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  • KOFAR-NA’ISA Abdullahi Usman, LAWAN Idris, POPOOLA Oluronke Dorcas, WILLIAMS Oluwaseun (2018) Creativity and Social identity in urban transport: tricycle decoration in Kano Metropolis

KOFAR-NA’ISA Abdullahi Usman, LAWAN Idris, POPOOLA Oluronke Dorcas, WILLIAMS Oluwaseun (2018) Creativity and Social identity in urban transport: tricycle decoration in Kano Metropolis

As tricycles (popularly known as Adaidaita sahu) have emerged to become the dominant form of transport in Kano metropolis, a new form of decoration has emerged with them, one that is quite different from the long history of vehicle decoration in Africa. What are the features of this decoration? How does it take place? Why did it emerge? These are the issues we explore in this work. The paper was written as a field report during the Masterclass on “New Forms of Popular Transport of Goods and Persons in Nigeria” held at the Mambayya House, Gwammaja, Kano from July 2 to 7, 2018. The authors pursued their study as an ethnographic research; they conducted interviews, rode along in tricycles, and went on field visits to different important sites.

Keywords: tricycle decoration, social identity, creativity, urban transport.

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