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 The "Black Axe" lads: Some topical observations

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Cap419kicker
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear baiting gurus,

As I have been researching this topic for inclusions into insult baiting, the information I came across is a bit disturbing. I searched the forums here and the last time this topic was brought up as a whole thread topic was circa 2006. Therefore, moderators, I thought a new topic would suffice since: a.) I do not want the "thread necroing" accusation and b.) some newer members might find this information interesting on both the scam baiting and ethnographic levels.

The "black axe" is a name for a confraternity loosely related to the Neo-Black Movement of Africa . From a look at the NBA's website, the organization appears on the "up and up" as the requirements for membership are:

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Qualifying criteria

* Graduate of a higher institution of learning and of good academic standing
* Be of good character and law abiding
* Are not and have never been a member of a campus confraternity
* Be of sound mind and body
* Subscribe to the ideals of the Neo Black Movement of Africa


some links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo_Black_Movement_of_Africa#Qualifying_criteria
http://www.nbmafrica.com/

These aforementioned attributes probably disqualify the average, undereducated cafe boy in Festac Town. Now this website I am linking you to tells a the real story of the "Black Axe:"
http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/research/rir/?action=record.viewrec&gotorec=433931

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Initiation

Offiong's portrayal of Black Axe initiation ceremonies echoes a research report published in 2001. Sam O. Smah of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria describes the ceremonies as "gruesome, bloody, and barbaric" and says that, true to their secret nature, the ceremonies take place in forests or in cemeteries, usually around a bonfire, and involve dancing, singing, drug taking, the drinking of human blood, and the rape of women (Smah May 2001, 14). Offiong adds that all fraternities initiate new members on Saturdays at midnight (Offiong 2003, 82). For some cults, initiates undergo what Offiong calls the "test of manhood," which involves being flogged, kicked, and hit with belts and sticks while stripped to the pants, before being taken to the "'island'," or initiation site (ibid.). The initiates take an oath of secrecy around a bon fire and put on their fraternity clothes; they are then given a new name and made to sign a membership scroll and provide their thumbprint in blood (ibid.). Drinking, dancing, drug taking, and drumming begin when the new members are presented to the larger group (ibid., 82-83) and end in the early hours of the morning with a procession (called the "'jolly'" by the Black Axe) to the new members' lodgings (ibid., 83).


A big difference from the Neo Black movement's official African website. Just thought I'd share some research on my journey of trying to figure out these scammers.

Cap419

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Cap419kicker wrote:
I thought a new topic would suffice since: a.) I do not want the "thread necroing" accusation


Thanks, you avoided that quite nicely. Very Happy Fresh information is better anyway. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've done a little research myself into Confraternities Cap419kicker, and they often start out with honourable purposes and intentions but usually degenerate into little more than criminal street gangs, and compete with each other for the extremity of violence in attacking other Confraternities.

As you can see from my siggy line I appear to have become an honorary Norseman and have saved some useful Ladspeak passages that can be used to verify my credentials as a bona fide member.

Other gangs (which also have female only groups reputed to act as sex fodder for the male Confraternities) are the Air Lords, Pyrates and others with quite bizarre names and even weirder mythologies.

A lot of Lads will brag of being a member simply to clothe themselves in the aura of toughness it gives them. Like telling your pals that you are a 'made man'.

Top of the tree in the violence stakes are the Delta Confraternities which operate as irregular armies attacking oil installations with automatic weapons and embodying juju rituals.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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Just thought I'd share some research on my journey of trying to figure out these scammers.


Sorry captain, but It disturbs me that you assume because an organization has an all black membership, and a Nigerain acedemic has cast them in a bad light, it doesn't make them ALL scammers.

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Drinking, dancing, drug taking, and drumming
See what I mean, it could be the Daily Mail at an outlaw bike club's party.

I've seen biker clubs classed as criminal organisations all my life, it ain't necessarily so.

One of my lads is a member of the axemen, but it doesn't mean they are all scammers.

I'm locking this for now, your mileage may vary with other mods.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't see anything that pops out to me in the OP that shows any connection between neo-black cofraternities and 419 scammers.

This would be like if I made a post detailing the history of the KKK -- it may be historically correct and even interesting, but it doesn't have anything to do with baiting. If you want to throw insults at lads by calling them members of certain organizations, that's fine and dandy, but again, I just don't see the relevance of your post.

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