By Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton
Nigeria is Africa's so much populous state and the world's 8th biggest oil manufacturer, yet its luck has been undermined in fresh many years by means of ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant authentic corruption and an unwell financial system. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail conversant in the quarter, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored widely on African technology 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 prior, and its trip from independence to statehood. by means of analyzing key subject matters similar to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the financial system, the authors convey how Nigeria's heritage 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 publication deals a different portrayal of a resilient humans dwelling in a rustic with big, yet unrealized, power.
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Nigeria’s western, northern, and eastern borders are all relatively arbitrary, having been negotiated at drafting tables in Europe rather than through local processes of societal development. The country of Nigeria is thus a conglomeration of hundreds of ethnic groups, many of which straddle these arbitrary borders, which date only from the twentieth century. Therefore, to speak of the timeframe before the establishment of these boundaries as ‘‘pre-colonial Nigeria’’ suggests that the period is significant partly insofar as it relates to the eventual construction of modern Nigeria.
It was during this time that Nigeria became a ‘‘rentier state,’’ dependent almost entirely on foreign companies for the funding of state initiatives. As a result, the government was not responsible to its citizens, and became increasingly corrupt and inefficient. The problems of corruption and unaccountability in government have plagued Nigeria ever since. Chapter 9 covers the period between 1983 and 2007, much of which was characterized by authoritarian military rule and stark economic decline.
Mrs. Ransome-Kuti’s activism has pervaded her family, and four of her children have become quite famous as political activists: Fela Kuti became one of Nigeria’s most politically and culturally significant musicians in the 1970s and 1980s, while Beko Ransome-Kuti, a doctor, has been detained in prison on many occasions for his protests against military regimes. Mrs. 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.
A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton