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BACKGROUND

Ejagham refers to a unique people with a shared cultural heritage occupying an expanse territory in today’s South-South Nigeria and South West of the Cameroons. It is one of the many surviving pieces of evidence to the Scramble for Africa and the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 which partitioned Africa with no regard for indigenous boundaries. In the Ejagham experience, the plebiscite of 1961 cemented the separation of the nation into the French Colonised Cameroon and British colonised Nigeria. A wider Ejagham history reveals its Eastern and Southern African connections, with strong cultural marks in Latin America and the Caribbean, by the influence of the infamous Transatlantic Slave trade.

Today, Ejagham is predominant in Nigeria’s Cross River State and the Cameroon’s Manyu Division. Sadly, it is existing in these separate countries as a minority culture. Hence, its tradition is currently an “at-risk” tradition.

Ejagham cultural heritage is at risk of erosion, dilution, adulteration, misinterpretation, and in some cases extinction. This risk is further amplified by the gap that exists between Ejagham Traditional Practices (ETP) and contemporary times. This widening gap threatens the very survival of Ejagham tradition, the services it provides to Ejagham People and Local Communities (EPLC), Africa, and humanity in general. This gap is influenced mainly by modernisation, urbanisation, migration, especially of young people, technology, lack of standardisation of ETP, inability to harness Ejagham tradition potentials to socioeconomic advantages, general short attention span in the modern era, lack of one stop-shop for ETP, to mention a few.

Organizational Direction

MISSION

To Host, Promote, Harness and Update Ejagham Traditional Practices (ETP) and Ejagham Cultural Expressions (ECE) in order to Safeguard and Preserve Ejagham Tradition as a true Legacy of Ejagham People.

VISION

To be a one-stop-shop for information and data about, relating to and concerning Ejagham Traditional Practices (ETP) and Ejagham Cultural Expressions (ECE)

OBJECTIVES

1. Safeguard and preserve the tangible and intangible Ejagham cultural heritage.
2. Protect the secret and sacred Ejagham cultural heritage.
3. Encourage Research and Development into ETP & EC
4. Ensure that the non-secret and non-sacred knowledge of ETP and ECE are globally available and easily accessible.
5. Explore the socio-economic potential of ETP and ECE for the empowerment of Ejagham People and Local Communities (EPLC).

SCOPE

The general areas covered in the Triple-D approach are as shown:

  1. Oral Tradition & Literaure
  2. Performance Arts
  3. Fashion, Beauty, Arts & Crafts
  4. Ejagham Sights & Sounds
  5. Social Practices & festive Events
  6. Practices of Nature & The Universe

About

We Document, Digitalise, and Disseminate Ejagham Traditional Practices and Cultural Expressions
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Contact

52 Edgerley Street, Calabar
Cross River State, Nigeria
(+234) 706 568 0607; (234) 803 550 5380, (+237) 6 77 83 11 31
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