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Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

Insa Nolte

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653027 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638956.001.0001
Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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This book examines the evolution of a distinctive Yoruba community, Remo, and the central role played in this process by the Remo-born nationalist and Yoruba leader Obafemi Awolowo (1909–87). Since the nineteenth century, popular participation has played an important role in challenging or confirming local hierarchies in Remo. This historical dynamic had a significant impact on Awolowo's vision both for Yoruba and Nigerian politics. When Awolowo moved into national politics in the 1950s, his career at the national level also gave him the opportunity to shape Remo's political identity. He was both a product and a producer of Remo politics. Based on a subtle analysis of local-level politics, the book argues that traditional and modern participatory structures play an important role both in Yoruba politics and in the African postcolonial state. At the same time, its focus on Awolowo makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on one of Nigeria's most important politicians.

Keywords: Yoruba; Remo; Obafemi Awolowo; Nigeria; Nigerian politics; national politics; political identity

Book.  336 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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Remo and Awolowo in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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The Institutions Of Precolonial Remo in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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The Rise of Sagamu in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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Remo’s Struggle for Independence in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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Remo United, Ikenne Divided in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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After Awolowo in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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Conclusion in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

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