A Roadmap for Understanding African Politics: Leadership and by Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

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By Victor Oguejiofor Okafor

This e-book examines the effect of post-colonial management on political integration in Nigeria, providing an in-depth realizing of the old and modern forces that form Nigeria's nationwide politics in addition to African politics regularly. Okafor discusses how Nigeria's pre-colonial and colonial political histories in addition to modern exterior forces like neo-colonialism, in addition to inner social, fiscal and political constructions and advancements, have affected rising post-independence politics within the kingdom. The examine climaxes with an Africa-centered thought of political and integrative management after which makes use of it as a prism for examining six Nigerian post-independence political leaderships, encompassing Nigeria's First and moment Republics, in addition to their army interregna. The concluding bankruptcy features a dialogue of the results of the examine for management and political integration in Africa as a rule.

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