Settlements Relocation in Northern Nigeria: A Historical Analysis of the Colonial Resettlement Scheme in Yagbaland, 1900-1950

Ekundayo, A. T.
September 2011
African Nebula;Sep2011, Issue 4, p49
Academic Journal
For the most part of the nineteenth century, Yagbaland was in the throes of events and developments the origins of which lay outside its borders. The invasion and domination by the Nupe, a neighbouring state, and the attendant insecurity led to the abandonment of many old and revered settlements and the erection of defensive structures around vulnerable settlements. The Nupe raids thus produced a traumatic effect which was most noticeable in the demographic dislocations that it engendered. The end of Nupe imperialism and the commencement of British colonialism witnessed the beginning of a series of appeals to Yagba people to move from the hill-tops. This paper therefore deals with the historical evolution of the current pattern of settlement in Yagbaland. Also discussed is the coming of British rule and the various attempts and strategies adopted to get the people resettled. Equally highlighted is the role of Christian missionaries in the relocation exercise and the impact of the exercise on the new settlements that emerged.


Related Articles

  • PEOPLE.  // Background Notes on Countries of the World: Nigeria;Sep2006, p2 

    The article focuses on the people of Nigeria. It asserts that Nigeria accounts for 20 percent of people in West Africa. It reveals the ethnic groups in the country. They include the Nupe, Tiv, Kanuri and Hausa-Fulani. The prevalent religions in the country are mentioned. Moreover, the widely...

  • The Dynamics of Inter Group Relations in Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Nupe Activities in Etsakoland C. 1860-1897. Erhagbe, Eddy O. // Canadian Social Science;2012, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p209 

    A point that is not often emphasized in Nigeria's history is the high level of interaction that existed among different groups in the country in pre-colonial times. This study brings to the fore the circumstances that brought the Nupe to Etsakoland and how they greatly influenced the lives of...

  • The "Theory A" System of Work Organization for the Modern African Workplace. Ahiauzu, Augustine I. // International Studies of Management & Organization;Spring89, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p6 

    The article presents the results of an in-depth analysis of detailed ethnographic information on an indigenous African mode of work organization, specifically efako, which is practiced by the Nupe people of Nigeria, as of March 1989. The people are located almost in the heart of Nigeria, in the...

  • A Black Byzantium; the Kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria. Waterman, Richard A. // American Sociological Review;Jun44, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p339 

    Reviews the book "A Black Byzantium; The Kingdom of Nupe in Nigeria," by S.F. Nadel.

  • Indigenous Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer among Members of the Nupe Royal Music Band in Nigeria. Aihassan, Jibril Attahiru // African Journal of Library, Archives & Information Science;Apr2012, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p61 

    The traditional Nupe royal music has survived till the present day in spite of the splitting of the Kingdom into seven emirates. This royal music has passed through generations through a knowledge transfer and acquisition aspects of which are shrouded in mystery. This study investigated this...

  • Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835. Saville, Julie // American Historical Review;Apr2008, Vol. 113 Issue 2, p461 

    Reviewed: Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Exiles and Refugees on the Gulf Coast, 1815-1835. Blaufarb, Rafe.

  • Let's Make a Deal. Bremen, Will // Cobblestone;May/Jun2015, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p8 

    A quiz concerning dates and descriptions on how external boundaries of the U.S. took shape.

  • Dry Place: Landscapes of Belonging and Exclusion. Herron, John // Western Historical Quarterly;Summer2006, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p222 

    Reviewed: Dry Place: Landscapes of Belonging and Exclusion. Price, Patricia L.

  • San Antonio de Béxar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier. Hinojosa, Gilberto M. // Journal of American History;Jun96, Vol. 83 Issue 1, p195 

    Reviewed: San Antonio de Béxar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier. DelaTeja, Jesús F.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics