Yorùbá Identity and Power Politics covers the major issues on Yorùbá identity, history, and politics, thus offering a solid understanding of one of the most important ethnic groups in Africa. Contributors to this volume come from a wide range of disciplines, and they offer their insights into the Yorùbá of Nigeria with an emphasis on contemporary developments. With a careful blend of sources and methods, and narratives on the past and present, the book presents the past as a tool for understanding complicated contemporary struggles for power and resources, as well as the interplay of identity in federal politics. Topics addressed include recent archaeological findings on early Yorùbá groups, the role of Yorùbá chiefs in modern Nigeria, contemporary migrations to North America, and Yorùbá participation in Nigeria's politics, including the controversial elections of 1993. Yorùbá Identity and Power Politics provides readers with an in-depth analysis of politics and history, thus contributing to the literature on ethnicity and politics in modern Africa. CONTRIBUTORS: OLUFUNKE A. ADEBOYE, OLAYIWOLA ABEGUNRIN, JULIUS O. ADEKUNLE, ABOLADE ADENIJI, CHARLES TEMITOPE ADEYANJU, FUNSO AFOLAYAN, TUNDE M. AKINWUMI, R.T. AKINYELE, JEAN-LUC MARTINEAU, TUNDE ODUWOBI, ANN O'HEAR, RASHEED OLANIYI, ARIBIDESI USMAN, AND OLUFEMI VAUGHAN. Toyin Falola is the Francis Nalle Higgenbothom Centennial Professor of History and Distinuished Teaching at the University of Texas at Austin; Ann Genova is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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