Governance and Nation Building in Transitional Africa

Convener: Dr. Peter Adebayo (University of Ilorin, Nigeria);

The aim of this panel is to initiate discussions on the various problems that have continued to bedevil the process of good governance and nation building in Africa right from the 20th century till this 2nd decade of the 21st century. Hitherto, African countries have after the attainment of independence in 1960 been plagued by the series of problems such as leadership crises, ethno- religious crises, civil wars, boundary and communal disputes, refugees, etc that have continued to militate against the issue of nation building in Africa. Indeed, the problem have further been exacerbated by other issues such as terrorism in some countries such as Nigeria, Mali, Somalia etc, credibility of elections leading to election disputes, authoritarianism, democratic governance/civil rule and coup d’états. The various papers are to employ both inter and
multidisciplinary approaches cum historical perspective in their analysis respectively.