How did Ijaw Get her Name?
The paramount duty facing any historian attempting to tackle issues about his own history is first, to trace, justify and establish the original source of their name as a people. This approach is veritable because, the reason why various local evolutions go unrecorded is that many of these evolutions undergo certain nomenclatural mutation along their migration routes.
This formes one unquantifiable knowledge I got from my father; making inquiry into the first name a people bore in the past or still bears. According to my father, the real information about the source of any people and their historical routes are embedded in their name. Should there be any form of mutation in the name of the people or encounters that are eventful, attention towards these areas will guide the researcher towards getting to the root of his search.
The question, "how did Ijaw get her name?" calls for careful trace looking at the extent to which Ijaw history had been bastardized and damaged beyond recovery by the Ijaw themselves. Thank God for the job that ajuede history team is doing to unravel the hidden route of Ijaw migration to their present abode. They have made it prove true the saying that historical routes may be obscured for a long time, it is never forever hidden.
The first step towards unravelling the source of Ijaw name is the understanding that the word "Oru" was not a Yoruba word or a Benin word. Acknowledging this concrete fact, then it becomes apparent to remark that the Ijaw ancestral name must have emerged from the Igbo language; whether or not the Igbo who gave them the name, it is apparent that the name must have come from their encounter with either the Igbo themselve or people that had had Igbo vocabularies in their lexicon. This is not a claim; it is the a fact. The excerpt below clarifies it. See the English translation of Ijaw oral tradition published @ Ijawworldstudies.com
It spoke of a people whom the oral tradition revealed that they harboured the Oru people at their time of inception:
The ancient Oru people settled along the banks of the lower River Niger to just above the delta apex integrated with some of the upland people (Igbo-Otu), and became known as the Oru-Igbo amongst the Igbo people (Ijaw Oral Tradition)
Pick the sentences in blue and read them together and you will find what Ijaw historians have not found necessary to mention to people's hearing. If for settling in recluse with the brand of Igbo speakers known as "Otu", they became the Oru people which later became Ijaw, then it is apparent that the Igbo peaople gave them their name. If you need to know the Otu people among the Igbo race, then you will have to read the Origin and History of the Ijaw People
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