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From a Great African Ruler to the King: A Noteworthy Letter

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FROM EMIR ‘ABBAS OF KANO TO THE KING-EMPEROR: A TRANSLATION’ RAM I rTO GOD ALOWN. ON WHOU WI REY IPO HELP. Fmn the E ir Kam. Aiar a. t A. R.rosanoc. -f Hr M. / SA-.. .-f Erl, ed. A doomsad egregs: a thouand luatiom:; admiratioo .ad honour. I have had the decidio d Le Co.fereoce whi held in do e faron. Cnl OCha er reapeeain the Great Army. Know that I re~ly rejoice and am exceedig glad by resn of this decisie; and know lrther- more that under your blesng I will give thomsand pounds every year to aid and succour you is your undertaking. We praise and thank yeo. May God prolong your ie and pal you increase in Empire, i health and in race everlingly. Salm Monday 26th, Soiar 1334 of the Hgrah.


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In tLhee days ‘ the Empire’s trial the spontaneous egreoions of friendsip and loyaly, as wel as the munificent gifts, offered on all ides by native rinces in various parts of the world have been a weoderful s·o~r of strength and encouragement to the King- Emperor and his advisers. In such manifestation of goodwill is found proof of the sympathetic relations with native races and native authority which British colonial administration always seeks to establish. A fresh instance of cordiality is the above letter to the King from the Emir ‘Abas of Kano, a very important potentate in Wqst


Africa. Next to the facsimile reproduetion of the letter appears a trasoiation of it in English. Kano is the name of a province and of a town in Northern Nigeria. The province has an area of some 31,ooo square miles, with a population of between two and three millions. Kano itself can claim to be the chief commercial city of Central Soudan, its chief industries being doth weaving and dyeing and the manufacture of leather goods. Its populati s nearly 60o,000. It is 320 miles N.M.E. of the confluence of the Niger and Benue. Its mud walls are t8 miles in circumference.



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