Thursday, April 20, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: New Book: Decolonizing Nigeria

From the title and TOC, I have no doubt that this is a master peace from our ever-blazing master of the game, Professor Toyin Falola. It addresses a topical issue and should find reading points across the disciplines. It should be read by all in the business of knowledge distillation. Thank you Sir!

On Apr 19, 2017 5:24 PM, "Toyin Falola" <> wrote:

Happy to announce the release of a very long book, 612 pp. long .


Toyin Falola and Bola Dauda

Bearing both the professional and general readers in mind, Decolonizing Nigeria: Politics, Power, and Personalities is an innovative approach at crafting a popular history of a great moment in Nigeria's history.The book is neatly organized into three parts. Part One, comprising three chapters, focuses on the driving forces of transformation, beginning from 1945 to 1950, to bring about self-determination for Nigeria, the most populous African nation.

Part Two, "Development of the Institutions for Self-Government," contains five chapters that cover British development policies aligned with the decolonization agenda.

The five chapters in Part Three are organized under the central theme of "Regionalism and Change." This section highlights the personalities of Nigeria's most powerful nationalists: Bello, Azikiwe, and Awolowo in relation to how their careers accentuated the structures of regional differences by entrenching the north-east-west antipathy respectively.

The final chapter "Conclusion and Epilogue," explains the tasking steps that Nigerian leaders have taken since independence in 1960 to deal with the "unfinished businesses" of decolonization.

Aimed at a wider audience with a blend of grassroots and elitist positions, Decolonizing Nigeria is a  to understanding both the political economies and the geopolitics of the post-colonial multi-ethnic nation states.


Preface and Prologue: A Popular History

1. Nigeria in the Late Colonial Era


2. Background to Britain's Secret Decolonization Plans, 1938–1948

3. The Activist Moment: Nationalism and Radical Politics, 1945–1951


4. Development Policies and Plans, 1940–1960

5. Evolution of Political Parties,1948–1951

6. Evolution of the Federal Constitution,1946–1954

7. Decolonization and Native Administration,1946–1958

8. Decolonizing the Public Services, 1949–1958


9. The Nigerian Nationalist Triad: Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe, and Obafemi Awolowo

10. Regional Self-Government: Politics, Policies, and Programs

11. Regionalism and Education Revolution

12. Decolonizing of Creativity and Culture


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