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Title:'The Lost Province': neglect and governance in colonial Ogoja
Author:Manton, John
Year:2008
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Volume:35
Pages:327-345
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:historiography
anthropological research
colonial administration
local history
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/history_in_africa/v035/35.manton.pdf
Abstract:The notion that the colonial entity administered as Ogoja Province represented a Nigerian form of 'the frontier' persisted right through the period of British rule in Nigeria. Marginalized by the economic geography of colonialism it could still be characterized in the 1940s as 'the Lost Province' in common colonial parlance. Scholarly exploration has done little to address this marginalization, a fact both pivotal in the administration and development of Ogoja Province and restrictive of attempts to understand these administrative processes. The first section of this paper examines anthropological knowledge on the Upper Cross River basin, which included the area administered as Ogoja Province, and contrasts ethnicity and trade as analytical categories for the understanding of local and regional population dynamics. The second section looks at the deployment of this knowledge in processes of colonial rule, and the operative significance of anthropological ignorance in determining the structure of European interactions with communities in colonial Ogoja Province. The final section outlines the persistence of marginalization of Ogoja in the context of rapid constitutional change and political mobilization around nation and development in the late colonial era. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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