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By Toyin Falola, Matthew M. Heaton

Nigeria is Africa's so much populous nation and the world's 8th greatest oil manufacturer, yet its good fortune has been undermined in fresh many years via ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant professional corruption and an ill economic climate. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail familiar with the zone, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored largely on African technology and tradition, mix their services to give 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. by means of interpreting key topics equivalent to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the economic climate, the authors exhibit how Nigeria's historical past has been swayed through the vicissitudes of the area round it, and the way Nigerians have tailored to fulfill those demanding situations. This e-book bargains a different portrayal of a resilient humans residing in a rustic with titanic, yet unrealized, strength.

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Son of Oduduwa and mythical founder of Oyo. powerful palace slave who collected revenues and served as the alafin of Oyo’s proxy in dealings Glossary xxxix with lineage heads such as the members of the Oyo Mesi. otun iwefa powerful palace slave in charge of the cult of Sango, through which the alafin of Oyo’s office was mystified. Oyo Mesi chief advisory body to the alafin of Oyo. palm oil oil from the palm kernel, the fruit of the oil palm tree. Palm oil is an important ingredient in many foods, as well as being used in lubricants and illuminants.

Under such a system, only those who have power or influence in the government have access to government funds, and, as such, it has become imperative for civilian politicians to maintain their positions of political power at all costs, because to lose office means being cut out of the system of patronage. As a result, elections in Nigeria have typically been characterized by high levels of violence and intimidation, as well as by manipulation of the election process and outright vote rigging, as incumbent politicians Introduction 9 have typically preferred to guarantee their election through undemocratic means rather than allow free and fair elections, or, worse still, allow their opponents to steal elections.

Obasanjo won the election, and was re-elected in 2003 to a second term. In 2007 Obasanjo handed power to his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua, also of the PDP, marking the first time in Nigeria’s history that one civilian leader transferred power to another. Obasanjo’s two terms as president have been controversial: while on the one hand he has stabilized the economy and restored Nigeria’s tattered international image to a degree, he has been accused of undemocratic and corrupt practices as well. Ojukwu, Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu (1933– ) Born in Zungeru, in northern Nigeria, to Igbo parents, Ojukwu was educated at King’s College, Lagos, before traveling to the United Kingdom, where he studied history at Oxford.

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