oa Kano Studies - Post-enlightenment imaginary: Heinrich Barth and the making of an aesthetic in the Central Sudan
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.
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