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Reconciling traditional indigenous governance with contemporary approaches to decision making in Ogoni communities in Rivers State, Nigeria

Lookup NU author(s): Nwamaka Okeke-Ogbuafor, Professor Tim Gray, Professor Selina Stead



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This paper explores the perceptions of Ogoni people about their system of inherited leadership in Ogoniland, It focuses on whether the Ogoni people believe that their traditional system of inherited leadership has ameliorated or exacerbated the adverse impact of oil capitalism and political interference on their communities. Fieldwork was carried out in eight communities in Ogoniland in early 2014 when 69 key informant interviews were conducted as well as three focus group discussions. The conclusion reached by the paper is that many Ogoni people believe that the system of inherited leadership has let them down in the face of external threats, and that it is time to reform that system by incorporating into it some contemporary western principles of good governance.

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Author(s): Okeke-Ogbuafor NA, Gray TS, Stead SM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Sustainable Development

Year: 2016

Volume: 9

Issue: 1

Pages: 55-62

Print publication date: 01/02/2016

Online publication date: 26/01/2016

Acceptance date: 21/11/2015

Date deposited: 09/07/2016

ISSN (print): 1913-9063

ISSN (electronic): 1913-9071

Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education


DOI: 10.5539/jsd.v9n1p55


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