K. O. Mbadiwe: A Nigerian Political Biography, 1915-1990

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This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protégé of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's first military coup in ...

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K. O. Mbadiwe: A Nigerian Political Biography, 1915-1990

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This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protégé of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's first military coup in 1966. During this time he held a succession of important Cabinet positions and was Parliamentary Leader of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), which was in a ruling alliance with the Northern People's Congress (NPC). In contrast, his older prominent political contemporaries, Azikiwe of the Eastern Region, Igbo Leader of the NCNC; Obafemi Awolowo of the Western Region, Yoruba Leader of the Action Group (AG); and Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Region, Fulani Leader of the NPC, all carved out their political careers totally or largely at the regional level. Throughout his political career Mbadiwe's focus was always at the national level. Truly, it has been stated that Mbadiwe was one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian State. Nonetheless, Mbadiwe's ambition for himself—to lead Nigeria—and for his nation—to set it on the path to greatness—faced insuperable difficulties. In a country of widespread poverty, high illiteracy, and a grossly underdeveloped private sector, there were fierce ethnic and regional conflicts for the control of governments and resources, leading to massive corruption and serious instability. This in turban led to prolonged military rule—twenty years in Mbadiwe's lifetime—which was often more corrupt and repressive than civilian rule, and was bitterly deprecated by Mbadiwe.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781137002617
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hollis R. Lynch is a professor emeritus of History at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Colonial Youth, 1915-1938 9

2 Pan-African Student Activist in the United States, 1939-1947 27

3 An Independent Nationalist Base: The African Academy in West Africa, 1948-1949 55

4 The Academy in Nigeria: Educational and Nationalist Issues, 1949-1951 77

5 Nationalist and Legislator, 1951-1953 99

6 Colonial Cabinet Minister, 1954-1958 119

7 Rupture and Reconciliation: Mbadiwe and Azikiwe, 1955-1960 151

8 At the Center of the Storm: A Struggle for Unity and Greatness in a Fragile Nigeria, 1961-1966 185

9 The Civil War: Mediator and Fundraiser, 1967-1970 213

10 Elder Politician and Statesman, 1970-1990 233

Notes 255

Bibliography 281

Index 289

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