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LTZ470 Dec 14, 2010 4:46 AM

ZS7 iA Mode A Close Friend's photos
This is a close friend...sold him the ZS7...and him and his family have taken these shots in iA Mode...I thought they came out well even though several are ISO400...

Clint501 Dec 14, 2010 7:31 AM

Great shots Cole - tell us more about your friend and his family.

LTZ470 Dec 14, 2010 8:51 AM

His name is Austin Efeadue...He is the Rig Manager here in West Africa...he is Nigerian...He was Knighted within his Church as an Elder he has been very admiring to work with as a man of God...the photo with his family is food stuffs they were delivering to the local orphanage in Port Harcourt, is known as "PH"...we work offshore out of Calabar, Nigeria very near Cameroun border...
Austin and I have known each other for 7 years and are close Brothers...being from Louisiana and seeing the KKK meetings and cross burnings, coming from a prejudist has been a blessing from God to work here and come to love the Nigerian people...
What many folks don't understand is the West Africans are the one's that started slavery not the "oyibo" or white man as they call us...they would capture another tribe(s) and sell them as slaves to the Spanish, English, Dutch who would come down and bring Goods, Whiskey, & Gin and get the ole Chief's drunk and trade for the slaves and then take them back to Europe or the US for a huge profit...
So after all these years of being mislead...the story is written on the town Courthouse Walls in Calabar, Nigeria about who started the slave trade...
The methods of recruiting slaves on the coast were very inhuman. The indigenous raiding parties (Nigerians) went into the interior to capture a great many slaves by force. Chiefs in the villages firstly gave out all their criminals, debtors and rivals for payment. Healthy young men, then woman and even children would be shackled together and taken down river in boats to Calabar. The local Efik 'Middlemen' finally traded with the ships captains for goods... copper rods and manillas, beads and cowrie shells, guns and gun powder, brass pans, cloth, rum and whiskey, gin and tobacco. Much killing went on, with all parties in agreement with the prime objective of making their own profit at the cost of human lives. The chiefs and Kings of Duke Town were so keen for the trade to continue that every year they took young albino girls down river opposite Parrot Island to sacrifice them to the deity 'Ndem Efik'. The last sacrifice was in 1868. These sacrifices were intended to be an inducement to enable the white traders to continue to come up river for the slave trade. Many Europeans, especially the English, did not just tolerate or respect the gods or deities, but became involved for the purpose of protection and fulfilment of business agreements.

Clint501 Dec 14, 2010 9:10 AM

Thanks for sharing that - it's really interesting. It has amazed me that people can be so cruel to each other. To me it all points to the reason for the upcoming season. For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son.

saly Dec 14, 2010 10:44 AM

Great story LTZ, a humbling reminder how good life is for most of us now and that we still have a long way to go. Thank you so much for sharing and best wishes to your friend.

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