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By Nnamdi Elleh

In 1975, the Nigerian experts 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 struggle with Biafra, which brought on round 1.7 million deaths, the town was once envisaged as a spot the place justice may reign and where people from diversified social, spiritual, ethnic, and political backgrounds could come jointly in a calm demeanour and interact to strengthen their kingdom and its economic system. those have been all laudable targets, yet they satirically mobilized yes forces from round the kingdom in competition opposed to the government of Nigeria. The overseas and modernist variety 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 interpreting the production of the modernist nationwide public areas of Abuja inside of a broader historic and worldwide context, this publication appears to be like at how the successes and the mess ups of those areas have affected the electorate of the rustic and feature, in truth, 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 supposing concentrating on Nigeria’s capital, the examine has a much wider worldwide implication in that it draws awareness to how postcolonial international locations that have been shaped on the flip of the 20 th century are always fragmenting and remade via the emergence of recent state states like South Sudan.

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