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IT IS A MIND GAME

The subjects of World War 2 (WW2) sometimes excite as they relieve the circumstances of global politics, and the dynamic nature of events leading to the emergence of the present global order.

The scholar Okey Ndibe in his new book “Never Look an American in the Eye” said his father “Christopher Ndibe was a genial man of noble bearing and quietly brave”.
His father was a soldier in the Royal West African Frontier Force. He fought in World War 2. 
According to Ndibe, hundred thousand Nigerians fought in the War. 
He wonders why “Africans were consigned to the margins, their role often altogether erased, when the drama of the War was narrated”.

This is linked to the precarious position of Africa in the global politics of development.
That Africa features at the periphery of the global economic order is a fall-out of the mind game at play in the system.
Adegboyega Adedire and Disu Abayomi in the paper “Nigeria and the Second World War: An Examination of British Recruitment Strategies in Nigeria”, draw attention to the participation of Nigerians in the War with focus on how they were recruited into its events:

“Britain at this time required recruits with a simplicity of character who in a short time would transfer loyalty from their local chief to a white officer.”

This they got through persuasion and coercion.

This assertion gives credence to the notion that the mind is the engine of the state. 
Character was critical if the military ambition of Britain during the war would be achieved. The colonialists worked on the minds of Africans, recreating them to suit their aims. 

It is a mind game.

It is the failure of the Nigerian state to create a mindset of true nationhood that has exposed it to political and economic uncertainties linked to its social formation, resulting in inter-ethnic crises, poverty, ruthless corruption and politics of deceit.
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