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Rethinking Adedibu: Politics, Patronage, and The 'Big Man'

Ebenezer Obadare


The career of late chief Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu is used as a point of departure for a sociology of African politics. By situating Adedibu within mutually reinforcing “local†and “national†currents, two resonant themes in African politics are apprehended: the emergence and continued relevance of “big men†in the political process; and the sociocultural and material conditions that ensure their tenacity.


Adedibu; African Politics; Neopatrimonialism; Ibadan; ‘big man’

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West Africa Review. ISSN: 1525-4488 (online).
Editors: Adeleke Adeeko, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Olufemi Taiwo.

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