This book examines the evolution of a distinctive Yoruba community, Remo, and the central role played in this process by the Remo-born Nationalist and Yoruba leader Obafemi Awolowo (1909-87).
Since the Nineteenth Century, popular participation has played an important role in challenging or confirming local hierarchies in Remo.
This historical dynamic had a significant impact on Awolowo's vision both for Yoruba and Nigerian politics.
When he moved into national politics in the 1950s, his career at the national level also gave him the opportunity to shape Remo's political identity.
Awolowo was both a product and a producer of Remo politics.
Based on a subtle analysis of local-level politics, this book argues that traditional and modern participatory structures play an important role both in Yoruba politics and in the African postcolonial state.
At the same time, its focus on Awolowo makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on one of Nigeria's most important politicians.