The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore ethnic conflict in Nigeria and the lived experiences of Nigerians who emigrated to the Pittsburgh Region in the United States. The study also ascertains the lessons learned from Nigerians who emigrated to the United States regarding the ethnic conflict in Nigeria and its relationship to cultural/relational leadership. Structured interview was utilized to conduct interview with seven participants who emigrated from Nigeria. All interviews were conducted through telephone/audio recorded. These data collected was transcribed, coded and analyzed. Through the use of data, three major themes emerged from research question one: (a) Ethnic conflict as disagreement between ethnic groups, (b) Emigrate to further education and (c) Poor economic growth. An additional three major themes were produced related to research question two: (a) Political, cultural, colonial influence, (b) Leadership and (c) Cultural/Relational leadership. This study identified recommendations made by the participants. Five participants suggested the restructure of Nigeria where various states of the nation become autonomous and able to control their resources and development of their regions while two participants advocate for a split of Nigeria into different nations. The findings of this research were difficult to generalize due to limited sample size, however it is pertinent for a similar research study to be conducted among Nigerian emigrants in other States or emigrants from other African countries in the United States. Finally, this study will add to the body of knowledge to assist Nigerian leadership on how to combat the problem of ethnic conflict in Nigeria.
|Advisor:||Hippert, Linda B.|
|Commitee:||McIntyre, Karen S., Nickols, Mitchel A.|
|School:||Point Park University|
|Department:||Leadership and Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African Studies, Public administration, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||Ethnic conflict, Nigeria, Nigerian immigrants, Lived experience|
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