A review of residential segregation and its consequences in Nigeria

Kasim, Rozilah and Muhammad, Maryam Salihu and Martin, David (2015) A review of residential segregation and its consequences in Nigeria. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 6 (2). pp. 376-384. ISSN 2039-2117

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Residential segregation, the spatial separation of population sub-groups within a given geographical area, is a phenomenon which is prevalent in both developed and developing countries like Nigeria. This paper is aimed at reviewing residential segregation in Nigeria with specific reference to Northern Nigeria. The objectives of the paper are to review residential segregation from the pre-colonial to post-colonial era, and review its consequences in Nigeria. Prior to the colonial administration in Nigeria there existed no residential segregation based on race, ethnic or religious lines. The divide and rule policy of the British colonial administrators in Nigeria brought about residential segregation through the creation of ‘Sabon Gari’ settlements, which are occupied by the non-natives of Northern Nigeria. Residential segregation in Nigeria was reviewed in phases, that is, during the pre-colonial, colonial and the post-colonial era. In the final section of the paper the consequences of residential segregation in Nigeria, such as the socio-spatial division of households by income (high, medium and low density), inaccessibility of the poor to affordable housing, inadequate provision of infrastructure in the high density residential areas, and most importantly the cause of ethno-religious conflicts in across Nigeria, was discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Residential segregation; Nigeria; Northern Nigeria; Sabon Gari; Hausa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Mashairani Ismail
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2022 02:23
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2022 02:23
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5721

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