By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian professionals made up our minds to build a brand new postcolonial capital known as Abuja, and including a number of the world over well known architects those army leaders collaborated to construct a urban for 3 million population. based 5 years after the Civil warfare with Biafra, which brought on round 1.7 million deaths, the town was once envisaged as a spot the place justice could reign and where people from diverse social, spiritual, ethnic, and political backgrounds might come jointly in a calm demeanour and interact to strengthen their nation and its economic system. those have been all laudable ambitions, yet they sarcastically mobilized definite forces from round the state in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The overseas and modernist kind structure and the truth that the govt spent tens of billions of bucks developing this idealized capital ended up inflicting extra strife and clash. For teams like Boko Haram, a Nigerian Al-Qaida associate association, and different smaller ethnic teams trying to have a say in how the country’s oil wealth is spent, Abuja symbolized every thing in Nigeria they sought to alter.
By analyzing the construction of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside a broader historic and worldwide context, this booklet seems to be at how the successes and the mess ups of those areas have affected the electorate of the rustic and feature, in truth, radicalized people with those areas being scene of a few of crucial political occasions and terrorist ambitions, together with bombings and protest rallies. even if targeting Nigeria’s capital, the examine has a much wider international implication in that it draws recognition to how postcolonial nations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20 th century are always fragmenting and remade via the emergence of latest kingdom states like South Sudan.
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Architecture and Politics in Nigeria: The Study of a Late Twentieth-Century Enlightenment-Inspired Modernism at Abuja, 1900–2016 by Nnamdi Elleh