THE OGONI IN DIASPORA AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OF OGONI LAND (1999-2020)

Authors

  • Dr Bariledum Kia
  • TOR-UE, STELLA Nuka Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Keywords:

Ogoni, Diaspora, Development, Education, Empowerment

Abstract

The dwindling and impoverished state of Ogoni land with little or no government presence despite its rich oil and other natural resources has remained worrisome to both Ogonis and development analysts. Despite the sorry state of development in the area, there is a relative dearth of literatures on Ogoni development template, which would have given concrete evidence about the measure of development in the area and account for whether Ogoni development is progressive or retrogressive. The relative lean body of critical literatures in this area further compound the problem and creates a critical research gap in the literature of development studies on Ogoni. The present study therefore investigates the impact of the Ogonis in diaspora on the development of Ogoni land. The study formulated   three research objectives and questions and used social identity theory as the framework of analysis. The study adopts the qualitative method with in-depth interview  and used  content analytical method to evaluate  intervention projects  by the Ogonis in diaspora for  the development of Ogoniland. The findings showed that development inspired by Ogoni indigenes in diaspora embraces infrastructure, education and employment/empowerment. These contributions compliment Government effort toward the development of the area. The study further identified challenges facing diaspora development effort in the area.Based on  findings,   the study  recommended, among others, that Ogoni indigenes in diaspora should mobilize enough fund to enable the completion of their target projects, discourage diversion of contributed fund to private use and above all, partner with NGOs, Government at all levels and spirited individuals to adequately provide an enduring development projects in the areas of water, energy and education which are major challenges  in  most ogoni rural communities.

Author Biographies

Dr Bariledum Kia

The dwindling and impoverished state of Ogoni land with little or no government presence despite its rich oil and other natural resources has remained worrisome to both Ogonis and development analysts. Despite the sorry state of development in the area, there is a relative dearth of literatures on Ogoni development template, which would have given concrete evidence about the measure of development in the area and account for whether Ogoni development is progressive or retrogressive. The relative lean body of critical literatures in this area further compound the problem and creates a critical research gap in the literature of development studies on Ogoni. The present study therefore investigates the impact of the Ogonis in diaspora on the development of Ogoni land. The study formulated   three research objectives and questions and used social identity theory as the framework of analysis. The study adopts the qualitative method with in-depth interview  and used  content analytical method to evaluate  intervention projects  by the Ogonis in diaspora for  the development of Ogoniland. The findings showed that development inspired by Ogoni indigenes in diaspora embraces infrastructure, education and employment/empowerment. These contributions compliment Government effort toward the development of the area. The study further identified challenges facing diaspora development effort in the area.Based on  findings,   the study  recommended, among others, that Ogoni indigenes in diaspora should mobilize enough fund to enable the completion of their target projects, discourage diversion of contributed fund to private use and above all, partner with NGOs, Government at all levels and spirited individuals to adequately provide an enduring development projects in the areas of water, energy and education which are major challenges  in  most ogoni rural communities.

TOR-UE, STELLA Nuka, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Department of History and International Diplomacy,
Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Rivers State

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Published

2024-04-08

How to Cite

Kia, B., & TOR-UE, S. N. (2024). THE OGONI IN DIASPORA AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT OF OGONI LAND (1999-2020). Journal of Political Discourse, 2(1 (2), 143–161. Retrieved from https://jopd.com.ng/index.php/jopdz/article/view/120