For Gànlɔdó, the Ayiti Revolution actually started on this date, even though the date that the physical act of Afrikans beginning to eliminate whites began on August 21, 1791. Thus, for Gànlɔdó, the Ayiti Revolution has a two-part start. In Vodún and for Afrikans in their Afrikan minds, the physical manifestation is first a spiritual phenomenon.
Today we salute you in the spirit of Maroon sovereignty, Afrikan warriorship and Afrikan love saying Happy and Strong Ayiti Revolution Day.