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Title:Political Awakening in the North: A Reinterpretation
Author:Olusanya, G.O.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:national liberation movements
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:It is commonly held that national awakening in Northern Nigeria is a negative force - a reaction against the fear of Southern domination and that until the Northern Peoples Congress came into existence in 1951 there was little or no desire for political freedom. This paper attempts to show that the political movement in the North was, at the outset, a truly nationalist movement whose horizon was not limited to the North but encompassed the whole of the country and that though its activities and membership were limited to the North, this was not due to any antipathy on the part of the North to the South but was a matter of practical commonsense, and that in any case this was not peculiar to the movement in the North only but was a common feature of most Nigerian political movements at their initial stages. This is substantiated by examining the origin and growth, the consitution and activities of the Northern Elements Progressive Association, which came into exiatence in 1945 under Alhaji Raji Abdallah. Notes.