7AAH5020 The Power of Naija: Culture and Politics in Postcolonial Nigeria
Credit value: 20Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Vincent HiribarrenTeaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminarsAvailability: Please see module list for relevant yearAssessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.
In this module, students will analyse the culture and politics of postcolonial Nigeria. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous state, home to one in every six people living on the African continent. In 2050, Nigeria should even be the fourth largest country on the planet according to the United Nations. Historically, the country has also been viewed as the classic example of Africa’s failure to perform to its potential. Nigeria has one of the strongest economies of the continent and should be one of the richest countries in Africa. Yet, most Nigerians are desperately poor.
Nigeria is a constant paradox with its vast oil resources and its rich and diverse cultures but also its deadly conflicts such as Boko Haram in the north-east of the country. This module is organised thematically allowing us to highlight some of the major cultural aspects of postcolonial Nigeria and also chronologically, making it possible to assess the ways in which the politics of Nigeria have developed over time.
Suggested introductory reading
This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory
Osaghae, Eghosa, Crippled Giant : Nigeria Since Independence (London: Hurst & Company, 1998)
Falola, Toyin, and Matthew M. Heaton, A History of Nigeria (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008)