Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

The Niger Delta: Resistance in a Soft Variant

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on May 6, 2013

What happened to the 50.000 or so ‘militants’ resp. ‘revolutionaries’ after the amnesty programme in 2009 in the Niger Delta? The fate of the leaders of the revolt is well known. Not a small part of them became successful businessmen often in the security industry which raises the question of what is the difference between racketeering and a security contract in the oil-rich south-eastern region of Nigeria. But there have been popular responses, too. Paul U. Ugor describes in the latest issue of “Africa” the proliferation of artisanal oil refineries in Delta state where many young people operate. They see their work as a softer variant of resistance against the corrupt state and multinational oil firms. Worth reading!

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