By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian experts 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 battle with Biafra, which brought on round 1.7 million deaths, the town was once envisaged as a spot the place justice might reign and where people from diversified social, non secular, ethnic, and political backgrounds may come jointly in a relaxed demeanour and interact to improve their nation and its economic climate. those have been all laudable ambitions, yet they satirically mobilized sure forces from round the kingdom in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The foreign and modernist variety 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 interpreting the construction of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside of a broader old and worldwide context, this e-book appears to be like at how the successes and the disasters of those areas have affected the electorate of the rustic and feature, in reality, radicalized people with those areas being scene of a few of an important political occasions and terrorist ambitions, together with bombings and protest rallies. even supposing targeting Nigeria’s capital, the research has a much wider international implication in that it draws consciousness to how postcolonial international locations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20th century are continually fragmenting and remade by way of the emergence of recent state 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