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Exploring the Sukur cultural landscape in Adamawa State of Nigeria: A methodological discussion

Afamefuna, E. and Okonkwo, E.E. (2019) Exploring the Sukur cultural landscape in Adamawa State of Nigeria: A methodological discussion. Quality & Quantity, 53 . pp. 2131-2141.

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The Sukur Kingdom, one of the ethnic groups located in the west of the Mandara Mountains is within the Sukur District of the Madagali North Development Area in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria. Sukur Kingdom flourished between the early 16th and late 18th centuries as a cultural landscape. In 1999, Sukur cultural landscape became a world heritage site (WHS) and the first to be named in Nigeria. However, the survival of the cultural landscape is in serious doubt, especially with the recent spate of terrorist attacks which have ravaged the northeastern region of Nigeria. This is more worrisome because not many research have been conducted in the area to highlight and document the tourism potentials of the landscape, to help spur more attention. In this paper, we narrate how we conducted our ethnographic fieldwork, selected and interacted with respondents within the Sukur Kingdom and other key stakeholders in the area to help understand the context of the WHS. We also try to share how our ontology and epistemology influenced and guided our research approach during our fieldwork while we equally argue for more rigorous qualitative research to be conducted in the study area as this would contribute to public awareness.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Copyright: © Springer Nature B.V. 2019
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