Folola and Heaton, A History of Nigeria
Things to Consider:
** Homework Questions ** (See Q's for Chapter Seven and Nine)
- Important Dates:
- 1841: The (British) Niger Expedition commences efforts to
spread Christianity in Nigeria.
- 1861: Great Britain annexes Lagos as a Crown Colony.
- 1914: The northern and southern protectorates are
amalgamated with Lagos to establish Nigeria as a British
- 1960: Nigeria achieves independence.
- Church (Missionaries)
(n.b. I have refrained from writing "According to the authors" for
each of the questions, but please realize that I am asking you to
provide their views on these topics.)
- What phenomena influenced political, economic, and social
processes in the Nigerian region in the second half of the
- What was the most common and effective tool for colonial
- What three groups (not countries) were the primary agents
pushing for greater British involvement in the region?
- What two factors helped Christian missionaries in the
region in the nineteenth century?
- What role(s) did Christianized Africans play in the
- Why did many indigenous leaders welcome Christian
- Traders in what product replaced the slave trade in the
nineteenth century as the most important commercial activity
in the region? Explain.
- Why did this trade increase tensions in the area?
- Why had European traders been forced to rely on middlemen?
- What factors reduced this reliance?
Other Discussion Questions:
- Why was the process of colonization in the region drawn out
for over forty years?
- What was the "Scramble for Africa"? See also p. 92.
- Who was Samuel Ajayi Crowther?
- Why did most missionaries prefer the British as
partners instead of indigenous leaders?
- How did instability actually lay the foundation for
British colonization of the region?
- What was the Berlin Conference of 1884-85?
- What was the Ekumeku movement? What challenges did it pose
to British colonial efforts?
- What was the most important factor in Britain's eventual
success? See also 108-9.
- How many indigenous rulers willingly relinquished their
- What grassroots movements existed at the time?
- Why did Nigeria's future look so promising when it achieved
independence in 1960?
- What three phenomena damaged this potential?
- What three ethnic groups dominated the northern, western,
and eastern regions of Nigeria?
- What efforts were made to construct a unified Nigerian
culture? Why did these efforts fail?
- What were the cause(s) and consequence(s) of the Nigerian
Civil War (1967-70)? See also 180.
- Why was English declared the national language of Nigeria
- How did the founding of new universities contribute to
Nigeria's national unity?
- Why has General Sani Abacha been "the most vilified of all
Nigeria's post-independence rulers" (229)?
- What measures did Abacha take to strengthen his power?
- What was the Ogoni Bill of Rights?
Other Discussion Question:
- To what does the "national question" refer?
- What does it mean to be "a state without a nation"
- How did his plays promote national unity?
- Why was so much scholarly attention paid to
Nigeria's colonial past?
- What was the IGC? (See p. xviii)
- What was the SAP? (See p. xvii)
- What was the CD?
- What event solidified Abacha's status as a tyrant?
- How did oil production create conflict?
- What were the economic consequences of Nigeria's poor
standing in the international community under Abacha?
- How much money did Abacha and his family embezzle from the
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