n African Renaissance - Tripartite processes : explaining the on-set of a new phase of resistance against the Nigerian State in the Niger Delta

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Since the 1980s, there has been the resurgence of the age-old resistance by especially the inhabitants of the lower Niger that were carved into Nigeria who use same to dispute and challenge the authority and legitimacy of the Nigerian state and its control over them and their affairs. Their resistance dates back to the early days when imperial Britain used military force to subdue and impose colonial on them (Tamuno 1972). Particularly noticeable have been the contentious eruptions in the Niger Delta. In the succinct discourse that follows, I examine the resistance of inhabitants of the Niger Delta - particularly the Ogoni - which they have directed at the Nigerian state, with the use of intellectual tools derived from the scholarship that studies contentious politics and social movements.

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