Exploring the history of ethnic, regional, and religious diversity in Nigeria, this volume traces most of the country's current problems to its colonial exploitation.
In many ways Nigeria is a nation in name only, struggling to unite its diverse population. But age-old tribal hostilities are not solely to blame. The conflicts among Nigeria's major ethnic groups are also the legacy of European colonial influence as well as present-day political culture and ethnoregionalism.
Plagued by ethnic divisions, economic inequality, and corruption, Nigeria appears to conform to the stereotypical view that Africa's problems are mostly the result of primitive tribalism. But as Nigeria's Diverse Peoples demonstrates, most of Nigeria's problems today were set in motion by Europeans during the slave trade and colonial eras.
Focusing on three main ethnic groups (Hausa-Falani, Yoruba, and Igbo) and ranging from precolonial times to independence in 1960 to the present, this breakthrough study portrays a Nigeria now striving to make a unified nation of itself. Offering a fresh understanding not just of Nigeria but of Africa as well, readers will enter the richly complex world of Nigeria's ethnic history.
• Includes sections at the end of each chapter that highlight key people and events, with background information on past and present ethnic, regional, religious, and political affairs
• Primary documents, including those from the Biafra civil war, give students and general readers a better understanding of the reality of Nigeria, and photographs and maps illustrate the development, dynamics, and impact of Nigerian diversity
• Only book to focus exclusively on the crosscutting complexities of ethnicity and religion in Nigerian society
• Presents Nigeria as a case study to explode the stereotypical view that Africa's problems are mostly the result of primitive tribalism
• Shows historically and developmentally how, why, and when ethnic, regional, and religious differences emerged and how they have changed over time