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Adikpo London: Story Of Ancient Benue Town Captured In New Book



A book, “Adikpo London in the eyes of a settler” written by Iorliam’Amo Shija, journalist and historian, has exposed for the first time, details of the foundations of the Adikpo football culture and the enigmatic life of the  godfather of Adikpo football culture, the late Sir Simon Cephas Iorhemen Akpoo.

The setting, Adikpo, a bustling town in the North Eastern part of Benue State is renowned for producing the best footballers in the history of the state including the Kpakor brothers (Terfa and Moses), Amir Angwe (who died on the pitch while playing for Julius Berger FC, Emmanuel Ngobua , BCC Lions veteran player,   Terfa Apurugh , a former,  Lobi Stars player and John Gaadi,  a national beach soccer star.

The work vividly reveals an unbiased account of the Kwande crisis, 15 years after the unfortunate politically motivated incidence, offering a fresh perspective never before advanced on the crisis, would receive public presentation on 8th November, 2018, in Makurdi, Benue state

Recalls that Adikpo is commonly known as London, a name given to the town by a song composer , Anande Amende. But who was Amende?  Shija has offered a new angle into who he was and his influence, the publishers have noted.

It is further learned that the first storey building in the whole of Tiv land was built in this Benue north eastern town by one unknown man, Akinde Timin Ayu. The building is still standing to date, although it was built with just  mud in 1961, so  the  the book has revealed the challenges the man faced in his life time.

The publishers has said that  those who once lived or are living in the town will appreciate the book’s chapters dedicated to the details of Adikpo ordinary lives including even that of its mad men and even dogs.

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