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Ethnicity Blights Democratization and Nation-Building in Africa

Feb 4, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo arrives in London on May 10, 1957.

Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo played a key role in his nation's independence movement. "Nigeria is not a nation, it is a mere geographical expression," he wrote in his 1947 book, "Path to Nigerian Freedom."

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The struggle for the preservation of the ethnic heritage can blindside efforts to forge nation-building or nationhood....

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