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Book Launch: Utohware unveils History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta

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Arthur: Comrade Utohware Godwin Udumubra
By Kelvin Ohoror
Isoko illustrious son who is Assistant Director in the Department of Legislative Matters, Delta State House of Assembly, Comrade Utohware Godwin Udumubrai unveil his new book the History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta recently at the Isoko Unity House secreteriat, Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State
The History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta in anthropological and sociological perspectives is a book of 511 pages, with an introductory section, part one and part two with twenty-five chapters. Part one seven chapters and part two eighteen chapters respectively.
The event was chair by ex- president general of Uzere Community, Comrade Columbus Oguname with Chief (Amb) Charity Ayeiheleme Akanami as the chief launcher. Also present at the event were; Chief Daniel Odhomo 2nd vice-president Isoko Development Union, Chief Dennis Akwakwa assistant secretary Isoko Development Union and Mr. Benjamin Idibra amongst others dignitaries.
Speaking to newsmen during the unveiling of the History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta, Comrade Utohware stated that, “No man lives without history, history is what happens yesterday, the present depends on the past. In history we will be able to project ahead, amend any error behind or presently, he stated.
According to him, I was propel to write this book, because, in the first place I am from Isoko. I don’t want anybody to ask me what was your past without providing the relevant adequate answer to them.
Comrade Utohware also enumerate the numerous challenges he encountered, noting that, in the process of gathering information for writing the History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta, some communities or clans fail to provide their history, some were even compelling me to pay them before they can provide me information I needed.
“I told them it is important for us to know about our past. It was a heavy tasks, this work is over 10 years work. And I told myself I must finish this work whether 20 years or not.
The Author also noted that, he recommending book to everyone, noting that, it is in anthropological and sociological perspectives, is it foundation of our people? Is it how our people live? Everything is there, he said.
He also opined that, “People who feel that what has been written by me is not correct, are not only encouraged to come out with constructive and convincing criticism, but are highly challenged further to come up with better Isoko history.
“Let others join hands in writing about Isoko language, the culture. And a way to say I am from the place because without that nobody will know about us.
On the communal crisis that has bedeviled the Isoko nation, Comrade Utohware stated that, “We should know that we are from the same ethnic group, we are brothers and sisters. We need to help ourselves and not to kill ourselves because killing does not create anything good rather it impose pains, he lamented.
Meanwhile, the History of the Isoko People in the Niger-Delta was review by Comrade Okiroro Kingsley Onogberiome, the reviewer stated that, any nation or clan that desires to be on the  path of sustainable development must understand their past, be conversant of the present so as to to be able to project into the future.
He noted that, writing of any book especially of a people as diverse as Isokos is an arduous academic task, saying that, it is largely to the fact that there are always variations in the account of the social, political and economic lives of the people at different epoch and circumstances.
The book reviewer also said that, the author systematically presents lines of fact about the existence of the Isoko People from obscurity, negative social thoughts, civilization, western civilization vis-a-vis Christianity and their present perception in other to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead.
Comrade Onogberiome also stressed that, the part one of the book deals with the geographical location, origins and sources, early settlements, mythology of creation, types of primordial government and law making process, judicial system of the Isoko people, advantages and disadvantages of colonial imperialism.
He further said that, , the author opined that the Isoko kingdoms and clans are strongly believed to be made of immigrants from Benin, Igbo, or Enuani, Yoruba, Urhobo and Ukwuani. The chapter also attempted to discuss human cosmology and Isoko people, Isoko mythology of creation, ascension to traditional leadership, colonial delineation of clans, occupation, slavery and slave trade.
He reiterate that, “The author went beyond the confines of Isoko as a people to stages of human and social-cultural development in the entire world and how it affect Isoko nation. He espoused on human race as subspecies. The stages of development structure of a society viz, the theological stage, metaphysical stage, positivism on scientific stage viz-a-viz Isoko nation was well articulated.
According to him, “The author also provided an insight into the evolution and transmission of Isoko language and examine the language and civilization, initial misconception of the language stages of development of Isoko orthography. The author proved himself as authority in Isoko language as he was able to simplify some hitherto difficult parts of speech in Isoko language.
“The book also highlights on indigenous religion and how earliest ancestors began to institute religious cults when they became aware of their spiritual nature. The book reviewer went further to state that, the author opined that the Isoko man has a standard religion that taught morals, control order, impose sanction.
“The different types of marriages and zeroed in on how marriages are contracted in Isoko nation. The rites and the ceremony involved, divorce, marriage/dissolution settlement through the Isoko traditional process and custom”
The part two of the book has eighteen chapters, dedicated to the history of individual kingdom, clans and communities in Isoko nation respectively.

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