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Title:Honorary chieftaincy title award as perspective to the administrative culture in the Yoruba society
Author:Lawuyi, Olatunde BayoISNI
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:social inequality
Oyo polity
Abstract:This paper examines the impact of honorary chieftaincy titles awarded by the Oba (king) in the Yoruba society of Oyo State, Nigeria, on individual recipients, usually politicians, businessmen and civil servants, and on public administration. The data were collected during fieldwork conducted in 1986-1988. The exchange between the Oba, who gives out the titles, and the elite, who receive them, is viewed within the context of socioeconomic inequality. The data reveal that the awards are influenced by pragmatic motives. The paper indicates that the acquisition of honorary titles intervenes in the administrative process in two ways, in attempting to control the decisions of public agents or organizations, and in promoting the integration of Nigeria's modern and traditional elite. Note, ref., sum.