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Title:Political Traditionalism in Nigeria: Secret Societies and Dance Groups in Local Government
Author:Magid, Alvin
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:municipal government
secret societies
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158497
Abstract:Traditional social and political life in Idoma was specially organized around secret societies and dance groups. They were meaningful because of their regularization of status relationships between the sexes, their recreation aspects, and their administrative and judicial responsibilities. Although they failed to be integrated into district administration during the colonial period, they still performed administrative and judicial activities underground in that time. Also in the early independence period they played an important although an informal role in district politics. So it could happen that modern district councillors were recruited from leaders of traditional associations, while these were frequently called in to solve land disputes and other conflicts. Notes, ref., French summary.