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Architecture and Politics in Nigeria : The Study of a Late Twentieth-Century Enlightenment-Inspired
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In 1975, the Nigerian authorities decided to construct a new, post-colonial capital called Abuja, and together with several internationally renowned architects, these military leaders collaborated to build a city for three million inhabitants. Founded five years after the civil war with Biafra which caused around 1.7 million deaths, the city was envisaged as a place where justice would reign; people from different social, religious, tribal, and political backgrounds would come together in a peaceful manner and work together to develop their country and its economy. These were all laudable goals, but they ironically mobilized certain forces from around the country in opposition against the Federal Government of Nigeria. The western style, modernist architecture and the fact that the government spent tens of billions of dollars constructing this idealized capital ended up causing more strife and conflict. To groups like Boko Haram, a Nigerian Al Qaida affiliate organization, and other smaller ethnic groups seeking independence, Abuja symbolised everything in Nigeria they sought to change. By examining the creation of the modernist national public spaces of Abuja within a broader historical and global context, this book looks at how the successes and the failures of these spaces have affected the citizens of the country and have, in fact, radicalized individuals and been scene to some of the most important political events and terrorist targets, including bombing and protest rallies.
Number of Pages: 300
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Nnamdi Elleh
Street Date: December 22, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-5814
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