By Richard Bourne
Visible from a few angles, Nigeria is a extraordinary luck tale: regardless of its poorly conceived colonial origins, the lingering harm of its colonial subjugation, tenacious civil battle, wildly unequal economic climate, and the new insurgency through Boko Haram, it has still remained one country, transforming into in inhabitants and tool, for greater than a century now.
This new examine Nigeria strains the country’s heritage from its pre-colonial days because the domestic area to a couple of specific tribal powers via its definition by way of Britain as a unmarried state in 1914, to the hopeful early days of independence after global warfare II and the continuing, usually tragic disappointments of its governance and fiscal functionality within the many years considering the fact that. Richard Bourne will pay specific awareness to the failure to make sure that the wealth from Nigeria’s considerable oil, mineral, and agricultural assets is greatly shared, and he deals an incisive research of the harmful results that such gross inequality has at the nation’s balance and democratic prospects.
the main up to date and finished research of Africa’s most crucial and populous kingdom in many years, this history—rooted in additional than 3 many years of traveling and dealing within the country—will immediately be the normal account of Nigeria.
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Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century by Richard Bourne