Special to the Journal
Dr. Babafemi O. Elufiede, chairman of the Department of History, Political Science, and Public Administration at Albany State University, has recently published a book on the impact of labor unions in Nigeria. The book, entitled Labor Unions and Politics, analyzes the experience of organized labor in relation to the Nigerian political class and studies the opinions of Nigerian workers on whether socialism would be a viable political system for the nation.
Labor Unions and Politics investigates the depth of these two objectives by seeking the perceptions, views, and attitudes of workers about the politics, economy, and general welfare. Labor unions set in motion a powerful movement whose influence is still a potent factor in the political, economic, and social affairs of Nigeria. Touching on the most essential aspects of society, this book tackles issues relating to history, politics, leadership, militarism, and socialism.
“I am very excited and encouraged by the early success of the book,” Elufiede said. “The book was released in early August and its sales are already exceeding expectations.”
“Nigerian workers have sought ways to organize and improve their working conditions from as far back as the early 1900s,” Elufiede said.
Labor unions were linked to the struggle for independence and the native-born political ruling class that emerged.
Labor Unions and Politics features the unified and influential role of the organized labor force in determining a viable political system that will guarantee decent living conditions for the working class. Elufiede believes the detailed information provided in this book will add immense value to the body of literature on labor unions and prove to be very informative to a broad range of people interested in labor and politics.
Elufiede earned his bachelor’s degree with honors at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn. He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. He has authored articles, essays, and reviews. He has taught Political Science at graduate and undergraduate levels for more than 25 years at several Colleges and Universities. He is currently working on a forthcoming book entitled, How the Mass Media Covered the campaigns of African American Presidential Candidates.