oa The Constitution - How the elite underdeveloped Nigerian culture
The article examines the elite question in the context of their various roles in the underdevelopment of Nigerian culture(s), that they ought to have built upon following independence in 1960. It descriptionbes the origin and foundation of Nigerian elite in the colonial era while capturing their attitudes and nuances which have fostered dependency on the western model of development to the detriment of local cultures and development in Nigeria. It argues that the consequences have been policy stagnation and brain-drain. The article also reflects on the fate of indigenous languages and the challenges of adulteration and extinction facing them, the influx and boom in Nigerian popular culture in the context of globalisation, and economic stabilisation measures and notes that the effort of Nigerian trail-blazers, like Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Rex Lawson, Osita Osadebe and others, and the recent quest by some artists to re-enact authentic Nigerian cultures in their works provide a basis for optimism, despite the debilitating elite culture and local environment. It concludes by discountenancing the absence of governments focus on culture by means of adequate funding of a sector that holds the key to national survival.
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