EACH MAN, HIS TIME, on the first level is the life and times of Momoh the First, the OTARU OF AUCHI, (1919 – 1944)

The informtion in this book affects the reader on at least three levels. The first level is that of appreciating a story of how Momoh the First ruled his people between 1919 and 1944, the internal and external dynamics of such rule an the pithy stuff on one of the largest families in Nigeria. The second is that of a living picture of culture change, from the …»

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The Information in this book affects the reader on at least three levels. The first level is that of appreciating a story of how Momoh the First ruled his people between 1919 and 1944, the internal and external dynamics of such rule and the pithy stuff on one of the largest families in Nigeria. The second level is that of a living picture of culture change, from the radically traditional, with all the paraphernalia for sustaining obeisance,to the equally radically religious which sees in less than a decade the total transformation of a people from totem control and idol worship to the worship of the Only One, the Creator of the Worlds, as shown in the Holy Quran. And the third level is the level of documentation of traditional beliefs in, and uses of the powers of teleportation, missile deflection, transmigration and soul manipulation, all of which belonged in an era that saw them as commonplace.

EACH MAN, HIS TIME which on the first level is THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOMOH THE FIRST, may read like fiction but it is a reminder of the fact that once upon a time, people featured in an environment that had no cars, no motor-cycles and no bicycles as means of transport; that had no electricity to light their homes and town and cities; that had no roads linking one town to the other; that, in the case of Nigeria, had as many countries as there were culture groups; and that was in a confusing state of deciding to cross from the known old to the unknown new, the latter being the coming of the British!

This reprint edition is repackaged and includes an introduction; and an epilogue by Prof. Oseni of the University of Ilorin.

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About the Author

Prince Tony Momoh, the journalist par excellence, a bibliotherapist and cultural engineer is the 165th child of Momoh the first. He is the third of the four children his mother had for Momoh the first and his mother was the junior of the three groups into which the Momoh Household of 45 wives and 245 children were organised.

He was educated at Government School Auchi, the school Momoh the First had established at Auchi in 1922. He also attended Teacher Training College, Abraka, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law school. He has degrees in Mass Communication and Law and is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He worked in various capacities, including professional and administrative, in the Daily Times of Nigeria Group, and between 1986 and 1990 was the Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Airways and is a member of the Nigerian Press Council. Prince Tony Momoh has been awarded many honours, including fellowships of the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and the Advertising Council of Nigeria. He is a patron of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, and a holder of Selkyo Culture Award presented to him in Japan in recognition of his “great contribution to society” through his “consistent and valuable activities for the sake of the creation of peace and culture”. He is widely traveled and is married with four children, three boys and a girl, who form part of the more than 1000-member Momoh Clan in Lagos.

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Reviews

By Idang Alibi

Tony Momoh tells the story of his extra-ordinary father with the passion and enthusiasm of a chronicler who is in love with his subject. It is a moving account of a personality who though was self- educated possessed so much knowledge, insight and foresight that he was widely believed to have mystical powers by which means he was able to communicate with invisible spiritual forces.

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By Tadaferua Ujorha

Prince Tony Momoh in his work titled Each Man, His Time (1995) describes some of the dramatic activities of Momoh in Auchi as he strove to draw converts to the faith. His words ‘Momoh announced that the first 250 people to learn how to pray and killed a ram to have their names changed to a Muslim one would be given a full set of clothes. It is this way of dressing which makes Auchi look like a typical northern Muslim town that is still in vogue at Auchi.

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Reasons to buy

  1. The phenomenon called Momoh has been a subject of great interest among Islamologists and historians in Nigeria and beyond
  2. Auchi is the first community in Nigeria to be islamized by its own ruler, Momoh
  3. A rich chronicle of traditional beliefs, uses of the power of teleportation, missile deflection, transmigration and soul manipulation, all of which belonged in an era that saw them as commonplace.
  4. An indepth recount of the invasion of African culture by the British.
  5. Your E-books on tablets or i-pads. No matter where you are, the E-book goes with you.
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