A man called Idu belongs to one of the ruling classes but when he was denied his royal position, he staged a break away and stayed at Otukpo- their present abode. What they did in annoyance was to create their own dialect in order to have a separate identity by creating what Igala calls Adale (Twisted language) except for those words that can hardly be twisted. For example: “Oma Idu” in a twisted language becomes “Idu Oma”
Most Idoma people left Egume area to Idoma land. Idoma was still under Igala kingdom until 1947 when they had their own chiefdom. The Ochi Idoma stool is rotated between Idoma and Igede people.
Our visitation to Ochi Idoma’s palace, whose greeting is: “Gabaidu” like the Attah Igala. Agaba in Idoma language means “lion” while “Idu” in Igala means “lion”. At the palace, we saw a shrine with a tree in the centre. A tree with one stem having four different species of entirely another plant, one towards the east, another to the west, yet another to the north and the last to the south. They are conspicuously distinctive. This is what we call genetic engineering in the highest order but this time in African science.