In April 2008, I submitted my MPhil Thesis to the University of Oxford. Its title is: Children of a "Fallen House": Lives and Livelihoods of Youth in Nigeria.
Based on literature research and a month of fieldwork in the Yoruba city Ibadan, the thesis addresses the question of youth crisis in Nigeria. Reflecting critically about widespread depictions of youth in Nigeria and other African countries in terms of a 'lost generation', I examined the inventive livelihood strategies of 'Okada riders' (motorbike taxi-riders).
These livelihood strategies have contributed to new types of local communities that provide physical and financial security, new modes of governance and commanding obedience, as well as specific narratives providing meaning and direction in everyday life.
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I have also used my research findings as a case study for a paper written with Bas van Gool: 'From patronage to neopatrimonialism: Postcolonial governance in Sub-Sahara Africa and beyond', ASC Working Paper 101, 2012.