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Title:Hausa political system in the diaspora: the Sarkin Hausawa institution in Ibadan, 1914-1993
Author:Albert, Olawale
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
traditional polities
Abstract:In some precolonial urban centres in West Africa, the stranger communities had headmen who were chosen by and from among the immigrants and who represented their interests in the local courts. Such headmen also adjudicated minor disputes among the immigrants. The 'Sarkin Hausawa' ('Head of the Hausa') institution in Ibadan, Nigeria, is a typical example of how urban migrants could enjoy a degree of political autonomy outside their homelands. The Sarkin Hausawa system in Ibadan also attempts to replicate the traditional political system of the Hausa immigrants outside their homelands ('Kasar Hausawa'). This paper examines the Sarkin Hausawa system in Ibadan, from the immigration of Hausa people in precolonial times through the formal recognition of the Sarkin Hausawa by the British colonial administration in 1914 to the present-day succession disputes. The study is based on material in the National Archives at Ibadan and Kaduna, and on interviews. Notes, ref.