By Nnamdi Elleh
In 1975, the Nigerian gurus made up our minds to build a brand new postcolonial capital known 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 warfare with Biafra, which triggered round 1.7 million deaths, the town was once envisaged as a spot the place justice may reign and where people from diversified social, non secular, ethnic, and political backgrounds may come jointly in a relaxed demeanour and interact to increase their state and its economic climate. those have been all laudable targets, yet they satirically mobilized convinced forces from round the kingdom in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The overseas and modernist type structure and the truth that the govt. spent tens of billions of bucks 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 construction 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 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 objectives, together with bombings and protest rallies. even though targeting Nigeria’s capital, the research has a much wider worldwide implication in that it draws consciousness 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