Religious Militancy and Self-Assertion: Islam and Politics in Nigeria

by Matthew Hassan Kukoh and Toyin Falola

Religious Militancy and Self-Assertion: Islam and Politics in Nigeria

This critical assessment of the origins and consequences of Islam and politics in colonial and post-colonial Nigeria covers religion and national integration; looks at the old and the new Caliphates; examines violence and deprivation in the Kaduna State; and analyses national feeling.

Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria

by Toyin Falola

Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria

The book analyzes the origins of planning and the impact of development schemes on Nigeria from 1940 to 1960. Using the methods of economic history and based primarily on official documents from Britain, the United States, and three archives in Nigeria, it examines the conflict generated by the first colonial development plans and the details of the Ten Year Plan of 1946-55. The author distributes the responsibility—and the blame—for poor planning between the British colonial powers, who sought minimal goals, and the Nigerian elite, who had big aspirations. Told for the first time by a native African scholar, this story of development planning shows clearly where Nigeria went adrift in its transformation from a "traditional" society to a "modern" one, and calls into question the theoretical and ideological foundations of development planning throughout Africa.