By Matthias Krings

Why may a Hollywood movie develop into a Nigerian video remake, a Tanzanian comedian ebook, or a Congolese track video? Matthias Krings explores the myriad methods Africans reply to the relentless onslaught of worldwide tradition. He seeks out areas the place they've got tailored pervasive cultural types to their very own reasons as picture novels, comedian books, songs, posters, or even rip-off letters. those African appropriations display the vast scope of cultural mediation that's attribute of our hyperlinked age. Krings argues that there's now not an "original" or "faithful copy," yet purely never-ending alterations that thrive within the fertile flooring of African renowned culture.

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The historical facts, however, read much more prosaically. The majority of the Babule mediums were discharged after two months and allowed to return to their villages. But Shibo and some other prominent figures of the “sect” were deported to Upper Volta and t h e w ick e d m ajor 35 Ivory Coast, where Shibo was to return to Kurfey only after nine years (Echard 1992; Fuglestad 1975). Though the so-called Babule movement has since lost its political implications, the veneration of the foreign spirits never ceased to exist.

Within the Muslim north, which underwent a massive Islamic revival at the time, images of bin Laden were meant to remind local elites of their duty to share their wealth with their less-affluent brothers in faith, just as bin Laden was alleged to have done. Given the millenarian hopes that were associated with the reintroduction of sharia law, the type of copy and contact at play here is, in a way, reminiscent of that employed by the spirit mediums I describe in chapter 1. Both seek to contact a power from outside through locally produced copies of that power, to gain agency in local projects of radical social reform.

By February 1927, the cult had spread across the whole of Kurfey. Like before in Arewa, they also began to agitate against the chef de canton of Kurfey, Gado Namailaya. A French official described the situation as follows: “A woman of Shikal, Shibo, and her father, Ganji, have invented a sect that copies our administration. Young boys and girls come together, found villages, name governors, commanders, doctors, exercise with wooden rifles, arrest the native guards. . Shibo enters into trance, preaches insubordination, urges people to stop paying taxes and to refuse to work” (Scheurer, in Olivier de Sardan 1984: 282; my translation).

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