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Title:No Longer at Ease: Intellectuals and the Crisis of Nation-Statism in Nigeria in the 1990s
Author:Obi, Cyril I.
Year:2004
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:8
Issue:2
Pages:1-14
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:minority groups
ethnicity
intellectuals
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Classes and Class Struggle
nationalism
Minorities
petroleum
ethnic conflicts
Saro-Wiwa, Ken, 1941-1995
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487444
Abstract:This article examines the role of intellectuals in the crisis of the nation-State in Nigeria in the 1990s. It first outlines conceptual issues in the crisis of nation-Statism and sketches the roots of the present crisis in Nigeria, arguing that soon after independence, cracks began to appear in the nation-State project and ethno-regional tensions began to emerge. Then it analyses the current crisis of the Nigerian State, focusing on the case of the oil minorities in the Niger Delta. It shows that several intellectuals have been at the forefront of the struggle for self-determination and local autonomy for the ethnic minorities of the Niger Delta. The most prominent among these was Ken Saro Wiwa, whose role in the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) is outlined in the next section. In conclusion, the implications of ethnic nationalism as articulated by these intellectuals are outlined. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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