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Imagined StatesLaw and Literature in Nigeria, 1900-66$
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Katherine Isobel Baxter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474420839

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420839.001.0001

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‘Natural Justice, Equity and Good Conscience’: History, Politics and Law in Nigeria, 1900–1966

‘Natural Justice, Equity and Good Conscience’: History, Politics and Law in Nigeria, 1900–1966

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(p.12) 1 ‘Natural Justice, Equity and Good Conscience’: History, Politics and Law in Nigeria, 1900–1966
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Imagined States
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Katherine Isobel Baxter

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420839.003.0002

Chapter One provides an account of the history of colonial and postcolonial Nigeria, focusing particularly on politics and law. The chapter recounts the long history of British colonial presence in West Africa and explains the introduction of indirect rule as a system of colonial government from the turn of the century. Some of the impacts of indirect rule are considered through reference to Obafemi Awolowo’s memoir, Awo, and Chinua Achebe’s novel, Arrow of God. The chapter also sketches out the divisions that indirect rule fomented and the resistance to which it gave rise. Finally, the chapter explains the implications of indirect rule for the implementation of law in Nigeria both during colonial rule and following independence.

Keywords:   Obafemi Awolowo, Chinua Achebe, Indirect Rule, Nigeria, Colonialism, Law

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