The Root of the Alago People
The Alago people are found in Keana and Doma Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State, Nigeria.
She had only one day to get ready for the Amiri festival in thanksgiving to the ancestors for bumper harvests. With the sound of oke filling the atmosphere, her furtive observation of her father’s yam barn was cut short by the entrance of Ochealekwu, her deserted fiancée. He quickened the blood in her veins with his gaze as he gently and gingerly walked to where she stood. He had been in a distant village and had come home to give food and drink to his forebears like other adult members of the community.
“Ochealekwu, hope you didn’t miss your way home?” Onyakeche asked waspishly. She had every reason to be annoyed because he gallivanted off to the city with Elakeche, leaving her alone in the village after they were engaged.
“Why will you say such a thing? I’ve come to see you.” He responded calmly.
“Who is that bastard in my compound?” Onyakeche’s father roared like a lion. Grossly irritated at the sight of the young man, he pursued Ochealekwu out of his residence with a machete.
As Onyakeche, alongside other maidens, walked into the dance arena during the festival, whining front and back according to the rhythm of the drumming, Ochealekwu’s eyes were on her. He stalked her after the festival and when she consented to listen to him, he asked her to be his wife. She rejected him. But he persisted and pleaded insistently, explaining that Elakeche whom everyone thought was his girlfriend was only his cousin sister. At last, Onyakeche accepted to marry him.
They got married and their union brought forth the father of the Alago people, Andoma Ogoshi Osabonya.