Emirs in London: Subaltern Travel and Nigeria's Modernity focuses on Northern Nigerian aristocrats who documented their travel experiences to Britain from 1920 to 1960. Through careful reading and interpretation of these accounts, Moses E. Ochonu successfully explains how and why these written artifacts assisted Nigerians in understanding British culture. The book includes an introduction, six chapters and an epilogue.

Emirs in London describes in detail how Nigerian travel experiences in Britain and the resulting descriptions of those tours were key to reshaping Nigerian social and political futures as well as British understandings of colonial subjects. Ochonu argues that “metropole travel was critical to the making of modernity in Northern Nigeria” (2). Northern Nigerian imams and aristocrats engaged in writing as both a form of self-expression and self-projection, which eventually spurred larger English and romanized Hausa literacy projects, especially the work done by the Gaskiya Corporation through its newspaper Gaskiya ta...

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