After Awolowo

Nolte Insa

in Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653027 | DOI:
After Awolowo

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This chapter examines the continuing presence of Awolowo in Remo politics after his death in 1987. During the period of military rule that followed his demise, popular participation in local politics was centred on Awolowo's political legacy. However, after the return to civilian rule in 1999, political cohesion in Remo declined. No longer held together by opposition to the military, local unity both at the grassroots and within the traditional hierarchy has been under pressure, and Awolowo's widow Hannah has enabled politicians of the party in power to appropriate her late husband's name. Thus, even though Awolowo's anti-government views have lost importance for local politics, his pan-Yoruba legacy continues to be of symbolic and mythical importance.

Keywords: Awolowo; Remo politics; political participation; local politics

Chapter.  10856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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