Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 02, 2015

Civil Society or Government?

Integrating various civil society and governance traditions in Nigeria has been a long, complex process. It began as the British began taking political control of the numerous societies that occupied the land they economically dominated. That's one reason the integration varies so much from one part of the country to another.

Here's an example of what I would identify as civil society (formerly government) that intersects with present-day government.

Ife, today, is a Yoruba city in western Nigeria. It's known to art history students as the source of incredible ceramic and cast bronze busts from the 14th century. It's known to historians as a center of Yoruba culture and politics that maintains regional influence today.

The Ooni, the traditional ruler, while not part of the modern regime, is still consulted about government policies and actions that affect Yoruba people and western Nigeria.

The previous Ooni died in July 2015.

Do you suppose that there's any political significance to the fact that the company run by the new Ooni is named for the hero of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead?

Adeyeye Ogunwusi Is the New Ooni of Ife
The Governor of the State of Osun… has approved the appointment of a new Ooni of Ife.

He is Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi of Girsi Ruling House of Ile-Ife, State of Osun.

The Secreatary to Osun state government… said the choice of Ogunwusi as the Ooni follows the completion of the due process by the kingmakers and the communication of their decision to Government.

Until his appointment on Monday, Ogunwusi was non-executive at Imperial Homes Mortgage Bank Limited (a subsidiary of GTBank).

He is a graduate of Accountancy and a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and of the Institute of Management.

Adeyeye is currently the Managing Director of Howard Roark Gardens Limited…

He has been involved in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts locally and abroad for over 11 years…

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