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Title:Hausaland divided: colonialism and independence in Nigeria and Niger
Author:Miles, William F.S.ISNI
Series:The Wilder House series in politics, history and culture
City:Ithaca, N.Y.
Publisher:Cornell University Press
Geographic terms:Niger
Northern Nigeria
Abstract:This book presents a case study of a partitioned African people, the Hausa, living along the Niger-Nigeria boundary. The study is based on research carried out in twin villages on either side of the border between February 1983 and January 1984, in 1986, and during subsequent visits. The author argues that the colonial imprint of the British and the French can still be discerned more than a generation after the conferring of formal independence on Nigeria and Niger. He examines the nature of Hausa identity, the creation and impact of the boundary between Niger and Nigeria, and how different colonial policies in Niger and Nigeria differentially affected the local regions of Zinder and Daura and how these policies are recalled by borderline villagers today. He contrasts the traditional rulers in Niger and Nigerian villages, revealing significant disparities in status, prestige, and influence. He also contrasts the villages in economic terms, highlighting the more robust activity on the Nigerian side of the border. Finally, he deals with local education practices and the practice of Islam, and contrasts the two communities in respect to village culture.