Electioneering, Songs and Party Politics in Southwest Nigeria

Topics: Nigeria, Politics, Music, Musical form / Pages: 44 (10913 words) / Published: May 18th, 2013
Soetan Jeremiah Temitope

A research effort titled

Electioneering campaign, songs and party politics in south western Nigeria

Table of contents



Chapter 1: African music

Chapter 2: Background to Nigeria election process

Chapter 3: Music and Politics in Nigeria the meeting point

Chapter 4: Music and electioneering campaign in south western Nigeria

Chapter 5: Other impacts of music




The world faces a wide variety of security and violence threats, Politic and electioneering is one of the major issues on conflict especially in Nigeria. Elections campaigns go with songs which some time results into violence. Music is also a powerful force for political mobilization which can also result into violence due to the textual ability of the songs. The scope of this paper is to look into the introduction of music to the adopted political system and the yorubaland in the south western part of Nigeria specifically, , effect of songs on the electioneering and campaign process, role of musicians in party politics, songs as a social phenomenon, songs and political violence
This paper recommends that songs in party politics should be scrutinize some political jingles and songs before they are aired. That scholars in the field of music should make credible effort towards bringing about positive effect of music on the Nigeria political scene. Also politicians should know that the songs can cause harm and violence and should avoid such. Likewise musicians should compose political songs in the spirit of sportsmanship and for the development of the country.


African music has indeed played big role in objectifying, unifying and bringing peaceful co-existence among African communities. Scholars have opined that the knowledge of the African cultural value systems provides the understanding to interpret African songs and deduce full meanings from the

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