|THE ESAN(NIGERIA)PEOPLE: FORTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER C.G.OKOJIE’S ISHAN NATIVE LAWS AND CUSTOMS
CALL FOR PAPERS
The complete absence in some places of even spring water during the dry season, the peoples social and economic conditions, not to mention ignorance, and superstition, and inadequacy of medical facilities have formed the fertile grounds in which preventable diseases have grown and flourished.
It was to this dreary situation, which fifty years of colonial rule did little to improve, that the young Dr Christopher Okojie staked his life and career. He not only opened a private practice to improve the health and provide social services for his people, but also conducted extensive research on the history and culture of his people. The result was his Magnus opus and now a classic, titled: Ishan Native Laws and Customs, published in 1960.
Dr C.G. Okojie will be eighty-five years old in April 2005 and his book which have since been revised and reprinted four times will forty-five years old. What was the book about? What did the book miss out? What has happened since then? Does the book help us to understand the Esan people in particular and Edo people in general? These and many other unasked questions are what we intend to answer with this symposium in May 2005 to celebrate the man and his contributions to humanity.
KEYNOTE: Dr Christopher Gbelokoto Okojie, OFR, and D.sc. Founder/Medical Director, Zuma Memorial Hospital, Irrua, Hon. Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1992
VENUE: Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
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