‘Pagan administration’ and political development in northern Nigeria

Describes the development of ‘pagan administration’ in the northern Provinces of Nigeria. The relatively small size of traditional political units made the impact of colonial administration in this area more obvious than in the emirates, where indirect rule more easily was applied. From 1900-1919 the emirate model of indirect rule was applied. The system proved incompatible with the traditions of the pagan areas and was reconsidered from 1919 to 1936. The relationships between the administrative arrangements which had evolved since then and developing political identities are reviewd. Notes.

Title: ‘Pagan administration’ and political development in northern Nigeria
Author: Ballard, J.A.
Year: 1972
Periodical: Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 1-14
Language: English
Geographic term: Northern Nigeria
Subject: colonial administration
Abstract: Describes the development of ‘pagan administration’ in the northern Provinces of Nigeria. The relatively small size of traditional political units made the impact of colonial administration in this area more obvious than in the emirates, where indirect rule more easily was applied. From 1900-1919 the emirate model of indirect rule was applied. The system proved incompatible with the traditions of the pagan areas and was reconsidered from 1919 to 1936. The relationships between the administrative arrangements which had evolved since then and developing political identities are reviewd. Notes.