1st Edition

Governance and Leadership Institutions in Nigeria

Edited By Ernest Aniche, Toyin Falola Copyright 2021
    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    282 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines how modern Nigerian political institutions have grappled with the resurgence of traditional institutions of political leadership in the post-colonial era.

    The contributors examine the role and nature of traditional governance institutions in West Africa from pre-colonial times to the post-colonial era. Part I considers a range of traditional institutions including monarchies, Islamic institutions and the role of culture and arts such as masking and music in traditional leadership. Part II focuses on modern governance institutions, elites, political action, arts, and democracy in post-colonial Nigeria. Part III examines democratic institutions and processes in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic, covering issues such as electoral reforms, women’s political participation, and democratic citizenship.

    This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African politics, governance, and democratization.

    Introduction: Governance and Leadership Institutions in Nigeria Ernest Toochi Aniche & Toyin Falola

    Part 1: Nigerian Traditional Leadership Institutions

    1. Traditional Ondo Monarchs and Communication in the Yoruba Pre-Colonial Era Solomon A. Fawehinmi

    2. Age Grade System among the IÌdoì-AÌniì People of South-West Nigeria Oluwatoyin Mary O̩laiya

    3. Revisiting the Relevance of Islamic Political System in the 21st Century Nigeria Sirajo Muhammad Sokoto

    4. Masking, Wall and Body Painting as Institutions of Social Control in Traditional Igbo Society Chinyere Ndubuisi

    5. The Musical and Cultural Leadership Roles of Yoruba Master Instruments Olupemi Oladare

    Part 2: Modern Democratic Governance Institutions in Nigeria

    6. A Critique of Leadership and Institutions in Nigeria and New States Ayodele Olalekan Shotunde

    7. Elites and Leadership Standards in Post-Independent Nigeria Moses Adebolu Adetunmbi

    8. Translating Political Philosophy into Action in Nigeria’s Governance Institutions Josephine Olatomi Soboyejo

    9. A Literary Characterization of Politics and Power in the Postcolony Olivier Tchouaffe

    10. Art and Leadership Failure in Nigeria: Global Influences and the Way Forward Akinwale Onipede

    Part 3: Democratic Institutions and Processes in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic

    11. Emerging Democratic Practices in Nigeria Toyin Falola

    12. Poverty and Democracy in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic Adegboyega O. Oyekunle

    13. Citizenship, Participation, and Inclusion of Women in Nigeria’s Democracy Abidemi Abiola Isola

    14. Judicial Institutions, Human Rights and Development Challenges: Implication for Nigerian Democracy Ernest Toochi Aniche, Richard Okechukwu Oji & Ikenna Mike Alumona

    15. Political Parties, Independent National Electoral Commission and Electoral Credibility in Nigeria Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso & Victor Adesiyan

    16. Electoral Reforms and Nigeria’s Fledging Democracy Martin A. Ihembe & Onyekachi E. Nnabuihe


    Ernest Toochi Aniche is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Federal University Otuoke, Nigeria.

    Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.