The Political Philosophy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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Lexington Books, Sep 10, 2015 - Political Science - 266 pages
This book examines the political and economic philosophy of Chief Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo and his concepts of democratic socialism (Liberal Democratic Socialism). It studies how Chief Awolowo and his political parties, first the Action Group (AG) 1951-1966 and later the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) 1978-1983, acted in various Nigerian political settings. Chief Awolowo was a principled man, who by a Spartan self-discipline and understanding of himself, his accomplishments, failures and successes, was a fearless leader. He has set an example of leadership for a new generation of Nigerian politicians. He was not only a brilliant politician, but a highly cerebral thinker, statesman, dedicated manager, brilliant political economist, a Social Democrat, and a committed federalist. From all accounts, Chief Awolowo knew the worst and the best, laughter and sorrow, vilification and veneration, tribulations and triumphs, poverty and prosperity, failures and successes in life.
 

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Contents

1 The Awo I Knew
1
2 Nigeria Before Obafemi Awolowo Politics Began
9
3 Chief Obafemi Awolowos Early Life
23
4 Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the Decolonization of Nigeria
41
5 Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the Formation of the Action Group of Nigeria 19501951
57
6 Chief Obafemi Awolowo as Premier of Western Nigeria 19521959
77
7 The Treasonable Felony Charge Trial Sentence the Crises and Release from Jail 19621966
103
8 Chief Obafemi Awolowo as Minister of Finance in the Military Administration of General Yakubu Gowon 19671971
127
APPENDIX 2
193
APPENDIX 3
195
APPENDIX 4
197
APPENDIX 5
201
APPENDIX 6
207
APPENDIX 7
213
APPENDIX 8
217
Selected Bibliography
219

9 Chief Obafemi Awolowo and His Political Comeback in the Second Republic 19791983
149
An Assessment
165
APPENDIX 1
189
Index
227
About the Author
235
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Olayiwola Abegunrin is professor at Howard University.

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