Urhobo Historical Society

WARRI
LAND, OVERLORDS & LAND RIGHTS
(OMETAN Vs DORE NUMA)
FACT, FICTION & IMPERIALISM

By D. A. Obiomah

 Originally published in Warri by GKS Printers. Published in URHOBO WAADO by permission of Mr. D. A. Obiomah.
© D. A. Obiomah 1987, 2002

 
 
PREFACE
 
In discussing questions of the nature we are concerned with here, involving opposing ethnic, communal interests some tend to be prudish, and would rather want the subject to be referred to only obliquely.To do this is like “Hamlet” without the Prince.It is to be in pain and yet feign to be a man who does not complain.Put subjectively, you have a pain in your throat that threatens to silence you for good; would you ask, and demand if necessary, the attention that is due to you, or be silent in demure good manners till you are past help?

 If it is tribalistic to keep referring to ‘the Itsekiris’ it is because the Warri question has become rooted in tribalism or else so-called tradition or custom transcending the laws of the land.Therefore, this evil of our time is discussed by calling a spade and spade rather that paying lip-service to its disapproval through generalisations that actually paper over the problem without tackling it.


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