by Ital Iman I
Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM
This is a story about the plight of a people trying to preserve their history from the powers that be of Jacksonville Florida who threatens its existence with pending demolition, this story is that truth be known about this small spiritual community of Jacksonville Florida whose foundation goes back to the 1920’s this is the story of place named ADORKAVILLE after a African princess who came to American to redeem African Americans…..
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Greetings and salutations of peace
I’m writing this story that the world learn of the plight of some humble people.
These people are very God fearing folk., this is not a simple story yet the people of this story are very down to earth. Come with me to this lovely forest walk. 5621 Dabula DR. let us traverse time. first we will walk down this dirt road away from the follies of the world in the forest setting just off of US 1 known as new kings road Jacksonville Florida. we have entered the enchanted forest Home and foundation of The Missionary African universal Church, on our right we can see a lovely white church a place of worship, there is a a school here, under ancient tall pines where children played under enchanted boughs an African-American community thrives, homes are here about 13 for the members it is self sustained a very self-sufficient enclave ; a well has been dug there is water here, the people are happy, they are taught their history the bible, and several African dialects
This is the original habitat of the believers and adherents to the Teachings of one who was sent by God and blessed by seven African Kings one known to them as ‘Mother Kofi’ (Laura Adorka Kofi)
This place was named ADORKAVILLE. In their own words this community is a self-help project
Of the missionary African universal church, inc. (Laura Adorka of Blessed Memory, Founder)
Come rest yourself from weary travel sit with me under these tall pines of time I will now give you a little history of this phenomenal enigma in time, open your hearts and mind to this great mystery of love.
You will find this drama to be tragic upon the stage of time ,but very uplifting as was the intent of it’s creator the divine mother kofi,like Jesus she moved among some who received her not, and for her love for her people was recipient of the same lot.
Taken from a document titled (know your history.)
Let us now look at our history before I tell you of our current plight my reason for writing this article in story form if you will. It was written
“ work until the birth of Jesus.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he promised to send the Holy Ghost (Acts 1: 8 – 9). One day his disciples gathered into an upper room (Acts 1:13 – 14). Also represented at this meeting were men and women from Jerusalem and other nations upon the Earth (Acts 2: 5 – 11). The group was a universal body of Christians or Christ followers and believers, a non-denomination with a universal belief for “whosoever will”.
Thousand of years past and man continued sin. God was not pleased with mankind, especially with those who transgressed against him and refuse to discontinue their wicked ways. By the late 1400’s and 1500’s, slavery was used in Africa by Europeans to further their economic expansion and colonization into America and the Caribbean Islands. God forewarned his people of the impending acts of trickery, deceit and containment. However, the warnings were unheeded. Many of the western coastal countries of Africa, including Ghana, Liberia, and Ivory Coast were manipulated, misled or in some cases participated in the enslavement of their own people. Men, women and children were forced onto slave ships. Fearing the treatment of an unknown western world, women tossed their children into the shark infested Atlantic Ocean. It is estimated that over three hundred years, at least 2 million people were forced into slavery.
God heard the cries and prayers of African people in America as they endured hardships. Families were divided and sold at auctions, like farm animals. African women were raped, the men beaten and killed. Children and adults worked on plantations owned by white settlers. Yet, God, being All Mighty and Merciful, answered their prayers. God freed the slaves, just as God delivered the Children of Israel from Egypt. God worked on the hearts and minds of government officials and the nation to abolish slavery.
At the end of slavery and many years afterwards, conditions for African Americans were deplorable. Many were abused and faced discrimination from those who refuse to accept the end of slavery. Nonetheless, African Americans prayed to God for freedom from oppression and a better life for their children. God heard the prayers of his people. As with many occasions during biblical history, God sends a messenger or prophet to deliver his message.
In 1926, God sent an African Princess, Laura Adorka Kofi to come to America to deliver his program of deliverance, salvation and empowerment. Through dreams and visions, God told the Princess and her father that, he (God) wanted to use the Princess until he could find a man to do the job. The African King and leaders in Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) endorsed her plan and provided her with legal documents to represent them.
During 1926 – 1927, the Princess was respectively known as “Mother Kofi”. Yet, she encountered opposition from ministers and prominent African American leaders that refused to accept God’s program. The program included:
Salvation - Accept Jesus as the Savior and discontinue sinful ways.
Redemption - Return to God as a God-fearing people.
Dignity and Pride – Not ashamed of your culture, origin, the motherland Africa
Empowerment – Self-help, education, economic development in and between America and Africa.
The ministers and community leaders in New York City and Detroit would not accept the program that Mother Kofi brought to America. She connected with Marcus Garvey until he was arrested. Disagreements with Garvey followers and opposition from religious leaders lead her to realize that she would have to start a church and run God’s program through the church. Mother Kofi named the church, The African Universal Church and Commercial League. Mother Kofi established the church with the term “universal” because as being part of the name of her church in Ghana, she reaffirmed the establishment of a Universal Church as did the Apostles and the men and women from other nations around the world (Acts 2: 5 – 11).
In 1927 – 1928, Mother Kofi visited the southern states of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida. Thousands of people who heard her speak enrolled their names into the church. Mother Kofi knew that she would give her life for the cause of Gods’ Program. On March 8, 1928, Mother Kofi was assassination in Miami, Florida, preaching the gospel. Prior to her death, Mother Kofi foretold of a man that was little but “mighty loud”, would establish the governmental (administrative) affairs of her program. His name was Rev. Nyombolo, a/k/a, Lil’ Brother.
In early 1930s, Rev. Nyombolo became associated with the African Universal Church, after being invited by officers to visit the church. He pledged to continue the works started by Mother Kofi. He created the governing foundation and organizational structure of African Universal Churches. He was instrumental in developing Christian and cultural programs for the African Universal Church. He established a bi-lingual order-of-service of English and Bantu. He also worked as an instructor at Walker Business College. Rev. Nyombolo held several college degrees and spoke at least six different languages.
After sending representatives to Ghana, a new church was started as the Missionary African Universal Church, Inc. Other African Universal Churches wanted self-autonomy and made it difficult for the Churches to act under one governing body. Ultimately, Rev. Nyombolo committed to leading the Missionary African Universal Church the way “God told him to do”. There were other individuals that dedicated themselves to the program. Bishop Eugene P. McCarroll, a/k/a “Tshaka”, John Townsend, Deacon Longmire, Deacon Nettles, Ernest Sears, and many others committed themselves to the Program that God entrusted to Mother Kofi.
Many years later, Rev. Nyombolo became ill and was hospitalized. He died on July 7, 1970. Thereafter, the Assistant Pastor, Rev. Oliver Lewis became the pastor of the church. Rev. Lewis was successful in the creation of the Mandarin "Oak Tree" Mission Ministry many years before he became pastor. Rev. Lewis led the church similar to Rev. Nyombolo. Rev. Lewis died unexpectedly in October 20, 1974.
Lifetime member, Rev. Robert E. Keyes, II became pastor of the Missionary African Universal Church on July 17, 1977. Rev. Keyes continued the ministry and encountered numerous struggles and challenges. The State of Florida required all churches that were incorporated prior to 1970 to be re-incorporated, with by-laws. Franklin Ajaye, a former, but distant member of the African Universal Church family coerced members and officers to nullify the church doctrines and resign their positions. Faced with an ensuing division of the church body, Rev. Keyes 'stood fast' and was successful in preserving the principles and doctrines of the church. Opposing members living on church property refused to comply with county tax assessment on non-sanctuary and parish church properties. Opposing members elected a new board to manage the church. Before the issue could be resolved, Rev. Keyes died November 26, 1985.
Rev. Elbert Moreland, Jr. served as associate pastor in December 1985 until he became pastor in December 1986. By the spring of 1987, senior member and Trustee Matilda Horn endorsed Rev. Moreland's desire to "leave the past" and start a new church, at a new location. Leased buildings were used as a sanctuary until a permanent site was found.
On May 20, 1988, a meeting was held by the congregation to start a new church and select officers. Rev. Moreland named the church, Tabernacle African Universal Church; Inc. Tabernacle African Universal Church was established as the home office of Founder’s Program. The soon-to-be new church and Founder’s home office instituted the Princesses’ ministry and Rev. Nyombolo’s principles and teachings that were neglected by members of the original church.
The chartering officers of the founder’s home office, Kubi Keyes, Bertha Mae Moreland and Pauline Keyes, incorporated the church, in the State of Florida. Under Rev. Moreland's leadership, the church started a fellowship program, obtained a new church building and increased the membership. God truly blessed the ministry so that many young people found the church to be a true inspiration to their lives. On June 1999, the Lord led Rev. Moreland to pursue his ministry elsewhere.
In December 1998, Rev. Robert E. Keyes, III was called into the ministry. He became pastor in September 2000. Under the current leadership, Rev. Keyes expanded the existing church fellowship program, started a Christian media relations program and made structural improvements to the sanctuary and established a multi-purpose building. Under Rev. Keyes leadership, the church has:
Paid off mortgage 18 months early
Acquired transportation for pick-up of members and guests.
Developed summer youth programs
Conduct quarterly healthy eating and living sessions
Annual revival and workshop
Expanded website sites
Cultural and history classes
Future plans include development of outreach ministry for economic empowerment within the local community and Africa.”
AS we learn from the above there was a split of the church from its orginal foundation of Adorkaville founded by ’lil brother’ the reverend E. B. Nyombolo, I was commissioned by the daughters of Rev Nyombolo to write this story who currently hold the deeds to the remaining properties of Adorkaville
Which is still the foundation of the movement of Mother Kofi,who are now challenged by the municipal code compliance division of Jacksonville Florida, all of the 13 structures have been demolished by the city save the church and a few other structures. The demolition of the historic church and few other structures are pending. My endeavor here is to cause out that the global public join us in the preservation of our beloved vision and heritage, note that the final notice (demolition) was printed march 8, 2012
Which is the same date and month of the assassination of our beloved mother kofi. We see and feel a conspiracy of the government and ex church members to
Wipe away the true foundation of the universal church which is at Dabula drive. Note that the word Dabula is Zulu meaning split, which projects the wisdom and vision of Rev. E.B. Nyombolo
Who must have known that there would be a split of the church that today his Daughters are fighting so hard to hold together. We ask your support o readers of this word in the saving of our divine heritage. From my research I feel that the city will move on the community by August of this year as ‘mother’ was murdered march 8 1928 and was not buried until five month later being august, as we can see the final notice of demolition was printed march 8 2012
For this is indeed a spiritual matter.
Please note: in my research of this story I called the municipal code compliance division
Today 4-19-2012 (904) 255-7000
“We are calling in reference to case # 2011-23662
Print date: march 8-2012
Would like to know the status from your office
We are planning a visit to your offices next week to proceed in rectifying this problem etc. we enlist your assistance in the correct action of this process it is our desire to begin work on this project that will be satisfactory to your office.. My name is Ital Imani my phone number is 904-557-6046”
I was given contact information to the supervisor of the district and his senior officer
Mr. Cody 904 - 255 7033- senior.
Supervisor of the district. 904- 255 7008 Danny Cornell
Contact his secretary. Around 4:23 pm Thursday April 19 2012
Mr. Danny Cornell was out of his office and town would not be back till Tuesday(day we had planed to go down) we were informed that he would be in his office on Wednesday, so an appointment was unofficially set for that date at time of opening
Eight o’clock AM, we were informed that secretary would e-mail him and inform Mr. Danny Cornell of our
Coming to his office. She stated that he could be with another client, etc. so I told her that we would have to come early…..so the time was set for 8 AM Wednesday 4 - 25- 2012
We ask you to call these numbers and express your concerns that Adorkaville be aloud to be resurrected to its orginal state in time, we ask your support in what ever way you can. Note that the opposing factor of the Adorkaville is located in another part of Jacksonville Florida also called kings Road under the leadership of the Keyes Family. coincidental ?
we will report the story as it unfold
-Ital Iman I
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