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