A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton

By Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton

Nigeria is Africa's such a lot populous state and the world's 8th greatest oil manufacturer, yet its luck has been undermined in fresh many years via ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant legit corruption and an unwell economic system. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail accustomed to the quarter, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored greatly on African technological know-how and tradition, mix their services to provide an explanation for the context to Nigeria's contemporary issues via an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial earlier, and its trip from independence to statehood. through studying key issues comparable to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the economic climate, the authors express how Nigeria's historical past has been swayed by way of the vicissitudes of the area round it, and the way Nigerians have tailored to satisfy those demanding situations. This booklet bargains a distinct portrayal of a resilient humans residing in a rustic with monstrous, yet unrealized, strength.

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Mensah and Tunde King. system of political and economic organization in the Bight of Biafra from the Niger delta to Calabar. 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.

Three main ethnic groups make up the majority of the population. 3 Other ethnic groups with relatively large populations include the pastoral Fulani of the savannas, the Ijaw of the Niger delta region, the Kanuri of the Lake Chad region, the Ibibio in and around Calabar in the southeast, and the Nupe and Tiv of the middle belt region. Although over 250 different indigenous languages are spoken in Nigeria, English has been the official language of the country since 1960. Pidgin, a combination of indigenous languages and English that developed through hundreds of years of contact with British traders and later with colonial authorities, is also commonly used.

Ransome-Kuti was killed in an army raid on her son Fela’s compound in 1978. Saro-Wiwa, Kenule Beeson (1941–95) Born at Bori in what is now Rivers State, Saro-Wiwa was educated at Government College Umuahia, the University of Ibadan, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He worked as commissioner of works, land and transport for Rivers State and, later, as the state’s commissioner of education. In 1987 he was appointed director of the Directorate for Notable people in Nigerian history xxxi Social Mobilization (DSM) in the Babangida administration, but he resigned the next year.

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