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Title:The Fula and the Motor Transport Business in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Author:Jalloh, Alusine
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
black entrepreneurs
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601690
Abstract:Over the past three decades, the motor transport business has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. This article examines the role of Sierra Leone-born Fula and immigrant Fula from neighbouring Guinea in the motor transport business of Freetown between 1961 and 1978. The Fula were the most successful African business group in this sector of the Freetown economy during this period. The study explores the issues of capital accumulation, business management, and types of investment. It also analyses the relationship between Fula kinship and business success, the contradictions between Fula Islamic faith and business practices, and the continuities and discontinuities between Fula private enterprise in the colonial era and in the postcolonial period in Sierra Leone. The business careers of two successful Fula entrepreneurs - Agibu Jalloh and Alhaji Mohammed Bailor Barrie - are described in more detail. Notes, ref.