|British Colonial Administration and Inter-group Relations in Yorubaland: The Case of Remo Groups in Sagamu, Southwestern Nigeria
|Soile, Oluwaseun I.
Odunlami, Babatunde A.
|West Bohemian Historical Review. 2022, no. 1, p. 81-96.
|Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
|koloniální správa;historie;vnitroskupinové vztahy;Sagamu;Yorubaland
|Keywords in different language:
|Colonial Administration;history;Intra-group Relations;Sagamu;Yorubaland
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|The appearance of the Europeans on the West African coasts as well as the establishment of colonial rule is one of the defining moments in Nigerian history. This has brought about a profound impact on the socio-economic and political development of the people of Nigeria. Beyond this, the indirect rule policy, and its attendant elevation of some traditional chiefs, altered in a very fundamental way how many different groups in Nigeria had interacted with one another for centuries. The consequence of this was the incessant inter-group conflicts and confrontations during the colonial and post-colonial periods. This is particularly the case with the Remo groups in Sagamu, a town that owed its establishment to the nineteenth-century warfare that engulfed Yorubaland. The general insecurity of the period forced many Remo towns to come together for defence and survival between 1862 and 1872. Politically, each confederating town in Sagamu maintained its identity and independence. However, this arrangement was altered with the conferment of paramountcy on the Akarigbo of Ofin over other traditional rulers in the town by the British colonial government on August 4, 1894. This has often generated intra-group conflicts and crises which have been prevalent in the town since that time. It is against this background that this paper seeks to examine the impact of British policies and administration on the often-confrontational intra-group relations in Sagamu, particularly between the Ofin and Makun groups. This paper argues that British colonial policies did a lot to strain intra-group relations in Sagamu. The paper adopts historical research methods. Given this, both primary and secondary data constitute the main sources of information for the study.
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