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Title:Akiga's narrativization of the Tiv nation in 'History of the Tiv'
Author:Tsaaior, James Tar
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Geographic term:Nigeria
social life
About person:Akiga Sai
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0001972015000601
Abstract:This article pays tribute to Akiga Sai (1898-1959) and his iconic status as the first great Tiv writer who recorded Tiv history, customs, beliefs and experiences during the turbulence unleashed by colonization and missionary intervention in the early twentieth century. It offers an appreciation of Akiga's vivid writing style and his achievements as both a historian and a recorder of his people's way of life, which was fast changing. The article presents the perspective of a younger Tiv generation who encountered Akiga Sai's work in the course of their education. Akiga, from this viewpoint, is not only an individual pioneer and creative genius, but also the representative of a better era, after which moral decay and a decline in communal health and well-being set in. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]