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Title :

Crafts, Trade and Commerce in the Colonial City of Sokoto

Authors :

Nabilah Lawal Bako

The paper has studied the commercial activities in and around Sokoto city during the colonial period; it strongly argued that local trade and indigenous crafts in the pre-colonial period provided the main basis for economic growth and development of commerce in the colonial period, despite the fact that it began to decline at the set of colonialism. With the conquest of Sokoto and establishment of colonial rule, local crafts industries began to diminish because they could not withstand the competition with newly imported goods of the expatriate firms, i.e, metal enamel wares replaced calabash, which hitherto were in high demand. However, indigenous trade and commerce in the colonial city of Sokoto survived partially alongside the importation and distribution of European manufactured goods, exportation in hides and skins, production of cash crops etc. The paper has examined the nature and pattern of the colonial trade and the role of traders, craftsmen and artisans in the development of colonial economy.