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THOSE DAYS AND THESE DAYS: AKIGA'S NARRATIVIZATION OF THE TIV NATION IN HISTORY OF THE TIV

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This article pays tribute to Akiga Sai (1898–1959) and his iconic status as the first great Tiv writer who recorded Tiv history, customs, beliefs and experiences during the turbulence unleashed by colonization and missionary intervention in the early twentieth century. It offers an appreciation of Akiga's vivid writing style and his achievements as both a historian and a recorder of his people's way of life, which was fast changing. The article presents the perspective of a younger Tiv generation who encountered Akiga Sai's work in the course of their education. Akiga, from this viewpoint, is not only an individual pioneer and creative genius, but also the representative of a better era, after which moral decay and a decline in communal health and well-being set in.

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Cet article rend hommage au statut iconique d'Akiga Sai en tant que premier grand auteur tiv à avoir relaté l'histoire, les coutumes, les croyances et les expériences du peuple Tiv durant la période d'agitation provoquée par la colonisation et l'intervention missionnaire au début du vingtième siècle. Il offre une appréciation du style vivant de l’écriture d'Akiga et de ses accomplissements en tant qu'historien et rapporteur du mode de vie en évolution rapide de son peuple. L'article présente le point de vue de jeunes Tiv qui ont découvert l’œuvre d'Akiga Sai pendant leurs études. À cet égard, Akiga est non seulement un pionnier singulier et un créateur de génie, mais également le représentant d'une ère meilleure qui a fait place à un déclin moral et à une détérioration de la santé et du bien-être communautaires.

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