Efik Traders of Old Calabar: Containing the Diary of Antera Duke together with an Ethnographic Sketch and Notes and an Essay on the Political Organization of Old Calabar, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Efik Traders of Old Calabar

Containing the Diary of Antera Duke together with an Ethnographic Sketch and Notes and an Essay on the Political Organization of Old Calabar, 1st Edition

Edited by Daryll Forde


178 pages

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Originally published in 1956 this book contains extracts of the 18th century diary of an Efik chief and documents the activities of slave-traders, the rituals of the Egbo society and many details of domestic life of among the Efik. This volume includes an English translation to the diary which was originally written in Pidgin. .

Table of Contents

Introduction Daryll Forde.

1. The Diary of Antera Duke, being three years in the life of an Efik Chief, 18th January 1785 to 31st January 1788, in a modern English version A. W. Wilkie and D. Simmons

2. Notes on the Diary D. Simmons

3. The Original Text of the Diary Antera Duke

4. The Political Organization of Old Calabar G. I. Jones

About the Editor

Daryll Fforde from 1945 he worked at University College London, and built a school of American-style cultural anthropology there. From 1935 he worked in Nigeria with the Yako people. From 1945 to 1973 he was the director of the International African Institute

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on https://www.routledge.com/ or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies