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Title:Reforms in Katsina and the Kano government crisis of 1908
Author:Afeadie, PhilipISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:27
Issue:2
Pages:75-111
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:colonial policy
administrative reform
patronage
Abstract:This paper examines the success of colonial government reforms in the Katsina division (northern Nigeria) in 1908, and the failure of reforms in the neighbouring division of Kano within the same province. These developments are explored within the context of indigenous cooperation with colonial rule, involving the concept of clientage and its attribute of pretended cooperation, 'taqiyya'. The crisis of local government in Kano in 1908 resulted from colonial policies including reforms in territorial organization and tax administration, which met with resistance by indigenous rulers. In Katsina, colonial reforms developed in cooperation with responsive indigenous clients, and astute management of relations between the colonial patron and local clients. Although the reforms in Kano experienced some cooperation, they mainly met with passive resistance from the ruling emir. Efforts to control the emir's opposition led to an administrative crisis. The Kano crisis and the contemporary reforms in Katsina epitomize the importance of a relationship of cooperation between colonizer and colonized in the determination and implementation of colonial policies. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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