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The Man-Leopard Murders: History and Society in Colonial Nigeria

David Pratten


This book is an account of murder and politics in Africa, and a historical ethnography of southern Annang communities during the colonial period. Its narrative leads to events between 1945 and 1948, when the imperial gaze of police, press and politicians was focused on a series of mysterious deaths in south-eastern Nigeria attributed to the ‘man-leopard society’. These murder mysteries, reported as the ‘biggest, strangest murder hunt in the world’, were not just forensic but also related to the broad historical impact of commercial, Christian and colonial aid relations on Annang society.

Keywords: murder, Africa, Annang, colonial period, Nigeria, man-leopard society, murder mysteries, murder hunt, colonial aid, commercial relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625536
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Pratten, author