The Oasis Reporters
February 8, 2018
When British explorers first came to Ase Kingdom in Delta State’s Ndokwa East local government, they asked through the interpreter what the several centuries old kingdom watered by the majestic Ase River was called.
They were told, ‘Ase ‘.
But in writing it down for the colonial office records, the Briton simply wrote, ‘Assay’.
It took several generations of educated Ase citizens to correct the spelling and name it what it truly is .
A historical researcher who is a citizen of the kingdom decided to take it upon himself to document the history of the people.
Chief P. Akoso Asaba Emiri spent 27 years traversing various libraries from the Colonial archives to the Universities Of Ibadan, Benin and others chasing documents, books,
mimiographs, collecting oral traditions passed on from generation to generation to write this groundbreaking book, not only on the Ase Kingdom, but a second book, equally on the neighbouring Isoko speaking Kingdom of Aviara.
The book on Ase shall be seen as ‘Encyclopaedia Eserika’, an important document for generations now and the ones yet unborn more so as history has been taken out of the school curriculum.
It covers the history of Ase from the 13th Century AD to the 21st century, with commentaries on contemporary issues.
It’s a treasure trove of history, that will interest the Isoko, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Izon, Oshimili, Ndokwa /Ukwuani, Ika, Aniocha, Igbo and Edo nations. Hence they are equally welcome to the epochal event.
The well researched book by Chief P. Akoso Asaba Emiri and published by the University of Benin Press shall be launched on February 10, 2018 by 12.00 noon
the Oleh Town Hall, Oleh, headquarters of Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The books :
1. The Ground Work History Of
2. The Evolution Of The Founding Of Aviara And Aberuo.
The President General of the Ase Development Union, ADU, Cyril. E. Emiri has requested that all ADU branches should attend this historic occasion to rally round one of their own and show solidarity.