A History of NigeriaA History of Nigeria
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A History of Nigeria

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Toyin Falola

Nigeria is a region that has been home to a wide variety of ethnicities, languages, and cultures for over a thousand years. British colonialism in the twentieth century led to the establishment of Nigeria, disregarding these differences. The diversity of Nigeria's racial groups led to much political unrest after the nation gained sovereignty in 1960. Over the past few decades, the country has seen military coups, corruption, and poverty. However, following the successful transition to democracy in the 1990s, significant improvements have been made, and the nation's future looks bright.

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Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has a millennia-long history documented in A History of Nigeria (2008). In documenting the nation's history and its people, the authors are taking us on an unforgettable journey from its pre-colonial days all the way up to its recent transition toward democracy.

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Nigeria is a region that has been home to a wide variety of ethnicities, languages, and cultures for over a thousand years. British colonialism in the twentieth century led to the establishment of Nigeria, disregarding these differences. The diversity of Nigeria's racial groups led to much political unrest after the nation gained sovereignty in 1960. Over the past few decades, the country has seen military coups, corruption, and poverty. However, following the successful transition to democracy in the 1990s, significant improvements have been made, and the nation's future looks bright.

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Thousands of years have passed since the region that makes up Nigeria was founded.

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Until the 19th century, the slave trade was the primary source of income in the Nigerian economy.

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A massive economic, political, and social change occurred in Nigeria during British colonialism.

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Corruption, ethnic tensions, and a civil war marked Nigeria's post-independence years in the 1960s.

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As the 1970s progressed, Nigeria's economy became increasingly dependent on petroleum, and corruption spread like wildfire.

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