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Axel Harneit-Sievers:
Igbo Community Histories: Exploring a Genre

[1] The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, 1992 (Microsoft Bookshelf '95).

[2] For some - few - statistical data cf. J.T. Okedara, Adult literacy education in Nigeria: policies and programmes, in Tekena N. Tamuno / J.A. Atanda, Nigeria since independence: the first 25 years, Vol. III: Education (Ibadan: Heinemann 1989), pp. 300-315, esp. p. 301.

[3] Toyin Falola: 'Ade Ajayi on Samuel Johnson: filling the gaps', in ders. (ed.), African historiography: essays in honour of Jacob Ade Ajayi, (Harlow: Longman 1993), 80-90, esp. p. 80.

[4] It may be that we are just currently witnessing the emergence of such a master narrative with the studies about the role of Nri as a center of ritual hegemony over large parts of pre-colonial Igboland, with the paradigmatic study by M. Angulu Onwuejeogwu: An Igbo civilization : Nri kingdom and hegemony (London: Ethnographica 1981).

[5] Anayo Enechukwu: History of Nkanu (Enugu: Kaufhof 1993), particularly pp 447-464; in a similar manner Dennis Nnam Nwatu: Political transition in Nkanu: a case study (Nsukka: Ph.D. thesis, Pol. Sc., 1977). However, Gabriel O. Ajah: The history of Nkerefi (a reflection of Nkanu people) (Enugu: AGOP Publ. 1993) does not mention this topic.

[6] Onwuka Dike / Felicia Ekejiuba: The Aro of south-eastern Nigeria 1650-1980 (Ibadan: University Press1990), pp. 16f. and p. 29, n. 20. The community histories referred to are Stephen Nwangoro: Aro land: being a concise account of the origin, life and growth of the Aro people (Calabar 1922) and K.E. Ijomanta: Aluko ala Aro [The history of Aro land] (Calabar 1926).

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