By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian experts determined to build a brand new postcolonial capital referred to as Abuja, and including numerous the world over popular architects those army leaders collaborated to construct a urban for 3 million population. based 5 years after the Civil warfare with Biafra, which brought on round 1.7 million deaths, town used to be envisaged as a spot the place justice may reign and where people from varied social, spiritual, ethnic, and political backgrounds could come jointly in a relaxed demeanour and interact to boost their nation and its financial system. those have been all laudable targets, yet they paradoxically mobilized convinced forces from round the state in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The overseas and modernist sort 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 analyzing the construction of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside a broader ancient and international context, this publication appears to be like at how the successes and the mess ups of those areas have affected the electorate of the rustic and feature, actually, 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 targeting Nigeria’s capital, the research has a much wider international implication in that it draws realization to how postcolonial international locations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20 th century are continually fragmenting and remade via the emergence of latest kingdom 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