Politics and Gender

Leadership and Sustainability of Democracy in Nigeria

By Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OGI, OON Text of Lecture delivered to mark the Inauguration of the Edo State Chapter of the Yar’Adua/Jonathan Solidarity Forum, at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, June 27, 2009. PROTOCOL I thank the organizers for inviting me to deliver this lecture. I heartily congratulate all …

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Governance, Economics, and Interdependence in Africa

Governance, Economics, and Interdependence: Constraints and Possibilities in Sub-Saharan Africa Paper presented at the Summer Institute on “Governance, Equity, and the Global Poor: A Curriculum Development Institute,” Sponsored by Spelman College and Interfaith Hunger Appeal, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9-12, 1994. The breathtaking pace of political change in Africa has surpassed any predictions or …

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Between Policy and Politics

Between Policy and Politics: Strategies for Moving Nigeria Forward. Text of Convocation Lecture Delivered at the 13th and 14th Convocation Ceremony of The Federal University of Technology, Akure, October 30, 2002. *Professor Ihonvbere is also Project Director, Constitutionalism in Post-Conflict Societies” Project with the International League for Human Rights in New York; Visiting Professor of …

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Constitutionalism and Democratization in Africa

Our discussion today would focus on the new politics of constitutionalism and democratization in Africa and Nigeria. While my focus would be on Nigeria, I would draw lessons from other African states. Critical aspects of our discussion would focus on the nature, character and politics of the Nigerian ruling class though one could legitimately ask: Is the so-called ruling class actually ruling? Or is it just governing? We would focus also on the nature and composition and character of the Nigerian state.

Civil Society, the State and the New Politics in Africa

Paper presented at the conference on “The State in Africa: Beyond False Starts” Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, April 11-14, 2002. We are united in our conviction that the crisis currently engulfing Africa, is not only an economic crisis but also a human, legal, political and social crisis… At the same time, the political …

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Constitutionalism in Africa

Constitutionalism in Africa: The Issues, Challenges and Opportunities. Text of keynote lecture delivered at the conference on “Constitutionalism and State Reconstruction in West Africa” organized by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) The ECOWAS Secretariat, Abuja ,Nigeria September 13, 2000.  The views expressed in this paper are those of the author.