Internal mechanisms as tools for conflict resolution: case study on Share-Tsaragi, Nigeria

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Share and Tsaragi are twin communities in Kwara State, Nigeria, living harmoniously for centuries before a crisis on border issues erupted between them. This study argues that internal mechanisms which originate from the people’s philosophy and culture are potent tools to sustain peaceful co-existence between them. The research designs are quantitative and qualitative and data were gathered from participant observations, questionnaires and interviews. Findings show that government interventions have not been perfectly enforced, hence recurring conflicts. The study concludes that crises are imminent where population growth is without corresponding economic empowerment and socio-cultural integration among the people. Previous research efforts confirm that African conflicts often occur due to the combination of poverty and weak States and institutions. However, data from this research confirms that collaborations and consensus are potent tools to entrench peace in Share and Tsaragi communities.


The paper is based on a research carried out by ten scholars from the Faculty of Arts on search for solution to the incessant crisis between Share and Tsaragi communities of Kwara State, Nigeria. The crisis had led to loss of lives and properties. Since the research was carried out and solutions based on internal mechanisms were proffered and implemented, there has not been any crisis between the two warring communities. Hopefully, the peaceful coexistence between the two communities would be a lasting one.


inter-ethnic crisis, cosensus collaborations, peace, culture, internal mechanisms


O. Olademo, Omotoye, R. W., Ikibe, S. O., Ibraheem, L. O., Tijani, Y. O., Abubakre, S. O., Adebisi, A. A., Aboyeji, A. J., Fahm, A. O., and Adimula, R. A. (2021). "Internal mechanisms as tools for conflict resolution: case study on Share-Tsaragi, Nigeria" in: Heliyon: