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Title:The Emirs and the Spread of Western Education in Northern Nigeria, 1910-1946
Author:Tibenderana, Peter K.
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Great Britain
educational history
History and Exploration
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This article opens with a brief mention of the major criticisms which are currently made against the emirs' role in the development of Western education in northern Nigeria during the colonial era. It is suggested that these criticisms are ill founded and that they are more often than not based on a misconception of the emirs' power in the colonial situation. It is argued that the emirs were not de facto rulers of their respective emirates and had no powers to initiate educational development projects. The main discussion focuses on their attitudes to Western education and how they took advantage of the educational opportunities offered by native administration schools to foster the political interests of their sons. It then examines their efforts to persuade the British administration to expand educational facilities in their emirates including those for female education and why these efforts were generally fruitless. Examination of the historical records reveals that the emirs played a more prominent role in the advancement of Western education than has hitherto been recognized. Notes.