Chapter

Nigeria at Large

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/9780226023564.003.0003
Nigeria at Large

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As the new Nigeria assumed central roles in OPEC, ECOWAS, and the OAU, it emerged as the preeminent Pan-African nation, projecting itself throughout the black and African world while drawing representatives into its center. Reflecting the global circuits of petrodollars in its ever-widening span of influence and control, Nigeria's wealth-cum-cultural patrimony established a profound correspondence between sign-value and commodity-value, one that fixed the locus of truth to a convertible system of exchange values. On the domestic front, organized by the national participation committee, Nigeria's vast tapestry of local ethnicities and regional cultures became equivalent expressions of national tradition—one that extended to the black and African world through its visiting contingents in Lagos. Through FESTAC, Nigeria's empire of signs was pegged to petroleum. During this high point of oil politics and prosperity, money became the measure of cultural value.

Keywords: Pan-African nation; petrodollars; exchange values; national participation committee; ethnicities; FESTAC

Chapter.  12220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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