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{ The Zikist Movement (Nigeria) }

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Zikist movement was a radical political group founded in February 1946 by young enthusiastic Nigerian nationalists.

Among its founding members were Nduka Eze, Kola Balogun, Abiodun Aloba, G. Onyeagbula, M.C.K. Ajuluchukwu, M Aina, G. Ebo, J. Inoma, and S. Aderibigbe. In its founding, the group pledged a positive action to defend Nnamdi Azikiwe against attacks by opponents and to take on the repressive nature of colonial rule by seeking its end. The group was multi-ethnic and took some inspiration from Nwafor Orizu writings in his book ‘Without Bitterness’ and in Azikiwe’s own book, Renascent Africa.

Orizu coined the term zikism, a vague term that he describes as not racialism, jingoism, anarchism, monistic nor sarcastic but a social life that strifes to redeem Africa from social wreckage, political servitude and economic impotency.

Between 1948 and 1949, during the movement’s height in popularity, it was able to re-awaken nationalistic political interest among Nigerians at a time of a lull in activity and was partly responsible for the introduction of a new constitution in 1951: the Macpherson Constitution.

The movement was also able to attract dedicated young people who sacrificed their careers for a righteous political cause, among this men were Raji Abdallah, who was let go of his work in the Post and Telegraph and Adesanya Idowu.

via The Nigerian Eagle

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