Managing Epidemic: The British Approach to 1918–1919 Influenza in Lagos

Oluwasegun, J.O. (2015). Managing Epidemic: The British Approach to 1918–1919 Influenza in Lagos. Journal of Asian and African Studies,June 11, 2015

This paper examines how the British managed the 1918–1919 influenza epidemic in Lagos, the reactions of the local population to new sanitary and medical policies enforced during the period, and its social and political implications for future epidemic management in the colony. Unlike several studies which approach the history of the pandemic from global and national perspectives, a focus on Lagos, the colonial capital of Nigeria, one of Britain’s most important colonies provides this paper with a rare opportunity to engage with how local peculiarities informed decisions about the resolution of a global problem. Lagos is chosen as the terrain for discussion because of the ample data generated about it in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries (not just between European missionaries and the indigenous Lagosians, but also for other influential cultural and ethnic groups such as the Saro and Amaro (migrants from Brazil), and the Indian influence on medical policies in Lagos).


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Publication Type Journal article
Publisher Sage
Year 2015
Author(s) Jimoh Mufutau Oluwasegun
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