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OR29-19-2

THE DILEMMA OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY: INSIGHTS FROM NIGERIA.

[Speaker] Ezekiel-hart, Jessica:1
1:RIVERS STATE UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION PORT-HARCOURT NIGERIA (Nigeria)

The amalgamation of different geographical entities in 1914, turned out to be the formation of the country Nigeria. This nation comprises over 250 ethnic groups with various psychological, political, spiritual differences. As an oil producing nation, Nigeria has everything that would make her rank among highly developed nations but she is far from being one. Yet in this highly diverse milieu, she has remained one indivisible nation. Is this unity occasioned by understanding, acceptance and respect for divergent characteristics or is it foist on the citizenry? The Nigerian constitution recognizes this diversity and articulates the various means of achieving unity but as always, there is a big gap between theory and practice. This paper will attempt to show how national policies which are meant to enhance unity often have adverse effects. Unity in diversity,in its real sense, may only be facade in Nigeria.

Keywords: Unity, Diversity, Dilemma, Nigeria
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