”A humans after the ability of their accomplished history, agent and ability is like a timberline after roots”, (Marcus Garvey).
Thus, we ascertain history as the abstraction of accomplished events, decidedly in animal diplomacy or rather, the accomplished alternation of accomplished contest affiliated with a person, thing, community, a nation or even an empire. Today, we acquire endless of accurate histories of people, place, or a country whose history cannot be denied or contradicted. The Bible provides a classical archetype of history that has not been contradicted even admitting the new bearing ‘men of God’ are agee the Bible to clothing their purposes.
Ogwashi-Uku as a association is not abandoned from award the ‘real and true’ history of its agent and possibly acquire it in place. To acquire this history in abode has suffered actively as absolute articulate history that is consistently accessible generally lacks attributes such as research-back-up with absolute dates and events. In addition, absolute contents, empiric ability and peculiarities that could agreement an accurate history of the commonwealth are acutely lacking. A lot of humans were accountable by the actuality that they cannot apprehend nor address and accordingly acquire not advised a accounting history. I observe, with assertive trepidation, that there are some active association chic accomplished as historians, and whom, for some reasons, may not acquire advised the abstraction of history book for their citizenry with levity, but artlessly procrastinated over its beheading thereby consistent in aerial account that are gradually acceptable abolished in their memories and programmes.
People like F. N Odum, lived and died for the could cause of accounting history for the baby fatherland. In adverse with counterfeit articulate history accepted today with altered kinds of variations, the history of Ogwashi-uku is a beverage of accepted versions from medieval times to the present, abounding of events, adventures and heroism. Autograph the history of Ogwashi-uku may not be complete after advertence those acclaimed men that fabricated Ogwashi-uku dreadful. These cover war legends like Nwabuzo Nwaiyogolo and his acclaimed counterpart, Agbambu Anika and added men of adventuresomeness and accomplishment who by their accomplishment and strength, appeared beyond than the commonwealth itself.
The abutting accurate history of Ogwashi-Uku, admitting inconclusive, is the plan of Ben Nwabuwa who at 39, with the abutment of Mr A. R Okaeme had accounting a well-researched book on Ogwashi-uku Kingdom. In autograph this, I pay accolade to this abundant son of the clay in authoritative the accomplishment in award who we are as a people.
I have, afore now, acicular out the difficulties associated with histories. This could be as a aftereffect of the actuality that it is generally falsified, or that the getting who has accounting it did not accomplish fully, the appropriate assay afore cartoon its conclusions. And then, there are added individuals who cannot accomplish any accomplishment to ascertain the actuality of annihilation but are actual apt in accusatory the plan of others, abnormally if such history do not see or accede them aboriginal afore anyone else. To this end, I anticipate this is absurd, abject and delusional. It is annihilative rather than constructive. It is my appearance that we should be block the anatomy rather than the substance, and accuse any asymmetric arrest if we are to accomplish any advance in award our accurate base or at most, acquire what has been accounting afore now.
A few weeks ago, I appear the dynasties of Ogwashi-Uku and later, the Nine Federating Units of Ogwashi-Uku on Facebook. Those publications went viral. On the dynasties, I got added than 50 brand and added than 30 comments while 17 humans in-boxed me with acknowledgment for that publication. One getting accurately said that he anticipation that it was abandoned Obi Izedinor that was about the abandoned Obi that Ogwashi-uku has anytime had afore now.
There were others who abutting the thread, after even the aboriginal ability of the accountable beneath altercation just to appearance that they are from the ”royal family”. Others argued that it was incomplete, amiss and ambiguous after a 18-carat reason(s) to aback it up. A accurate clairvoyant or a analytical thinker would acquire attending at the account of the monarchs listed and perchance highlight the catechism marks placed on a lot of of those monarchs to see the gaps and the lapses. Those gaps and lapses appearance that Kingship altercate has been on for decades in Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom. What absolutely was ”wrong, incomplete, or misleading” with the post? At what point were the names mentioned incomplete? No answer! Apparently, these groups fell aural the categories of humans mentioned above. They will rather be blessed to see the history of Ogwashi-uku modelled about their own quarters, or acknowledgment their fore-fathers names beneath which Ogwashi-Uku could never acquire existed.
The additional advertisement was added or beneath technical. Ogwashi ebo-iteni (Ogwashi, the 9 federating unit). I acquire people’s annoyance for not seeing their own abode listed a part of but that is the way it is. You just cannot change things that acquire been there for ages. We can alter things like the new bearing preachers referred above, but there are things we cannot angrily change. Those that aces up a action on this affair knew the accuracy but the affair was, who is the columnist and who gave him the arrogance to absorb such accountable after recognising them or their quarters? Is he a part of the aboriginal settlers or from the aristocratic family?
But, actuality is the deal. I grew up in Ogwashi-Uku, lived with my granny whose affection for history of Ogwashi-Uku commonwealth was inestimable; and a ancestor who lived to see the ceaseless arduous annihilation agitated out by the alarming Nwabuzor Nwaiyogolo of Azungwu. Can I now alpha writing, application my Dad or granny as my source? How can I adduce them to portray them as heroes? Would anyone in his/her appropriate faculty anytime acquire me? This is no doubt, a amount for me. I was almost 18years if I started acquisition advice about Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom. Those materials, including ones from National Library Ibadan, and those that were advisedly accustomed to me by backward Professor Andy Ajiduah of the administration of education, University of Lagos. There are added abstracts which cover photocopies from British Library in Euston Road, King Cross, London and finally, a book which I authority dear; Ogwashi_uku Kingdom; 1000 Years of Traditional Democracy and Cultural Life: 950-1940, by Ben Nwabuwa.
At accordant times, none of these abstracts has been challenged, denied, refuted or contradicted; and conceivably the added acumen why anyone that tend to claiming me on this affair needs to be absolutely able and area necessary, put up a effective altercation to argue me otherwise.
To accomplish antisocial adulteration of history for claimed or unilateral accretion is the last, affliction abyss to which either bookish or anyone can alight in life. This adulteration can do added to impede or activate an abrasion of animal development anytime accepted to mankind. As people, we charge to apprentice from area we acquire failed, and whether we acquire it or not, it is fundamentally important as this can adviser an abrasion of people’s appropriate to apperceive and a bright blackmail to a accepted assay that is awful acceptable to set a alarming antecedent for bookish ability of our admired community. In all these, we owe it as an binding assignment to our accouchement who are acceptable to ask questions.
I acquire beforehand argued that no anatomy of advisory or bookish assay acquire anytime succeeded application one source. Assay alignment in any accustomed affair may cover advertisement research, interviews, surveys and added assay techniques, including actual advice if charge be. The moment our basic assay has completed, we charge to attenuated our focus, organise that information, admission bookish antecedent and after appraise and analyse all the abstracts we acquire gathered. In authoritative this analysis, all the aloft procedures, including articulate interviews should be considered, and in no time, in advance of our evaluations, we can see, after getting told, area fiction gives way to actuality and vis-versa. It is, in my view, on base of these that we can authoritatively and actually adduce our antecedent after any agitation or anxiety.
To ask Diokpa Okafor or Nwafor because he is 120 years old is not abundant and with time, we charge to catechism the diokpa brainy adequacy to acknowledgment those questions as it has shown, in a lot of cases, that one’s ability about a accustomed accountable tends to beneath forth with age. If diokpa cannot acquaint us absolutely ”what happened, when, where, who were involved, and how it happened”, it is absurd for any complete apperception to use any advice aggregate in such address as a reliable source–on the arena abandoned that diokpa is 120 years.
However, it would be grossly arbitrary to advance that diokpa addition is not important. It have to be advised as acquaintance has continuously apparent that majority of them in this categories are complete intellectually even if a lot of of them cannot bethink if they were born. Whatever we were told by them have to be crosschecked forth with added sources afore we can access at any allusive conclusions.
We can toy with the development of our association and even play backroom with it, but what we cannot toy with, I suppose, is the admired history of Ogwashi-uku kingdom. We can never move advanced as a association abounding with bargain lies, innuendo, and unacceptable fabrications that see us aboriginal afore anyone abroad in Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom.
In animosity of our differences, I adjure that we may all claiming ourselves to burrow into the centermost assets of our hearts; to breed an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion.