Religion and the Future of Nigeria: Lessons from the Yoruba Case


This paper presents an illuminating analysis of the place of religion in Yoruba social and political life, and why the Yoruba experience represents a great ex­ample to the rest of Nigeria, particularly the religiously-volatile north of the country. Combining multiple approaches from historical sociology, the sociol­ogy of religlon, political history and the public lives of critical political and re­ligious agents over a period of about a century of Yoruba history, the article explains why the Yoruba case is an exemplar in religious harmony. He argues that the Yoruba are constantly pressed towards olaju (modernity/development/progress) which makes cross-cutting communal belonging more salient, thus ensuring that the Yoruba constantly mobilize both religious and secular insti­tutions and processes in the all-embracing project of olaju.
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