A Study of Nationhood in Nigeria’s Independence Anniversary Discourses: Critical Discourse Approach


    Recent trends in decolonial approaches have led to a proliferation of studies on the impact of colonialism and its legacy: coloniality. Considerable literature has grown around the theme of decoloniality, there is a surprising paucity of research from a discourse analysis perspective in Nigeria that seeks to incorporate a decolonial framework in its analysis. This paper therefore sets out to foreground the relevance of decolonial analysis in interrogating colonial structures in Nigeria’s independence anniversary discourses. Drawing on decolonial concept of dismemberment and cultural discourse analysis. The paper argues that the articulation of nation and national identity in Nigeria’s political discourse is narrated through various hegemonic discursive practices that are historically rooted and socio-culturally located in the vast colonial linguistic landscaping. These linguistic landscaping (mapping, naming, and owning) have remained one of the most recurrent rhetorical tropes that keep the colonial traditions in Nigeria’s contemporary political discourse “alive and kicking.” Thus, there is always the need to engage deeply with decolonial methodologies as a significant analytical frame in the analysis of Nigerian political discourse..

    Keywords: Discourse, Decolonial, Nationhood, Independence, Dismemberment

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    author/Yunusa Ahmed, Ph.D & Ruth Ibbi, Ph.D

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3