The Ikom Monolith Field Research Visit
The inspiration that motivated my investigation and research of the Akom monoliths located in Alok village, Cross River State Nigeria was the book “The Gram Code of African Adam – Stone Books and Cave Libraries, Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations,” (2005) authored by Catherine Acholonu and Ambassador Prince Ajay Prabhakar.
— Sidney Davis
The Gram Code of the African Adam is the first book in the African Adam Trilogy series. It details the hidden contributions of Ancient Africans to world civilization. It is the result of 14 years of library research that began in USA in 1991 when Professor Acholonu, a Fulbright Scholar- Writer in Residence at Manhattanville College, New York, with four years of field work on the ancient stone inscriptions of Ikom, Cross River State, Nigeria. In the book Dr. Acholonu presents a thesis of human origins based on the sciences of Molecular Genetics, Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethno-Semantics and Lexicon Statistics. The tracing of human origins can not be based on DNA studies and research only. One using DNA only as the main method for tracing human origins is missing major parts of the puzzle. Even though the methodological approaches of the book are exactingly scientific the language of the book is easy to read and the concepts easy for most people to understand. The major challenge the book has to readers, is just reading the book itself. The major premise the book is that the Niger River Basin civilization is the mother, source, and origin of the Nile River Basin civilizations. This is of tremendous significance to Afrocentric studies and the interpretation of African history to say nothing of world history.
My field study research of the stone monoliths happened on my fist visit to Africa in July 2012. I had determined before hand that I wanted to do some stone rubbings of these monoliths. I did research on various stone rubbing techniques and I decided I would experiment with different methods to get the best results. The materials I had brought with me included a large 50 lb. roll of rubbing paper, charcoal, lead bars, Chinese ink and specially made ink rubbing pads that I made myself. The curator of the Stone monoliths Chief Sylvanus Ekoh Orlando Akong the village head of Nto Atel, Alok met me in Owerri, Imo State and we went together to Cross River State. My intention was to stay a week, but because it was the rainy season, I was only able to work for three days. I was met with a willing group of volunteers from the village to aid me in doing the rubbings (GALLERY). They were very meticulous in following my directions on how to wrap the stones in with the rubbing paper and after doing I few rubbings myself they were able after a couple of practice runs capable of doing some of the rubbings for me.
The work of stone rubbing involves a certain techniques that are not as simple as it appears. I was however able to get about 20 quality stone rubbings using charcoal method on some, the lead method on others, but my best rubbings came from using Chinese ink and ink pads method. When I returned to Abuja to show Catherine my work, her jaw dropped. I had picked up details from the stone rubbings that were not obvious or visible by observation or just looking on the stones themselves. I personally was not satisfied with my work because the type of stone rubbing paper I used was not able to get all the detail that I wanted to pick up from the stones. When I am able to get the funding I will have to make another visit to get the quality rubbings that I can get with the proper type and quality of rubbing paper. I will also endeavor get some petroglyph castings of the monoliths as well.
The monoliths of Ikom, Nigeria, are a part of a vast complex of 300 ancient inscribed stones located in Ikom province, Cross River State, Nigeria whose dating is estimated to be before 2,000 BCE. The location of the stones is close to the Cameroon Cross River boarder and the complex of these monoliths also extend into the Cameroon. These stones are covered with strange and awe-inspiring inscriptions made by an ancient colony of the nwa-nchi dwarfs who were the original inhabitants of the area. The one monolith where I am seen embracing is called the Shishi monolith also known as the “Wisdom stone.”