The Idoma Hope Rising Union and the Politics of Patriarchy and Ethnic Honor

Moses E. Ochonu
International Journal of African Historical Studies Vol. 46, No. 2 (2013)

The intersections of ethnic associational life, patriarchy, honour, and politics have rarely been examined in the same analytical frame. This paper analyses how a fairly diverse group of Western educated Idoma young men under the banner of the Idoma Hope Rising Union (IHRU), an ethno-nationalist association founded in the late colonial flourishing of ethnic-based politics, fused these idioms to articulate and pursue a self-described political and social agenda for the reclamation of Idoma ethnic honour. 

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