The anthropologist A. B. Mathews spent two months living with the Acipu
in 1926 and wrote up a report, which has never been published but can
be found in the National Archives at Kaduna. There is a digitised copy
available for download here
(100 Megabytes). Alternatively please email .
Several of the articles below are about the sword and spears of Kisra, relics housed in
the king's palace on Korisino. Kisra is a legendary magician-king who
is said to have fled to Africa after losing a war against Mohammed. His son or grandson is
said to have been the first king of the Acipu. Several other tribes in
Nigeria have similar origin stories.
remaining books in the list below (CAPRO 1995, Gunn and Conant 1960, Swank 1977, Temple 1922) each
have a section on Cicipu, but Temple's and Swank's accounts are very brief,
and the other two rely heavily on Mathews (1926).
- CAPRO Research Office. 1995. Kingdoms at war.
Jos: CAPRO Media.
- Gunn, H. D. & F. P. Conant. 1960. Peoples of
Northern Nigeria. London: International African Institute.
- Mathews, A. B. 1926. Historical
and anthropological report on
the Achifawa. Unpublished manuscript held in the National
Archives, Kaduna: K2, 068.
- Mathews, A. B. 1950. The Kisra legend. African
- Stevens Jr., Phillips. 1975. The Kisra legend and the
historical tradition. The Journal of African History
- Stewart, Marjorie H. 1980. The Kisra legend as oral history. International
Journal of African Historical Studies 13, 51-70.
- Swank, Gerald O. 1977. Frontier peoples of Central Nigeria and a strategy for outreach. William Carey Library: South Pasadena, CA.
- Temple, O. 1922. Notes on
emirates, and states of the northern provinces of Nigeria.