Youth and Postcolonial Subjectivity in Contemporary Nigerian Pop Music

Idom Tom Inyabri


This paper seeks to bring into proper perspective a genre of popular Nigerian music whose roots are traceable to West African High-life of the late 1950s and Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat lyrics of the 1970s through to the 1990s. The research interrogates the social ramifications of this genre of popular Nigerian music, the ways in which the youth have exploited African oral resources and adapted new media technologies to signify their presence in a society that has conspired to marginalize their identities and future(s).


Postcoloniality, contemporary Nigerian Pop music, New Media, Youth culture, Youth Identity.

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