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Title:The Benin Water Rate Agitation, 1937-1939: An Example of Social Conflict
Author:Igbafe, Philip A.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:indirect rule
national liberation movements
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The Benin water rate agitation of the late thirties coinciding as it did with the administrative reorganization of Benin and the general reorganization of many parts of Southern Nigeria provided an opportunity for all those opposed to the sole Native Authority system in Benin to denounce the structural basis of the Benin native administration. The agitation brought together the young educated elements of Benin, the Iyase and other powerful traditional rulers. It thrust forward vocal, educated youth who, backed to some extent by traditional support, positively contributed to giving the 1938-39 reorganization in Benin City a representative character which was not to be found in the other parts of Benin Province. By its resilience, its enlightened character and its organizational force, the agitation compelled the introduction of the representative principle into the Benin native administration. The foundations of a democratic local government system were laid. Notes.