By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian gurus determined to build a brand new postcolonial capital referred to as Abuja, and including numerous 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 prompted round 1.7 million deaths, the town used to be envisaged as a spot the place justice might reign and where people from assorted social, spiritual, ethnic, and political backgrounds could come jointly in a relaxed demeanour and interact to improve their state and its economic system. those have been all laudable ambitions, yet they mockingly mobilized sure forces from round the state in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The overseas and modernist type structure and the truth that the govt spent tens of billions of greenbacks 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 production of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside a broader ancient and international context, this e-book seems to be at how the successes and the mess ups of those areas have affected the voters of the rustic and feature, in truth, radicalized people with those areas being scene of a few of an important political occasions and terrorist pursuits, together with bombings and protest rallies. even though concentrating on Nigeria’s capital, the learn has a much wider international implication in that it draws cognizance to how postcolonial nations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20th century are regularly fragmenting and remade by means of the emergence of recent kingdom states like South Sudan.
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