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Title :

NORTH-SOUTH BOUNDARY DELIMITATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON THE IDOMA OF THE BENUE PROVINCE AND SOME OF THEIR NEIGHBOURS, 1926-1960

Authors :

SYLVESTER ADAKOLE

Once upon a time, the vitality of history and the historian in guiding society to fulfil its mission of development and progress was never in doubt. The functionality of history and the historian was related to solving big problems of significant importance to our understanding of ourselves and our past or correct or improve the solutions to those problems worked out by professional historians, among others. Boundary delimitation and conflict had been a major problem nationally and internationally. In the case of the Idoma of the Benue Province, the delimitation of North-South boundary had tremendous implications to kith and kin, deepened political rivalry and it was revealed that there were cordial relations in the economic relations with their neighbours. The artificial creation of boundaries by the colonial state was to meet their prime objective of divide and rule policy and this created a serious problem to the colonized that completely undermined their pre-existing structures. This paper attempts a critique at the way the colonial state partitioned the various independent polities based on tribal, religious and ethnic lines in order to achieve her prime objective of economic pillage. With this obnoxious colonial policy, the Idoma of the Benue Province and some of their neighbours entered into a new phase of their history which was characterized by boundary conflicts, marginalization and some communities relegated to the background.