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African Histories and Modernities

Minority Rights and the National Question in Nigeria

Editors: Usuanlele, Uyilawa, Ibhawoh, Bonny (Eds.)

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  • Traverses several related disciplines – African History Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science
  • Provides an outstanding overview of human rights in Nigeria with debates about minority rights from the perspectives of colonized peoples 
  • Includes chapters from the leading academics in Nigerian history and politics 
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About this book

This book offers a thematic study of key debates in the history of the ethnic politics, democratic governance, and minority rights in Nigeria. Nigeria provides a framework for examining the central paradox in post-colonial nation building projects in Africa – the tension between majority rule and minority rights. The liberal democratic model on which most African states were founded at independence from colonial rule, and to which they continue to aspire, is founded on majority rule. It is also founded on the protection of the rights of minority groups to political participation, social inclusion and economic resources. Maintaining this tenuous balance between majority rule and minority rights has, in the decades since independence, become the key national question in many African countries, perhaps none more so than Nigeria. This volume explores these issues, focusing on four key themes as they relate to minority rights in Nigeria: ethnic and religious identities, nationalism and federalism, political crises and armed conflicts. 

About the authors

Uyilawa Usuanlele is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego, USA.
Bonny Ibhawoh is Professor of African History and Global Human Rights at McMaster University, Canada. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Minorities and the National Question in Nigeria

    Pages 1-14

    Usuanlele, Uyilawa (et al.)

  • Decolonization and the Minority Question in Nigeria: The Willink Commission Revisited

    Pages 17-39

    Oduntan, Oluwatoyin B.

  • Historicizing Ethnic Minorities’ Movements and State Creation in Nigeria, 1946–1967

    Pages 41-59

    Omaka, Arua Oko

  • Minority Groups: Bridgeheads in Nigerian Politics, 1950s–1966

    Pages 61-84

    Ojo, Emmanuel Oladipo

  • The Owegbe Cult: Political and Ethnic Rivalries in Early Postcolonial Benin City

    Pages 87-111

    Nevadomsky, Joseph

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Hardcover 99,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Minority Rights and the National Question in Nigeria
Editors
  • Uyilawa Usuanlele
  • Bonny Ibhawoh
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-50630-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-50630-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-50629-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84447-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 253
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