The Scientific Enterprise, Identity and Power in Africa: The Case of the Annang of Nigeria

By Ezekiel Ette.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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When Western ethnographers studied Africa and Africans in the colonial and post-colonial period, they did more than describe the people that they met and were in fact in the business of assigning new identities. When the ethnographers left, those African cultural groups who benefited from the colonialists became the new masters and those who were farther away from the colonial benevolence became conquered people in their own land and there was born the post-colonial Africa, two groups, the one victor and the other vanquished. The paper argues that colonialism is an important variable in the African cultural identity. It further argues, using the Annang of Nigeria as a case example, that there is a relationship between political conflict in Africa as they are today and and the work of early ethnographers in the continent.

Keywords: Ethnography, Ethnic Conflict, Colonialism, Science, Knowledge, Power

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.215-226. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.577MB).

Prof. Ezekiel Ette

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, USA

Dr. Ette obtained the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennsessee, USA, before enrolling in theological studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he obtained the M.Div. degree. He did further graduate work in Gerontology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he obtained both the MSW and the Ph.D degrees. He has worked in the area of mental health and in various community projects. His research and writing interests are in the areas of immigration, community development, spirituality and culture. He is currently a professor of Social Work at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, USA.