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Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of RemoThe Local Politics of a Nigerian Nationalist$
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Insa Nolte

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638956

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638956.001.0001

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Remo and Awolowo

Remo and Awolowo

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(p.1) 1 Remo and Awolowo
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Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo
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Nolte Insa

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638956.003.0001

This chapter begins by setting out the book's two main themes. The first theme is the historical process by which a particular and distinctive region of Yorubaland – Remo – has been continuously formed and re-formed as a political community over the past two centuries. The narrative focuses on the importance of popular consent and political participation in this process, and privileges the often-tumultuous events of the last seventy years. The second theme is the crucial role played in Remo politics of its most notable citizen, Obafemi Awolowo (1909–87), who was also a leading figure of pan-Yoruba politics over many decades and one of Nigeria's most important statesmen. Awolowo was equally a product and a producer of Remo politics. The discussion then covers popular participation in the making of Remo; popular participation in local-level politics; Remo politics before Awolowo; Awolowo as a product and a producer of Remo politics; local support as the basis of political success; Awolowo in national politics; and the myth and legacy of Awolowo. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Yorubaland, Nigeria, Obafemi Awolowo, Remo politics, popular participation, local politics

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