In an era when agitations for boundary disputes and clamour for autonomous communities and local governments approvals have become engaging demands by peoples of different ethnic formations, attempts to chronicle reliable historical documents to aid authourities responsible for the creation of such institutions become more and more necessary.
This is precisely what Isiaq Ajibola has done in this little fact file for his people of Ife Olukotun, Yagba East Local Government Area of Kogi State.
This historical document of 51 pages chronicles, though in summary, the long and interesting history of his people by contextualizing their story in its historical, geographical and political spaces.
The pamphlet written from oral and archival sources also attempts to leave for posterity a documented and verifiable material for further researches and scholarship into the socio –political and geo- historical life of Ife Oluotun people of Kogi State.
Lending his voice to the importance of this document, Professor Olufemi K. Sunmonu of the Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in his forward observes that, “ the rich history of Ife Olukotun has always been begging for compilation into one volume. Facts about Ife Olukotun is therefore a pioneer and noble effort in this direction.”
Isiaq’s fact file also significantly addresses in very succinct manner issues regarding history of origin and connectedness, geography, political development, traditional institutions, education , infrastructural presence and prospects for further developments.
The work, while it tries very hard to give solidity and validity of geographical and historical mapping of the ancient land of Olukotun, does not shy away from tracing the struggle for self determination of the people from the pre-colonial era to the present time and argues strongly why it has become very needful to create Yagba East Local Government Area with headquarters located at Ife Olukotun.
Beyond all of these, Facts and File About Ife Olukotun documents in a permanent space all the vital colonial papers and files that shape the history of political administration of Ife Olukotun starting from 1897 to 2009.
This historical document will no doubt serve as an informing and helpful tool for scholars, researchers and indigenes of Ife Olukotun, who may want to further debates on the peoples commitment to self determination in the light of the country’s contemporary political realities. This is in fact, a commendable effort.