Colonial Challenge to the Ogoja Salt Industry, Eastern Nigeria

  • J Ajor
  • P Erim
  • S Majuk

Abstract

Some scholars have often assigned a super-imposing, all demolishing power to colonialism especially when it came into contact with African traditions, institutions and industries. This was done to justify Western preconceived notion of economic and technological superiority. This paper uses the local salt industry of Ogoja Province in the colonial period to show the falsehood of such a notion. It avers that in spite of the use of all instrument of coercion, and importation of salt from Europe to stifle the
local salt industry, the later not only was able to absorb the strain but also survived the challenges and thrived within the period of this study.
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