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  • n. A system of political patronage employment.


prebendal +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)


  • In the process, however, the national banking sector, the principal public corporations and state-owned financial institutions all went under, the victims of the extreme prebendalism of the first five years of the Biya reign.

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  • Cf. prependalism.

    October 19, 2011

  • And here I was thinking this had something to do with Uri Geller.

    October 19, 2011

  • "Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois. He said Nigeria suffers from “prebendalism,” a system of governance that he said exists in many other African countries as well.

    He coined the term about 30 years ago from the word “prebende” – a term that describes some early European forms of governance, including religious ones. A prebend, he said, is an elected or appointed office in which the officeholder uses its resources for personal needs." ~Jackson Mvunganyi, Voice of America, Oct. 19, 2011. link

    October 19, 2011