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Title:Egalitarian in colonial administration: 'Ma'ajin Kano', Muhammadu Auta (1852-1922)
Author:Afeadie, Philip AtsuISNI
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:colonial administration
indirect rule
local finance
biographies (form)
History, Archaeology
Muhammadu Auta, 1852-1922
About person:Muhammadu Auta (1852-1922)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406740
Abstract:In administering Northern Nigeria, the British made use of indigenous 'collaborators'. Among these collaborators were political agents, a group of officials whose knowledge of the local languages and cultures, as well as their partial knowledge of English, served them as intermediaries between the British rulers and the local people. These agents joined the colonial administration for personal gain, and their place in the colonial establishment provided them with opportunities to acquire political influence and satisfy their interests. However one of the political agents, named Muhammadu Auta (1852-1922), from 1907 until 1918 'Ma'ajin Kano' (treasurer of Kano), was remarkable for having developed good relations with the local people and for sacrificing his personal interest to egalitarian concern. His biography and place in the British colonial administration of Northern Nigeria is the subject of this article. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]