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Title:Obafemi Awolowo and the beginning of the Yoruba political image in Nigeria
Author:Ajala, A.S.
Year:2008
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:29-48
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba
ideologies
politicians
biographies (form)
About person:Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987)ISNI
Abstract:Stimulus to give meaning to life comes from birth circumstances, adolescent formation and pressures from one's society. In the case of the late Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Oyeniyi Awolowo (1909-1987) of Nigeria, nationalist and founder of modern Yoruba political thought, the above three factors worked together in the construction of his social aspirations. They established him as a Yoruba political sage, who constructed the Yoruba political image 'Awoism' of the 20th and 21st centuries from popular sentiments and emotions created from his personal life. Through textual analysis of data and interviews with his political adherents, this paper establishes insights into Awolowo's self-development, character, ambitions and policy statements. Awolowo reinvented the Yoruba political image within the context of the subjective creation of fundamental relationships between individual and group, society, culture, text and experience. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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