On horseback through Nigeria; or, Life and travel in the central Sudan by John Downie Falconer

On horseback through Nigeria; or, Life and travel in the central Sudan

byJohn Downie Falconer

Paperback | January 18, 2012

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 140 plum® points

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII ON THE BORDERS OF HAUSALAND "Take the world as if is I--there are good and bad in it, And good and bad will be from now to the end." The Kerri Kerris--In the Golden Age--Canon valleys--The margin of the plateau--The sarikin Daia--The kings of Jellum--Into Hausa country--A disappointed sariki--Hospitable natives--A Hausa welcome--Hausas and Fulani--The rocks of Shin--A midnight thief--Searching the village--The Ningi hills--A pagan stronghold--Ari, Ningi, and Bura--The magnificence of the sarikin Bura--A striking contrast. The Kerri Kerris are an industrious pagan tribe, the southernmost border of whose country was first visited by Lieutenant Boyd Alexander in 1904. Their capital, Potiskum, is a fair-sized town, set in the middle of the open northern plains, which are studded with numerous villages and hamlets, each wearing to the casual traveller an air of contentment and prosperity. As is the case, however, in all the pagan districts of Nigeria, there is no overlord with any power; and each of the larger towns is practically independent and at peace or war with its neighbours as circumstances may dictate. Although Potiskum is generally recognised as the chief town of the tribe, the outlying villages owe nothing but a nominal allegiance to its sariki. Each town or village is jealous of its neighbour, and in consequence, while the Kerri Kerris may fight amongst themselves or with adjoining tribes, they cannot, for lack of combination, offer any resistance to the white man, and have therefore been obliged to accept the inevitable yoke with the best grace that they can muster. This is, indeed, everywhere a characteristic feature of the pagan as distinguished from the Mohammedan states of the Protectorate, and it is to the lack of this virtue of ...

Details & Specs

Title:On horseback through Nigeria; or, Life and travel in the central SudanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217265103

ISBN - 13:9780217265102

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of On horseback through Nigeria; or, Life and travel in the central Sudan