Commemorating the Nawɔnkúvɔ

This weekend at the Gànlɔdó Vodun Maroon Monarchy we remember the Nawɔnkúvɔ. In the Fon dialect of the Aja language, Nawɔnkúvɔ is the proper term used to represent the major nadir of Máwùfenumeto lee (Afrikans) in Máwùfe (Afrika), the horrid advent of the captivity of our kulito Máwùfenumeto (Afrikan Ancestors), and the utter chaos and oppression that we experience to date. However, in this we find a way to honor and celebrate the resilience of our ancestors of good character and our ability to raise ourselves beyond the degeneracy of previous and current times. It is during this time we heal by acknowledging the truth of how our ancestors;  one of them being 98% of them were hunted down and sold by other Afrikans to the yovo (non Afrikans, but in this case “white” people) eventually landing on evil plantations where they toiled the rest of their lives. Many were prisoners of war which does not justify this diabolical event any further. Thus, to remember the Nawɔnkúvɔ is to be ever present to pain and damage of captivity, the internal fall of Afrikans, oppression, kwk which in turn sparks us to be ever vigilant in finding solutions for these ills leading us towards sovereignty. Lastly, the Nawɔnkúvɔ implores us to acknowledge and actively deal with our eternal enemy – the non-Afrikan. This is why our monarchy is called Gànlɔdó from the longer Aja phrase “ߦߋ ߘߏ ߜ߯ߊߣ ߜߊ ߖߟߊ ߘߏ ߘߏߜ߳ߏ ߕߎߕߏ ߥߋ – Ye do gan gba jla do dokpo tuto we”– those that broke the chains to restore order“. 

Today We Celebrate the Liberation Effort of Nat Turner at Ganlodo

Ku do azan Gufon Nat Turner, mavomavo! “Greetings on this Nat Turner Rebellion Day!”

Today we celebrate the gufonu (rebellious) spirit and warrior actions of the great ancestor Nat Turner (mavomavo – Aja word to spiritually honor a great spirit) and those who followed him who took the idea of liberation and freedom in their own hands. They did not wait on the yovo to tell them they were free. They KILLED the yovo (whites) -children, their female dogs (“women”), and all,  rightfully so, to become free. Unfortunately, the rebellion was put to a stop because of, you guessed it, house negroes. These same negroes are around now and many hide behind Afrikan clothing and Afrikan spiritual systems.

However Gufonto Nat Turner , mavomavo, inspired the spirit in Maroonage in many captive Afrikans in the amerikkkas, encouraging them to not only leave the physical plantation and physical so called master but the also to rid the captive plantation and so called master from their minds. We are inspired today by the profound actions of Nat Turner, mavomavo, at the Ganlodo Maroon Monarchy. His spirit will only get stronger.

Celebrating the Founding of Ganlodo – the Only Maroon Afrikan Monarchy

Hwetanu Galodo!

This weekend we celebrate the 7th anniversary of the founding of Ganlodo Xotome (Ganlodo Monarchy). The name Ganlodo comes from the Aja-Fon phrase ye do gan gba jla do kpodo tuto we – Those that broke the chains to restore orderIt was founded in the year 6253 AX (May 2012) as a strictly Kilombonu (Maroon) monarchy for Afrikan people only. Ganlodo prides itself on character, merit, integrity, family development, nation building, and the goal of sovereignty.

The paramount monarch and founder is His Imperial Majesty, or Axosu Axosu lee ton in Aja language, Axosu Agelogbagan Agbovi. Ganlodo is based primarily in the Aja culture of Southern Benin Republic and is firmly rooted therein. Ganlodo is not only a monarchy but a way of life for its citizen-family members. This weekend will see the celebration of the monarchy by its select citizens and friends.

In view of the abject degeneracy that has taken a hold of Afrikan traditions in amerikkka, it is simple to see why Ganlodo’s name means what it does, why it exists, and why a true Maroon king had to be crowned in order to restore integrity, pride, order, and character to African Vodun and, by default, to other Afrikan traditions extant in north amerikkka.

Fongbe Primer: Functional Fon Language for Our Everyday World

fon language book for those in the diaspora

Fongbe Primer: Functional Fongbe for our Everyday World is our first production of a book on an Afrikan language, and the first book written by an “African American” on the Fon language spoken primarily in Southern Benin Republic, but also in as wide a range extending from Southwest Nigeria to Ghana; also used as a ritual language in Brazilian Candomble, and as the basis for the creole language of Ayiti (Haiti) along with its ritual language. Fongbe Primer is an excellent work for those in the beginner to intermediary stages of the Fon language of Southern Benin Republic. Fongbe Primer is unique in that it is a Fon language book that contains a plethora of very valuable West Afrikan Vodun terminology. Fòngbè Primer is the latest addition to the wealth of extant publications and contributions making Afrikan languages accessible to Afrikan descendants. For the first time we have an intelligible, easy to study and read Fon-English resource for English speaking Afrikans seeking to learn the Fon language. With over 9,300 entries, Fongbe Primer is a major contribution to the active movement of Re-Afrikanization via tools assisting with living Afrikan culture.

One does not have a culture without a living language. Therefore, this Fon language book presents the reader with functional Fongbe (Fon language) to be used in everyday situations. To Re-Afrikanize is an arduous process that must include, as one of its most vital components, the resurrection and implementation of Afrikan languages in one’s daily life. Fongbe Primer is a great source for those who have embraced Aja (Fon) culture, especially those that are returning New Afrikan practitioners of the powerful and most ancient spiritual tradition of Vodun – a powerful tradition deeply embedded within Fon culture and people.

Special care has been taken to include all proper tonations (low, mid, high) and special characters with appropriate visual accent marks. This book is a must have for serious students of Afrikan languages and cultures. This book is not just a language book. It is filled with many historical and conceptual facts as they relate to Aja-Fon culture, history, philosophy, and the Vodun spiritual worldview. 

Table of Contents

Preface

About this Book

Path and Purpose

The Alphabet in Fɔ̀ngbè

Expressing Time and Numbers

Months and Days of the Week

Personal Pronouns and Usage

Subjects

Word Addendums that

Shape Meaning

Vocabulary

Verbs

         DuosyllabicVerbs

         Monosyllabic Verbs

Preposition Usage

Kpè Máwú: Praising the Creator

Useful Sentences and Their Structure

Greetings

Proverbial and Oracular Wisdom

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Hwetanu Ganlodo alo Vodun – Official New Year for the Monarchy of Ganlodo and African Vodun

an afrikan new year a vodun new year

Mi ku do xweme sin Kilombo Ganlodo  Xotome  (afternoon greetings to all from the Maroon monarchy of Ganlodo)

Today, being the month of Kulito, day one, in the year 6260 AX (AX – year of the clan or clan formation) marks the xwe yoyo or xwetanu (New Year) for the monarchy of Ganlodo. We wish to extend a warm New Year greeting of blessings, wealth, spiritual prosperity, personal development, spiritual healing, family development and nation building.

It should be noted that this is the official New Year and calendar for our ancient Vodun tradition as put forth by the monarchy of Ganlodo in an effort to restore the integrity, order and proper protocol to Afrikan Vodun – as there has been a big degeneration of the culture in those areas in Mawufe (Afrika) and around the world. Our year starts on the Vernal Equinox so we can also wish you a happy equinox. The days of Afrikanizing european months and observing the off time of their gregorian calendar are over. Join the Ganlodonumeto (person of Ganlodo) in the glorious movement of restoration and nation building through the Kilombo Paradigm.

 

Roots Reading – Learning Your True Afrikan Identity Through the Afrikan Oracle of Ifa

One of the biggest questions as well as dilemmas, for New Afrikan people, is the issue of “Who am I really?” The big business of DNA testing has really been racking in riches based upon the hunger of New Afrikan people to reconnect with their Afrikan true heritage. Without going into many of the scientific inaccuracies of these tests, most of these Afrikans are left wanting and in need of much more information. Often times more questions are created than answers. Many are not aware that there is an Afrikan spiritual cultural way to find out exactly who you are.

In the Yoruba language, the word ipiile means “root, foundation“. In the Fon language of Benin Republic, the word dodo means “origins”. The reading often referred to as a Roots Reading is more properly called Ipiile Fa in Yoruba. It is roughly translated as “the root/foundation according to Fa/Ifa”. This is the reading whereas New Afrikans gather the pertinent spiritual, social, and mundane information reconnecting them to their Afrikan ethnic root. It is one thing to know that you are Afrikan, but even more important to know exactly where you come from. Not only does the Ipile Fa tell you this, but it also tells you such things as if your people were captured, and if so, how your people got into captivity, what kind of family you come from (what they were doing in Mawufe- Aja/Fon word for Afrika-before being captured), what did they do, what side of the family your soul descends from (hence, “root”), family taboos, the deity or deities your family worshiped, the Odu or sacred spiritual sign that governs your family, if one descends from royalty, blacksmiths, merchants, kwk (etc etc), which tribal nation was responsible for them being captured, when they were captured, to which part of the itankale (Yoruba for “diaspora”) they landed in, what happened with them when they got there, what other Afrikan ethnicities entered the family line, if there are any curses (spiritual illnesses) found within the lineage and how to rid the lineage of such ills, kwk (this is Ki Bantu or so-called “Ki Swahili” short for katha wa katha which means “etc., etc.”). Though there are not many priests trained within this system, we encourage all New Afrikans, Afrikans torn away from their Afrikan motherland, to seek out priests that do this very important reading. You do not have to depend on the distorted world of DNA testing companies. Read The Flawed World of DNA-Ancestry Testing Technology.

The Zoto Fa – Finding Your Ancestral Sponsor

The zoto (pronounced jo-to) is a unique West Afrikan Vodun ancestral concept. The word loosely translates as “the person who gives fire to the soul”. This is the ancestor most vested in helping their descendant achieve all of the good in life and avoid the bad. This ancestor is of the same sex as the person whose zoto they are. Often, the zoto will have unfinished business in relation to their own destiny and will seek to achieve that through their descendant. The zoto may have certain taboos, certain proclivities, certain standard for one’s mate choices and the like. Knowing one’s zoto is important for those Afrikans who wish to be complete.

In Vodun, it is preferable to set up a completely separate shrine to one’s zoto. This ancestor is deserving of special attention and a unique kind of veneration. There may be certain items, numbers, colors, kwk that are sacred to the zoto that will often play a part in the construction of the zoto shrine. One can say that the Zoto Fa (Fa divination that reveals the Zoto) is a direct compliment to the Ipiile Fa (Roots Reading).

For the Education of those Sincerely Seeking

It should be noted that this is a West Afrikan Vodun concept carried out by trained bokonon (those initiated to and trained in Fa/Ifá divination). The word zoto is an Aja -Fon) word. If there are those in other Afrikan systems claiming to be able to reveal your zoto, but are not trained in and using Fa divination from the Vodun perspective (people can have training in more than one system), then it is no different than those in Benin who are lying saying that they do Roots Readings when, in fact, the Roots Reading is a uniquely New Afrikan system created in the United States. The people in Benin are not trained in it.

You may contact us through this site on how to go forward with getting a Roots Reading and/or Zoto Reading of your own or at ekaabokilombo@gmail.com. Also, for more clarity, check out our videos African Divination Systems: Finding Your Afrikan Identity Through an Ifa Roots Reading and Real vs. Fake Roots Readings below. All readings are currently done by His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogagan Jisovi Agbovi I

ߊߖ߯ߊߣ ߊߚߐ߯ߛߎ߯ – King’S Day at Ganlodo Kilombo Xotome (Ganlodo Maroon Monarchy)

His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogbagan Agbovi I, paramount axosu (king) of the Kilombo (Maroon) Monarchy of Ganlodo.

This weekend we celebrated the life of our living Kilomboxosu (Maroon king), the Mighty  Crocodile, His Imperial Majesty Axosu Agelogbagan Azasinkpotin Jisovi Agbovi I. This is a time when Afrikan monarchies celebrate the birthday of the monarch, his/her royal ancestors and mother for bringing them to our world.

This king’s day was a success as the king was able to wear and display the first ever Aja culture applique semi-crown/hat made outside of Aja-land (Benin, Togo, parts of Southeastern Nigeria, and parts of Southern Ghana). This has is adorned with the royal totem of this king, the agelo, or mighty crocodile. It was said that the axosu came back to free the cultural shackles that people have imposed on themselves, within, Afrikan traditions. He is one sent to teach the teachers according to the sacred Kpoli Fá/Odù Ifá Gudafliwogbe. We salute the king, his monarchy and his ancestors on this sacred day. Author of 20 publications, all unique, on Isese and African Vodun, the Axosu is here to bring the light to the darkness.

ߚߋ߫ߝ߯ߌ߫ߋ ߊߚߐ߫ – List of the Monarchs of Xévíe

ߚߋ߫ߝ߯ߌ߫ߋ ߊߚߐ߫ – Monarchs of Xévíe

The following is relevant to the Monarchy of Gànlɔdó in that His Imperial Majesty, the     ߊߚߐ߫ߛߎ߫ (Axɔ́sú), ߊ߬ߜ߯ߍ߰ߟߏ߰ߜߊ߰ߜ߯ߊ߰ߣ ߊߖ߯ߊ߰ߛߌߣߜ߳ߏߕߌ߫ߣ ߖߌ߱ߛߝ߯ߌ߰ ߊ߰ߜߐ߰ߝ߱ߌ߰ (Àgɛ̀lògbàgàn Azàsinkpotín Jǐsovì Àgbɔ̀vì I) descends from the ߖߌ߱ߛߝ߯ߌ߰  (Jǐsovì) family of the ߊ߰ߜߐ߰ߝ߱ߌ (Àgbɔ̀vì) clan of the ancient monarchy  ߚߋ߫ߝ߯ߌ߫ߋ (Xévíe, now a city in Southern Benin Republic). He also descends from the royal house called ߚߥߋߟߍߣߜߐߛߎ Xwelɛngbɔsu, or “house of the mighty ram”( of pre-Danxome Xévíe. Xévíe is the home of the thunder deity Xeviósó.

Monarch Title – ߊߚߐ߫ (Axɔ́)

Bolded names represent a female ruler. The Xévíe monarchy was founded by a woman named Ajara. 21 of its 54 monarchs were women. Each name first appears in the N’ko script and then in the Latin script. Both spelling out Aja (Fon) language.

ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ ߊߖߊߙߊ Axɔ́dúdú Ajara -Ajara Dynasty

  1. ߊߖ߯ߊߙߊ Ajara: founder of the monarchy. 5055 – 5094 AX (814-853)
  2. ߖߌ  Ji. Son of Ajara: 5094 – 5131 AX (853 – 890). Trade began with a Westerly monarchy called Dugu. This none but the famous Wagadugu (Ouagadougou) which is the current capital of Burkino Faso.
  3. ߕߌߣߡߏߕߌߣ  Tinmotin: 5131 – 5144 (890-903)
  4. ߗߐߕߐߣߐߣ  Cotonon, daughter of Ji: 5144 – 5171 (903-930)
  5. ߛߍߣߜ߯ߣߟߌ  Seganli, only child of Cotonon: 5172 – 5183 (931 – 942)
  6. ߘߐߘߙߍߣ  Dodren 5183 – 5196 (942 – 955)
  7. ߓߟߊ  Bla 5196 – 5208 (955-67)
  8.  ߝߍ Fe: 5208 – 5224 (967-83)
  9. ߔߐߝ߯ߌ  Povi, nephew of Seganli: 5224 – 5245 (983 – 1004)
  10. ߝߊߥߍߡߍ  Fawememe, son of Povi: 5245 – 5259 (1004-1018)
  11. ߝߊߡߌߕߐߣ  Famiton: 5259 – 5287 (1018-46)
  12. ߖߌߣߐߣ  Jinon, son of Famiton: 5287 – 5299 (1046 – 58)
  13. ߕߍߘߍߜ߳ߋ  Tedekpe: 5301 – 5314 (1060-73)
  14. ߘߍߝ߯ߌߕߍߜ߯ߎ  Devitegu: 5314 – 5331 (1073-1090)
  15. ߕߐߡߌ  Tomi: 5331 – 5337 (1090-1096)

ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ ߚߋߝ߯ߌߙߐߣ­Axɔ́dúdú Xeviton – Xeviton Dynasty

16. ߕߍߜߎ  Tegu: 5337 – 63 (1096 – 1122)

17. ߘߍߜߎ  Dega: 5363 – 79 (1122 – 1138)

18. ߕߐߡߌߕߌߣߛߎ  Tomitinsu: 5379 – 5407 (1138 – 66)

19. ߖߍߖߍ  Jeje: 5408 – 24 (1167-83)

20. ߛߐߛߌߛߊ  Sosisa: 5424 – 40 (1183-1199)

21. ߛߐߝ߯ߌߝ߯ߌ  Sovivi: 5440 – 5456 (1199-1215)

22. ߝߐߣߡߌߖ߯ߌ  Fonmiji: 5456 – 69 (1215-28)

23. ߖߍߝߎߢߊ  Jefunya: 5469 – 5485 (1228-44). Then followed chaos and an 8-year throne less period.

24. ߕߐߜ߯ߊߣߤߟߍߣ  Togahlen: 5493 – 5515 (1252-74)

25. ߕߐߝ߯ߎ  *Tovu: 5515 – 42 (1274 – 1301). This was the time when our towiyo, Fanukun, was made Togan by Tovu. Sota was his wife and founding mother. Fanukun was made togan in 5533 (1292).

26. ߝ߯ߍߕߎߡߌ Vetumi: 5542 – 5554 (1301 – 1313)

27. ߝߦߐߣ  Fyon: 5554 – 59 (1313-18)

ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ ߘߊߣߡߍߙߐ Axɔ́dúdú Danmeto – Danmeto Dynasty

28. ߣߎߢߊߥߍߜߟߊ  *Nunyawegla: 5559 – 69 (1318 – 28. It was during this time that the toganu (“duchy”) founded by toxwiyo (founding ancestor of a lineage or a new aspect of a lineage) Fanukun was recognized as one of the eligible royal houses of Xevie. This was precisely the year 6562. This is the founding of the Xwelɛngbɔsu dynasty. Axɔ́si Nunyawegla also appointed the Jisovi as the custodians and chiefs of the main Jiso thunder deity shrine with the appointment of Fanukun’s son, Jisogla as the Jisogan (chief of the thunder deity named Jiso’s shrine).

29. ߚߏߚߏߓߟߐ  Xoxoblozo: 5568 – 82 (1328-41)

30. ߕߍߛߌ  Tesi: 5582 – 5601 (1341-60)

31. ߜߍߕߊ  Gbeta: 5601 – 12 (1360-71)

32. ߓߐߡߊߜ߯ߏߣ  Bomagon: 5612 – 24 (1371-83)

ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ ߜ߯ߣߤߎ  Axɔ́dúdú Ganhu – Ganhu Dynasty

33. ߚߥߍߜ߯ߊߣ  Xwegan: 5624 – 46 (1383-1405)

34. ߛߐߜߊߖߐߣ  Sogbajon: 5646 – 53 (1405 – 1412)

35. ߜ߯ߎߓߟߊߘߊ  Gublada: 5653 – 5676 (1412-35)

36. ߜ߯ߊߣ  Gan: 5676 – 5692 (1435 – 1451)

37. ߕߐߞߐߘߐߡߍ   Tokodome: 5692 – 5704 (1451 – 1463)

38. ߘߐߜߍ  Dogbe: 5704 – 5712 (1463 – 71)

39. ߝߍߘߙߍߣ  Fedren: 5712 – 5731 (1471 – 90)

40. ߡߊߞߎ  Maku: 5731 – 5751 (1490 – 1510)

41. ߘߍߞߎߣ  Dekun: 5751 – 74 (1510 – 1533)

42. ߤߎߛߌ  Husi: 5774 – 5786 (1533 – 1545)

43. ߤߥߍߝ߯ߌ  Hwevi: 5786 – 5804 (1545 – 1563)

44. ߛߐߞߞߊߘߌߣ  Sokakadin: 5804 – 23 (1563 – 1582)

45. ߕߐߛߌ  Tosi: 5824 – 5848 (1583 – 1607)

46. ߝߊߜ߯ߐߛߌߣ  Fagosin: 5848 – 5864 (1607-1623)

47. ߖߍߛߌߣ  Jesin: 5864 – 5875 (1623 – 1634)

48. ߓߟߌߛߍߣ Blisen: 5875 – 5894 (1634 – 1653)

ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ ߖ߯ߐߤߎߣ Axɔ́dúdú Vohun – Vohun Dynasty

49. ߘߐߡߐDomo: 5894 – 5896 (1653 – 1655)

ߚߥߋߟߍߣߜߐߛߎ ߊߚߐ߫ߘߎ߫ߘߎ߫ Xwelɛngbɔsu Dynasty. Jǐsovì Family.

50. ߝ߯ߍߣߥߊߕߐ  Venwato: 5896 – 5928 (1655 – 87)

51. ߘߍߝ߯ߎߣߖߍߣߐߣ  Devunjenon (a woman): 5928 – 5971 (1687 – 1730)

52. ߊߚߐ߫ߕߐߣ  Axoton: 5971 – 6004 (1730-1763)

53. ߊߟߌߜ߯ߊߣ  Aligan: 6004 – 6041 (1763 – 1800)

54. ߗߍߤߊߣ ߛߊߜ߯ߊߖߎ  Dehan Sagbaju: 6041 – 6042 (1800 – 1801). Assassinated due to a conspiracy partly because of his anti-captivity policies.

6042 (1801) – Crown prince Sagbaju and his family go into exile in Ọ̀yọ́ (powerful Yorùbá monarchy at the time)

6052 – 6071 (1811 – 1830). The illegitimate Hanhun family usurped the throne but ruled in turmoil because the people did not recognize them.

6066 (1823) crown prince Sagbaju, having been recognized as the leader of his people in Oyo, attempts to come back from exile and retake the throne. He and his family are ambushed. Many are killed. Some sold into captivity. He was sold into captivity. This ended the legitimate dynasties in Xevie.

6251 (September 27, 2010) His Imperial Majesty Àgɛ̀lògbàgàn Azàsinkpotín Jǐsovì Àgbɔ̀vì I retrieves the crown, in Amerikkka, 209 years later by being crowned the first Aja-Fon king outside of Máwùfɛ (Afrika)!

only dahomean aja culture king in north america or outside of africa

6253 – The Axɔ́sú founds the Maroon Monarchy of Gànlɔdó.

Note, that the primary language of these dynasties was Aja-Fon. In fact, it was of the Sɛ́to/Xwla variant. They did speak Yoruba when it was introduced. However, their primary language was not Yoruba. That being said, if there are people claiming Aja-Fon (or Aladaxonu/Alladahonu) heritage, but their shrines and language is primarily Yoruba, then they are being dishonest with you. The primary language at Ganlodo, though we speak Yoruba, is the Fon dialect of the Aja – an Aja dialect overstood by many of the Aja people.

A note on our use of N’ko. The “x” in Fongbe represents a hard “h” sound which is not found in Mande languages. Therefore, we use the “ߚ” to represent this sound because the sound that it represents in N’ko (a “rr”) does not exist in Fongbe. If you study N’ko, you will note that a dot is supposed to appear above certain characters distinguishing them from the regular character. Thus, the ߜ with a dot above it would be a “g” and without the dot it represents the “gb” sound. This dot is not available on the N’ko keyboard. Therefore, we use the “߯” character above characters that are supposed to have dots over them. This character would normally be for the long high tone found in Mande languages, but absent in Fongbe. Also, keep in mind that N’ko is written and read from right to left.