Okowa Chal­lenges Africans on Pro­mo­tion of His­tory through Books

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA - Omon-Julius Onabu

Delta State Gov­er­nor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has chal­lenged Africans, es­pe­cially Nige­rian, lead­ers and in­tel­lec­tu­als to pay greater at­ten­tion to doc­u­men­ta­tion of the his­tory and cul­ture of their peo­ple in the in­ter­est of present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Okowa also com­mended the gi­ant strides of the Obi of Owa King­dom and Chair­man, Delta State Coun­cil of Tra­di­tional Rulers, Dr. Em­manuel Efeizomo II, whose peace­ful dis­po­si­tion has trig­gered un­prece­dented progress in his do­main in the last 59 years.

Speak­ing at the re­cent launch of ‘’The Odyssey of Em­manuel Onyeike Efeizomor II’’, a 262page bi­og­ra­phy of the Obi of Owa in Ika North-East Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Delta State, the gov­er­nor said his out­stand­ing achieve­ments could not have been pos­si­ble with­out the peace­ful and pur­pose­ful dis­po­si­tion of the monarch.

He noted that hu­mil­ity is an­other virtue of Efeizomor II wor­thy of em­u­la­tion, say­ing he has suc­cess­fully trans­formed the King­dom from a fru­gal monar­chy to a prom­i­nent land of progress and pros­per­ity de­spite as­cend­ing the throne at the ten­der age of 21 years.

Re­count­ing his ear­li­est en­counter with the monarch as a child grow­ing up in Owa, Okowa thanked the monarch for his rare ex­hi­bi­tion of kind­ness, and for his co­op­er­a­tion on the book project even as he com­mended the au­thors for their com­mit­ment.

The gov­er­nor also con­grat­u­lated the peo­ple of Owa King­dom for suc­cess­fully doc­u­ment­ing the his­tory of Owa king­ship and that of the peo­ple of Owa King­dom, stress­ing that such his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments would help fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of Africans to grasp their his­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to the gov­er­nor, “sub­jects of dif­fer­ent king­doms should be en­cour­aged to write books about their king­doms. This book pre­sented to­day will be read by the peo­ple of Owa; other peo­ple will also read the book, which will be very use­ful to them.

“Many peo­ple want to know about the Owa King­dom and we thank God that we have a book that will en­lighten the peo­ple, it will in­spire sev­eral peo­ple to write about their king­doms.”

The chair­man of the book launch, Se­na­tor Pe­ter Nwao­boshi, de­scribed the book as a great legacy to the peo­ple of Owa King­dom and hu­man­ity while the book re­viewer, Prof. Abed­nego Ekoko noted that the 10-chap­ter book could be a source of a po­ten­tial best sell­ing film.

Sim­i­larly, the au­thors of the book, which was con­ceived and funded by Okowa, said that it was a priv­i­lege to have helped put the work to­gether, not­ing that the con­tri­bu­tions of the monarch, the gov­er­nor and over 600 re­spon­dents made the pub­li­ca­tion a re­al­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Prof. Sam Ukala and Dr. Ben Nwanne, the book is a col­la­tion of the life and times of Efeizomor II as well as the his­tory of Owa King­dom and cul­tural evo­lu­tion of the over 727 years old Owa stool.

Ukala, on be­half of the au­thors of the book, dis­closed that more than 620 peo­ple were in­ter­viewed by the team and rig­or­ous re­search con­ducted in­volv­ing var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions and doc­u­ments about Obi Efeizomor II.

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