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When Western Education was introduced by missionaries in Northern part of Nigeria, Hausa people, especially the peasants and their local tutors considered the type of education as Boko, derived from the word boka meaning a sorcerer. It is literally translated as “fake or deceptive”. Western Education became known as “Karatun Boko” meaning “fake or deceptive education”. Those who accepted boko became educated and were called “Yan boko” meaning “Western educated people”.

Even though boko did not lead to conversion of Muslims as many traditionalist feared, it led to westernization and secularization. And when the Yan boko began to dress and act like westerners, and became lackadaisical towards religion, the peasant tutors began to regard boko as a tool of western power to convert people from Islam. For those who are unaware of the history of Islamic…

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