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Volume 1, Issue 1, 2000
Author Tijjani Muhammad NaniyaSource: Kano Studies 1, pp 1 –12 (2000)More Less
Author M. S. AbdulkadirSource: Kano Studies 1, pp 36 –56 (2000)More Less
The main purpose of this paper is the critical evaluation of how Christian missionaries in the period 1840-1890s created the need for and subsequently laid the foundation of Hausa language literature in Nigeria. And since in missionary work ï¿½British leadership was inevitable, since Britain was the greatest colonial and commercial powerï¿½, (Atlaz 1967:214), the Protestant, Church Missionary Society (CMS) took the lead.
Author Ibrahim Bello-KanoSource: Kano Studies 1, pp 57 –92 (2000)More Less
Available sources on Nigeria have shown certain facets which, if not properly analysed, are easily overlooked. Such issues include: falls in government revenue, the re-emergence of pre-colonial currencies, the re-emergence of certain elements of slavery (which had supposedly been suppressed), patterns of migration, the reduction of both salaries and even `tax ratesï¿½, unemployment, food shortages, the pawning of children, the monopoly of import/export trade by syndicates/European firms), the difficulty of collecting taxes, the attempt to `diversifyï¿½ the economy, and so forth. Even more obscure facets appear - such as the lending of funds by Native Authority Treasuries to foreign countries. In fact, `lendingï¿½ or `investingï¿½ government bonds was a standard practice of colonial administrative units, and indeed was well recognized in the debates over the profit and loss of `Empireï¿½, but the consequences of this action on the local economy are very often ignored. In this paper, I am making use of Northern Nigeria as a case study. I hope to utilize the records available to illustrate some of the effects on ordinary Nigerians of the economic changes and policies of the 1930s.
Author Sani Abba AliyuSource: Kano Studies 1, pp 93 –118 (2000)More Less
This paper sets out to highlight a key aspect of Barthï¿½s textual practice and writing strategy, which the historical authorities have either ignored or failed to conceptualize adequately -Barthï¿½s debt to the post-Enlightenment imaginary. The distinctive categorial premises of this literary tradition are the rhetorical apprehension of the exotic Other within representational and symbolic narrative, and of the landscape as writable and aesthetic (or anti-aesthetic) property, via the explorer-writerï¿½s reflexive, expository and performative voice, or point of view. It is argued below that Barthï¿½s text was composed not from a scientific, or disinterested, observation, but from literary, rhetorical and aesthetic notions, which had themselves been mediated by the ideological frames of the 19th century civilization mission, namely racism and imperialism.
Author Aliyu KamalSource: Kano Studies 1, pp 119 –134 (2000)More Less
It could be argued that cutting corners, or looking for an easy way out, is a strategy that certain Nigerian university students adopt to get their academic reading quickly over and done in order to satisfy the requirement for the award of degrees of their choice. What deliberation there is accompanying that resolution may not be germane to the wishes foremost at the forefront of the minds of such students, final year ones especially - that of graduating with any of the upper classes of degree. In this paper I will show that the book choices that some students made for a course of mine lacked rigour, as the selections made appeared not to have been tempered by the conscientious deliberation according with my aim and theirs - that of their making sense of the course, and of earning excellent marks in it.