Article from ROAPE Volume 5 Number 13
Deepening Crisis of the Nigerian National Bourgeoisie

The Deepening Crisis of the Nigerian National Bourgeoisie
Vol.5 No.13 (Winter 1978), pp63-77
On the ‘Nigerian national bourgeoisie’ . The term is used here in the sense in which Franz Fanon uses it in relation to the African national bourgeoisie or middle class in his chapter on ‘The pitfalls of national consciousness’ in his book, The Wretched of the Earth. It delineates the politico-geographical context within which this class operates and it is not meant to confer on its members any attributes of patriotic national consciousness or of a capability to combat Euro-American imperialism. The discussion in this essay clearly underscores the essentially comprador character of the Nigerian bourgeoisie most of whose members are either actually or potentially active collaborators with foreign monopoly capitalist interests in Nigeria.