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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.

FINDING LOST LINKS BETWEEN ANCIENT NIGERIA; THE MIDDLE EAST AND INDIA THROUGH IGBO UKWU ARTEFACTS

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 www.wmf.org; 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

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