In Fragmented Identities of Nigeria: Sociopolitical and Economic Crises, edited by John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji and Rotimi Omosulu, readers are offered essays which explore the historiogenesis and ontological struggles of Nigeria as a geographical expression and a political experiment. The transdisciplinary contributions in this book analyze Nigeria as a microcosm of global African identity crises to address the deep-rooted conflicts within multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-religious, and multicultural societies.
By studying Nigeria as a country manufactured for the interests of colonial forces and ingrained with feudal hegemonic agendas of global powers working against the emancipation of African people, Fragmented Identities of Nigeria examines the history, evolution, and consequences of Nigeria’s sociopolitical and economic crises. The contributors make suggestions for pulling Nigeria from the brink of an identity implosion which was generated by years of misgovernance by leaders without vision or understanding of what is at stake in global black history. Throughout, the collection argues that it is time for Nigeria to reassess, renegotiate, and reimagine Nigeria’s future, whether it be through finding an amicable way the different ethnicities can continue to co-exist as federating or confederating units, or to dissolve the country which was created for economic exploitation by the United Kingdom.
John Ayotunde(Tunde) Isola Bewaji is a member of CODESRIA College of PhD Mentors in Africa and senior research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
Rotimi Omosulu is lecturer in philosophy in the Department of Language, Linguistics, and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies.
John Ayotunde (Tunde) Isola Bewaji
Chapter One: The Regime of Mental Magnitude and Identity Fragmentation of Nigeria
Chapter Two: Religious Nationalism and Politics of Identity in Contemporary Nigeria
Michael Onyebuchi Eze
Chapter Three: Demystifying Identity Crises in Nigeria
Chapter Four: Ethnicity and English as a ‘Neutral’ Language in Nigeria’s Multilingual Space
Bolanle O. Sogunro
Chapter Five: Linguistic Practices as Possible Precursors of Identity Endangerment
Samson Olusola Olatunji
Chapter Six: Language and Identity Crisis in Frantz Fanon’s Philosophy of Double Consciousness
Kenneth U. Abudu and Augustine E. Iyare
Chapter Seven: Ethnic Nationalities, Religious Fundamentalism, and Federalism in Nigeria
Olugbemiga Samuel Afolabi and Modesola Vic Omotuyi
Chapter Eight: Festivals and Dance as Catalysts for Ethno-Cultural Integration and Identity
Chapter Nine: Colonial Urban Centers, Economic Security, Identity Bonding, and the Emergence of Ethnic Associations in Nigeria: 1920 to 1960
Nkemjika Chimee Ihediwa and Alozie Bright Chiazam
Chapter Ten: Traditional and Contemporary Ethnic Dispositions to Women and Leadership in Yoruba Films
Chapter Eleven: The Archetypal Grandfather and Intergenerational Influence in Soyinka’s Bio-Narratives: Strictures for Nigeria’s Identity Related Issues
Chapter Twelve: A Justification for Indigenous Epistemology
Ademola Lukman Lawal
Chapter Thirteen: Indigenous Vocations as Hereditary Identity Sites in Southwester Nigeria
Tajudeen Adewumi Adebisi
Chapter Fourteen: Ethnicity and Electoral Contest: Presidential Elections in Nigeria (1999-2011)
Chibuzor Ayodele Nwaodike, Aaron Ola Ogundiwin, and Michael Abiodun Oni
Chapter Fifteen: Modes of Interpretation in African Religions: A Yoruba Perspective on Nigeria’s Fragmented Identity Crises
"This is a fascinating text on a flawed country, Nigeria, a name created by a stranger, to capture the anomalies of artificiality. The collection is engaging, rich, and demonstrative of the range of scholarship on the identity of an embattled country."
"Fragmented Identities of Nigeria offers carefully selected essays that engage a diversity of topics on the perennial question of Nigeria's identity crisis, traceable to a nepotistic culture of entitlement; they speak to a warped sense of belonging and alienation, all of which have pitched the different segments of the country's ethnic nationalities against one another in a tense atmosphere of cut-throat, zero-sum competition that have persistently undermined national cohesion. They are timely essays that speak to an equally urgent conundrum of nationhood in postcolonial Nigeria."