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|Title:||Community leadership and the transformation of Freetown (1801-1976)|
|Authors:||Harrell-Bond, Barbara E.|
Howard, Allen M.
Skinner, David E.
|Series:||Change and continuity in Africa|
|City of publisher:||The Hague|
|Geographic term:||Sierra Leone|
|Abstract:||This book analyses the development of an African institution known as alimamiship or headmanship in Freetown, Sierre Leone, between 1801 and 1976. This institution developed out of a need by rural African migrants to deal with the competitive urban condition in a city that was formerly dominated by Europeans and christianized Africans. The migrants, most of whom were Muslim, formed ethnic-oriented political and social welfare communities in Freetown in order to provide the necessary services for their members required by urban life as well as to ease the transition of unsophisticated people to a strange milieu. The communities and their political structure became the formal institutional system for the majority of Freetown's population by the end of the 19th century and was recognized as such and incorporated into the colonial administration by the British government.|