Summary of West African History

coauthored by Toyin Falola and A. Adebayo

Summary of West African History

A Summary of West African History is designed for students in classes three to five in secondary schools. This textbook gives a broad overview of West African history from the Sudanese empires to Islam in West Africa, colonial rule and the Organisation of African Unity.

Islam and Christianity in West Africa

edited by Toyin Falola and Biodun Adediran

Islam and Christianity in West Africa

The need for a small but well-written textbook on the spread of Islam and Christianity in West Africa cannot be over emphasized. The volume covers the beginnings and spread of Islam, Islamic developments in the 18th and 19th centuries, the impact of Islam on West Africa, early missionary attempts in West Africa, missionary activities in West Africa in the 19th century, and Christian missions and the new elites.

The Military in Nineteenth Century Yoruba Politics

by Toyin Falola and Dare Oguntomisin

The Military in Nineteenth Century Yoruba Politics

This book discusses the place of the military in Yoruba society in the 19th century, particularly its role in political activities. With specific reference to the military regimes in Ibadan, Ijaye, Abeokuta and Oke-Odan, the present work examines the nature and character of the new forms of government introduced by the military in Yoruba-land in the 19th century and discusses the role of warriors in the politics of other Yoruba communities where the military did not actually take over political control.

The Political Economy of a Pre-colonial African State: Ibadan, 1830-1900

by Toyin Falola

The Political Economy of a Pre-colonial African State: Ibadan, 1830-1900

This book attempts to fill the existing gap in our knowledge of the pre-colonial economy of African societies, particularly the Yoruba. Socio-economic themes have generally been neglected in African studies, which has made it difficult to know in detail the structure of the pre-colonial African economy, the transformation and transmutation of socio-economic institutions, and the factors responsible for these changes. This neglect has allowed for misunderstandings and misrepresentations of the indigenous economy, whereby many scholars and policy makers have argued that the African economy was not diversified, that it operated at a subsistence level, and that it was static. This study thus examines the economy and its interplay with socio-political institutions with particular emphasis on internal dynamics and factors of change.