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Abosede A. George
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2005-06, History

Abosede A. GeorgeĀ is working on "Market Girls and Modern Women: A History of Social Reform in Lagos, Nigeria 1925-1950." This project emerges from a concern with the criminalization of girl hawkers (mobile sellers of petty goods) in Lagos the 1940s and the attempts of Nigerian and British colonial elites to eradicate them. The girl hawker problem, as it was called, attracted the attention of British officials and Yoruba women philanthropists, stimulating conflicts between the two over child labor, the cultural function of girlhood, and the direction of development work in Southern Nigeria.