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.
Table of Contents
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.