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Title:Slavery in Kano, 1913-1914: Evidence from the Judicial Records
Author:Christelow, AllanISNI
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601113
Abstract:Analysis, based on the records of the judicial council of the Emir of Kano, northern Nigeria, from May 1913 to November 1914, of how the British ordinances affected the process of acquiring slaves and the process of acquiring freedom. The kinds of positive rights a slave enjoyed, and the kinds of disabilities or restrictions he or she suffered are also investigated. The analysis shows that slaves in early colonial Kano had a peculiarly ambiguous status. The British had issued ordinances proclaiming their emancipation, but it was an awkward, gradual emancipation, some of whose rules - especially on redemption - could be evaded or denatured. Slave owners sometimes reacted to this situation by incorporating slaves into their families, but seldom did these ex-slaves attain the status of full-fledged kin. Bibliogr., notes.