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DALHATU SANI YOLA (2010). Forms And Perspectives On Nigeria’s 1960 Independence Celebrations: Kano State Experience

This study assesses the mood of select social categories in Kano State with respect to Nigeria’s 1960 independence. Proceeding with the suggestion that the celebrations were underscored by hopes and subdued concerns, the study also investigated the perspectives of grass root elements about independence in 1960 and now 50 years later.

During the survey, primary data was generated through specialised interviews and focus group discussions with individuals and groups purposively sampled for having lived those times. Archival materials such as newspaper reports, photographs and radio coverage were content analysed for secondary data. The dialectical materialist perspective was the framework adopted to explain contemporary thinking on Nigeria’s independence phenomenon [This paper was presented at the national conference on “1960’s: Nigeria Independence through Grassroot Experiences” Organised by the Institute for African Studies (IAS) and the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), Ibadan, 5-7 JULY 2010.]

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