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Title:Introducing Nigeria at fifty: the nation in narration
Authors:Adebanwi, WaleISNI
Obadare, EbenezerISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 0258-9001)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political history
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589001.2010.512737
Abstract:Nigeria, Africa's most populous democracy, celebrates its 50th year as an independent nation in October 2010. In the struggle to create a more just, more equitable and more democratic polity than was inherited from the British, Nigeria has experimented with all sorts of political systems, ideologies, economic policies and even cultural paradigms. Under a leadership and political elite that is deficient in many respects, Nigeria has fought a civil war to save and transcend 'the mistake of 1914', survived serial bloodletting in attempts to understand religious, ethnic and regional differences, and emerged from several years of brutal, even homicidal, military rule. It has also mobilized national democratic hope and aspirations and simultaneously dashed them cruelly many times over. This introduction to a special issue of the 'Journal of Contemporary African Studies' on Nigeria at fifty outlines Nigeria's political history since independence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]