Yoruba Nationalism

Yoruba Nationalism

Yoruba Nationalism

Yoruba Nationalism

ISBN 978-3-89645-900-8

Yoruba Nationalism

Culture, Politics and Violence in South-Western Nigeria (1900–2012)

Author: Aderemi Suleiman Ajala.

Series: TIAS Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 30

16 pp. Roman, 184 pp.
1 colour map, 3 b/w maps, 1 colour photo, 1 table, index
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
460 g
€ 39.80

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Based on ethnographic research conducted between 2005 and 2011 in south-western and central Nigeria, in this book Yoruba nationalism is conceptually presented focussing on the period between 1900 and 2012. While a number of studies already exist on the sub­ject matter of ethnicity, nationalism and politics in many parts of Africa and specifically on Yoruba identity and politics, Yoruba nationalism and the changes it underwent during the colonial and post-colonial periods up to 2012 have received relatively little attention.

The present monograph in part extends the arguments beyond the time limit of earlier publications and discusses current trends in Yoruba nationalism, politics and violence in south-western Nigeria. Referring to past and most recent political activities in Yorubaland, the book presents an analysis of Yoruba nationalism, local politics and violence in south-western Nigeria between 1900 and 2012.

The intention of the author is to illuminate the invention and progress of Yoruba nationalism from its cultural tenet in the late 19th century to its political motif in the early 21st century and how its development has shaped Yoruba politics and political elites in south-western Nigeria. All this is examined within the wider context of Nigerian politics. Furthermore, the book explores the changing nature of Yoruba nationalism as well as its impact on the Nigerian state.


Preface / Acknowledgements / Abbreviations / List of maps and tables

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Pre-colonial Yoruba – Group Identity and Politics

Chapter 3. Development of Yoruba Na­tionalism and Politics, 1900s–1940s

Chapter 4. Yoruba Nationalism and Politics 1940s–2012

Chapter 5. The Workings of Yoruba Nationalism and Politics

Chapter 6. Yoruba Nationalism and Politics under Siege

Chapter 7. Con­clusion

Bibliography / Index

About the Author:

Aderemi Suleiman Ajala holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology of the Sociology Department, University of Ibadan (Nigeria). His research interests include public health, identity and politics, social movements in Yoruba land of Southwestern Nigeria, ethnography and theories in anthropology.

He is a recipient of some international grants and fellowships including the British Academy Fellowship (2006) and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2008–2009) and has published many articles and monographs on his research interests.

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