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Identity and Solidarity in a Yoruba Diaspora: The Egba Omo Oduduwa in Northern Nigeria1948-1966

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This paper explores how ethnicity and associational life constitute salient features of inter-group relations and politics in Nigeria. The formation of Egbe Omo Oduduwa in 1948 marked a turning point in inter-group relations and IN the phenomenon of nativism or ethnic nationalism in Nigeria. Yoruba migrants in northern Nigeria established branches of the Egbe Omo Oduduwa which rapidly reshaped their interaction with the Hausa/Fulani host communities and other migrants as well. It accelerated the process of ethnic suspicion and hostility that partly culminated in the military putsch of 1966 and ended the first Republic. The research project on the activities of Egbe Omo Oduduwa was carried out in northern Nigerian towns of Zaria, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Katsina and Funtua due to their economic and political significance. Social and political activities of the Egbe in these selected towns were explored. The formation of the Egbe in many parts of northern Nigeria influenced and promoted Yoruba identity which in some ways insulated them from the Hausa/Fulani host communities. This paper discusses the nature of migrant/settler relations and its consequences on the Nigeria’s national politics. READ Olaniyi, Egbe Omo Oduduwa

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