Hometown Associations: Indigenous Knowledge and Development in Nigeria
Rex Honey, Stanley I. Okafor
Intermediate Technology Publications, 1998 - Social Science - 168 pages
There is a growing recognition of the role of indigenous knowledge systems and resources, as shown by the role of local organizations in the development process. These organizations have been responsible for significant local development achievements in a number of developing countries, and they play a central role in the process of building sustained and participatory development.
This book focuses on one such type of organization: the Nigerian hometown association (HTA). HTAs are based on ties of kinship and ancestry, but are products of migrations and urbanization and are therefore of contemporary vintage. Associational life was, and remains, an important part of Nigerian social structure, and hometown associations have evolved into the most visible form of that associational life. Though they vary in many respects, HTAs have a few common properties, a crucial one being that they have significance both at "home" and "abroad." At home, the focus is on improvement, though the specifics of what is to be improved and who decides is the subject of struggle. Abroad, the focus is dual -- maintaining connections with home but also providing a supportive environment for people in a place where they are regarded as strangers.
These studies illuminate the vitality of a fast-developing society.
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PART I PROLOGUE
PART II CASE STUDIES
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activities Agila annual apex organization Asaba Development Association centre Chapter clans colonial committee community development conflict Constitution contributions culture disputes donations economic efforts Egbe Omo elite Enugu example executive extended family Eziowelle female Fiditi Fiditi Progressive Union functions funds gender government area groups hometown associations HTAs Ibadan branch identity Idoma Igbo Igbo and Yoruba Ijebu-Jesa Union important indigenes living abroad indigenous knowledge indigenous organizations institutions involved Iyakpi Kaduna Kano Lagos branch leadership levies major Makurdi male meeting membership men's branch ment migrants naira Nigeria Odimodi Okuku Okuku indigenes Onitsha Osogbo Osun participation political president programmes role Sabon Sabon Gari secretary shadow social society South Ibie strangers structure studies supra-HTAs territory tions town traditional rulers University of Ibadan village Warri women women's associations women's wing Yoruba