Governance and Leadership Institutions in Nigeria


This book examines how modern Nigerian political institutions have grappled with the resurgence of traditional institutions of political leadership in the post-colonial era.

The contributors examine the role and nature of traditional governance institutions in West Africa from pre-colonial times to the post-colonial era. Part I considers a range of traditional institutions including monarchies, Islamic institutions and the role of culture and arts such as masking and music in traditional leadership. Part II focuses on modern governance institutions, elites, political action, arts, and democracy in post-colonial Nigeria. Part III examines democratic institutions and processes in Nigeria's Fourth Republic, covering issues such as electoral reforms, women's political participation, and democratic citizenship.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of African politics, governance, and democratization.