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Past In The Present: Indigenous Leadership And Party Politics Among The Amasiri Of Southeastern Nigeria

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This chapter maps out the complex dimensions of indigenous leadership structures and the conflicting ideologies that survived pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial administrations. It analyzes the governing principles and significance of the indigenous leadership structures within Amasiri society as dynamic changing traditions. The chapter examines and interprets several significant aspects of indigenous institutions and explores their contributions to local and national development. It also discusses the impact of contemporary party politics on indigenous leadership institutions. According to the 1991 Nigerian census count, the clan has a population of forty-nine thousand (Oko 1993: 15). The influence of ancestors among the Amasiri is very persuasive such that devotional attention to them is often misunderstood as being worship. The system has shown itself as the most potent vehicle for accelerated community development among the Igbo of Southeastern Nigeria.

Keywords: Amasiri; ancestors; indigenous leadership; party politics; Southeastern Nigeria



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