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Title:Colonial theories and administrations in British and French West Africa: a comparative analysis
Author:Omosini, Olufemi
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:West Africa
Subject:colonial administration
Abstract:The strong resistance against the colonial powers was a crucial factor in the evolution of the administrative systems in British and French West Africa. At the beginning of the colonial period, both powers were so greatly concerned with making their rule effective that their approach to administrative procedures was on an ad hoc basis. It is important of emphasize this initial ad hoc approach in view of the convention among scholars to see British and French styles of administration in West Africa through theories such as 'Indirect Rule', 'Assimilation' and 'Association'. Such theories, although they were never crucial in the determination of the actual methods and processes of administration, all the same compel some attention. They indicate the racial attitudes of the colonizing powers towards their West African subjects. They were also propaganda material used by the colonizing powers as a means of dangling the carrot before the eyes of their colonized subjects. Notes and ref.