Culture is always evolving and changing. Like Chimamanda Adichie said, “Culture does not make people, people make culture.”
As great as it is to make our own culture, it is important to know how those that came before lived their lives. Preservation of cultural history gives us a glimpse of what the past looked like. Just like a time capsule, it makes it possible to see how the society has changed since then. This is why keeping records and archiving history is vital.
In this age of the internet, when a vast potpourri of information is available to us, there are still some things that are not easy to come by. Documentation of Nigerian history between the 17th and early 20th century is an example of that. Thanks to a few selfless individuals who have dedicated their time to sourcing and curating these scarcely available materials, and sharing them, they’ve made it easier to read up on or find material for research.