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Title:The nation State, resource conflict, and the challenges of 'former-sovereignties' in Nigeria
Author:Umejesi, IkechukwuISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Volume:13
Issue:3
Pages:47-66
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:colonialism
State formation
sovereignty
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Umejesi-V13Is3.pdf
Abstract:Opinion leaders in Europe have often expressed penitence over Europe's colonial legacies. While these leaders rethink the roles of their nations in colonialism, human rights abuses arising from colonialism, and State formation elsewhere, the discourse underscores the need to revisit colonialism as an ideology, and the role of the nation State in grievance construction in Africa. This article revisits colonial ideology and examines how the colonial legacy of the nation State affects the recurring internal conflict in Nigeria between the State and local communities, especially over natural resource ownership. The aim is to understand grievance dynamics underlying the relationship between the State and local communities, and how this relationship has resulted in contestation for sovereignty between the Nigerian State and previously independent communities. Using archival and ethnographic data, the article focuses on selected coal and oil producing communities of southeastern Nigeria and the Niger Delta region. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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