There Are No Indegenous Igbo Communities In Akpanya Or Igala Land

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Akpanya community has always been called Igbo community by uninformed individuals who deliberately want to cause mischief. Akpanya in Igalamela, Kogi State is purely Igala community hosting Igala natives, with an Igala beaded chief called Agbabo Ina Akpanya. The Abagbo Ina stool has being in existence for more 250 years ago. Some group of people for many years took it upon themselves to mislead the public about our identity. This is evident in the numerous misinforming publications about Akpanya community on the internet. One of such was published on naijaworld. The publication was titled Igbo Speaking Communities In Kogi State, Nov 02, 2016. In the article another culture was imposed on Akpanya. Another one was published by a mischievous fellow call Onowu Igbo, who is known for his stubbornness towards misrepresenting Akpanya community on Facebook. He titled his fake article about Akpanya thus: Indigenous Igbos of Kogi East. It was posted on the Facebook page: Sovereign National Conference Nigeria, 20 September 2020. Below is the link to the page. Let it be known that is no Ibo speaking community in Akpanya or Igalamela LGA, Kogi State Nigeria. Any publication that suggested so is false and misleading. The above examples are few among many writers who go about misrepresenting our culture and identity. This should serve as notice to everyone concerned. It is not a sin to share boundary with the Ibos. Just because a community share common boundary with the ibos doesn't make them ibo. The Akpanya Council of Elders, headed by the Abagbo Ina Akpanya is the custodian of Akpanya culture. The body recognises every Ogujo (Elder) Akpanya that ascend the throne and together they approves every festival that take place in the community. The council's responsibility in this regard include making sure the correct cultural rites are observed. That is why before one can write anything about the history and custom of the people, a consultation must be made, whereby, permission would be obtained from the Akpanya Councill of Elders. For example, J. S. Boston, the author of The Igala Kingdom consulted the then Attah Igala, Aliyu Ocheja Obaje GCFR, before he could write about the Igala kingdom and Akpanya community. Only such consultation as stated above makes any information about Igala land and particularly, Akpanya community, authentic. The heritage that the elder population possesses including the traditional knowledge system contains many positive and productive elements that are really invaluable for the entire humanity. We always question every body of work that fail to interview the Akpanya natives, especially the custodians of Akpanya history and tradition. And any narrative that is not supported by the documented and oral tradition of our people, should be reject vehemently. These are some of the ways to keep everyone in check. The people of Akpanya in Igalamela LGA, Kogi State Nigeria are Igala natives who share boundary with the ibo community but they are not ibo and there are no indegenous Ibos residing anywhere in Igalamela LGA or any part of Kogi State.

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