By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian experts made up our minds to build a brand new postcolonial capital referred to as Abuja, and including a number of the world over popular architects those army leaders collaborated to construct a urban for 3 million population. based 5 years after the Civil conflict with Biafra, which brought on round 1.7 million deaths, town was once envisaged as a spot the place justice may reign and where people from assorted social, non secular, ethnic, and political backgrounds could come jointly in a calm demeanour and interact to improve their kingdom 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 foreign 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 little thing in Nigeria they sought to alter.
By analyzing the production of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside a broader historic and worldwide context, this booklet 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 crucial political occasions and terrorist ambitions, together with bombings and protest rallies. even though targeting Nigeria’s capital, the examine has a much broader international implication in that it draws cognizance to how postcolonial international locations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20 th century are constantly fragmenting and remade by way of the emergence of latest 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