International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Implications of Colonial Settlements on Inter Ethnic Relations: Case Study of Sabon Gari Kano
Dr. A. F. Usman

Introduction Although the history of the Sabon Garii system in Northern Nigeria has received attention from scholars, there are issues about the settlement which have not yet been articulated. What is usually forgotten is how the interrelation among different groups in the settlement can be used to understand certain issues relating to ethnic problems in contemporary Nigeria. The causes of the inter-ethnic conflicts in some Northern Nigerian cities where Sabon Gari exists can be best appreciated with an analysis of the history of the settlement. When Kano for example was established, certain factors, namely common market, division of labour, religious practices, and cultural gatherings bound the settlers together. These factors allowed friendly interactions between different groups. However, conflicts later became a common feature amongst the communities.

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