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Title:Actors and institutions in urban politics in Nigeria: Agege (Lagos) since the 1950s
Author:Olukoju, AyodejiISNI
Periodical:Afrika Zamani: revue annuelle d'histoire africaine = Annual Journal of African History (ISSN 0850-3079)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:local politics
History, Archaeology
Agege (Nigeria)--History
Metropolitan government
Abstract:This article examines critical actors and institutions, and the power relations among them, in the local politics of Agege, an important community in metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria, since the 1950s. Combining chronological and thematic approaches, it outlines the evolution of the community and its local government system, the interactions of traditional and modern institutions, the dynamics of inter-tier (State-local) government relations, and the activities of various interest groups. It shows that while the State and local governments play a decisive role in the politics of Lagos, their power is moderated by that of non-State actors, both 'traditional' and 'modern', indigenous or 'stranger' (for example, Hausa). Traditional chieftaincy institutions, religious (Muslim and Christian) communities, youth associations, community development associations, and market associations have exerted a measure of countervailing influence. However, State and local government control of the markets has robbed the chiefs of a traditional source of income from market fees. This has accounted for the relative weakness of the chiefs vis--vis elected and appointed State officials. The study compares Agege with a similar ward of Lagos, Ajegunle, where the traditional sector has managed to penetrate the 'modern' goverment structure. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]