The Text of Sultan Attahiru 11


The Text واقر النصاري

Deep Sigh!

From 1600 to date, a plethora of ideological currents, textual practices, and discursive productions shaped the societies in Hausaland and Borno. The text واقر النصاري is one of those texts that marked the loss of one political order and the ascendancy of a new social order. In contemporary reading, this text is synonymous to Francis Fukuyama’s “End of History”.

The text واقر النصاري is attributed to Muhammad Aɗɗahiru 1 who was killed by the British forces in the Battle of Burmi in July 1903. It is a text of mourning and divine melancholia marked by the loss of power that is performed by the mandatory transitioning into a colonized subject; the loss of place and the loss of time, a loss that cannot be recuperated but that leaves its trace; the loss of political eschatology and the triumph of a new order of historicity; the loss of a spectral agency of power one for whom a full “recovery” is impossible, one for whom the irrecoverable becomes, paradoxically, the condition of a new political agency.

Indeed, the past says a lot about the present and the present will certainly say a lot about the future.

Yesterday we were Bilād al-Sūdān, today we are Nigerians, tomorrow we will acquire a new nomenclature.

Adieu to the 19th century, ʾAhlan wa-sahlan to the 20th century.

Learning History is Important!


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