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Exploring racial marginalization and indigenous settlers in university life in Nigeria

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Abstract: The study investigated racial marginalization and indigenous settlers in selected universities in Nigeria. Three universities and 12 participants were purposefully selected for the study. Face to face, semi-structured and personal interviews were used to obtain information about their universities from participants. The data is uploaded to atlas.ti 8, qualitative data analysis software, so that the transcribed data can be properly managed and grouped for further data analysis. Four themes emerged: (a) racial marginalization and the contextualization of indigenous settlers; (b) Emotional ties and determination to protect ancestral land; (c) Cultural ties and determination to protect traditional practices; (d) Impact of racial marginalization and indigenous settlers. Further interpretation of the themes revealed that attachment to cultural heritage such as landed properties, cultural life, and practices and economic and indigene dominance were factors driving ethnic marginalisation. The study further found that ethnic marginalisation and indigene-settler problems influenced the emotional and psychological wellbeing and functioning of university lecturers in the selected institutions. The findings also revealed that protests and problems among ethnic groups resulted from the activities of indigenes and settlers when placed in positions of authority (e.g., biased way of recruiting, removing, and promoting ethnic members). The study concludes that there is a need for an integration programme with a practical implementation strategy to ensure peaceful coexistence of ethnic groups within the universities.

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