n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - The administration of justice in precolonial Efik land
|Article Title||The administration of justice in precolonial Efik land|
|© Publisher:||Calabar School of Philosophy|
|Journal||Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions|
|Affiliations||1 University of Calabar, Nigeria|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||315 - 336|
The major task of this paper is to do an overview of Administration of Justice in the Pre-colonial Efik as well as the Efik judicial system in particular. Its intention is to show how the emergence of the British Colonial Administration on the Efik land alongside its justice delivery system with passion for litigation (Ukot Ikpe Ke Esop) as a modus for attaining justice help to stratify negatively the society it came to build and/or develop. To drive home our point, the processes of obtaining justice in the Efik world-view would be exposed. In doing this we shall trace the precolonial administration of justice in Efik land from dynasty to dynasty. We shall also show how developed the Efik Judicial system was long before colonialism. This strong traditional system would be shown to have been greatly undermined by the colonial system. After which a proposal for a "judi-cultural renaissance" as a pivot for a new social orientation and justice delivery would be put forward.
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