CHALLENGES OF ETHNICITY AND SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTIONS IN NIGERIA

Tangban Egbe Ebagu, Brown Egbe Isokon, Ude Bassey Obeten

Abstract


The study examines the challenges of ethnicity and social work interventions in Nigeria. The cultural and religious background of the nation is prune to multi-ethnic and cultural diverse society with conflictogenic challenges. These challenges arose due to complex cultural diversity with socio-cultural differences which anchored on the historical antecedent of Nigerian federalism. It has been observed that National integration in Nigeria and the attempt to foster unity-in-diversity tend to create diverse conflicts and poses obstacles to unification and peaceful co-existence of the people of Nigeria. In other words, ethnicity took the center stage in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the people with pathogenic consequences. In view of the fact that all efforts made to eradicate ethnicity and its negative influence in the body polity of Nigeria were futile, social work intervention becomes imperative and quintessential.  That is, the application of social work as a mechanism for realizing unity, peaceful co-existence, progress, stable governance and development is recommended. Besides, the application of social work practices in terms of counseling, awareness creation, sensitization, and behavioral change process will make a difference in eradicating ethnicity and its ills in the society. Word count: 191

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Challenges, Ethnicity, Interventions, Social work, Development

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