Green Eagle Nation: The Politicization of Sports Journalism in the Post-Independence Nigerian Press

Lynn Schler, Itamar Dubinsky

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Abstract

The sports pages of the postcolonial press provide a vantage point for viewing the tensions surrounding nation-building in Nigeria. Following independence, coverage of the Green Eagles national football team reflected aspirations for a united Nigeria, but it was also an outlet for the deep political tensions plaguing Nigeria at this time. From 1960 to 1961, contentious games against Ghanaian rivals, disputes around the choice of a national coach, and clashes with referees in international matches all enabled sports journalists to become mouthpieces for both cohesion and discord. Schler and Dubinsky demonstrate that sports pages provide opportunities for viewing the links between postcolonial sports and politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-905
Number of pages23
JournalAfrican Studies Review
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Nigeria
  • football
  • journalism
  • nationhood
  • sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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