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Title:The district head system in Benin 1914-1955
Author:Igbafe, P.A.ISNI
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:indirect rule
Abstract:The district head system in Benin had its origins in the restoration of 1914 and the consequent establishment of native administration based, theoretically at least, on the Northern pattern. Although the district head system in Benin had its origins in the administrative developments of 1914-1916, it had its antecedents in the paramount chief system which British officers introduced into Benin in the period before 1914. This system of paramountcy was one in which some chiefs, considered as 'likely men' or men who were judged as likely to support the new regime that overthrew the independent Benin kingdom, were given rights over consolidated blocs of territories all over Benin and adjacent districts. Such chiefs collected tribute from their areas of influence, appointed agents to watch their interests and indulged in numerous malpractices. The district head system was meant to replace the system of paramountcy. The district head, one vital organ of the Benin native administration, is examined here in detail. Notes.