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Clientelism and social structure: an analysis of patronage in Yoruba social thought

Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale

Africa Spectrum, 2008, vol. 43, issue 2, 203-224

Abstract: From time immemorial, social relations among the Yoruba have been structured and restructured through proverbs, idioms and songs that reflect the social thought of the group. This is especially shown in the kind of relationships that ought to exist between the patron and the client. The aim of this paper is to undertake an analysis of Yoruba proverbs, idioms and songs with a view to giving insights into how the indigenous social thought stipulates norms, values and expectations within clientelistic relationships among the Yoruba.

Date: 2008
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