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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 15 A. Nigeria: African Megastate One-fifth of Africas population The worlds largest black population Major petroleum producer Standing military force of substance Large human capital: 76 universities B. Nigeria: Land and people Africas most populous state Approximate 150M; no reliable census Approximate 4 times territory of UK Part of Sub-Saharan Africa The largest, poorest, and least stable region of Africa Political cleavages Ethnicity More than 250 ethnic groups Main groups: Hausa & Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo Religion (Muslim, Christian, Animist) Urban vs. Rural Class (Rulers vs. the ruled) C. Pre-colonial Nigeria Political patchwork Mixture of traditional kingdoms, small-scale politics and stateless communities The Slave Coast (esp. 1700s) Up to 22000 slaves exported per year Britain bans slave trade 1807 British Colonialism 1861-1960 Indirect rule 2-3 regions Conception of Nigeria: 1914 D. Colonial rule and its impact...
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course POLI 11 taught by Professor Strom during the Winter '11 term at UCSD.
- Winter '11