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A European and African Joint-Venture: Writing a Seamless History of Borno (1902–1960)


This article engages with existing scholarship that explores how colonial knowledge was constructed. Focusing on the region of Borno it will highlight the ways in which European officials collaborated with African elites when writing official histories of the region (1902–1960). These exchanges were indicative of both the ruling Kanemi dynasty’s efforts to assert their authority in Borno, as well as the efforts made by foreign colonial officials to advance their careers.


Cet article contribue au débat sur la construction du savoir en contexte colonial. En se concentrant sur la région du Borno, il détaille les modalités de la collaboration entre élites africaines et administrateurs coloniaux européens pour l’écriture de l’histoire officielle de la région (1902–1960). Ces échanges révélaient d’une part les efforts de l’ancienne dynastie du royaume du Borno, les Kanemi, qui voulait assoir son autorité dans le Nigeria colonial ainsi que, d’autre part, la volonté des officiers coloniaux d’écrire l’histoire du Borno pour avancer leur carrière.

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