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Falola receives book award

Professor Toyin Falola's most recent book garners the 2010 Nigerian Studies Association's (NSA) book award.

Posted: September 13, 2010
Prof. Toyin Falola with detail from jacket of book

Prof. Toyin Falola with detail from jacket of book

His book Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2009) looks at how the imposition of colonial rule and the British governance of Nigeria created conditions for violence from the second half of the nineteenth century to the early 1950s.

Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professorship in the Department of History and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor.

The NSA is the largest association of scholars, practitioners and others who are engaged in the study of Nigeria. The organization plays a role in public policy matters, promotes the development of archives, and organizes conferences and workshops.

Their best book award emphasizes originality and relevance to the Nigerian conditions.

Falola's book dwells on two phases of Nigerian history ranging from the last quarter of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, focusing on the linkages between colonial domination and violence:

  1. The first phase witnessed violent confrontations between the British and the Nigerian groups, imperialist encounters that generated violence.
  2. The second phase spanned the period from the turn of the century to the late 1940s, a period when Nigerians resisted the forces of colonial domination.

The award will be presented at the NSA’s annual meeting in San Francisco, Nov. 2010.

There have been numerous other accolades for the book:

"Colonial violence treated from the point of view of the African victims/colonized, not from the self-serving perspective of European/British conquerors and colonizers." —Felix Ekechi, Kent State University

"Well-researched, well-written with its richly textured and nuanced analysis, it is the first study to attempt a general and cohesive overview of the connections between violence and imperialism in colonial Nigeria." —Funso Afolayan, University of New Hampshire

"This is an important topic, and it would take a scholar of Falola's prodigious range to do it justice. Indeed, the volume he has produced provides a useful and readable overview to the problem." —H-Net Reviews, July 2010

Related Links:
Prof. Toyin Falola
Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2009)
Nigerian Studies Association

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