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

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0567-4840



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 rates�, 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 `diversify� 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, `lending� or `investing� government bonds was a standard practice of colonial administrative units, and indeed was well recognized in the debates over the profit and loss of `Empire�, 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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