Philip Omorogbe to deliver talk on Nigeria’s national identity

Join Philip Omorogbe, president of the McMaster African Students Association, for an upcoming lecture entitled, “United We Fall: The Historical Origins of Nigeria’s Fragmented Image.”

Omorogbe’s talk will focus on Nigeria’s national identity. Although many Nigerians feel deep national pride, they do not feel as connected with Nigerians from other tribes. The presentation will cover how British administrative policy in early colonial Nigeria is, in part, to blame for this disjointed national identity.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with more than 160 million inhabitants, remains deeply divided along geographical, cultural, religious and linguistic boundaries. Many scholars, political observers and analysts perceive the country’s complex diversity as the cause of its fragmented national identity, and argue that this rich diversity inherently prevents a united nation.

The event will take place Friday, March 28 in MUSC 230 at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please email