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An analytic generalization of the information grounds theory in sub-saharan africa: a qualitative case study of tea shops (Maishayi joints) in Samaru Community, Sabon Gari Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Muhammad Musa Hayatu
Talatu Shehu


This study extends the propositions of the Information Grounds theory in sub-Saharan Africa. This was achieved by analytically generalizing the propositions of the theory in Tea Shops (Mai-Shayi joints) in Samaru Community, Sabon-Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria. A
Qualitative Single Case study research design with embedded sub-cases was adopted for the study. Participant Observation and Semi-structured interview were used to refine the interview questions and collect data from 10 participants that are regular customers in three Mai-Shayi Joints that
were selected for the study respectively. Findings revealed that the information activities in MaiShayi Joints include Information Exchange and  leisure. The study also found that the temporal setting proposition, the social types proposition, the social interaction proposition and the informal and formal information flow proposition describe Mai-Shayi Joints (Tea Shops) as a social space. The study then recommended further qualitative inquiries to identify other social spaces for information activities for different groups in the community.