"AMONGST THE DEAD" THE NEW BOOK AND ITS RITUAL-Jacob Unewku |Anyigbaleft

Two years ago when I published my maiden book "EBULÉJONU" my earnest attempt was to present the Igala woman in a manner that jus...

Two years ago when I published my maiden book "EBULÉJONU" my earnest attempt was to present the Igala woman in a manner that justify strength,sacrifice and passion,these to the best of my knowledge was a part of the intent behind the book - but how ever a lot of readers have queried me on my refusal to add the relationship between this legend and an Igbo slave Who later became the Achadú,some also wrote to me asking why I never added the alleged murder of the legend by her younger brother Aganapoju who became the Attah after her death.

Never the less, My effort was solely to appreciate and celebrate the legend,upheld womanism in the igàla and world sense and that has been archived.

Today,i write to make public a new book,that attempt to celebrate one of the earliest and most reverend ritual across Africa,which was also a vital side of the early igàla tribe - this ritual though went into extinction upon the arrival of the colonial masters but Igàla Oral literature has it that the likes of Ameh Oboni upon ascension began to perform this rituals in secret,but after his death nothing has been held about it.

While others argued that at some point the ritual of the "Carrier" was merged with the "Ochò" festival to hide some part of the ritual which involves human sacrifice (Mostly virgins or a young male lad) and to also encourage participation which will help the "Carrier" commit death at ease.
 
The play therefore is a retell of this ritual(which is a strong torture of will,purpose and essence),not only to give us a better bite of our long aged history,but to also expose us more to the virtues that our ancestors encouraged.

The book also attempted to question leadership in the present day,and upheld the fact that it takes sacrifices,torture,patience and dedication to lead a people and meet the demands of every society.

Permit me to also add here that the colonial masters in the events that makes up the play are not an effort to accuse the western world of being behind the failure of the black race,but a slight acceptance that they on the other hand never saw any thing good in us.

Let me end by saying I appreciate every single person who contributed in one way or the other to ensure that the mistakes and oversights done in the first publication does not smuggle it's way into this one,i am forever grateful.

Having said all this,ladies and gentlemen,friends and enemies,i introduce to you my new book title "AMONGST THE DEAD" and it is my strong hope that you will get a copy and enjoy this scary read.

written by
Jacob Unekwu Agada
the author "Ebulejonu" and "Amongst the Dead"
Idah,Kogi state.

Cover page design by
Edet Richmoor.

Photo credit,
Google.

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