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Title:Rebellion in Umuahia, 1950-1951: Ex-Servicemen and Anti-Colonial Protest in Eastern Nigeria
Author:Nwaka, Geoffrey I.
Year:1987
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Volume:16
Pages:47-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:rebellions
veterans
1950-1959
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
colonialism
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328620
Abstract:After World War II, Nigerian ex-servicemen who served in the Middle East, Burma, East Africa and elsewhere, saw themselves as victims of broken promises and injustice by the government. They expected paid employment, war bonus, big arrears of pay, tax exemption and other privileges which the government dismissed as unrealistic. The problems arising from hasty demobilization, and the grievances caused by the ineffective management of the affairs of ex-soldiers were aggravated by the hardship of unemployment. This article examines the failure of planned resettlement of ex-soldiers and the political and economic conditions that influenced their organization and role in the anticolonial crusade of the postwar period, focusing on their part in the 1950-1951 rebellion in Umuahia, eastern Nigeria. Notes, ref.
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