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Contemporary Igbo nationalism and the crisis of self-determination in Nigeria

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dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-28 en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-04T16:35:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-04T16:35:05Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/3486
dc.description.abstract This article examines an aspect of Nigerian ethno-nationalism that has received relatively less attention compared to other ethno-nationalist mobilisations of the Ijaw, Ogoni and Yoruba ethnic extractions. As a direct response to the persistence of the 'national question' and a political culture that has structured power relations, political claims and recognition from the colonial to the postcolonial era, the advent of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) marks a reinvention of Igbo nationalism. Unlike other ethno-nationalist mobilisations, the salient character of MASSOB finds expression in its separatist inclinations, its rejection of a state-led process and rootedness in the aborted secessionist war for Igbo self-determination between 1967 and 1970. Given the contradictory 'pulls' and 'demands' of membership in the Nigerian public sphere, MASSOB's quest for self-determination assumes salience and intensity owing to the fact that it challenges the sovereignty and authority of the Nigerian state. This article emphasises the dialectical relations between ethnic groups and state, and it deploys ethnicity as a critical 'exit point' for marginalised groups in a multi-ethnic state. The foregoing lays bare the salience of ethnicity as a powerful political instrument, and unveils the fractured character of citizenship, and the enduring crisis of state ownership and national unity in Nigeria. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject NIGERIA en
dc.subject ETHNICITY en
dc.subject NATIONAL IDENTITY en
dc.subject MASSOB en
dc.title Contemporary Igbo nationalism and the crisis of self-determination in Nigeria en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 71(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2011/12 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle African Studies en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7194 en
dc.PageNumber 29-51 en
dc.outputnumber 5841 en
dc.bibliographictitle Onuoha, G.N. (2012) Contemporary Igbo nationalism and the crisis of self-determination in Nigeria. <i>African Sudies</i>. 71(1):29-51. en
dc.publicationyear 2012 en
dc.contributor.author1 Onuoha, G.N. en


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