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Why I wrote ‘Echoes Across the Niger’ – Onigegewura

A lawyer and historian, Lanrewaju Akinsola, popularly known as Onigegewura, has explained that the major reason why he wrote his new book, ‘Echoes Across the Niger: Historical Tales of Contemporary Events in Nigeria’ is to preserve history for the younger and coming generations.

Akinsola in a statement said the 362-page book has become expedient at a time where new technology has changed the face of communication and history preservation across the world.

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The author also explained that the idea of furnishing Onigegewura Blog with interesting stories was aimed at test running the acceptability of historical tales among the new generation of Nigerians.

“In the last few years, especially with advances in technology, social media has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. Virtual environment has become the centre of our very existence. Most of us rely on the internet for information, news, education, transactions, and in fact almost everything.

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“I started Onigegewura Blog to provide young Nigerians with a digital platform where we can learn about our history and culture. From being a social media experiment, Onigegewura Blog soon became a resource centre where people converged regularly to learn about their history and culture. I was pleasantly shocked to hear from many young readers that they were learning about historical events that shaped our past for the first time on the blog.

“It is my belief that understanding what happened in the past is crucial to making informed decisions about the present and the future. This is more so that history has a way of repeating itself over again. I also consider it important for us to learn about the achievements of our fathers, and of course to learn from their errors,” Akinsola said.

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