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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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Ethno-Regional Politics and Popular Rebellion in Remo

Ethno-Regional Politics and Popular Rebellion in Remo

(p.175) 7 Ethno-Regional Politics and Popular Rebellion in Remo
Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo

Nolte Insa

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the importance for Awolowo, and party politics in general, of popular mobilisation beyond the traditional hierarchy or historical rivalries, and examines the entrenchment of party political support in Remo's grassroots associations during the 1960s. When Awolowo was tried and eventually imprisoned, local civic associations organised and structured resistance to the central government they held responsible for this turn of events. As a result of such popular mobilisation, Awolowo's physical absence from Remo confirmed his symbolical centrality to its politics.

Keywords:   Awolowo, party politics, political mobilisation, political support, grassroots associations, central government

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