Africa in Focus: Nigeria

edited by Toyin Falola and Bukola Oyeniyi


As Africa's most populated country and major world exporter of oil, Nigeria is a nation with considerable international importance? a role that is hampered by its economic underdevelopment and political instability. This book examines all major aspects of Nigeria's geography, politics, and culture, addressing the area's current attempts at building a strong nation, developing a robust economy, and stabilizing its domestic affairs. Perfect for students of African history, geography, anthropology, and political science, this guidebook provides an overview and history of Nigeria from the early period to contemporary times. Chapters focus on each region in the country; the government, economy and culture of Nigeria; the challenges and problems Nigerians face since the country's independence; and topics affecting everyday life, including music, food, etiquette, gender roles, and marriage.

Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New African Diasporas to the Homeland

edited by Toyin Falola and Danielle Sanchez


Old and new African diasporas created by mass movements of individuals of African descent throughout the world illuminate the complexities of African and diasporic identities over time. This book explores the intricate nature of culture and life in the African diaspora as it examines identities, collectivities, and relationships with Africa and Africans. The book balances conceptualizations of diaspora by engaging with scholars exploring old African diasporas, newer migrations, and even regional movement within the continent of Africa itself. More importantly, the chronological breadth of the volume allows readers to explore historical matters alongside comparable contemporary issues as a way of assessing continuities and the ways in which communities continue to grapple with institutional racism, political marginalization, and negotiations between tradition and modernity on a global stage. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of the book offers diverse approaches for robust engagement with African diaspora studies.