Who we are
In more ways than one, the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 which divided the African continent into 50 irregular countries left an ugly mark on indigenous peoples and cultures all over Africa. Because Africans were not consulted the balkanisation of the continent lacked rhyme and reason.
Because the Africans were not involved the process disregarded the cultural and linguistic boundaries established by the indigenous population.
The illustrious Ejagham Nation which today straddles Nigeria and Cameroon was one of the casualties of that unfortunate incident.
Like many rich and prosperous nations Ejagham lost its sovereignty, buoyancy and verve. It was for this proud nation a heavy body blow.
It is ironic that 100 years after that unfortunate event Ejagham nation will again come under threat. Its rich culture, tradition and values are at risk of Erosion, Dilution, Adulteration, Misinterpretation and, in some cases, Extinction (EDAME).
The major risk factors are modernization, urbanization, migration, especially of young people, technology, natural hazards, ageing of material objects, vandalization and looting of artefacts, lack of standardization of Ejagham cultural practices, inability to harness Ejagham traditional potentials to economic advantage, general short attention span in modern era and lack of one-stop-shop for Ejagham tradition.
Preserving the rich Ejagham tradition is the raison d’être of EjT organization. EjT is both a child of necessity and of passion.
EjT regards its role of providing a dedicated platform to harness, promote and update Ejagham Traditional Practices (ETP) as a necessity. It is passionate about recovering stolen artefacts, protecting and preserving Ejagham tradition as a true legacy of Ejagham people and local communities (EPLC).
EjT is poised to ensure that Ejagham Traditional Practices (ETP) and Ejagham Cultural Expressions (ECE) as well as Ejagham People and Local Communities (EPLC) are given attention, recognition and acknowledgement they deserve. EjT will achieve all its objectives in a transparent manner with integrity, accountability and respect as hallmarks of its operations.