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Transborder Pastoral Nomadism and Human Security in Africa
Focus on West Africa

ISBN 9781032013145
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge India
122 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book examines the nexus between political borders, pastoral nomadism, and human security in Africa. It uses a host of applied interdisciplinary insights to analyse social, political, and cultural processes, circumstances, and consequences to showcase the human security crisis in the context of climate change, inter-group relations, leadership strategies, institutions, and governance within the region.

With a special focus on West Africa and Nigeria, the volume discusses crucial themes that highlight the role of borders in the security architecture of the region which include,

• Political economy of herdsmen-farmers’ conflicts in West Africa;

• The scarcity-migration perspective of the Sahel region;

• Population pressure, urbanization, and nomadic pastoral violence in West Africa;

• Human trafficking and kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria;

• Drivers of ‘labour’ migration of Fulani herders to Ghana, and other topics.

A key contribution to a pressing issue, this volume will be of interest to scholars and students of history, political science, anthropology, geography, international relations, literature, environmental science, and peace and conflict studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Richard A. Olaniyan, Olukayode A. Faleye, and Inocent Moyo



2. The Political Economy of Herdsmen-Farmers Conflicts in West Africa

Opeyemi I. Aluko


3. Farmers-Pastoralist Conflicts in the Sahel Region of West Africa: The Scarcity-Migration Perspective

Emmanuel T. Akov and Samuel Asua


4. Population Pressure, Urbanisation and Nomadic Pastoral Violence in West Africa

Afamefuna S. Ogbette



5. Nomadic Pastoralism and Social Conflict in the Third-Generation Nigerian Poetry

Solomon Awuzie


6. Herdsmen-Farmers Conflict in Nigeria: A Threat to National Development

Kwagha Beetseh and Markyaah Nongo 


7. Transborder Nomadic Banditry and Degraded Democracy in Nigeria

Dawood O. Egbefo and Sunday F. Babalola



8. Drivers of ‘Labour’ Migration of Fulani Herders to Ghana

Kaderi Noagah Bukari and  Patrick Osei-Kufuor


9. Conclusion

Richard A. Olaniyan, Olukayode A. Faleye, and Inocent Moyo


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Richard A. Olaniyan was for many years a Professor of History and International Relations at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he served as Dean of Arts. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL).

Olukayode A. Faleye is Senior Lecturer in History and International Studies at Edo State University, Uzairue, Nigeria.

Inocent Moyo is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Environmental Studies at University of Zululand, South Africa.