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CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

             General Background

1.0           Adim is a dialect of Agwagune language. The speakers of Adim are known as the Adim people     and reside in Adim community. Adim is located within Egup-Ipa in Biase local Government Area of Cross-River State. Adim is located approximately between latitude 5°N and 6°N and longitude 8°N and 9°E.The Adim community is a few kilometers away from Akpet and about 111 kilometers North –East from Calabar. The estimated population of Adim people as per 1983 National population census was 16,000 people. Adim is almost mid-way between Calabar and Ikom on the Calabar-Ikom highway. Adim is bounded to the North by Ugep and East by Idomi both in Yakuur Local Government Area. It is also bounded in the West by Abayong group of villages and south by Abini and to the South –West by Agwagune.

              As a tropical area, the tropical climate is characterized by heavy rains, high temperature and humidity all the year round.

  1.1         Historic Background

                According to Raphael (2005: 2), Adim people migrated from a place called Otum Usa meaning   old settlement. It was situated between Usumutong and former settlements of Ebon Ebijiakara both in Bahumono Clan in the present Abi local government of Cross-River state.

       He asserted that a Bahumono man killed one Adim woman and the people of Adim wanted to retaliate. This development brought about a strained relationship between Adim people and Bahumono people. The situation forced the Adim people to flee from Otum-Usa and moved south-ward direction until they presently arrived at their present site and established small settlements.

               Some other people believed that the eruption of the fight following the murder of Adim woman was not the reason for their migration from Bahumono, rather they attributed the cause of the fight specifically to the struggle to acquire more land and more fishing ponds. Yet, others claimed that apart from petty quarrelling, other reason for their movement was famine and epidemic. Since the people were always engage in fighting, less emphasis was placed on agriculture, this leading to famine and epidemic. They argue that this type of situation may likely have forced the ancestors of Adim to move away from Bahumono homeland.

            Another major proponent of this view is Dr.Ajah Ekpeni Obia who asserted that the name Adim is a corrupt form. He said the word “Arum” was a colonial coinage from “Arumerume” which he claimed was the original name of Adim. He claimed that the people called Arumerume were corpus of five distinct families sharing common history of tribe, migration and unification.

1.3            Socio-Cultural Profile

        Socio-cultural profile entails the relationship between the society, culture and language. The socio-cultural activities of the Adim people includes, Iwun-erok  festival ,etu ceremony, secret societies and farming.

1.3.1               Socio-Cultural Practices.

1.3.1.1                        Marriage Ceremony.

             In Adim, the concept of marriage Is well institutionalized as a socio affair. In those days parents made choices of whom their son or daughter should marry. They may have contracted this since childhood of the would-be partners. The first approach was for the parent of the boy to present some token to the parent of the girl. The girl was to be betrothed to the boy, the presentation was done during the new year festival. They may not have reached school age when the contract was made on their behalf. They grew up with this, but if the propose partners have a violent objection to the union it was possible to break up the agreement.

                    During the period of engagement, the suitor is required  by custom to work once in a while in the farm of his prospective in – laws during farming seasons. The brain behind this was to test his strength and devotion to the intended bride.

1.3.1.2           Female Circumcision

       After the long period of engagement which lasted between three to four years, depending on individuals, the first stage of marriage arrangement have to be performed. In this first stage, the circumcision if the intended bride have to be done. During this process, the girl was put into fattening room called “dong Ugum”. The significance of this was to prepare the girl in order to face the challenges of married life and as an official entry into womanhood.

             In girls circumcision, the clitoris was cut off by a female native doctor specialized in circumcision. Circumcision is purely traditional, the aim however was to check waywardness and unfaithfulness in married women.

                   The process that followed circumcision is fattening room. In fattening room, the girl is robbed with cam wood know as ‘ebot’. After the first two weeks, chalk which is also known as ‘esu’ will be robbed all over her body in order to enhance her beauty and make her look more attractive in the sight of her prospective husband. A girl is required to stay in the fattening room for two months in which she will be made to undergo moral lessons as well as knowledge on home management and family life.           

1.3.1.3           Etu Ceremony

             As the clitoris wound gradually get healed and the fattening room wears out, preparation for the traditional marriage rites would commence. Etu customary wedding is therefore the next stage in the traditional marriage process. It was believe in those days that any girl who did not go through the Etu customary rite would be barren for life. With the fear of this believe instilled in the mind of the parents, it becomes inevitable that the Etu ceremony is a matter of great necessity.

1.3.1.4        Iwun- Erok festival

               The Iwun – Erok festival which is also known as yam festival is celebrated annually, precisely in       the month of August. It is celebrated to give thanks to the ancestors of the land for another fruitful    harvest year.

1.3.1.5               Occupation

                     Adim community is predominantly agricultural. This is influenced by the high soil fertility and good climate condition. Crops such as yam, cassava, cocoyam, maize, rice, oil palm and plantain are major agricultural product of Adim. Apart from farming, the people also practice other economic activities like hunting, fishing, and trading and small scale husbandry.

                 Other form of occupation present in Adim community is the local crafts which include; carving, smiting and weaving. Carving and smiting is said to be the occupation of men while women specialized in weaving.

1.3.1.6                Religion

                   Religion has an important place in the culture of Adim people. The socio- religions hierarchy runs from the family elders through the ancestors to the gods. This is why part of the respect due to the gods are accorded to the elders. The ancestors are living force within the family and are richly remembered in elaborate libations during festival and feast. The African Traditional religion in adim is concern in keeping the community pure as well as promoting the welfare of the people. The people of Adim worship the god of their ancestors at different notable shrines.

                   Christianity as gained an effective ground in Adim community. Quite a number of Adim people are Christians and they worship God at different churches and fellowship centers.

                   The Islamic religion has no place in the life and culture of Adim people. The people are either Idol    worshippers or Christians.

1.3.1.7                 Secret Society

                        A significant feature in the social life of the people of Adim is the formation of secret   societies in the land. The aim of these secret societies is to keep the community secure and to improve their social life. A person could belong to one or more societies depending on individual interest. Some of secret societies in adim includes Abu secret society, the Ebrubu cult, Okwa secret society, Egase secret cult and non – cult society such as and Esu- me- Esu.

1.3.1.8               Education

                       The first form of education in Adim community is the informal education system. During this period the people of Adim teach and learn basic craft works in an informal way. This form of education lasted till the advent of Western education in Adim.

                        Presently, the western education is the major form of education in Adim. Universal Basic Education has aided the establishment of both primary school and secondary school in Adim. Only few people get tertiary education due to lack of fund

1.3.2                  Socio – Linguistic Profile

            Adim is a dialect of Agwayune language. As a bilingual community, the people of Adim speak Adim and Efik language. Adim is an oral language and it is used in schools particularly in the primary schools to explain and clarify lessons viz- a- viz English Language.

             Adim serves as a language of commerce. Traders within  and outside the community try to teach and learn Adim while trading so as to promote proper communication.

                   Adim is spoken during different cultural festivals and ceremonies. The major activity of the festival is the worshipping of idols at different shrines, all these activities are performed using the Adim language as a means of communication. Competent pastors and service leaders speak Adim in the church during service. In a case where the pastor cannot speak Adim, an interpreter is being asked to interpret to the congregation in Adim language to ensure proper perception of the message.


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