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Seen 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 financial system, and the hot insurgency by way of Boko Haram, it has still remained one country, starting to be 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 quarter to a few unique tribal powers via its definition through Britain as a unmarried country in 1914, to the hopeful early days of independence after international struggle II and the continued, usually tragic disappointments of its governance and financial functionality within the many years considering that. Richard Bourne will pay specific recognition 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 updated and entire research of Africa’s most crucial and populous kingdom in many years, this history—rooted in additional than 3 a long time of traveling and dealing within the country—will immediately be the normal account of Nigeria.

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Ix xiii xx xxiii 1 A merger makes a wide ownership for Britain First international struggle: Nigeria at the entrance line Lugard struggles with competitors among the wars: Nigeria isn't a unmarried country among the wars: the economic climate in an international melancholy among the wars: a brand new assertive nationalism three sixteen 26 32 39 forty three part 2: 1939–64: Rocky highway to freedom fifty five one other international struggle and strategic value Political switch and divisive regionalism neighborhood governments and the arriving of independence the enjoyment of independence Overture to catastrophe fifty seven sixty nine seventy eight 88 ninety six part three: 1964–89: The shadow of the generals 109 12. army coups, Biafra and civil warfare thirteen. Reconstruction, one other coup and the yearning for democracy 14. A moment republic, its brief, inglorious lifestyles and its overthrow 15. Buhari, IBB and a brand new army period 111 a hundred thirty 142 157 Section four: 1989–2014: A decade of soreness, sixteen. 17. 18. 19. then unhappiness in democracy 173 The annulment of an election places Nigeria on side The disastrous Abacha years Democracy, and the go back of Obasanjo Yar’Adua, Jonathan and threats within the Delta and the northeast a hundred seventy five 189 201 224 part five: Reflections 241 Politics as business 245 Ethnicity and religion 250 Oil, inequity and poverty 258 One Nigeria? 265 Afterword 271 Notes 276 Bibliography 299 Index 309 Preface somebody who claims to appreciate Nigeria is both deluded, or a liar. It contains such a lot of ethnicities and views, with a contested previous and records to be thinking about pinches of salt, that it truly is an act of immodesty to write down a centenary heritage. My justification is that i admire the rustic, were befriended by way of many Nigerians, and need readers to understand the big nature of Nigeria’s demanding situations and achievements. To create a unmarried nation, to which all voters can owe allegiance and during which all may well prosper, is an ongoing fight. The goal here's to explain, as really and readably as attainable, a narrative that all started with a colonial merger and produce it modern. Nation-building is a considered necessary far and wide, and it was once rather tricky in newly self sustaining states because the tide of eu empires receded within the moment 1/2 the 20th century. For Nigeria an existential query in regards to the cohesion of this various polity hasn't ever fairly disappeared. My function in tracing this tale is to work out how this synthetic country has, to the contrary, controlled to outlive. My own acquaintance started in 1981–2, while i used to be commiss­ ioned by way of Channel four – then an experimental television station that went at the air in London on the finish of 1982 – to determine no matter if it used to be attainable to run a weekly news-feature programme with the operating name 3rd international Week. it can, for instance, use fabric from African television stations and African filmmakers, and that i travelled around the continent over a month to record at the idea’s viability. although, I had trouble in getting a Nigerian visa simply because i used to be no longer lengthy in any capital, and x | Nigeria whilst I arrived in Lagos airport with no one on a Bulgarian flight from Angola overdue on a Sunday evening, the police requested me why they need to no longer placed me at the first aircraft to London.

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