A Roadmap For Understanding African Politics / Edition 1

A Roadmap For Understanding African Politics / Edition 1

by Victor Oguejiofor Okafor
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Taylor & Francis


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A Roadmap For Understanding African Politics / Edition 1

This book examines the impact of post-colonial leadership on political integration in Nigeria, offering an in-depth understanding of the historical and contemporary forces that shape Nigeria's national politics as well as African politics generally. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political 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 the country. The study climaxes with an 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415981064
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Series: African Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Victor Oguejiofor Okafor is a Professor of African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. His publications include Towards an Understanding of Africology (2002), Studies in African American Leadership: Individuals, Movements, and Committees, chapters in several anthologies, and scholarly articles in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Post-Colonial Political Leadership in Nigeria 3. Leadership and Political Integration in Africa: A Literature Review 4. State Creation: A Tool for Political Integration in Nigeria 5. An Afrocentric/Africa-centered Theory of Leadership and Political Integration 6. A Comparative Summary & Recommendations 7. Babangida's Scuttling of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election: A Postscript 8. Implications for African Political Leadership

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