international forums in Nigeria and abroad. In partnership with the United Nations Forum of Arts
and Culture, the Catherine Acholonu Center nominated Ikom monoliths of Cross River State for
listing in the World Monument Fund Watch List of endangered sites. The monoliths were sub-
sequently listed in the 2008 WMF Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites2, and since then
the monoliths have generated and gained greater global and local interest, so much so that that
they are now listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Website as displaying ancient inscri-
ptions of mathematical and archaeological symbols and an unknown writing system, all thanks to
the research findings and publications of the Catherine Acholonu research team. Our work is the
first serious study of African Rock Art as a writing system and the first publication of an
elaborate study on the subject.
The success of The Gram Code buoyed our researchers to the potential immanent on the
African continent and in indigenous African artefacts, local symbols, rituals and of course the
folk traditions and folklore that have been preserved with them through the ages. Accordingly in
our second book They Lived Before Adam: Pre-Historic Origins of The Igbo, The Never-Been-
Ruled (2009) co-authored with Ajay Prabhakar and Eddy Olumba, we took a closer look at the
oral traditions of Nigerian peoples, comparing them with written traditions from other parts of
the world.3 We also conducted deeper comparative analyses of words and expressions from
various continents which were found to be cognates of Igbo language. This was necessary
because, as noted in The Gram Code4, we had found similarities between Ikom monoliths
2 See ; as a result of our research findings the monoliths inscriptions have been listed Online by UNESCO Heritage as a form writing displaying astrological and other forms of records.
3 See Osaren Omoregie, Great Benin 1-2,1997; Abosede Emmanuel, Odun Ifa: Ifa Festival, 2000; E.J. Alagoa, Oral Tradition and Oral History in Africa and the Diaspora, Theory and Practice, 1990; I.N.C. Nwosu, Ndi Ichie Akwa Mythology or Folklore Origins of the Igbos, 1983; Robert Graves, Greek Myths 1&2, 1960; Wallis Budge, Egyptian Book of the Dead, 1967, etc.
4 This is illustrated in The Gram Code, Chapter 23