Lessons and Legacies: A Study of Pan-Africanist Ideation and the Participation of Nigerian Brits in Homeland Politics, Jemima Williams, UG (2268453)
The current literature on diasporic political participation is sparse, limited in geographical scope and focuses mostly on traditional forms of participation such as lobbying and voting. These limitations leave a gap in the study of both the African diaspora, and the individual-level factors which motivate diasporans to engage in homeland politics, such as those which determine their national/ethnic identities. Thus, I conducted a survey to study identity formation within a sect of the African diaspora – Nigerians in England – and how various factors, including the extent to which one feels Nigerian, affects the level and types of engagement in homeland politics among the diaspora. I find that generally, Nigerian identities and political engagement are strong and positively correlated. I use Pan-Africanism as a new framework for understanding why African identities persist among the diaspora despite past events/cleavages which have the potential to tear the diaspora apart.