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Title:Ethnicity in Nigeria
Author:Gbenga, FasikuISNI
Periodical:Philosophia Africana: Analysis of Philosophy and Issues in Africa and the Black Diaspora
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:ethnic groups
Abstract:Is an ethnic group a natural phenomenon or is it a social construct? According to ethnic naturalism, ethnic groups exist naturally as part of the regular features of the world. According to ethnic constructionism, ethnic groups are in some way socially constructed. Using Nigeria as a case study, the author explores these two positions. The plausibility of arguments in favour of ethnic naturalism implies that the existence of diverse ethnic groups is a natural phenomenon. However, there is a need for co-existence among ethnic groups within a nation. Ethnic diversity is a reality which, if managed through social precepts, can be a source of strength and unity. Hence members of ethnic groups should imbibe the culture of ethnic flexibility. The fact that an ethnic group has a natural base in the family, that is in a natural group, should be a catalyst for the promotion of a strong nationalism, in the sense that there is 'a gradation of loyalties from family to community, to linguistic group or State and to the nation'. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]