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  • Reading: Game of Thrones
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  • Eating: Cream Chicken Rice
  • Drinking: Water
Last year for my master's I wrote a thesis paper on the discrimination that Biracial individuals receive from all walks and facets of community and life depending on their mix and how much they lean towards it. Now what I plan to do since my skin tone leans to the more Caucasian side is to let my hair grow out. (it has to a ridiculous length) and I will go to a stylist and have my now annoyingly long hair changed to look more like it belongs on a Northern European individual and see if I am treated any differently for it. As for my voice, I sound like how Americans think a stereotypical British person sounds for the most part (you can hear the Igbo a bit if you know West African accents). I likely will but this will confirm or disprove what I wrote about in my thesis paper so that I can have physical evidence to back it up. I will walk around stores, drive down the street with a nice looking car (rented), and go to more "white areas" and see.


Day 1: First few hours after styling the hair, I am being constantly mistaken for a person of Spanish Origin. First notice of the day, went to a branch of my bank that I had not been to before. Decided to talk business with a Caucasian teller, gave a very warm and friendly handshake and spoke in gentle and pleasant tones. After business was conducted, pretended to sit down and wait to meet up with someone, saw individual greet a Black American client, conversation was noticeably a lot stiffer and teller was a lot less warm and inviting and seemed like he wanted the man to leave. Edit: It was pointed out that I did not state the behaviour of the client after me. He was, as is colloquially said, all smiles and tried to be friendly with the teller, more so than I was. Whilst I wore a t-shirt and jeans he wore a business suit, so logically he should have seemed a more desirable customer than I.

Day 2: Went book shopping for some textbooks, nothing occurred that I noticed. Will buy more textbooks when the rest become available. Learned that I need 3 different gels, had to learn to use them in order, and two kinds of brushes and a comb plus how to tie a bonnet around my hair properly and will have to purchase a hair dryer. Perhaps the most levity of the day was my fiance asking me if I wished to get my hair done with her at some unspecified date in the future. That should add more to people consistently mistaking me for a woman all the time but I digress. Just adding some filler, I should not realistically expect to find evidence of racism every single day, if I find less than I assumed then that should be a good thing right?

Day 3: No activity of note that occurred today except me somehow failing to properly use a hand held hair dryer. For those who asked here are the before and after pictures of my hair.
Archosauria - Win 20140211 204756 by Ikechi1

That was me before the style
ARCHOSAURIA - new hair by Ikechi1

This is myself now.

Day 4: Martin Luther King Jr Day, not expecting to get any data on this day.

Day 5: A lot more results and data this time. I sat on the bus near a bunch of Nigerians commenting in Igbo (Baltimore has a lot of Nigerians) on how that "white man" (me, though the word they were using for white person was not exactly a nice word) had been styling his hair. I told them after a while in Igbo that I could understand every word and they were in shock and asked how a "white man" could speak a Nigerian tongue and I had to inform them that I was half-Nigerian myself. I also surprised the Slovakian bus driver who was thinking that I was a British/Spanish mix. To note, even before the hair change I have never been acknowledged by Nigerians as being one even when I lived there because I looked to different from them so that was not exactly new. Especially in my home village I had to convince a lot of the people that I was my mother's son :). In more interesting news I sat down for hot chocolate in Starbucks after buying some textbooks ($500 to rent a bunch of textbooks for just one semester is a robbery in my opinion). Then I had the opportunity to run into 3 police officers who immediately spotted that I was mixed from the onset, they said it was their job to be observant about facial structures and genetics when doing forensics and other law related things. Interested in my paper one of the policemen, who looked as Stereotypically white as you can possibly get, complete with a semi "porn mustache" informed me that he was actually ethnically Jewish/African-American and that he had a lot of experience in this regard. The other two cops were Polish and Czech (Baltimore has everyone it seems). They did answer a lot of questions and got into a philosophical discussion with themselves about biraciality and how Biracials should not be forced to identify with either of their parent races just because of their parent races and that they should forge their own identity. Although their biggest surprise was the news when it came up that in all my years of living in the United States I have never had a Taco or a Hamburger. They asked if that was a British thing. I was later recommended that if I wanted to get more interesting results to visit Hartford, Jessup, Cecil and Salisbury county in Maryland as the local people there are known to be less than amicable to minorities especially Cecil county (which is where my American High School was located) which has a well established KKK membership (was not fun encountering those elements when I was a teenager).

Day 6: Waaaay to cold for anything to be done. Major shops and other places are closed due to inclement weather.

Day 7: No data to be found, except finding the wavy hair at war with the straight.

Day 8: As I was walking I came upon a wall that had the hashtag #blacklivesmatter posted all over it with faces of the dead. To my surprise there was a Nigerian name on the list, and it was my sister's friend that had been killed by police on January 1st. As I was observing the mural an African-American man walked by saying, "Nice to see a white man taking an interest and seeing what that's about." Well, for one thing, it's not fair to say that white people would have no interests in how these individuals died just because of the colour of their skin.

Day 9: No data collected

Day 10: No data collected

Day 11: I don't see how someone could mistake me for Al Sharpton. They said it was the hair but I don't see it. Frankly I'm too light to be confused with Al Sharpton, also I have no idea what Al Sharpton would be doing in Baltimore right now. Ran into another Nigerian assuming that I was British, so to surprise the person I switched my accent to a Pidgin English (a form of English spoken in Nigeria) one and enjoyed the surprise on the man's face.
Bard-Arse Crocotuloct by Ikechi1
Bard-Arse Crocotuloct
The size chart made by Thomas Parker-Tomozaurus tomozaurus.deviantart.com/. This one has Crocotuloct the Sarcosuchus, I will toss cookies to people who can figure out the joke behind that name :) This is another piece to show the relative size of the characters.

Experiments size chart 1>ikechi1.deviantart.com/art/Cla…
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Experiments size chart 3
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Claiming the Throne Page 84 by Ikechi1
Claiming the Throne Page 84
Story is written by me
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I really don't like this new link system of deviantart honestly, I much prefer the old system, it didn't make things cluttered as I'm trying to organize in chapter rows. Can someone tell me how to link my pages in a way that does not get them shown, because it is quite annoying. That aside, welcome to 2015, my grades are excellent, my hair is changed, my fiance is awesome and the dinosaur rumble is on the drawing board. All bets are in for who will win and I hope the fight is satisfactory. Yes Ada I know we haven't seen you proper in a while.
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Zamfara/Anka by Ikechi1
Zamfara/Anka
Collaboration with HopelessPandora

Kebbi and Gwari

Gobir, Katsina and Zaria

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Blood of the Kingdoms story featuring all the characters>ikechi1.deviantart.com/art/Blo…

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Disclaimer: Like previous Hetalia works this is to represent historical events in a anthropomorphic light as to better understand history before encouraging others to learn more on their own. This time we are looking at Zamfara. This will be scant as most of the history is oral and I will have to remove some of the more "fantastical" bits of their history to tell it proper.

Zamfara settled into her region circa the 11th century C.E and like many of the other cultures in the region, the only way she decided to survive was through economic trade. With the use of the the rivers Rima (to the North West) and Kaura (to the South West) Zamfara was able to engage in river trading making her a micro port city compared to many of the other Hausa states that would rely on Oasises for their source of water. With the use of two rivers farming became easy and for centuries she had a continous food surplus that made her extremely valuable to many of the other northern tribes for becoming a large food supply. Many of the northern tribes wanted to find a way to gain exclusive rights over her resources and away from the empires to the West of their lands like the Mali Empire and those that came after it. Though she did eventually participate in the wars that would push back those empires Zamfara was able to remain very politically neutral and peaceful for the most part.

To give an idea of her position in ancient times, Zamafara was the equivalent of an Islamic Switzerland in terms of its neutrality. With the resources that she had available, no state, not even the approaching Portuguese Empire wanted to break the trade deals, and did not interfere with her territory until the 16th century. Then things took a turn for the worse. A lot of the Northern tribes under Gobir's new Emirate adopted Hausa-Kano's tongue and her capital had to be shifted due to the Songhai Empire using her as a border test to eventually reclaim its former holdings in the area. Zamfara was forced to leave her former capital of Dutsi and form a new captial which she called Birnin Zamfara. Angered she and many of the other northern tribes staged successful retaliatory strikes against the Songhai Empire and drove them back.

After the successful defeat of the Songhai Empire in the mid 1600s to Zamfara's surprise Gobir declared war on her, desiring her tactical location that could successfully repel any more incursions from the west. Thus began a 15 year war between the two tribes that for the most part Zamfara was losing until pleas were sent to Katsina and Kebbi and the three smashed Gobir's ability to declare war. Though major combat operations were ended this would not stop Gobir from probing her territory over the years. This came to a head in the 1700s when Gobir made a decisive attack that burned her capital to the ground forcing her to flee. When she fled Gobir installed a puppet in the form of one of the smaller tribes, Yandoto and gave him his own city in the region, Yandoto city.

Zamfara ended up in what would become Niger where she sought refuge with Hausa-Zinder and many of the other tribes in the region. Zamafra would have to wait until the next century to even get a chance to break Gobir's holds over her lands. In a stroke of luck in 1804 Gobir made the mistake of angering one of the strongest tribes in the area, Fulani-Fula and Zamfara used the opportunity to provide whatever aid she could to Fulani-Fula to completely smash Gobir's power base and take control from Yandoto. Zamfara, Fulani-Woodabe, Fulani-Fula, Fulani-Ilorin and others who rallied to the cause of the Fulani-Jihad swept away the Hausa kingdoms establishing the Sokoto Caliphate which eventually became the Hausa-Fulani sokoto caliphate when Fulani-Fula cast her eyes on Hausa-Kano. As a reward for her service Zamfara was given back her lands and got a new capital named Anka in the middle 1800s with the new feature of it having a large Fulani population as part of its mix.

She started a new city as well called Gusau which became a trade city especially in dealing with the British, and she had a garrison city to deal with the likes of Gobir and Kebbi should the two ever feel like tampering with her borders. For most of the 19th century Zamfara was having an easy time, until Sir Frederick Lugard and the British empire decided that the north should be one of their colonies. The British took over and Gusau was used as a major trading port by them. Zamafara was the main point in the north for rail networks which would prove useful in both World Wars when the railways were used to allow French colonial troops to move from their nations into Nigeria to repel German colonial forces.

After Nigeria was established as a nation in 1960 Zamfara was part of a coalition called the North West states that acted a food supplier to Fulani-Fula and Hausa-Kano during the Biafran War against Nri-Igbo but still had semi-independent ambitions. But while she waited she turned Gusau into an intellectual powerhouse of a city, prompting many Islamic scholars to visit and marvel at the vast libraries she had. In the 1980s Zamfara's position was changed as a member of the North West States, to the single state of Sokoto where she was kept under the control of Hausa-Kano. She would finally get her wish in 1996 with Kanuri giving her a state under the Sani Abacha regime where she installed a version of Sharia Law in her new state. Despite this Zamafra encouraged a melting pot in her state, inviting Nri-Igbo, Tiv, Gwari,  Kamuku, Kambari, Dukawa, Bussawa, Yoruba, Kanuri, Zambara, and Nupe to all visit and have some of their people settle in her city. Her reasoning being that having such a melting pot would reduce hostile action from any part of Nigeria against her. When not pursuing intellectual pursuits she invested heavily in agriculture and gold farming in 2001 which would bloom in 2005. In 2002 Zamfara realized that she did not have a strong economic base for oil like many of the other tribes and instead decided to artificially create her own oil supply. It was not oil for fuel, rather it was vegetable oil which she found, through trial and error that she was able to extract from cotton making her one of the largest suppliers in vegetable oil.

Disclaimer: I cannot talk about the 2009 Zamfara gold poisoning epidemic as that is too recent to be considered proper history. I will properly go into detail regarding that history in 2019.
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I'm well aware that in most aspects of Islamic faith that images of the Prophet Muhammad are not allowed to be produced. But what if say we could have a time window, not a time machine, that would allow us to view the lives of people in the past and would it be considered haram or sacrilege to observe the life of the real Muhammad since technically it is not an image but an observance.
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Femi Kuti
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Battlestar Galactica
  • Playing: Rome 2 Total War
  • Eating: Cream Chicken Rice
  • Drinking: Water
Last year for my master's I wrote a thesis paper on the discrimination that Biracial individuals receive from all walks and facets of community and life depending on their mix and how much they lean towards it. Now what I plan to do since my skin tone leans to the more Caucasian side is to let my hair grow out. (it has to a ridiculous length) and I will go to a stylist and have my now annoyingly long hair changed to look more like it belongs on a Northern European individual and see if I am treated any differently for it. As for my voice, I sound like how Americans think a stereotypical British person sounds for the most part (you can hear the Igbo a bit if you know West African accents). I likely will but this will confirm or disprove what I wrote about in my thesis paper so that I can have physical evidence to back it up. I will walk around stores, drive down the street with a nice looking car (rented), and go to more "white areas" and see.


Day 1: First few hours after styling the hair, I am being constantly mistaken for a person of Spanish Origin. First notice of the day, went to a branch of my bank that I had not been to before. Decided to talk business with a Caucasian teller, gave a very warm and friendly handshake and spoke in gentle and pleasant tones. After business was conducted, pretended to sit down and wait to meet up with someone, saw individual greet a Black American client, conversation was noticeably a lot stiffer and teller was a lot less warm and inviting and seemed like he wanted the man to leave. Edit: It was pointed out that I did not state the behaviour of the client after me. He was, as is colloquially said, all smiles and tried to be friendly with the teller, more so than I was. Whilst I wore a t-shirt and jeans he wore a business suit, so logically he should have seemed a more desirable customer than I.

Day 2: Went book shopping for some textbooks, nothing occurred that I noticed. Will buy more textbooks when the rest become available. Learned that I need 3 different gels, had to learn to use them in order, and two kinds of brushes and a comb plus how to tie a bonnet around my hair properly and will have to purchase a hair dryer. Perhaps the most levity of the day was my fiance asking me if I wished to get my hair done with her at some unspecified date in the future. That should add more to people consistently mistaking me for a woman all the time but I digress. Just adding some filler, I should not realistically expect to find evidence of racism every single day, if I find less than I assumed then that should be a good thing right?

Day 3: No activity of note that occurred today except me somehow failing to properly use a hand held hair dryer. For those who asked here are the before and after pictures of my hair.
Archosauria - Win 20140211 204756 by Ikechi1

That was me before the style
ARCHOSAURIA - new hair by Ikechi1

This is myself now.

Day 4: Martin Luther King Jr Day, not expecting to get any data on this day.

Day 5: A lot more results and data this time. I sat on the bus near a bunch of Nigerians commenting in Igbo (Baltimore has a lot of Nigerians) on how that "white man" (me, though the word they were using for white person was not exactly a nice word) had been styling his hair. I told them after a while in Igbo that I could understand every word and they were in shock and asked how a "white man" could speak a Nigerian tongue and I had to inform them that I was half-Nigerian myself. I also surprised the Slovakian bus driver who was thinking that I was a British/Spanish mix. To note, even before the hair change I have never been acknowledged by Nigerians as being one even when I lived there because I looked to different from them so that was not exactly new. Especially in my home village I had to convince a lot of the people that I was my mother's son :). In more interesting news I sat down for hot chocolate in Starbucks after buying some textbooks ($500 to rent a bunch of textbooks for just one semester is a robbery in my opinion). Then I had the opportunity to run into 3 police officers who immediately spotted that I was mixed from the onset, they said it was their job to be observant about facial structures and genetics when doing forensics and other law related things. Interested in my paper one of the policemen, who looked as Stereotypically white as you can possibly get, complete with a semi "porn mustache" informed me that he was actually ethnically Jewish/African-American and that he had a lot of experience in this regard. The other two cops were Polish and Czech (Baltimore has everyone it seems). They did answer a lot of questions and got into a philosophical discussion with themselves about biraciality and how Biracials should not be forced to identify with either of their parent races just because of their parent races and that they should forge their own identity. Although their biggest surprise was the news when it came up that in all my years of living in the United States I have never had a Taco or a Hamburger. They asked if that was a British thing. I was later recommended that if I wanted to get more interesting results to visit Hartford, Jessup, Cecil and Salisbury county in Maryland as the local people there are known to be less than amicable to minorities especially Cecil county (which is where my American High School was located) which has a well established KKK membership (was not fun encountering those elements when I was a teenager).

Day 6: Waaaay to cold for anything to be done. Major shops and other places are closed due to inclement weather.

Day 7: No data to be found, except finding the wavy hair at war with the straight.

Day 8: As I was walking I came upon a wall that had the hashtag #blacklivesmatter posted all over it with faces of the dead. To my surprise there was a Nigerian name on the list, and it was my sister's friend that had been killed by police on January 1st. As I was observing the mural an African-American man walked by saying, "Nice to see a white man taking an interest and seeing what that's about." Well, for one thing, it's not fair to say that white people would have no interests in how these individuals died just because of the colour of their skin.

Day 9: No data collected

Day 10: No data collected

Day 11: I don't see how someone could mistake me for Al Sharpton. They said it was the hair but I don't see it. Frankly I'm too light to be confused with Al Sharpton, also I have no idea what Al Sharpton would be doing in Baltimore right now. Ran into another Nigerian assuming that I was British, so to surprise the person I switched my accent to a Pidgin English (a form of English spoken in Nigeria) one and enjoyed the surprise on the man's face.

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Im a guy thats not afraid to say what i think and i like to be open minded

Current Residence: Baltimore
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Cody Galuardi
Favourite style of art: Literature
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Black Panther
Personal Quote: The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion.
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Favourite non tyrannosaur dinosaur character 

38%
10 deviants said The Dilophosaurus (Ahiga)
23%
6 deviants said The Parasaurolophus (Sonata)
19%
5 deviants said The Allosaurus (Aurancap)
15%
4 deviants said Lacuterr (The Spinosaurus)
4%
1 deviant said The Diplodocus (Ferus Pontus)

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TheUltimateDarkness Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Hey man!

Don't suppose you've heard about Primal Carnage: Extinction?
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I'm very aware of it
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TheUltimateDarkness Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
I feel the rage in the text lol

BTW what's your name on the forums if I may ask?
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
mrtyranno504
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thanks a lot for faving my Paleontologists! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
as a guy who digs dinosaurs (dig in the excavate sense) and history I appreciate you showcasing famous historical contributors to the history of the field, including the Queen of Paleontology herself. I wonder if you would do characters like 'Georges Cuvier and the mastodon' or
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
I am very glad that People who actually dig up dinosaurs take interest in my drawings! :D Thank you very much for the sugesstion! I will write Georges Cuvier and his Mastodon on the list :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cuvier is known for may other discoveries such as Mosasaurus yes, but he really helped fix the idea that extinct was a thing with the mastodon and proved that the Indian and African elephants were different animals using the Mastodon fossils. I believe you can see in my much older gallery the Camarasaurus that we dug up
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David-Dennis Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're pretty amazing...
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh? ok thanks
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