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The chief, the youth and the plantation: communal politics in southern Nigeria

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JournalJournal of modern african studies
DatePublished - Jun 2010
Issue number2
Volume48
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)259-283
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In August 2006 the chief of Udo, a small town in Edo State, Nigeria, was deposed and the town taken over by the 'youth'. This event presents the classic fall of a 'big man' who had lost support, but also involved long-standing chieftaincy rivalries, electoral competition in the run up to the 2007 elections, and conflict over a nearby oil palm and rubber plantation. Through an examination of Udo's crisis, this paper engages with three key questions concerning contemporary communal politics in southern Nigeria: the manifestations of patrimonial power and resistance to it; the meaning and role of 'youth'; and the impact of expatriate capital.

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  • PLATEAU FOREST, BAKASSI BOYS, RAIN-FOREST, PERSPECTIVES, AFRICA, DELTA, CONFLICT, STATES, OKOMU, POWER

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