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'Do you hear me? It is me Akiga' Akiga’s 'Story' and Akiga Sai’s 'History’

Fardon, Richard (2015) ''Do you hear me? It is me Akiga' Akiga’s 'Story' and Akiga Sai’s 'History’.' Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, 85 (4). pp. 572-598.

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Abstract

The publication of a new translation of Akiga Sai’s History of the Tiv invites reappraisalof Akiga himself as a local intellectual. This essay presents a biographical account of this early Tiv convert to Christianity, locating his celebrated History in its social, cultural, ethnic and historical contexts, and presents a provisional narrative of his career subsequent to the publication of Akiga’s Story, the version of the History edited by Rupert East. As such, it is intended as an invitation to a full biography. The essay reconstructs, insofar as sources permit, the complex relationship between Akiga, East, the Dutch Reformed Church Mission and the International African Institute that led to the publication of Akiga’s Story in the form known until now, comparing that version with the complete translation. Akiga’s History emerges from this re-examination as a compellingly contemporary narrative engaged with the lived experience of ethnic identification under colonial rule.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 00019720
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1017/S0001972015000595
Depositing User: Richard Fardon
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2015 14:29
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21408

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