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Title:The 'Mahdi' of Toranke
Author:Hamidu Alkali, Al-Hajj
Periodical:Kano Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Abstract:The Author gives an account of what took place in Toranke in March/April 1965, in connection with a religious uprising headed by one Abubakar Bawanke. Abubakar Bawanke, son of Muslim parents, was born in Toranke village. His trading activities took him to local markets in the neighbouring Niger Republic. He was very popular among his covillagers and as a wealthy man became more and more influential. During his travels in Niger he came into contact with the Tijaniyya 'Tariqua'. Impressed by the moral teachings of the Tijaniyya, Bawanke founded a community of Tijaniyya followers. Tijanniyya activity in Toranke became the only ritual and cultural activity of the community. In the beginning a messianistic movement, as soon as Bawanke's teachings had realised the extent of his influence in the locality, his organization became a millenarian movement. Resistence to authority led Bawanke and his followers to a confrontation with Nigeria and Native Authority Police. Bawanke and a number of his followers are now serving terms of imprisonment. Notes.