African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 185

Article in Press

Grain Porters in Western Hausaland

Murtala Ahmed Rufa'i

  •  Received: 02 August 2018
  •  Accepted: 02 August 2018
Abstract The oldest and the most widespread form of transport system in any part of the world is human porterage, which simply means the carriage of goods by human being on the head, shoulder or on the back as porters, transport themselves by walking within a particular distance. The people that provided this type of services are simply referred to as porters. The article is neither on long distance nor on short distance porters that received much academic attention from scholars. But it specifically examines the role of grain porters, who engaged in transporting grains from one place to another within some few meters on their head, back or shoulder in contrast with those that carried grain on wheel barrow or on pack animals. Unlike, the long and short distance porters that covers kilometers, grain porters carry heavier loads but within a small space. Also, the main activity of these porters was loading and offloading of grains from trucks. This occupation became more prominent in the 20th century following the emergence of modern transportation system.