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K.O. Mbadiwe [electronic resource] : a Nigerian political biography, 1915-1990 /
by Hollis R. Lynch.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
294 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781137002617 (alk. paper)
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Book
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New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
9781137002617 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Colonial youth, 1915-1938 -- Pan-African student activist in the United States, 1939-1947 -- An independent nationalist base: the African academy in West Africa, 1948-1949 -- The academy in Nigeria: educational and nationalist issues, 1949-1951 -- Nationalist and legislator, 1951-1953 -- Colonial cabinet minister, 1954-1958 -- Rupture and reconciliation: Mbadiwe and Azikiwe, 1955-1960 -- At the center of the storm: a struggle for unity and greatness in a fragile Nigeria, 1961-1966 -- The civil war: mediator and fundraiser, 1967-1970 -- Elder politician and statesman, 1970-1990.
catalogue key
8546300
 
Includes bibliographical (p. 281-287) references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hollis R. Lynch is a professor emeritus of History at Columbia University.
Summaries
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This title offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years.
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Long Description
This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protégé of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's first military coup in 1966. During this time he held a succession of important Cabinet positions and was Parliamentary Leader of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), which was in a ruling alliance with the Northern People's Congress (NPC). In contrast, his older prominent political contemporaries, Azikiwe of the Eastern Region, Igbo Leader of the NCNC; Obafemi Awolowo of the Western Region, Yoruba Leader of the Action Group (AG); and Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Region, Fulani Leader of the NPC, all carved out their political careers totally or largely at the regional level. Throughout his political career Mbadiwe's focus was always at the national level. Truly, it has been stated that Mbadiwe was one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian State. Nonetheless, Mbadiwe's ambition for himself-to lead Nigeria-and for his nation-to set it on the path to greatness-faced insuperable difficulties. In a country of widespread poverty, high illiteracy, and a grossly underdeveloped private sector, there were fierce ethnic and regional conflicts for the control of governments and resources, leading to massive corruption and serious instability. This in turn led to prolonged military rule-twenty years in Mbadiwe's lifetime-which was often more corrupt and repressive than civilian rule, and was bitterly deprecated by Mbadiwe.
Main Description
This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protege of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's first military coup in 1966. During this time he held a succession of important Cabinet positions and was Parliamentary Leader of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), which was in a ruling alliance with the Northern People's Congress (NPC). In contrast, his older prominent political contemporaries, Azikiwe of the Eastern Region, Igbo Leader of the NCNC; Obafemi Awolowo of the Western Region, Yoruba Leader of the Action Group (AG); and Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Region, Fulani Leader of the NPC, all carved out their political careers totally or largely at the regional level. Throughout his political career Mbadiwe's focus was always at the national level. Truly, it has been stated that Mbadiwe was one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian State. Nonetheless, Mbadiwe's ambition for himselfto lead Nigeriaand for his nationto set it on the path to greatnessfaced insuperable difficulties. In a country of widespread poverty, high illiteracy, and a grossly underdeveloped private sector, there were fierce ethnic and regional conflicts for the control of governments and resources, leading to massive corruption and serious instability. This in turn led to prolonged military ruletwenty years in Mbadiwe's lifetimewhich was often more corrupt and repressive than civilian rule, and was bitterly deprecated by Mbadiwe.
Main Description
This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protege of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's firstmilitary coup in 1966. During this time he held a succession of important Cabinet positions and was Parliamentary Leader of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), which was in a ruling alliance with the Northern People's Congress (NPC). In contrast, his older prominent political contemporaries, Azikiwe of the Eastern Region, Igbo Leader of the NCNC; Obafemi Awolowo of the Western Region, Yoruba Leader of the Action Group (AG); and Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Region, Fulani Leader of the NPC, all carved out their political careers totally or largely at the regional level. Throughout his political career Mbadiwe's focus was always at the national level. Truly, it has been stated that Mbadiwe was one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian State. Nonetheless, Mbadiwe's ambition for himself - to lead Nigeria - and for his nation - to set it on the path to greatness - faced insuperable difficulties. In a country of widespread poverty, high illiteracy, anda grossly underdeveloped private sector, there were fierce ethnic and regional conflicts for the control of governments and resources, leading to massive corruption and serious instability. This in turn led to prolonged military rule - twenty years in Mbadiwe's lifetime - which was often more corrupt and repressive than civilian rule, and was bitterly deprecated by Mbadiwe.
Main Description
This book offers a comprehensive political biography of Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, (1915-1990), a central figure in Nigerian political history for more than forty years. Starting in 1936 as a protege of Nnamdi Azikiwe, then Nigeria's most renowned nationalist, Mbadiwe himself by the 1950s became a frontline nationalist. And next to Tafawa Balewa from the North who became Prime Minster in 1957, he was the most important figure in the Nigerian Federal Government between 1952 and Nigeria's firstmilitary coup in 1966. During this time he held a succession of important Cabinet positions and was Parliamentary Leader of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), which was in a ruling alliance with the Northern People's Congress (NPC). In contrast, his older prominent political contemporaries, Azikiwe of the Eastern Region, Igbo Leader of the NCNC; Obafemi Awolowo of the Western Region, Yoruba Leader of the Action Group (AG); and Ahmadu Bello of the Northern Region, Fulani Leader of the NPC, all carved out their political careers totally or largely at the regional level. Throughout his political career Mbadiwe's focus was always at the national level. Truly, it has been stated that Mbadiwe was one of the founding fathers of the Nigerian State. Nonetheless, Mbadiwe's ambition for himself-to lead Nigeria-and for his nation-to set it on the path to greatness-faced insuperable difficulties. In a country of widespread poverty, high illiteracy, anda grossly underdeveloped private sector, there were fierce ethnic and regional conflicts for the control of governments and resources, leading to massive corruption and serious instability. This in turn led to prolonged military rule-twenty years in Mbadiwe's lifetime-which was often more corrupt and repressive than civilian rule, and was bitterly deprecated by Mbadiwe.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Colonial Youth, 1915-1938p. 9
Pan-African Student Activist in the United States, 1939-1947p. 27
An Independent Nationalist Base: The African Academy in West Africa, 1948-1949p. 55
The Academy in Nigeria: Educational and Nationalist Issues, 1949-1951p. 77
Nationalist and Legislator, 1951-1953p. 99
Colonial Cabinet Minister, 1954-1958p. 119
Rupture and Reconciliation: Mbadiwe and Azikiwe, 1955-1960p. 151
At the Center of the Storm: A Struggle for Unity and Greatness in a Fragile Nigeria, 1961-1966p. 185
The Civil War: Mediator and Fundraiser, 1967-1970p. 213
Elder Politician and Statesman, 1970-1990p. 233
Notesp. 255
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 289
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