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A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria (African Studies)

 
 
 
 
A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and Political Integration in Nigeria (African Studies)
Author: Victor Oguejiofor Okafor
ISBN 13: 9780415981064
ISBN 10: 415981069
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2006-07-18
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 276
List Price: $145.00
 
 

The world is watching to see whether Nigeria will succeed in its current third experiment with representative democracy, which was launched in 1999. This book examines the impact of post-colonial political leadership on political integration in Nigeria. After reviewing Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories, the book discusses how those histories, along with contemporary external forces like neo-colonialism as well as internal social, economic and political structures and developments have affected emerging post-independence politics in that country. The study climaxes with an Afro centric/Africa-centered theory of political and integrative leadership and then uses it as a prism for analyzing six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and Second Republics, along with their military interregna. The concluding chapter includes a discussion of the implications of the study for leadership and political integration in Africa in general. This book offers an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that shape the ebb and flow of Nigeria's national politics as well as African politics more generally.