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Nigerian Youths and African Cultural Moral Values in the Age of Globalization: Challenges and Prospects

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This chapter examines the reproduction of global culture and its impact on Nigerian youths and their traditional moral values. Nigeria has passed through many historical phases (pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial) and has seen different administrations (democratic and military governments) come and go. Nevertheless, the traditions and culture of the people to a large extent has remained strong. However, with globalization the story seems to be different as many youths now perceive their culture as being inferior to that of the developed countries. This study attempts to answer the following questions: Is the Nigerian culture inferior to that of the developed world? Have indigenous moral values been supplanted in any way by imported culture? Has the process of globalization disrupted or enhanced the youth's moral inclination? The study presents results of indepth interviews conducted in 2007 among youths from the three major ethnic groups namely, the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba, who were randomly selected among the students of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2009

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