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Rebirth of a Nation

in The Pan-African Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780226023540
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226023564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226023564.003.0002
Rebirth of a Nation

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This chapter argues that the credibility of oil-rich Nigeria was ratified by signs of material development masquerading as its substance, purveying a “seeing-is-believing” ontology that disguised the absence of a productive base. If the oil economy was somehow dubious—with its invisible and mysterious sources of wealth fueling a nation on the move—FESTAC was designed as a stabilizing force, anchoring the signs of sudden prosperity in the bedrock of tradition and culture. The value of this culture was confirmed by the spectacular scale of the festival itself.

Keywords: material development; productivity; FESTAC; tradition; national culture; oil economy

Chapter.  11768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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