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Nigeria is Africa's so much populous nation and the world's 8th biggest oil manufacturer, yet its luck has been undermined in fresh a long time through ethnic and non secular clash, political instability, rampant reputable corruption and an sick financial system. Toyin Falola, a number one historian in detail accustomed to the area, and Matthew Heaton, who has labored greatly on African technology and tradition, mix their services to give an explanation for the context to Nigeria's contemporary problems via an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial earlier, and its trip from independence to statehood. by means of analyzing key topics similar to colonialism, faith, slavery, nationalism and the economic climate, the authors express how Nigeria's heritage has been swayed through the vicissitudes of the area round it, and the way Nigerians have tailored to satisfy those demanding situations. This publication bargains a different portrayal of a resilient humans residing in a rustic with substantial, yet unrealized, power.

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