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Title:Ethnic Consciousness and Ethnic Association: The Dynamics of Integration in Post-Colonial Nigeria
Author:Moloye, Olugbemi
Year:1997
Periodical:Scandinavian Journal of Development Alternatives and Area Studies
Volume:16
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:115-126
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:generations
community development
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The inauguration of the Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) in 1986 by the government of General Ibrahim Babangida represented for the first time a bold attempt by any Nigerian government to reorientate the philosophy of development to the realities of Nigerian society. The DFRRI option of encouraging Nigerians to organize themselves in grassroots associations which are to serve as rallying points for community development is in harmony with the indigenous infrastructure of age grade organizations, which previous planners did not consider relevant to development. The author describes the indigenous age grade organization among the Igbo and the Yoruba of Nigeria and its traditional functions, notably in Yorubaland. The exponential growth in the number of social clubs in Nigerian society in recent times, such as in the city of Ondo, is the reenactment of the indigenous age grade organization which was traditionally used as a vehicle for community development and social organization. It is becoming increasingly clear that in order for development projects to be meaningful and sustainable, communities must be allowed to have a stake in them. Bibliogr.
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