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 Akuma-Kalu Njoku Ph.D.

 Associate Professor
 Western Kentucky University

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Akuma-Kula &
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Interface Between Igbo Theology & Christianity  

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Interface Between Igbo Theology and Christianity by  Aluma Kalu Njoku (Author/Editor& Elochukwu Uzukwu Editor

From Freedom to Freedom - New book by Dr. J. A.Njoku

1st World Igbo Arts & Cultural Festival
July 24th - 26th, 2014 
at the Frontier Museum in Staunton, Virginia

Recieving Ohamadike Ndi Igbo

(Translation: The people know who is hero)

Dr. & Mrs. Nina Njoku recieve title and are honored by  Chief Garry Enwo-Igariwey, President-General Ohaneze Ndigbo; Eze Nri Ènweleána II Obidiegwu Onyeso; His Royal Highness Eze Nelson Nwosu and Dr. Nwachukwu A. Anakwenze at the 1st World Igbo Arts & Cultural Festival in Staunton, VA

"If it is to be it is up to Us."  

Dr. Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph.D. Associate Professor at WKU assisting in building structures at Igbo Farm Village in Frontier Museum located at Staunton, VA 2010.-

--Akuma-Kula Njoku Ph.D. March 2013 Staunton, VA

Reaching back to Africa for reconnection has always been important to African-Americans. Alex Haley's 1976 novel, "Roots": The Saga of an American Family, resulting from retracing the roots of his family to a West African village in The Gambia named Juffure, is perhaps the best known example.

                     Edward Wilmot Blyden (8-3-1832 to 2-7-1912)    

Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 – 7 February 1912) was an Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. He also taught for five years in Sierra Leone, and his writings were influential in both countries.  From 1855-1856, Blydenedited the Liberia Herald and wrote the column, "A Voice From Bleeding Africa". Courtesy of The New York Public Library.  

      Other notable African American leaders who had, long before Haley, journeyed back to Africa include Edward W. Blyden, Marcus Garvey and W. E. B. Du Bois. 

         Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., August 17, 1887 to June 10, 1940       Mr. W. E. B. Du Bois  Photo: US Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a53178    Mr. Marcus Garvey On June 10, 1940, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., August 17, 1887 to June 10, 1940

         Also worth mentioning among these heroes of the Back to Africa movement is William David Coleman who together with other African Americans from Ashland Kentucky migrated to Liberia and named their settlement Clay-Ashland.

        Their settlement was named after Henry Clay, a powerful Senator from Kentucky who advocated for a colony for free African Americans in Africa and their former Ashland home-place in America.

Read this book to understand the "Back to Africa" movements from the perspective of the Trailblazers!

Dr. Njoku & Emmanuel returning from the Atlantic Ocean while retracing slave route through Coconut Island Nigera Africa.

More Information or to schedule 
book signings & speaking engagements: 

Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph.D.

Retired Associate Professor,
Western Kentucky University 

West African Cultural Heritage Education and Tourism

(WACHET) Institute
299 Westwood Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42103
Phone: (270) 320-0852

Visit Akuma-Kalu Njoku's, 

"Broadly, I am interested in the folklore of forced historical population movements, especially those resulting from the encroaching Sahara, the depletion of farmlands, wars in Africa, and the Atlantic slave trade. I am presently working on the transatlantic slave journeys of the Igbo people of Nigeria together with the issues of their forced relocations and settlement patterns, survival, and the establishment of Igbo community traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.  
Since 1999, I have been researching and writing about the material culture, verbal lore, and historical narratives of Igbo slave journeys from Nigeria to Virginia and through the Underground Railroad to freedom in the United States, as well as the reconnection of Africans and African Americans of Igbo descent long separated by the tragic events of Atlantic slave trade.  
Since 2006, I have been using relevant lessons from my folklore studies to help shape the preparedness of Igbo immigrants in America to reestablish their ethnic community tradition in the United States. I organize and facilitate reconnection events at the Igbo Farm Village in Staunton, Virginia. The Igbo Farm Village, an outdoor museum exhibit in Staunton provides a context very close to the Igbo cultural environment for experiencing and learning Igbo culture in America."
Excerpt from his Western Kentrucky University Faculty Page. 
Dr. Nnjoku chained in Badagru at Mobe House Museum as he retraces Atlantic Slave Routes from Nigeria to America.
B.A. Music, University of Nigeria

M.A. Historical Musicology, Michigan State University

Ph.D. Ethnomusicology/Folklore, Indiana Univ.

I had seen his work on-line and contacted them. I met Dr. Akuma-Kalu & Mrs. Nina Njoku, in person last year at the World Igbo Assembly Conference at the Frontier Museum in Staunton, VA.  
He and his wife have continued to assist me as a resource to verify the customs, language and interpretation of artifacts and cultural history of Igbo and West African ethenic groups. He also has so much expertise and knowledge on the African American and other cultures in America.  

 "We are not of thoes who drew back ...."
---- "Osinachi "  July 2014
Dr. J.A. Njoku with research team, recieving white clay fromchief at the ancestral village shrine of ututu, Nigeria.
Other Publications by Dr. Amaka-Kulu Njoku:
Creative Americanization 
 (First Edition)  2013.

While there are many approaches to teaching diversity, Creative Americanization explores how we consciously transform cultural products to suit more mainstream American tastes. With cultures mixing and mingling, different products are constantly modified and transformed, creating varieties that can be a genuine source of individual, communal, and national strength. More
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 Creative Americanization by Dr. J.A.K Njoku
“Before the Middle Passage: Igbo Slave Journeys to Old Calabar and Bonny” Repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade: The Interior of the Bight of Biafra and the African Diaspora, edited by Carolyn Brown and Paul Lovejoy. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press (2011) 57-69.

Amamihe: The Basis of Igbo Culture and Character formation. Goldline and Jacobs Publishers, NJ, Canada, and Owerri, 2010.Dr. Njoku and research team tracing the Atlantic Slave routes to the Long Juju of Arochukwu, Nigeria.

ENYI BIAFRA: Regimental Drill, Duty Songs, and Cadences from Biafra.

Goldline and Jacobs Publishers,
NJ and Owerri, 2009.

To order your copy of the song book today,
make your check for $12.50 payable to:

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Dr. Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph.D.
299 Westwood Avenue 
Bowling Green, KY 42103

ENYI BIAFRA by Dr. Akuma-Kalu. Njoku, Ph.D.

     So you do 

    not forget...

  “The Atlantic Slave      Trade, Colonialism,  Gender, and Class  Transformations in the  Bight of Biafra.

Hinterland” in Olaudah Equano and the World. Edited by Chima Korieh. Africa World Press, (2009), Pp. 203-217.

“Civil Society Practices among the Igbo People of Nigeria,” in Comparative Perspective of Civil Society, edited by Robert Dibie. Lexington Books 2008, Pp. 209-223.

Oral tradition and the material culture of the Atlantic slave trade as historical source: evidence from the Bight of Biafra hinterland. In The Aftermath of Slavery: Transitions and Transformations in Southeastern Nigeria. Edited by Chima J. Korieh and Femi J. Kolapo. Trenton, NJ: African World Press, Inc. 2007, pp. 136-157.


Dr. J.A.K, Njoku receiving Kola from Chief and Ritual specialist at Abuma, Nigeria, while they were retracing Atlantic slave trade routes Nigeria to America.

Dr. Akuma-Kalu, Njoku receiving Kola from Chief and Ritual specialist at Abuma, Nigeria, while they were retracing Atlantic slave trade routes Nigeria to America.

 Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph.D. has been conducting research on folklore and the material culture of the Atlantic Slave trade in Nigeria.

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“Igbo Mkpa”

Means to make Service,
our primary mandate.


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Dr. Akuma-Kalu Njoku, Ph

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