By Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton
Nigeria is Africa's so much populous kingdom and the world's 8th greatest oil manufacturer, yet its good fortune has been undermined in fresh many years by means of ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant authentic corruption and an ill economic climate. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail conversant in the quarter, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored broadly on African technological know-how and tradition, mix their services to give an explanation for the context to Nigeria's contemporary problems via an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial prior, and its trip from independence to statehood. through studying key topics comparable to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the economic climate, the authors exhibit how Nigeria's heritage has been swayed by way of the vicissitudes of the realm round it, and the way Nigerians have tailored to satisfy those demanding situations. This publication deals a different portrayal of a resilient humans dwelling in a rustic with mammoth, yet unrealized, power.
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For example, the jihad of Usman dan Fodio was both politically and culturally motivated and had both political and cultural consequences. The oil boom that transformed the economy in the 1970s has had a profound impact on politics and lifestyles in Nigeria. In order to address the complex interweaving of major themes in Nigeria’s history, the chapters in this book are presented chronologically. Each chapter analyzes the issues that most affected people’s lives at a given time. The first three chapters are concerned with the pre-colonial history of Nigeria.
The creation of new states has been a common theme in Nigerian politics. Nigeria was split into twelve states in 1967; this increased to nineteen in 1976, twenty-one in 1987, and thirty in 1991. Since 1996 Nigeria has been divided into thirty-six states, but clamor continues from ethnic minorities for the creation of still more. Currently Nigeria is in its Fourth Republic, and is experiencing its longest uninterrupted period of civilian rule ever. For most of the period since independence in 1960, however, the Nigerian polity has been wracked with instability.
Each house derived from a lineage and competed with other houses for political influence and control of trade with Europeans, particularly the trade in slaves. literally ‘‘scar-headed,’’ slaves who served as administrators for the alafin of Oyo. holy war. form of popular music in southwestern Nigeria. term used to describe a political system in which one of the primary goals of the ruling politicians is the diversion of government funds into personal accounts and business ventures. Nigeria is xxxviii kobo kofa kola nut mai manila naira oba Oduduwa Okonko ona iwefa ooni Oranmiyan osi iwefa Glossary considered by many to have functioned as a kleptocracy for most of its post-independence history.
A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton