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Imhonopi,, David and Urim, U.M. (2018) YOUTH, POLITICS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND WEALTH CREATION IN NIGERIA: THE PRIORITY OF A NEW NARRATIVE. In: XIX World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, July 15-21, 2018, Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

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The political system in Nigeria has remained iron-gated manned by mean and supercilious political ironsides whose goal in governance is to perpetuate personal and clannish interests, objectives and motivations. The masses are treated as expendables needed to foster the political ambitions of these strongmen and are considered as cannon fodder only required to further and feather their access to power, private accumulation of national resources and state capture. This anecdote is further complexified as the political system continues to recycle leadership, promote senescent and infirm leadership and affirm a decadent gerontocracy with spent visionary appetite for the pursuit of true national leadership and transformation. Ensconced within this political disillusionment is a youth bulge full of existential dread because of the scarcity of opportunities or elite colonisation of the inadequate opportunities that the system allocates to them. These youths are largely unemployed or underemployed. They seem only useful to the political managers and party machineries during electioneering campaigns or as soldiers in their private armies. The entrepreneurial environment that could have weaned some of these youths off idleness and crime is challenged and experiences paroxysms manifesting systemic neglect, disinvestment, primordial corruption and politicised or partisan citizen assistance. Thus, Nigerian youths have become the new denizens treated as undeserving of equitable state intervention. Drawing from the Social Conflict Theory, authors have attempted to peruse the study of youths in Nigeria and how they are situated within the political, entrepreneurial and wealth creation conversations, interventions and contraptions in Nigeria. To achieve a new narrative, the political and economic managers of the state should pay greater attention to youth empowerment, liberalise the political, entrepreneurial and wealth creation mises en scene and remove anthropogenic blockades which inhibit greater youth participation in the political and economic destiny of Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youth, Politics, Entrepreneurship, Wealth Creation, Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Management
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2020 10:09
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 10:09

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