Akiga Sai witnessed first-hand the incursions of British colonial power into the Tiv-speaking area of Nigeria and began to write down the history, customs, memories and experiences of Tiv communities. He produced an extraordinary document: 380 pages of typescript in the Tiv language. Parts of this were translated by Rupert East, in collaboration with Akiga Sai himself, and published by the International African Institute as Akiga’s Story in 1939.
The IAI has recently published online in a special section of its journal Africa the full Tiv text and complete English translation. A new book, History of the Tiv, has also been published with the Nigerian published Bookcraft in Ibadan.
This seminar and book discussion brings together Martin Akiga, a grandson of Akiga Sai and translator; the Nigerian book publisher Bankole Olayebi; Karin Barber and Richard Fardon who edited and contributed essays to accompany the journal's section and Tiv publication; and Olly Owen currently working on Tiv history and able to speak on contemporary dynamics between Tiv farmers and Fulani pastoralists in Benue State.
Chair: Karin Barber
Speakers: Martin Akiga, Bankole Olayebi, Richard Fardon, Olly Owen
All are welcome (those especially interested may include historians, anthropologists and students of Nigeria; those with interests in African language texts, translation and publication, as well as Nigerian current affairs). A drinks reception will follow and copies of the book will be available to purchase.