Subject: WHO ARE WE ?
Content: IF A PEOPLE DO NOT CLEARLY DEFINE WHO THEY ARE , THEY MIGHT NOT KNOW WHERE THEY ARE HEADING TO. most times i sit to wonder who we are as ika people , when i was in school i was proud to be ika and armed with the little history that i knew about our people i was ready to defend my self .one i do not like people calling us ika- ibo , i just said we are ika and that is all .not that i hate the word ibo , but that places us know where , at other times people say we are semi- benin , i just answer we are ika and thats all . although i know we share similarities with the igbo and also with the benin ,but i do know that we are neither benin nor igbo . i have seen a case when i was in school as at that time , i was the speaker of the house for the entire institution and also the president edo-delta student union , where and ika man ( from igbANKE ) A student of our school joined the igbo student union of our school at one function he was to be the chairman and eventually he was removed ,because they said he was not igbo proper , but a semi-igbo , so i when i heard , i went to him and lectured him and inducted him into our edo delta union.also it is easy for the binis to count the ikas as their descendants but , when it comes to appointments they will not want it to go to the ika person .so that made me to really ask ,who are the ikas ? where do we come from ? how did we come about amalgamation of two cultures one igbo and the other bini ? many theories about , but they are not that easy to proove and i think there is a missing link in our history waiting to be unlocked? some say ika was an entity until the binis and igbo came to invade the land . some say it was bini that conquered ika in the 15th centuries , but before 15 century ika has had bini influence in names of her kings and town and cultures . some say it was a great migration of igbos that invade the bini pheripheral that resulted in ika people . i would really want to ask if it was in benin capturing ika , why did they leave so much imprint in ika land in terms of words , history, religion and culture thatn they did in a place like asaba, ogwashi-ukwu and others ? if someone tells me of benin being the language before why did igbo words gain prominent in our language?
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