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ARCHITECTURE AND POLITICS IN NIGERIA: THE STUDY OF A LATE TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENLIGHTENMENT-INSPIRED MODERNISM AT ABUJA, 1900-2016. Nnamdi Elleh. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2017. 350 pp. with 214 ills. 26 x 18 cm. LC 2016-25356 ISBN 9781472465290 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1975, the Nigerian authorities decided to construct a new postcolonial 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 and where people from different social, religious, ethnic, 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 international and modernist style architecture and the fact that the government spent tens of billions of dollars constructing this idealized capital ended up causing more strife and conflict. For groups like Boko Haram, a Nigerian Al-Qaida affiliate organization, and other smaller ethnic groups seeking to have a say in how the country's oil wealth is spent, Abuja symbolized everything in Nigeria they sought to change.
Indexing: Western, Africa, International (Western Style), Non-Western in a Western Style — Nigeria — Post-1970 — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 175450
Hardcover $155.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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