Documentation of our history was initially handwork of some European missionaries during the colonial era. Some learned Africans that wrote the history books favoured one ethnic group and suppressed the other. Survival of the fittest that characterized the pre-colonial era came into play during the colonial period and is still manifesting in various shades and colours in form of tribalism, marginalization, deprivation of individual’s right and privileges because of either ethnic religion or regional affiliation.
However, past history is helpful in at least two main ways. One, they constantly caution us of our past glory, mistakes and errors, and two, they eloquently dictate our mapping out better strategies for understanding ourselves.
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.
Dr. Jacob .J Abdullahi
Publisher: Winners Diagnostic and Resource Center
Publish Date: 2017
Page Count: 110