Author: Nigerian Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies
Category: PRIVATE & PROPERTY LAW
Date Published: Monday, 14-January-2019 4:31:59 PM
Two primary sites of colonial power and domestic resistance are identified. These are the habitués of power in the pre-colonial state and which the imperial powers singled out for subordination and destruction. The first is the institution of traditional medicine. The second is traditional languages. On the former, the devastating propaganda against and demonization of the native healer is revisited and explained. Through religious, epistemic, and cultural vilification, the native healer was stripped of authority and turned into a social pariah. On languages, its capacity to act as a vehicle for the sharing and transmission of knowledge was effectively compromised, thus truncating the orderly transmission and regeneration of knowledge.