Dr. Jacob Abdullahi
The First Nigerian People: First Editionby: Dr. Jacob Abdullahi
This book presents the facts of history that most of us with different tongues were from the same stock, and that once upon a time, we had lived together as brothers, sisters and kinsmen in the same location; have spoken one language of which separation brought about dialectical differences. This is to say that, we can now come together in a fresh union for our common goals.
Primarily, the book seeks to increase appreciation of Niger area peoples, ideas, resources and achievements before the British partition of Africa. It is a view of our capabilities, potentials, gifts and capacity to channel our relationship to the world in terms of fostering our identity and belonging.
We wish to celebrate Niger area peoples. Why? Because despite our separations, we are also the Nigeria locus of politics, security. Commerce, science and technology, invention and creativity.
It is important for us to re-ignite our friendship, brotherliness and cordial relationship that existed during the time when many things were not documented.
Nigeria is a multi-ethnic nationality but there are questions that keep coming to minds vis-à-vis:
Who are the Omane (landlords) or the first occupants of the land that later became Nigeria?
Who were the people that occupied the juiciest part of the country in the pre-colonial era?
We are going to beam our searching light on Igala country, Bini Kingdom, Oyo Empire, Jukun (Kwararafa) kingdom, Aro and the caliphate.
Finally, I may have stumbled and omitted some communities/ethnic groups that have strong affiliation to the Niger area people; to them, I beg for your indulgence and the drawing of my attention thereto craved. Naturally, I hope there will be more edition of this work.
Publisher: Winners Diagnostic and Resource Center
Publish Date: 2017
Page Count: 85