Sonnore Bello

Material Information

Sonnore Bello
Series Title:
Works of Asma'u
Asma'u, Nana, 1793-1865 ( Translator )
نانا أسماء بنت عثمان فودي‎ ( contributor )
Boyd, Jean
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Bello, Muḥammad, Sultan of Sokoto, -1837 ( LCNAF )
بيلو، محمد، توفي 1837
Spatial Coverage:
Africa -- Nigeria -- Sokoto State -- Sokoto
13.066667 x 5.233333


An elegy for Muḥammad Bello, Sultan of Sokoto ( en )
General Note:
Holographic copy of an original manuscript in the custody of the Waziri of Sokoto, Alhaji Dr Junaidu (i.e., Muhammadu Junaidu (1906 – 9 January 1997)) at the time of deposit.
General Note:
Collected in the Papers of Jean Boyd (PP MS 36, Box 1), circa 1900-1992, collected by Jean Boyd, relating to northern Nigeria from the late 18th century to the 1990s. Papers on Nana Asma'u include copies of her manuscript poems (1820-1865) and later papers relating to her work, including translations, 1976-1984. Papers on works by Shehu dan Fodio include copies of his poems on male-female relationships (1789 and undated) and later papers relating to his work, 1975-1981. Papers on works by Asma'u's female relatives and descendants include copies of poems and writings by various authors (c1860-1934 and undated) and later papers relating to the subject, c1950-1990. Other material comprises field notes on the remnants of Asma'u's disciples, the Yan Taru, 1973-1990; papers on the milieu in which Asma'u lived in Gobir, c1900-1984, including Gobir chiefs; papers, including press cuttings, on the situation of women in northern Nigeria in the 1980s, the subjects including Muslims, prostitution, women's organizations, medical matters, and women's education. Papers, 1903-1992, including articles, reports and press cuttings, on Sokoto relate to geological history, prehistory, palaeontology, archaeology, pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history, the subjects including the social and economic history of the city of Sokoto, colonial administration, British fears over Mahdism, and local government and economic issues in Sokoto state in modern Nigeria. Three volumes containing over 500 postcards, many in colour, relating to Nigeria, including images of people, cultural events, various places, and other aspects of Nigerian life [late 20th century]
General Note:
Jean Boyd BA MPhil MFR was a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London. Boyd served as an Education Officer in the Colonial Service in Nigeria (1955-1960) and following Independence worked for the Nigerian Public Service (1960-1984). She spent 25 years in Sokoto, where she became a student of Waziri of Sokoto, Alhaji Dr Junaidu. Boyd was Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Research Department (1980-1984) at the Sokoto State History Bureau, where she was editor of 'Tarihi', the bulletin of the Bureau. She spent 15 years conducting fieldwork on manuscripts in Hausaland. She joined SOAS as a Research Associate in 1990. Boyd's research has focused on the compilation, translation and contextual annotation of the works of the Nigerian woman poet Nana Asma'u Fodio. Nana Asma'u (1793-1865), was the daughter of Usuman (Shehu) dan Fodio (1754-1817), a Fulani and Muslim, who began a holy war to reform the practice of Islam in northern Nigeria, conquering the Hausa city-states. In 1817 his son, Muhammad Bello (d 1837), established a state centred at Sokoto. Under these two rulers Muslim culture and trade flourished. Sokoto controlled most of northern Nigeria until British forces under Frederick Lugard began to conquer the area, taking Sokoto in 1903. Nana Asma'u Fodio's poems, 65 in number, constitute an important literary legacy of this period. She wrote in Arabic for formal pieces, Hausa for didactic verse, and Fulfulde when addressing her contemporaries within the ruling circle. Boyd's publications include: 'Uthman Dan Fodio: The Theory and Practice of his Leadership' (1978); 'The Caliph's Sister: Nana Asma'u, 1793-1865, Teacher, Poet and Islamic Leader', (1989); 'Sir Siddiq Abubakar III: Sarkin Musulmi' (1991); with Beverly B Mack, 'One Woman's Jihad: Nana Asma'u, Scholar and Scribe' (2000); and 'Educating Muslim Women: the West African Legacy of Nana Asma'u 1793-1864' (2013). Career in HMOCS [H.M. Overseas Civil Service] and Public Service in Nigeria: Woman Education Officer Katsina 1955-57, Sokoto 1957-1959, Headmistress Capital School Sokoto 1969-1980 Member Hausa Language Panel of Nigerian Education Research Council 1982 Principal Research Fellow and Head of Research Department, Sokoto State History Bureau 1980-1984. Voluntary Work in Nigeria: Organiser Wooden Legs Fund Sokoto 1968-1984 Friends of Sokoto Hospital Committee 1980-1984 Career after leaving Nigeria: Research Associate School of Oriental and African Studies, London University 1990-2014 Chairman Royal Commonwealth Society, Cumbria 1989 - 2001. Chairman of Governors of Beaconside Junior School, Penrith, 1987 - 2003.
General Note:
Deposited by Jean Boyd in 1991
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Junaidu, Wazir of Sokoto, 1906-1997 : URI
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Asma'u, Nana, 1793-1865 : URI

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
PP MS 36, Box 13 ( Order with reference )