I am interested in organizing a roundtable that would evaluate the forthcoming general election in Nigeria at the 54th annual meeting of the African Studies Association. The years 2010 and 2011 will be landmark years for elections in Africa. Several African countries would have held presidential/general elections by the end of 2011. Among the countries slated to hold major transitional elections include Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, and what could become the largest democracy in black Africa. In the past, Africa witnessed mixed results from these elections with peaceful transitions in some countries, contested election results in others, and the boycotting of elections in some others. Indeed, the current revolution against dictatorial regimes in North Africa and the Middle East would suggest that the years of one-party rule, military dictatorships, and elongated incumbency is becoming a thing of the past. Indeed, the recent election in Ghana has been held as a model for other African countries. South Africa has managed successful transitions in the post-apartheid era despite its multi-racial and ethnically diverse population. The forthcoming elections in Nigeria in April 2011 presents an opportunity as well as challenges for Nigeria to prove that credible democratic transitions can be achieved through elections in a multi-ethnic nation-state. What lessons can be learnt from these elections since Nigeria shares similar characteristics with some of Africa’s electoral successes? The panel will evaluate the 2011 elections in Nigeria and its outcome; explore important themes, including the electoral process, the transition and other challenges posed by the culture of corruption and regression of the past years. Scholars ranging from political scientists, historians, and analysts of contemporary Nigerian politics are welcome to examine lessons learnt from the forthcoming and the way forward for Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
Please email a 200-word abstract with institutional affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 5 2011.
Dr. Chima J. Korieh
Departments of History,
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
TEL: (414) 288-3563 | (414) 288-5099 (FAX)
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