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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Effects of indirect rule on african communities

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Effects of indirect rule on African communities.
a) The system led to transformation of the role of traditional African chiefs. They now began to recruit fellow Africans to provide labour to the colonial government.
b) The indigenous system of administration was modernized by the British
especially in northern Nigeria.
c) Many African chiefs used their positions to accumulate a lot of wealth at the expense of their people. Chiefs like Wang’ombe and Gakure in central Kenya acquired large tracts of land.
d) Indirect rule created suspicion and mistrust between the educated elites and the traditional chiefs.
e) Indirect rule helped preserve African cultures, unlike assimilation which sought to replace them.