Monday, May 29

Language, Identity and Power in the Framing of Nigeria as a Monolithic Binary

At The Maroonsquare two-day Discourse on National Development held on the 1st and 2nd of July, 2021 held at the Science Auditorium, Federal College of Education (Tech), Akoka, Yaba, Lagos with the theme; Identity Politics and the National Question in Nigeria sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Issues of National interest that includes insecurity, agitations by different minority groups within the Nigerian entity and facts with solutions were brought to the fore.

Mr. Adagbo Onoja discusses the extent of the narrative of a monolithic North and South in the context of agitation for a middle-belt Nigeria.

In his paper, he further argued that the contenders for power are those that frame the identity of power in the context of North and South. This is because as a result of such framing, it makes it easy product to sell with such binary narratives.

It also contended that the idea of a monolithic North or South is a myth, because available evidence shows that there are many nationalities forming each of the two divides, and that if anything, it was the colonial project that framed the idea of a North/South by the process of amalgamation of 1914.

Below is the full paper delivered at the Discourse.

Mr. Adagbo Onoja was educated variously at the University of Warwick, the University College London and the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He teaches Political Science at Veritas University, Abuja. He is the editor of the online news blog

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